Wolf (Stope Packs) – book review

by Rebecca Zanetti
Release Date: August 23, 2022
Publisher:  RAZ Ink, LLC
Book #1 in the Stope Packs series
Number of pages:  327
Paranormal Romance
Ages 15 and up
CW: attempted suicide, serial killer, violence
When Mia Stone is asked to consult on a case in the middle of nowhere, she leaps at the chance to escape the disaster that has become her FBI career, while ignoring the threat still pursuing her. Her instincts tell her that the small mining town of Lost Lake is out of the norm, and that’s before she meets the strongest suspect, a sexy and dangerous Seth Volk who draws her in a way she can’t fight.

Seth Volk has enough on his plate without worrying about a sweet and brilliant investigator on his tail. At his heart, he’s a predator, which comes in handy as the enforcer for his family and also his pack. His secret is barely beneath the surface, and if he allows Mia too close, she’ll see the wolf he tries to hide. When an unknown threat comes out of the forest, their only path to survive is with each other, no matter how sharp his bite or how deadly her wit.

This story was first published as a serialized story on Amazon’s Kindle Vella. I wasn’t sure if it would read the same as a full novel. I don’t have Vella so I didn’t read it in its serialized form, getting the story in pieces. But knowing it was originally published that way I was a bit afraid it would mean the story as a whole would be choppy. It wasn’t, and I greatly enjoyed this book.

While this book ends with an HFN and with things between the FMC and MMC at a good place, I notice the next book in the series will also be about this same couple. I can see that. There is much that can still be explored. There’s no cliffhanger, but I know not everyone is a fan of the same couple being the center for more than one book in a series. FYI: the next book is also being released on Vella first starting in October with the full story released as a book in March 2023.

I guess I should get to my actual review. First, the chemistry is on point, as is usually the case with this author’s couples. There was no denying the connection Mia and Seth had. Add to that the things Seth said to Mia…swoon! People, in chapter one I made this note, “Holy shit! The MINE energy right out of the gate!”. So yeah, these two are combustible. Of course, Mia being a former FBI profiler throws a lot of wrenches into the trajectory of their relationship.

That brings me to my issue with this story, Mia’s blinders. I could understand her not understanding what was going on before she learned the truth about shapeshifters. (Although, with all the paranormal romance I’ve read over the years I felt as though I would think any weird small town would be harboring shifters even if it wasn’t.) Once Mia knew the truth she had a really hard time realizing she couldn’t play by the typical rules of law. It was bordering on annoying at times, but then the author at least had Mia acknowledge that it was extremely difficult for her to handle new rules that violated the oaths she had taken as an officer of the law.

The story drew me in and kept me engaged. I’m looking forward to reading more. Not just between Mia and Seth, but also the rest of the pack and Mia’s mom and aunt. There’s a vein of Mia’s story that is not yet complete that should be interesting when it plays out, too. I quickly forgot this story was published in any other format so I found this story to be a success.

4 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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