Meh. I have found that with Chantal Fernando my reaction is either “wow” or the aforementioned “meh”. I so wanted to like this one especially as I thought for sure that the plot from the previous novella, Wild Ride, featuring Talon and Tia would be cleared up. Instead it’s hardly mentioned.
I have loved Vinnie in the previous installments of this series. Sadly, he doesn’t get fleshed out any more than he did as a supporting character. We’re told that he had a terrible childhood which has made him commitment wary but we never find out anything other than he was abandoned to the foster system. Shayla was very one-dimensional and her voice is hard to separate from the previous heroines. It would have been nice if she’d had some association with her Vietnamese ethnicity, but that too is just a fleeting thought in the narrative. The danger that led Vinnie to Shayla was confusing at best.
The highlight of the book is the secondary, recurring characters. Faye and the other Old Ladies never fail to entertain when present. The amount of grief they pile on Vinnie is both endearing and laugh out loud funny.
What I’d really love to see in this series is a little more depth. I feel like there are so many unanswered questions. What do the Wind Dragons do exactly to make their money and to label them an outlaw club? What I wouldn’t give to see them in action as a brotherhood! And it’s mentioned over and over again how Faye is a top-notch lawyer and that Lana goes everywhere with a notebook to take notes for her novels, but what about Anna? We’re told she’s a scientist, but what does she do other than hang out with the turtle (tortoise) at the zoo? I love a little more showing and a little less telling in this series because there is a lot to love about it (Tracker, anyone?)
Wolf’s Mate was published in August 2016 by Gallery Books.
About the author:
New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is twenty nine years old and lives in Western Australia.
Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon’s Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.
When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.
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