Review: Wolf Signs (Granite Lake Wolves #1) by Vivian Arend

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Review: Wolf Signs (Granite Lake Wolves #1) by Vivian Arend two-half-stars
Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend
Series: Granite Lake Wolves #1
Published by Samhain Publishing on March 24, 2009
Genres: PNR, Romance
Pages: 96
Format: eBook
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Talk about getting your signals crossed…

Robyn Maxwell doesn’t care that her brother has to cancel out on their backcountry ski trip. She can do it alone. The fact she’s deaf doesn’t make her survival skills any weaker. The chance to get away from it all and relax in the Yukon wilderness is just what she’s been craving.

Meeting wilderness guide Keil at the cabin starts cravings of another kind. Keil’s one hot hunk of ripped, tasty male. Now she has to deal with raging hormones as well as strange questions about wolves and mates and challenges to the death.

Keil was trying for a nice reflective retreat before challenging for the Alpha position of his Alaskan pack. He wasn’t planning on meeting the woman destined to be his mate, or finding out she’s not aware she has the genes of a wolf.

Between dealing with his accident-prone younger brother, a deaf mate with an attitude and an impending duel to the death, his week—and his bed—is suddenly full.

Far from the relaxing getaway any of them had in mind…

Product Warnings: Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “talking with your hands”. Includes dangerous use of sarcasm and hot nookie in a remote wilderness sauna.

I received a free copy of Wolf Signs from Kobo (not Amazon!) on 13-Oct-2015 meaning this book lasted five (5) months on Mt. TBR. I do not remember what encouraged me to grab this copy – I have to assume that I saw it advertised somewhere.

Wolf Signs is the introductory novella of the Granite Lake Wolves series. In Wolf Signs we meet the would-be Alphas of the pack: Robyn and Keil. Robyn is deaf from a childhood incident and she is adopted because her parents died at her birth. She has no clue that she is a full-blooded werewolf – an Alpha werewolf at that. This strains the imagination as it is revealed in the book that Robyn’s adopted brother is half wolf and is aware of Robyn’s ancestry as well as his own.

Robyn and her brother, Tad, were supposed to go on a camping/skiing trip when Tad has to pull out. Robyn is determined to go alone even though the cabin they stay in is a communal unisex cabin that…everyone has access to. That…smacks of stupidity to me. This stupidity is highlighted when Roybn meets Keil and his brother TJ…since they walk in on her while she is naked in the sauna, shocking them all.

Keil and T.J. are out on a relaxing getaway right before he goes to fight to become the new Alpha of his pack. They run into Robyn at the cabin – where they know instantly she is a wolf and that she is Keil’s fated mate. This is when the info-dumping starts to go hard. At this point the author tells the reader all about her Granite Lake Wolves world and how it works by having Keil and T.J. explain everything to Robyn. Especially the fated-mates part. As per usual for books like this, Robyn mostly takes everything in stride. Keil and Robyn mate within 48 hours of meeting each other (and of Robyn learning she’s a werewolf).

I have to say that I really didn’t care for Wolf Signs very much but it’s rather short so the read was quick. There’s too much info-dumping and the entire idea of the series seems to be basic PNR fated mates fodder. It’s doubtful I will read more in this series (unless they show up for free).

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