Sunday, January 6, 2019

Review - Cowboy Wolf Trouble by Kait Ballenger

Cowboy Wolf Trouble
by Kait Ballenger
Series: Seven Range Shifters, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: January 1, 2019

Seven shifter clans call the Montana mountains home.
But a new evil will stop at nothing to tear their world apart.

For centuries, the shifters that roam Big Sky country have honored a pact to keep the peace. Even bad-boy rancher Wes Calhoun, former leader of a renegade pack, has given up his violent ways and sworn loyalty to the Grey Wolves. But his dark past keeps catching up with him...

Human rancher Naomi Evans cares only about saving the ranch that was her father's legacy. Until a clash with Wes opens up a whole new world—a supernatural world on the verge of war—and Naomi, her ranch, and the sexy cowboy wolf stealing her heart are smack dab in the middle of it.

Cowboy Wolf Trouble was a good start to a new series that looks to have lots of opportunities for some great stories.

I love the world that Kait Ballenger has created as the backdrop to this series. The various shifter packs, the vampire element, and the cross-over to her Execution Underground series laid the groundwork for an intriguing read. I was surprised that it took a bit for me to get into this read, but once I was immersed in Wes and Naomi’s story this one was hard to put down.

Wes was a darker character - his past has come back to haunt him and he sees no way for any type of redemption for himself. He’s drawn to Naomi but can’t let himself think he would be worthy of any type of happiness since he is convinced he only brings death and despair to those he gets close to. Naomi was an interesting heroine. She’s a female rancher, which is something you don’t often see. I do wish that her Native American heritage was brought into play a bit more, but perhaps we’ll see a bit more of that in future stories. These two together could definitely bring the heat, but what I enjoyed most about them was their banter and the playfulness that Naomi seemed to bring out in Wes.

There was a lot going on in this book, which is typical of many first in series books that have to set the stage for the world they are creating. There were many interesting characters introduced and at times it was a lot to keep track of, but overall all the parts have laid a nice foundation for the series.

Cowboy Wolf Trouble was a nice start to a new series that has me looking forward to the next book!

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley which I voluntarily reviewed.

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