Wolfe’s Hope – Lora Leigh

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This story can be found in print in the anthology PRIMAL HEAT

Back cover:
Hope believed Wolfe was dead, but he was only waiting for the right time to claim her. The scientist who created him, Hope’s mother, has forced his hand. She wants her creation back, and she wants any children he may breed on her daughter.

He is a man whose DNA was altered, infused with the genetic code of the wolf. His unique genetic makeup has created a male unlike any other and will make itself known in the most surprising ways. Now Hope must convince her mate she hasn’t betrayed him, and they must defeat the plans of a scientist gone mad.

In short Wolfe is a Breed in Hope’s mother’s Labs. They are mates and her mother discovers this and tries to use it to her advantage by breeding a new generation of Wolf Breeds. But Wolfe refuses and escapes the labs, leaving Hope behind. Hope thinks he’s been dead for 6 years when he shows up and kidnaps her.
Her mother, the proverbial mad scientist, has tricked him into believing Hope has been with other men and is working with her to trap him.
But Wolfe has his own plans for Hope’s mother.

This very, very short novella. With only 40 pages and being an erotic novella it leaves little room for a real plot, character development or intense emotions. Therefore this will be one of the shortest reviews I’ve ever written. There’s just not much to say about it. I started it, I blinked and I was at the end!

For me the Wolf Breed stories I’ve read aren’t as good as the Feline Breeds and this novella is no exception. It’s written in the same style as the Ellora Cave Feline Breed stories but it lacks the intensity and emotional build up those stories have. Not even the erotic scenes could do it for me.

Certainly after reading a few full-length stories in the Feline Breeds this one really doesn’t compare even though I shouldn’t compare a full-length with a short story. But still I’ve also read two Feline Breed anthology-stories in this series, who admittedly were a bit longer but the build up and characterization were absolutely there, where as in this story I really couldn’t find it. But let’s say I’m one installment closer to getting up to date with the series and it’s another book I can take of my TBR-pile.

Maybe the next Wolf Breeds will convince me because consistent with all the books in this series there is a hint at the end about the next couple in the series: Jacob and Faith. It’s just one paragraph, but one with potential. So I’m still not giving up on the Wolf Breeds but for now I would have to say this is the least appealing installment in the Breeds Series up till now.

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