The Werewolf Cowboy
Krystal Shannan & Camryn Rhys
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A wolf divided by two worlds… torn between desire and destiny...
Small town sheriff, Allan VonBrandt, would like nothing more than to focus only on his work and not on the leggy and irresistible brunette who won’t take no for an answer. But when fate steps in and his inner wolf won’t refuse the magick pull she has on him, Allan must confront his animalistic desires–whether he wants to or not.
Reyna DuBois has never met a man–or wolf–she can’t tame, but Allan just might be the stubborn exception to the rule. Refusing to give up, Reyna enlists the help of her inner wolf to seduce the ever-reluctant sheriff, promising this particular cowboy the ride of his life.
NOTE TO READERS: While each book in the Moonbound series is a complete romance arc, there is a full series arc that is revealed in pieces and not fully resolved until the end of the series.
The Werewolf Cowboy Has a Rocky Start
If you like fantasy, werewolves, mating, romance, and a little bit of smut, look no further.
I received an ARC of the first half of this series and was super stoked to be reading more of Krystal Shannan’s work, as she also writes contemporary romance under the penname Emma Roman, and to be introduced to Camryn Rhys’ work. Upon beginning this, I was taken aback at the language and lewdness of the book and the characters. I didn’t give up on it though, because Krystal Shannan is one of my favorites. I trust her writing and judgment.
The romance between Allan and Reyna feels very tensed and stressed at the beginning. I was not a fan of how forceful Reyna was with her feelings toward Allan. I think something else that held me back a bit for this first book of this series is that it also doubles as the VonBrandt Family book number four. I would have liked to have more references from the previous three books, as I had been coming in blind into this book on who the characters are and how they are related and their relationships with each other.
Aside from the budding romance between Allan and Reyna, the secondary characters felt one-dimensional. Except for Allan’s brothers, I found them to be hilarious. What I wished there was more from this was for Reyna to have been a bit subtler with her emotions and feelings toward Allan unlike her very forceful ways on him.
I do see the side of Reyna though to where she feels the pull of fate between her and Allan where Allan blatantly denies it to the umpteenth degree. She goes through every effort and jumps through many hoops to make him hers. Warning ahead: this entire series does have very detailed sexual scenes, so if this is something that you do not enjoy reading, you will need to do some glossing over.
It’s been a while since I have read much werewolf romance novels, so bear with me. I think that the world that Camryn Rhys and Krystal Shannan have created together is built very solidly. This is the book to where the explanation to the Fated one should be told in detail. With Reyna being the one to do it, it makes it a stronger and more believable book. I would have loved to see their relationship blossom a bit more, but I do realize it’s a novella and part of a series, so I won’t complain about it too much.
As I continue to read each book, I am loving how each of them references past books for connectivity. I’m currently reading the fifth book (I’ll be posting reviews daily for a while! Whoo!) and I love the underlying plot of the entire series. I am anxious to see where it goes. In retrospect though, The Werewolf Cowboy has been the weakest book of the ones I have read. I feel as if there is a huge disconnect with the VonBrandt family compared to the following novellas. Overall, I give this first book of the series a 3-star rating.
The Werewolf Cowboy
Reyna is awesome! I loved her tough girl attitude and her devotion to claiming what's hers once she's found it.That isn't a very easy thing to do when her mate thinks he belongs more in the human world than in the werewolf world. He's determined to make his life outside the pack and deny his inner-wolf.
But Reyna is having none of it. She does anything (and I mean anything) and everything (and I mean everything) to claim him and show him that being a wolf isn't all that bad. Allan VonBrandt is just as stubborn and determined not to meet his fate. Watching these two dance around each other, both determined to have their way, was extremely entertaining.
This is a spin-off of the Van Brandt Family series, and it helps to have read them for a little of the backstory on what is bringing all these wolves together. But, you will easily be caught up and these books will still be very enjoyable if you haven't had a chance to read the other series yet.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*