Erryn reviews ‘Gentleman Wolf (Captive Wolves Book 1)’ by Joanna Chambers. The ebook was published August 26, 2019and is 202 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Hamish McKinlay. It was released December 7, 2020 and is 8 hrs and 37 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I am always game to try a new author.
An elegant werewolf in Edinburgh…
1788. When Lindsay Somerville, the most elegant werewolf in Paris, learns that the man who held him in abject captivity for decades is on his way to France, intent on recapturing him, he knows he must leave the Continent for his own safety. Lindsay cannot take the risk of being recaptured—he may have been free for a century but he can still feel the ghost of his old chains under his fine clothes.
… on a mission…
While he’s in Edinburgh, Lindsay has been tasked with acquiring the “Naismith Papers”, the writings of a long-dead witchfinder. It should be a straightforward mission—all Lindsay has to do is charm an elderly book collector, Hector Cruikshank. But Cruikshank may not be all he seems, and there are others who want the papers.
… meets his match
As if that were not enough, while tracking down the Naismith Papers, Lindsay meets stubborn architect Drew Nicol. Although the attraction between them is intense, Nicol seems frustratingly determined to resist Lindsay’s advances. Somehow though, Lindsay can’t seem to accept Nicol’s rejection. Is he just moonstruck, or is Nicol bonded to him in ways he doesn’t yet understand?
Note: this is the first book of a duology – the story continues and will complete in the second book, Master Wolf.
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I enjoyed this book on a number of different levels. First there was the historical aspect – I’m not a history buff but this one suited my sensibilities. Enough information to keep me engaged but not too many details that I felt bogged down. I liked that there were various locations, but that Scotland, Edinburg in particular, played a big role in the story. I don’t read a lot of werewolf stories, so I liked that the paranormal was included – especially when the elegant gentleman sheds his clothing and goes running by the full moon as a wolf. Finally, of course, I was happy there was a good romance. Although the attraction appeared to be one-sided.
This entire story is told from Lindsay Somerville’s point of view, so that was limiting in some ways, but it definitely worked. Lindsay endured some horrible things after first becoming a werewolf, and it’s clear why he doesn’t want to be recaptured. His return to Scotland is accompanied by a particular mission that gives him purpose and motivation. He meets Drew Nicol along the way and although he finds the architect intriguing, Drew doesn’t seem to fit into Lindsay’s plan. Except Lindsay’s beset by feelings that the two are meant to be together and eventually they do find their way to each other physically, although that brings on a whole new set of problems.
In the end, Lindsay is faced with a life and death situation and in a split second, he makes a decision that will change both their lives. Then, try as he might, he can’t get Drew to understand. That separates them, possibly forever.
And there this story ends. Since this is a duology, and I knew there was a subsequent book to come, I was okay with the ending as it was. I want a happy ending for these two, but sometimes we don’t always get what we want.
Hamish McKinlay is a new-to-me narrator and I just loved him. Oh, the Scottish burr. I’m off to the next one right away.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
Joanna Chambers’ muse likes red wine, coffee and won’t let Joanna clean the house or watch television.