A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale

Posted August 20, 2018 by Marsha in Shifter Series / 0 Comments

Can a human truly make room in her heart for the Wild?

Thea Villalobos has long since given up trying to be what others expect of her. So in Elijah Sorensson she can see through the man of the world to a man who is passionate to the point of heartbreak. But something inside him is dying…

Elijah Sorensson has all kinds of outward success: bespoke suits, designer New York City apartment, women clamoring for his attention. Except Elijah despises the human life he’s forced to endure. He’s Alpha of his generation of the Great North Pack, and the wolf inside him will no longer be restrained…

Titles in The Legend Of All Wolves series include:  The Last Wolf – A Wolf Apart –

Title:  A Wolf Apart
Series:  The Legend Of All Wolves #2
Author:  Maria Vale
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Published:  August 7, 2018
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars

Elijah has been living apart from his pack for far too long now.  He’s been trapped, so to speak, in his human skin for to transform away from his pack lands is strictly forbidden.  Aside from the three days each month when he returns  home and can allow his wolf free reign, he’s pretty much stuck in his high maintenance job and lifestyle as the pack’s lawyer in the big city.  He is slowly dying inside from not allowing his wolf spirit to be where he wants to be… home.  Elijah has a job to do, and he’ll do it even if it kills him – just like the separation killed the last pack’s lawyer.  He’s fighting an internal battle that he cannot win, for his wolf is taking charge and he will not be held back any longer.  He is Alpha, and he will return home… somehow.

On the surface Elijah and Thea should never work.  He’s a stuffy lawyer, full of his own importance and Thea is a healer of the wild things, living in her cabin in the woods where she can be close to nature.  As a nature conservationist, it’s both her job and her love to be one with nature.  So there is no way this fancy pants, arrogant man is ever going to convince her they should get together… no way.  Yet, there’s something about the man that calls to her.  It makes no sense, but he often reminds her of a caged, wounded wolf… but that’s impossible.

A Wolf Apart takes us back to the wold of the Great North Pack and into the world of The Legend Of Al Wolves once again.  Told from Elijah’s POV, it’s the story of a man who on the surface has it all, yet his wolf is dying in this environment and is reasserting control of their lives.  I hurt for Elijah and easily got caught up in his story.  Thea, on the other hand, I had a more difficult time of relating to her.  I wished we had her POV as well, because if I had a better idea of what she was thinking I could have warmed up to her a bit faster… but that’s beside the point really.

The world building has been done for us in The Last Wolf, for the most part anyway.  I enjoyed this story.  There are a lot of things that I might have “wished” for, but listing them makes no sense – I got the story that was given.  Thea and Elijah eventually did fit into each other’s worlds, and their romance was flirty, steamy and with just enough sass to make it interesting.  While, perhaps, not totally necessary I would recommend reading The Last Wolf for the world building, and a better understanding of this unique world.  I would recommend this one for anyone who enjoys Paranormal Romance or Shifter Romance.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

**This review first appeared on my Keeper Bookshelf blog.**

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