Close quarters make for a cozy Christmas…
As Christmas approaches, red wolf shifter Brooke Cerise unexpectedly inherits an antique shop in Portland, Oregon. But when a missing reindeer calf turns up on her property, she becomes embroiled in a kidnapping case and the primary suspect of far-too-intriguing shifter Detective Josh Wilding.
Josh doesn’t intend to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, but Brooke gets under his skin from the moment they meet, and he can’t help his instinct to protect her. These red wolves are both on the hunt for love, but there’s a mystery to solve before they can enjoy their holiday happy-ever-after.
Titles in the Red Wolf series (which is a sub-series within the Heart of the Wolf series) includes – Joy to the Wolves -Wolf Fever –
Title: Joy to the Wolves
Series: Red Wolf #1 (part of the Heart of the Wolf world)
Author: Terry Spear
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: September 29, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4.5 stars
While I will freely admit that I love any new addition to the ever-expanding Heart of the Wolf universe, I especially love when it’s time for the Christmas story to arrive. Add to that enjoyment the beginning of a new division or series within this universe with the Red Wolf sub-series and I’m in a reading piece of heaven. (Yes, I do love this world that much that I get excited to explore even more.)
Joy to the Wolves is a funny, intriguing, steamy, emotional beginning to the Red Wolf series – and I loved every single moment spent in this world. Come on… a baby reindeer? What is not to love about that at Christmas time?
Meet Brooke, a wolf shifter who has just recently arrived in town to take over her aunt’s antique shop – Brooke just sold her parent’s antique shop that she was obligated by the will to work for three years… and now she’s back in that very same situation. She’d had other dreams to explore but, family obligations are well, family.
The last thing she expected to show up at the gate of her shop was a baby reindeer so she did the logical thing, she brought the calf inside, called the cops to report it missing, and waited for help to arrive. Yeah. Things didn’t quite work out that way though since the cops thought her call was a prank. A local police officer and his twin brother (also red wolf shifters) were missing a baby reindeer from their ranch, so when Brooke used social media to look for the owners immediately Josh believed she had kidnapped the baby reindeer for publicity for the failing antique shop. Really? To say that Josh comes off as a bit of a donkey’s hind-end at first is an understatement.
There was a spark of interest between Josh and Brooke, not instant love but more “I want to hate you because you’re a donkey’s backside but you’re hot so I’ll give you a chance” kind of interest. That might have worked, eventually, but soon enough odd things began happening around the antique shop, dangerous things that show that Brooke has walked into something serious when taking over the property. Once Josh begins to take the situation seriously we have an intense mystery to solve, a couple to work their way toward a happy ending, and an adorable reindeer calf in the midst of it all.
I had fun with Joy to the Wolves. It’s the kind of beginning to a series that I enjoy, some danger, a puzzle to solve, interesting secondary characters that I hope to learn more about over the series, and a couple that eventually work their way to a happy ever after ending. If you love shifters and the beginning of a new series then this one would be perfect for you.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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