I’ve been reading this past week, pretty much to the exclusion of all other things. A new book in a favorite series is being released shortly, and I thought a reread was in order. There are currently six books available, and I just started #5.
The series is called Hidden Wolves, and it’s written by Kaje Harper. I stumbled on it by accident when someone posted on FB about the first book being free, but I hesitated when I saw it was about wolf shifters.
For years I avoided shifter books, because they were so dumb, what with “fated mates” and other silly BS. The only reason I came across this genre at all was because I used to edit for Dreamspinner Press.
I even bought a few, and they were written so poorly, I wrote one of my own, just to see if I could do better. It’s called Wolf Bound, and it’s available on Amazon. Someone told me it was the best shifter book they’d ever read, which made me feel all glowy inside. Although I originally intended to write a trilogy, it never happened, but I’m still fond of this book.
Back to Ms. Harper’s free book (and yes, it’s still free!). I read the first few pages at Amazon, liked it, and got the book. I happened to have a few days off at the time, and after finishing it, I picked up the next one in the series. After devouring that, I bought all the rest and immersed myself in the world she’d created. It was good stuff. It probably helped that it was set in Minnesota, my home state, but what really sold it were the characters and a compelling story. The words “fated mates” never appeared once.
The story unfolds book to book in a wonderful and impressive way. I didn’t even mind the sex scenes (and y’all know I generally can’t stand them, because 99 percent of them are gawd-awful and downright tedious, they’re written so badly). I actually read them instead of skimming, the writing was that good.
Because I edit books, writing matters to me. If I have to stop and mentally correct the shit an editor should have removed or fixed, I get frustrated and eventually stop reading. I didn’t have to do that with this series. I stumbled across a couple things, but they were minor, and I just kept going, delighted by the character and story development, and excellent pacing.
It’s too bad George R. R. Martin didn’t have Ms Harper’s skill or editor, because I barely made it through Game of Thrones, given the zillion times the phrase “began to” showed up. By the time I finally reached the end, I was gritting my teeth and cringing every time I saw those two words. I will probably never read the rest of the books in his Ice and Fire series because of that.
If you’re looking for a new series to read, and you love M/M, get this one. You won’t be sorry.