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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

Winter of the Wolf Review

Winter of the Wolf - Cherise Sinclair

I love shifter romances as you can probably tell from my Big List of Shifter Romances. This is one of the better examples I've read.

 

Ms. Sinclair's done a much better job of world building than I usually find in shifter romances.  With the massive number of popular shifter romances out there, It's not all that easy to make them unique without making them hokey.  I think Ms. Sinclair's done that, mainly by writing very character-driven books that don't rely on too much paranormal fluff to give them flavor.  The trio at the center of this book have great chemistry and fit together really well.  (Yes, it is a menage though there are not a lot of threesome love scenes).  There is suspense from both within and without the pack and that works well also.

 

I often skim through both fight scenes and love scenes.  They become too drawn out and often don't add enough to the story to make them worth reading.  I read all of them here, without skimming.  They do add to both the plot and characterization which was a refreshing change.  (Plus Cherise Sinclair does love scenes extremely well.)

 

The only think that wasn't great for me was that it had been quite a while since I read the first book in the series and it didn't come back to me all that quickly.  As much as I love this world, it didn't pull me in instantly.