Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Review - Wicked Cowboy Wolf by Kait Ballenger

Wicked Cowboy Wolf
by Kait Ballenger
Series: Seven Range Shifters, #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: January 8, 2020

To his enemies, he's known as the Rogue. To her, he's her only chance at survival…

Years ago, Grey Wolf Jared Black was cast from the pack for a crime he didn't commit. Now, he's the mysterious criminal wolf known only as the Rogue, a name his former packmates won't soon forget. But when a vampire threat endangers the lives of their entire species, Jared must confront his former packmates again, even if that means betraying the only woman he's ever loved…

Ever since Maeve Gray escaped the pack's bloodsucking enemies, she's been determined to save her species—and fast. Each passing day risks the lives of her friends and family. But when a wicked cowboy wolf shows up on the Grey Wolf ranch, offering everything Maeve's heart desires, her eyes are opened to a whole new world beyond the packlands. For this cowgirl, sleeping with the enemy could prove as desirable as it is deadly…

Full of action and an anti-hero with nothing to lose, this enemies to lovers/second chance romance was a great read. This is the third book in this series (easily read as a standalone) and my favorite to date.
Being kissed by the Rogue was like being kissed by sin. Temptation. Desire. Need. Those words held meaning now. And she couldn’t get enough.
I am a huge fan of Maeve Gray. She’s tough and loyal, but also bound to a life that has been set out for her simply by the fact that she is the alpha’s sister…and inside she’s always wanted more. It was no surprise that when opportunity knocked on her door (well, broke into her home), she was ready to do what she had to for her pack, which also offered her a chance to experience some of the freedom that she has always desired. Rogue has always been considered an outlaw, but at his core he is honest and decent, something that Maeve quickly begins to see. These two together definitely had chemistry, which was no surprise since they also have a past. I did find myself getting aggravated with Rogue for not being truthful with Maeve, but after the life he has led, it wasn’t totally surprising that he didn’t feel he was worthy of redemption…or her love, so I did understand why he hesitated with the truth.

The supporting characters were great. You can feel the loyalty and bonds between all the lone wolves, and I loved how it was so clear that this group truly embodied what a pack should be – even if they are not seen that way by anyone on the outside. Maeve’s brother, on the other hand, is going to need quite a bit of redemption, so I look forward to seeing if/how that will happen, perhaps in another book? There were also appearances of other characters from the series, and it’s always nice to see a familiar face on the page, as well as the addition of some new ones that really helped this story and the overall story arc of the series along and hopefully be the subject of a future book…perhaps for Sophia?

There is plenty of action and at times the scenes can be a bit on the dark side, but there is also romance, a pet pot-bellied pig named Tucker, and some horses that tie that knot, which help add a lightness and additional emotional depth to the story. Things get a bit intense at the end, but the ending pulled things together nicely with a hard-worked for happily-ever-after. This one is definitely worth checking out.

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

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