Black Wolf’s Revenge by Tera Shanley #AfternoonDelight

Black Wolf’s Revenge by Tera Shanley #AfternoonDelightBlack Wolf’s Revenge by Tera Shanley

Series: #2 Silver Wolf Clan
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Lyrical Press on February 17, 2015
Pages: 123
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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three-half-stars  

Here we are at installment two in the series…Remember what I said about ominous clouds on the horizon? Well folks, it clouded up real quick and poured buckets. Oh yeah, things are riding high and in a blink they weren’t. Oh and I really hated to be right about what way the heroine would jump about things too. Oh yeah, when things got real, she was out of there faster than a cat hearing the word ‘bath’.

This was a shorter installment and most definitely needs to be read after book one. They lead right into each other and won’t make a lick of sense out of order. I’ll try not to reveal something that’s not evident beyond the blurb.

Two big events happen at the end of book one: Morgan and Grey get engaged and when Morgan goes through the change as the result of a wolf attack it reveals that she is a rare Silver Wolf that is the stuff of legend. Now everyone is still digesting what this will mean for her safety while she is recovering from her changeover from human to werewolf. She will be coveted by every wolf pack in the world because the legend of the Silver Wolf leads to the fact that she might be a female wolf capable of breeding. And while the wolves will want her for breeding, the vampires will want to slaughter her for the same reason. It’s a lot to wrap one’s mind around and Grey is worried on her behalf and thinks in terms of protecting her and her little niece because he loves them and sees them as his. Only, Morgan figures out she’s different and does a freak out leaping to the conclusion that Grey wants to get married for the sole purpose of protection and doesn’t really love her. She cuts ties with Grey, refuses the safety of the pack and goes back to her old life- or tries too.

Morgan’s actions crush Grey’s heart and her continued actions put him near the breaking point. He is scared because she refuses to acknowledge the danger. He tries to watch out for her, but she won’t let him close so it has to be at a distance. In the meantime, he starts to figure out the werewolf thing and becomes the surrogate big brother for a younger wolf who was changed by a brute just like he was. The inevitable happens because Morgan’s decisions and things get mighty interesting in a dangerous way.

I know my summary was somewhat flippant, but that’s because I get rather riled up every time I think about the stupid-stubborn Morgan pulls putting everyone’s life in danger and crushing Grey’s big, beautiful heart. The only thing that kept me reading through was that firstly this was a shorter piece so the annoyance and watching Grey’s agony didn’t last long and secondly, because girlfriend spent a lot of time miserable and very aware that she screwed up to the nth power. The author did a good job of making the heroine really feel her mistakes and the hero didn’t make it easy on her because she did bruise his heart and abuse his trust so badly. There is a balance and honestly, I was nearly smiling when really it wasn’t a happy moment after all that Morgan, Grey and the pack went through. As impressed as I was by the author’s creative worldbuilding and story of the first one, I think her handling of volatile relationship and character growth in this one was equally impressive.

Another really nice bit was the relationship that grew between Grey and Marissa. She becomes the younger sister he never had and they help each other heal.

In the end, I look forward to the next installment and am crossing my fingers that I can see the two main characters working in harness and dealing with the trouble that is surely coming their way still. Urban Fantasy fans who like shifters taking the starring role and like a slow build on the passion should give these a look-see.

My thanks to Kensington and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Hey Sophia! 🙂 Sorry you were annoyed by some of the characters in the book. Don’t you just hate that? The thing that gets me is if I’ve read a book I’ve paid for only to be disappointed by it. =/

    • Yeah, that bums me out too, Keionda. It wasn’t a total loss. I liked a lot of stuff in the book too.

  • good gravy, hard headed females…smh. Well, I’m glad the author was able to pull the story together even with you disliking chickie. Hoping the next couple is better for you 🙂

    • I think part of the disappointment is that I saw hints in the first book that she was totally going to spaz out (over nothing) and put the whole group into turmoil in danger. I really was hoping the author would surprise me and would show me a mature heroine. Now, I admit that the way she handled the second half of the book forcing the heroine to really see and feel what her screw ups cost herself and everyone else did surprise me. I’m hoping for a bit less of this sort of drama in the next one. *crosses fingers*

      • that is indeed a nice surprise…glad the author was able to make her learn a lesson 😉

  • I like a hard headed main character, but I don’t enjoy when she screw over the other characters. Glad she feels sorry about what she does. This sounds like an intriguing series! First I’m hearing about it so thanks 😀

    • Hey, you’re welcome, Sarah. I was bummed by her actions, but I liked it that the author made her feel remorseful. The ones that really disappoint are the stories when its just all swept under the rug.

  • Errrg arg when you end up right about things like that. Good he made her work for fixing what she broke. It always gripes me when one messes up bad and it’s just brushed away.

    • Yeah, there was no little mistakes and she was pretty cruel so I was glad to see that he rushed in and saved her, but he made it clear that his trust and forgiveness were not a given. I’ve noticed a trend that the guy usually has to grovel when he messes up and the gal gets a pat on the head and a ‘that’s okay honey’, but in this one it wasn’t like that thankfully. I’ll continue with the series as a result.

  • “Faster than a cat hearing the word “bath”” : LMAO !!! I love what you said about character growth, looks like a very good series 🙂

    • My mom always said that and it seemed to fit. Haha!
      I loved that with each book the author has shown a different strength. The heroine made me mad, but it was still a good story. I want to see what happens next in book three.

  • I love shifters so there’s that and this being a novella is another win too!