4 stars 5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Author Provided Book Dee Dreamspinner Gay Gay Heat Index Hurt/comfort m/m Mid level angst Mild/low level heat Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter

Once Upon A Wolf (Wayward Wolves series) by Rhys Ford

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Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother, stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.

For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water, then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.

Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges, but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.

Review by Morgan

I LOVED this!

This was not a long story but it felt very well-developed and multi-dimensional.

I really thought Rhys did a great job of making us understand the link between Zach, Gibson and Ellis and I can’t WAIT for Ellis’ story!

Though I thought the slow-burn part of this story could have been sped up, I mostly understood the need for it.

Rhys’ world building is wonderful and her characters are what absolutely shine in this story.

Highly recommended to fans of the author and to all fans of shifter romance!

Yay! I hope we see more from this world soon!

5 of 5 stars


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Review by Dee

A short, sweet shifter story from Ms. Ford.
Gibson is a wolf shifter who lives in isolation with his brother, Ellis. Ellis has been in wolf form since returning from the army, (his way of coping with PTSD). In order for Gibson to watch over him, they live in the woods, away from most humans.
Zach, a recent transplant to the area, is found by Gibson after he falls into an icy lake (no thanks to Ellis ☺). Zach quickly finds out what the two men are, but eventually overcomes his fear and gets to know Gibson better.
This is not a typical shifter story – no fated mates, no packs/territories to claim or fight over – just an engaging story about a man who is looking after his brother and happens to be a shifter. The romance between Gibson is slow and sweet, with very little heat but this is perfect for the story. There is a bit of drama/suspense which gives the story a bit of bite (pun intended!).
I hope there will be more of the couple and I’m hoping that Ellis may have his own story as well.

4 stars out of 5


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