Master Wolf (Captive Wolves Book 2) by Joanna Chambers #Audiobook #LGBT #Review #MMHistorical #Werewolves

Erryn reviews ‘Master Wolf (Captive Wolves Book 2)’ by Joanna Chambers. The ebook was published March 20, 2020 and is 277 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Hamish McKinlay.  It was released December 7, 2020 and is 9 hrs and 6 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book: I really enjoyed the first book and couldn’t wait for the second.

He must master the wolf within…

Edinburgh, 1820. Thirty years after leaving Scotland, Drew Nicol is forced to return when the skeleton of a monster is found. The skeleton is evidence of werewolves—evidence that Marguerite de Carcassonne, the leader of Drew’s pack, is determined to suppress.

Marguerite insists that Drew accompany her to Edinburgh. There they will try to acquire the skeleton while searching for wolf-hunters—wolf hunters who may be holding one of their pack prisoner.

But Drew has reason to be wary about returning to Edinburgh—Lindsay Somerville now lives there. 

Lindsay who taught Drew about desire and obsession. 

Lindsay who Drew has never been able to forgive for turning him. 

Lindsay who vowed to stay away from Drew twelve years ago… and who has since taken drastic steps to sever the bond between them. 

Marguerite’s plan will throw Drew and Lindsay together again—and into a deadly confrontation with Lindsay’s enemy, Duncan MacCormaic. They will be tested to their limits and forced to confront both their past mistakes and their true feelings. 

But it may be too late for them to repair the damage of the past. The consequences of Lindsay’s choices are catching up with him, and he’s just about out of time…

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My Review:

Drew Nicol is angry with Lindsay.  Yes, Lindsay saved his life.  But he also condemned Drew to a life he would never have chosen for himself.  A life from which he cannot ever escape.  He’s done his best to avoid Lindsay for the past thirty years, but when Drew is summoned to Edinburgh, he has no choice but to return.  His pack is being threatened and he is someone uniquely in a position to do something about it.

Although the task seems simple enough – obtain the skeleton of a half-changed wolf – there is so much more going on.  Lindsay has been trying to grant Drew’s wish that their bond be severed forever.  His way of going about that is about to exact a price almost too high to pay.

The first book was entirely from Lindsay’s point of view while this one is in Drew’s.  That works on many levels, most of which is that Drew is struggling to deal with his identity as a werewolf – something he would never had done voluntarily.  Instead of being grateful for Lindsay saving his life, he’s been resentful and livid.  But the need to protect the pack is strong within him.

As with the first book, there’s action, adventure, intrigue, and even love.  I so desperately wanted Lindsay and Drew to find their happily ever after, but there were moments when I despaired it might happen.

I enjoyed the duology even more than I would have thought.  The two books really have to be read in tandem and I recommend doing it in a short period of time to get the maximum enjoyment – I consumed them in three days.

I’ll also again mention Hamish McKinlay.  He did a brilliant job with the narration and I’ll add him to my list of favorite narrators.

My Rating:

9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars

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Joanna Chambers’ muse likes red wine, coffee and won’t let Joanna clean the house or watch television.

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