Book Review: Wanting the Wolfman by Louise Collins

 
 
Years ago, Joel had his leg amputated after a traumatic incident in the woods, but his memories are hazy, and what he was told happened has never felt right to him. When a memory resurfaces one night, he heads back into the woods to find the wolf---and the man---he knows are there, and finally finds some peace and happiness.

Book Review: Wanting the Wolfman by Louise Collins | reading, books, book reviews, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, lgbt+, m/m
Title: Wanting the Wolfman
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*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

This was a sweet, relaxed romance with a small paranormal element and great disability rep!

Contrary to what I expected when I picked this up, this wasn’t exactly a werewolf story. That aspect was a little more unique. I don’t think it’s a spoiler, but if you don’t want to know, just skip to the next paragraph because I’m about to explain. This wasn’t a werewolf story because the man and the wolf were separate beings with separate personalities/thoughts/emotions, but they shared one body that could shift forms and could communicate with each other in their mind. For that reason, the paranormal element was actually very minimal. But I still thought it was a neat idea and enjoyed it. And anyone who likes reading about dogs or animals will love this sweet, adorable wolf.

The blurb makes the book sound like it’s going to be ominous, but it was actually quite slow-paced and laid-back, focused on Joel hanging out in the woods, finally finding out the truth and healing from the trauma of his past experience, and starting a romance with Guy. The conflict was barely a blip in the book, to be honest. It didn’t come up until near the end, and it was resolved quickly and easily.

The book was fairly predictable with some typical paranormal romance aspects—like how perfect the love interest, Guy, was and how he had had feelings for Joel ever since he first saw him. But these things did add to the light feel of the book.

Joel’s ex, Keen, was an unexpected part of the story, but he, and the relationship between him and Joel, was well-written. He was the perfect portrayal of a manipulative person, someone who sometimes does nice things and seems like he cares but whose abusive and selfish behavior far outweighs that. The more I learned about him and how he treated Joel, the more I hated him.

For me, the best thing about this book was the fantastic disability rep for Joel’s amputated leg! Or at least, it seemed like it was great (I don’t have any missing limbs though). It wasn’t just a plot device or an afterthought; there was so much about what it was like for Joel having an amputated limb and using a prosthetic. Like how walking on a prosthetic is all about getting the right balance and pressure, so just having a few drinks could completely throw off your walking. And although part of Joel’s growth was about accepting his body (or rather, accepting the idea that other people could accept it), he was still more than just his disability. As for the erectile dysfunction caused by Joel’s trauma and his confusion over the memories, I have no idea whether that was done well or not.

Overall, this was a quick, light, enjoyable paranormal romance!

 
 
Book Blurb

Can love be more than a memory?

Three years ago, an attack cost Joel his leg… and his memories. Though he was told a dog he’d befriended savaged him, he has one hazy recollection: the stunning silver eyes of a wolf… or maybe a man. Desperate for the truth, he struggles back into the woods where his life changed in search of his animal friend.

When he finds the wolf who has stalked his thoughts, he demands it reveal its true form, and he meets Guy, the man within the wolf. Guy is guarded, but the wolf knows Joel belongs with them, and gradually, Guy can only agree. Things fall into place, but then Joel inadvertently exposes the man and the wolf he’s coming to love.

Guy and the wolf are forced to flee, but can Joel follow?

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    1. Kristen Burns

      It wasn’t really instalove since they did spend time together, but it still felt a bit cliche, especially when he talked about having feelings ever since he saw him. Thanks :-)

    1. Kristen Burns

      I have this weird thing where I just kind of refuse to read anything that isn’t SFF, but sometimes I end up with a book that only has a small paranormal element, and sometimes I do enjoy it. But yeah, the wolf and man sharing a body was different! And I always love good disability rep!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, the cover and blurb don’t quite fit with the story. I agree it’s best if they all work together! But I loved the disability too. I haven’t heard of Jane Yellowrock, but it is a fun idea! Thanks!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Romance books are usually pretty predictable though, and when life is stressful, sometimes it’s nice to know the book will have a happy ending. I think I was a little more put out by the overly perfect love interest. Still, I did love the disability rep and mostly enjoyed the story!

  1. Olivia Roach

    I do like slow paced, relaxed romance books. I think a romance is the only genre of book where I wouldn’t really mind a slow pace too much. It’s interesting that this one wasn’t what you expected it to be but you were still able to really enjoy reading it. It sounds like great representation as well, and I’m all here for that. Especially as we don’t get too much representation for missing/amputated limbs.

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