Title: Redeem the Wolf
Series: Wolf Valley Raiders #1
Author: Harmony Raines
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: August 28, 2015
My Rating: 4 stars
Source: Borrowed, Kindle Unlimited
Kurt has made mistakes, big mistakes. Like the time he chased his cousin up into the mountains and nearly caused her death, all for the chance of power in the otherwise lawless town of Wolf Valley. But his actions only proved one thing, he would never be alpha material. He doubts he will ever be fit for anything since he ended up stuck in the body of his wolf for far too long. A wolf who has now abandoned him.
One woman saved him; she coaxed the man out, bringing him back from the brink of insanity. He was sure she was his mate, but she couldn’t be, because she left even before he could thank her. All he has to hold onto is the memory of her face, a face he paints over and over again, a face he may never set eyes on again.
Nadine is a fraud. She spends her life helping other shifters control their beast, when she has no clue how to control her own. It’s there inside her, somewhere, she can feel it. But she has never been able to tell what she is, let alone change into the creature.
It’s part of why she turned her back on her mate. After nursing him back to health, she should have stayed with him. However, she feared it would only add to his mental confusion. With all the drugs he was on, she doesn’t know if he even remembers her. It’s better if he doesn’t.
When she finds out he is holding an art exhibition, she waits across the street to catch a glimpse of him. When he doesn’t show up for the opening, she cannot resist taking a risk. One quick look at his paintings.
What she sees stuns her. He knows who she is, and what she is to him.
Events quickly escalate, and Nadine is thrown into danger. Can Kurt save her, and somehow redeem his wolf?
Read on for my thoughts on Redeem the Wolf. No true spoilers, promise.
As you saw from the cover description we are given a lot of information about Redeem the Wolf before we even open up to the first page. Admittedly part of me was glad of the chance to really know what I was getting into, and if it was worth the time and money (okay, I borrowed it on my Kindle Unlimited plan, but you get the idea). Another part honestly screamed – too much information, what’s going to be left to discover by telling me all of this now. I am quite honestly, torn. And if I’m equally honest, I felt a little like I do when someone says too much in a review… where’s the mystery of the story? What’s left to discover had better be amazing since I feel I now know half of the story. Look, I’m not trying to be intentionally rude to whoever put together the cover description for this novel. It is simply too much information that I, personally, would have liked to discover from the novel itself.
Kurt and Nadine’s romance was charming and enjoyable. Their sexual life is definitely hot and heavy so this novel is definitely for an 18+ audience. This couple are mates, they both feel it and each is leery of that fact for different reasons. It will take courage and danger to bring them to fully mated lovers. Trust is everything between mates, and Nadine will need to trust Kurt to accept and help her as she had helped him.
Since this is the first novel in the Wolf Valley Raiders series, there is a bit of worldbuilding and the introduction of characters who may be in future stories. It in no way takes away from the story and in fact, adds a major storyline to Nadine and Kurt’s romance.
I enjoyed this story and will look for the next To Catch A Wolf upon its release.
Available for the Kindle