4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Author Provided Book Bullying coming of age Contemporary Dystopian Dystopian Fated Mates Gay Heat Index Hidden Lovers Hurt/Abuse Insta Love m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Race/Species Difference Shifter Standalone

The Half Wolf by Jay Northcote

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Mate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?

Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.

Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?

Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.

Length: 65.000 words approx
Standalone story


It’s great when authors extend their comfort zones into new territory and (I think) this is one of those cases. Jay is a great writer and who always delivers a solid story with a lot of chemistry and feels. In this case, we get that and some rather interesting social commentary on how anyone “different” is made to feel less-than and whether it’s on purpose or not – prejudiced against.

In this world, shifters are known to humans, and are treated poorly by most. (Which is crazy when you consider how that could backfire!) But – in an effort to avoid more bloodshed, both parties are attempting to keep the peace.

Quinn is a human – but special – and he has no bias against shifters, but rather a fascination with them.

Kellan, who is passing through town, falls for Quinn – and while it’s not a typical “mine, mate” type of thing – his attraction goes above and beyond the norm.

Unfortunately, the two societies cannot intermix (I’m not sure why) and so the two star-crossed lovers angst over how they can be together – until a surprising twist allows them more freedom.


I thought this was very entertaining and a lot of fun. The writing is sharp – as usual – and the pacing quick and kept me turning pages.

I wanted to know more about the society and what had happened in the past to create the situation the boys found themselves in – as well as what was going to happen to them in the future.

I loved the HEA and I hope Jay writes more from this world in the future!

4.25 of 5 stars


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