Genres: Paranormal Romance, Menage Romance
Published by VanScoy Publishing Group
Released on June 23, 2020
We are back in The Wild Hunt universe with a character we rescued in the last book and the brothers who have been parted. A grumpy healer and a protective cop learning to be brothers again and a woman learning how to be a shifter after years of imprisonment. Lots of excitement, love, lust, running, and defending to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Healing of the Wolf starts off in the middle of the rescue mission to retrieve the shifters taken to Scythe Camps years ago. The battle is told from Margery’s point of view, with how conditioned she was to being fearful of males with authority, guns, uniforms, etc. We also see just how brave she can be to overcome this fear to offer comfort and care for her fellow shifters.
Now months later, we learn all the shifters were placed in regions all over in a way to protect them from the Scythe that got away but also to relieve the burden of a community taking on all of them. Margery is in the Rainer territory, but she is the only survivor stationed there, and that probably a good thing as it isn’t the best place on earth to be. Just a step above the Scythe Camp. Margery is a banfasa, think nurse without any healing powers, but with power to offer calm and comfort. Also, she has a knack for organizing a situation in chaos. Healers are rare, so the Rainer community wants to ensure that Margery will have no place to go, nor is she aware she can leave. Verbally abused and no money, Margery takes Heather right up on attending a Gathering in Cold Creek. (Heather is a single female shifter that is featured in each story.)
Arriving in Cold Creek is a shock to Margery. Everything is so different and wonderful. She gets a job at the local diner, receives a room at a house that needs some TLC, and denies the banfasa side of her nature, associating it with being taken advantage of. Fearful of her neighbors, Tynan the cop and Donal the grumpy healer. Avoiding them seems to be in her best interest. She is also introduced to her pack, causing her dread as she only has Rainer as an example.
Tynan is home with he littermate Donal after years being a cop in the city. Life is good for him even if his brother is a grumpy one. He becomes a deputy, a beta in the pack of wolves, and feels the Mother’s love. Sharing a mate with his brother is the one thing that would complete him, but Donal doesn’t feel the same way. Attracted to his neighbor, Margery, he realizes she avoids him or freezes when she sees his badge or uniform. Assigned as her mentor, he breaks down the walls she has placed around herself that should not be there.
Being a healer to shifters is a calling, but also one he can choose to give. Donal was trained from an early age to use the Mother’s love to heal shifters, but that power is limited, like energy, and can run out if needed in large amounts. Donal mates many women at the Gathering as they can offer him more energy through their mating connection during emergencies. For this purpose, he doesn’t believe he can mate just one woman as she wouldn’t be able to power him up as say, three women. It doesn’t help that he hears lies about Margery being selective with her healing.
The story flows organically throwing tests to each character and allowing their true nature to shine. They learn to look deeper than the skin to the heart inside each. Situations that are funny, some are terrifying and some are just downright sexy. The Gatherings alone give us the sexy times to start these three off to the destiny they are fighting. The Scythe is ever a threat that can’t be forgotten or ignored, rearing their head.
We also learn that not each region of the shifters is fair, lovable, or protective. While the Mother chooses the leaders and the calling for her people, she does seem to make some really big mistakes. The cohair for the Rainer region denies to pay for the banfasa, as well as denies her pay for keeping the barracks clean where she lives. He does this to keep her there with no options to leave, but this also no options to buy clothing or personal care products. Basically Margery traded one prison for another, which is totally tragic and a knock upon his character. It also doesn’t help that the people in the community aren’t much better, often berating her for her injuries and looks. This also seemed to suggest that there just aren’t enough good alpha shifters to put in charge. Which is sad. And this isn’t the first time this has happened, but in different ways in other stories like Emma’s.
The theme of the story is fairness, forgiveness, love, and acceptance. Margery needs to learn her value to the pack, and accept that she is a good person with gifts. Tynan needs to forgive himself for past mistakes, and learn to live in the pack again. He’s pretty perfect though 🙂 Donal needs to realize he can’t save the world, accept love and be fair to everyone. He kind of has the biggest hurdles to jump through when I thought it would be Margery.
I quite enjoyed this latest installment in The Wild Hunt Legacy, just the itty bitty problem of other regions being idiots and getting the stick out of their asses.
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