Review: The Half Wolf by Jay Northcote

Mate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?

Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.

Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?

Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.

Well, if you like Jay Northcote’s other works, you’ll love this. This has everything I’ve come to love about his work, sweet love story, solid characters, no unnecessary conflict and some very sexy times.

I read this book in one sitting and really enjoyed so much about it. Quinn is a human who lives in a world where shifters are known and there is a tentative peace amongst humans and shifters, but still a large amount of prejudices and fear are present. When a shifter pack moves close to Quinn's small town he meets the alpha’s son, Kellan and they have an instant connection. This is most definitely an instalove/true mates story, Kellan and Quinn fall in love hard and fast and stay devoted to each other throughout the course of the book.

While we’re experiencing these two forming their connection there is also a rogue shifter causing trouble for both the humans and the pack, as well as some strange changes in Quinn which he has to work through.

This story was nicely paced, between the interaction with the various mysteries and the development of Kellan and Quinn’s relationship, nothing felt overdone or lost my interest. Also these sexy times were delicious, all desperate-bitey-fucking in the rain. It was yum.

For those who are particular about their shifter stories, these shifters were fairly simple/standard, but that worked. We didn’t have to navigate new unknown lore, generally we knew what to expect from them. Although….. and this will make some people cry…. no knotting.

Considering this was Northcote's first shifter story it was very solid and super enjoyable. I look forward to more if this becomes a series.

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