Black Hills Wolves
Claiming the She-Wolf by Louisa Bacio
When her older brother leaves the Black Hills to go to college, Tala Graystone stays behind, determined to restore their dilapidated home into a B&B for the pack. As more people return to the area, the need for temporary housing increases. Now, if only she can find someone to help with the heavy lifting.
Yas Collins fled Los Lobos as a child with his mother. As he struggles with his wolf and overpowering shifts, a desire for nature and the forest strikes hard. Black Hills, South Dakota, beckons him. With a background in construction, he easily finds work at Tala’s dilapidated B&B, but not everyone in town greets him with open arms.
As the remodel gets underway, Tala and Yas fight their growing attraction. Yas doesn’t trust his wolf urges around beautiful B&B owner. The she-wolf, however, has other plans.
Tala's brother is off to college and wants her to go with him. But she'd rather stay and make a life for her self. She starts working on converting their home into a Bed and Breakfast. In walks Yas who is perfectly good in construction and also needs a place to stay. Exactly what she needs. And if he's open to scratching an itch or two, perfect. Afterall they are both wolves, right?
Yas is back in the Black Hills, a place his mother fled when he was a kid. He's struggling to control his wolf and shifting. When you throw in a she-wolf who is sending out 'fuck me' signals, he's torn between letting his wolf free and running for the hills.
I'm used to reading about male shifters who are confident about their gifts and have more control over their beasts. So it was interesting reading about Yas who didn't seem to have his wolf under control. It gave him a flaw that was endearing and made him very likeable.
I did like Tala's determination but she did grate on my nerves a few times. It's great to have the attitude of 'I don't need a man to protect me' and as a reader I would've believed it if it was backed up with action. But as soon as Tala got into trouble with a bunch of teenage wolves, she was praying for Yas to come to her rescue. So the next she started with the 'I don't need a man' attitude I couldn't help rolling my eyes back. And Yas summed it up fabulously when he said,
"She wants to be so independent, even when no one’s trying to take her freedom away."
So note to author, if you're going to write an FWA (female with attitude) please give her some kick-ass skills to back it up, because Attitude without Action makes for an Annoying character.
Aside from that, this was still a good read and I read it in one sitting without putting it down. It was great getting a glimpse into the other characters of Black Hills. Although I haven't read the other books in the series, it was easy to understand the world and characters and story line. I'm happy to recommend this to fans of paranormal romance.
Excerpt from Claiming the She-Wolf:
A growl from low in his throat threatened to escape. The rumble started in his chest, and he fought to keep it down.
She turned, looking down at him. “Did you say something?”
“Umm, no. Just clearing my throat.”
He needed to get his base instincts under control. Recent research showed that wolves in the wild killed in order to protect their domains and to get more space. He didn’t want to be ruled by his wolf. He’d grown up in the city, with humans, not out in the forest. His mom had tried to talk to him about shifting, but as a woman, she didn’t have the same experience.
He couldn’t go to a shifters anonymous group for help with his sexual urges. Maybe he needed to start his own support group. He snorted at the idea. At the top of the landing, Tala turned to the right, and he followed.
They entered what had to be the master bedroom suite. It was painted a vibrant lavender color, and the bed had a green floral comforter with an abundance of fluffy throw pillows. White dollies rested on the two nightstands, and a vase of wildflowers called for attention. The feminine room seemed in sharp contrast to his host. She didn’t look frilly.
“This will be your quarters.” Her lips pursed, and she blinked a few times.
The idea shocked him. “What? I’m sorry, but it looks like your room.”
“Well, it has been. But it’s the nicest room in the house, and as a guest, figure you should have it to be comfortable. I’ll move my things into another one.”
He waved his hands in front of him, as if shooing away something physically bad. “No way. No can do. Give me the second best, then. My first job can be fixing it up.”
She smiled. “Well, second best would be my brother’s room, and even though he’s on a trip right now, I don’t feel comfortable moving his stuff. So third best, and we work today to make it more, um, livable?”
Her choice of words made him pause. “Deal.”
About the Author:
A Southern California native, Louisa Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. The multi-published author of erotic romance enjoys writing within all realms – from short stories to full-length novels.
Bacio shares her household with a supportive husband, two daughters growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: Two dogs, five fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits and hermit crabs. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture.