ALPHA WOLF NEED NOT APPLY by Terry Spear

ALPHA WOLF NEED NOT APPLY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There are too many packs of werewolves in the same Colorado mountains.

The Silver pack, well-manned and well-resourced, runs Silver Town and its surrounding territory. Eric Silver, park ranger and cousin to the pack leader, is on the hunt for a second pack, which may have been growing huge tracts of marijuana on the grounds of the local national park. But instead, he encounters a small, more agreeable pack led by the most beautiful she-wolf he's ever seen. Pepper Grayling is a perfectly capable alpha who's not interested in a mate, but she has to call on Eric and his family when a new danger threatens both of them. While Spear (SEAL Wolf in Too Deep, 2016, etc.) has written 18 prior books in the series, the worldbuilding is thorough enough that a reader can follow the pack structure and nature of the lupus garous without prior knowledge of the universe. There are certainly things a new reader can only guess at, but most of it is irrelevant to the story. A questionable number of alphas in various packs notwithstanding, the story is...readable. It's certainly a page-turner, but the entire story arc is little more than lukewarm. This is unfortunate considering the promise and importance of introducing an alpha female who is also a good pack leader. How many female alphas are there in paranormal romance? But the execution, from meeting to mating, as well as conflict and denouement, is just OK.

Limited drama, minor angst, and mediocre writing.

Pub Date: May 3rd, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4926-2186-7
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2016