Three brothers. Three secrets. One hope to save the shifters of Seattle.
Former SEAL Jaxson River would give his life for his brothers and his pack, but if he doesn't claim a mate soon, he'll be forced to step down as their alpha. There's only one problem: Jaxson's dark secret would kill any mate he claimed. With someone kidnapping shifters off the street - and only Jaxson and his brothers, Jace and Jared, to stop them - now is not the time for his secret to come out.
Curvy Olivia Lilyfield is a half-witch orphan with a dark secret of her own. She wants to atone for it by doing good in the world, so when she finds a wolf being tortured in an alley, she doesn't hesitate to help, even though wolves and witches mix like matches and TNT. Olivia's dangerous magic means she can't let anyone get too close - but Jaxson can't keep his hands off her, and his kisses are more than she can resist. As they race to save the disappearing shifters of Seattle, the true danger lies in loving each other. They're playing with magical fire and their secrets could end up destroying them both.
©2015 Alisa Woods (P)2016 ListenUp Production, LLC
I had previously read (and reviewed) the print version of this story and was intrigued to discover how the audiobook version compared. I'm happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it!
One of my favourite moments from the story is when Olivia, distressed after resigning from her job, is walking home. When she discovers two men attacking and tormenting a wolf the feisty Olivia goes to his rescue armed only with her camera phone! What a lady!The time when Jaxson reveals why he believes he can never mate is also very moving and the way in which Olivia endeavours to release him from these constraints are also definitely not to be forgotten!
The narrators read alternating chapters and this works well, though I admit it wasn't what I'd expected! I had assumed they would read it more like a play with them reading characters of their own gender but, having thought about it afterwards, I actually think the way this is actually done is an even better technique that works very well. Both are clear, easy to listen to and use different intonation for the different characters so it is easy to 'listen' to and identify whichever character is speaking.
The story is an emotive roller coaster ride with readers taken through the whole gamut of emotions as Jaxson and Olivia experience attraction, rejection, danger, anxiety and so much more on their journey to their HEA.
I had previously enjoyed the print version of this story and I have to say it was also great to listen to it. I was impressed with the narrators and would certainly listen to other books from them again. I won this audiobook in a competition without any obligation to listen to or review it. This is my honest review and I have to say I'll be listening to more in this series in future! My review of the story can be seen at https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3K1NKWN8JA0CH/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B014ZHGHYQ
I really liked the story and look forward to listening to more River Pack Wolves in the future. Unfortunately I would have liked it even better with just one narrator as I found it distracting to have two, especially when they narrated the voices for the other characters as this resulted in each character having two different voices.
"The Wolf and His Witch!"
This is my second book by Alisa Woods, and l'm really enjoying her world building skills. I've listen too quite a few shifter stories over the years, but this is my first wolf shifter who mates a witch, it was a surprising good plot with interesting characters.
Olivia stumbles upon Jaxson when she saves him from being attacked in his wolf form. What she didn't realize, Jaxson had his attackers just right where he wanted them, but he can't fault Olivia for trying to do the right thing. He's investigating why shifters are disappearing. There's an immediate attraction, and pull between them. When Jaxson learns she is looking for a job, he hires her to be his secretary, and to help him find a mate between several eligible shifter candidates. Being the alpha, he is expected to take a mate. His wolf pushes him to mate Olivia; however, he is really just trying to delay mating, and an excuse to spend more time around Olivia. He is keeping a dangerous secret which is the real reason he doesn't want to take a mate.
Jaxson isn't the only one with a dangerous secret. When Olivia was younger, and just coming into her witch powers, something horrible happened, and now she is ate up with guilt. When she learns the truth about Jaxson, and why he doesn't want to take a mate, she puts a plan in motion to free Jaxson from the curse, so he can finally mate. She really comes to care for Jaxson, and is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Dougles and Delisha both did a great job on the narration.
I won a free copy of this audio from the author, and enjoyed it. I liked how this plot uses magic, and it kinda reminded me of the Mercy Thompson world, just not as long, or descriptive, and with dual POV's. For being on the shorter side, it was good, well developed, and really peaked my interest and wanting to listen to the other character's stories.
"3.5 "Spell Defying Love" Story/4.5 Narration Stars"
3.5 "Spell Defying Love" Stars for the story and 4.5 Stars for the narration.
Reminiscent of a fairy tale like UF/PNR tale, Jaxon is an interesting, quick (just under 6 hours) tale. The debut of the River Pack Wolves Series appears to be laying down the framework for a band of shifter brothers who each have their own secret reasons for being unable to take on a mate and thus assume the alpha role for the pack, even as each book in the series tells the journey of how one brother finds his love match.
The underlying UF/PNR plot in Jaxson is fairly standard (shifters and witches that generally conform to many of the basic UF/PNR conventions we have become accustomed to in shifter/witch romances). In that regard, the witches are notorious for wanting to take on shifters as love slaves and thus feared and generally hated by the shifters--meanwhile a shifter's bite can be dangerous to a witch. Layered into this background relationship is a suspense conflict that evolves around an unknown threat against the shifters. Werewolves are slowly disappearing and the River Pack Wolves, who run a security firm, have been engaged to try and solve the threat.
Jaxson is presumed to be the only River Pack brother that can take on a mate and therefore is the current presiding alpha of the River Pack Wolves. Jaxson, however, is hiding a secret that he believes gives him at most one year to fulfill the political objectives he has for the pack since he can never mate.
It is with this backdrop in place that Jaxson meets Olivia Lilyfield, a woman he believes to be human, but who is hiding her own deep dark secrets. Jaxson doesn't understand why he has such a strong magnetic reaction to Olivia, but though he hires her under the guise of being his mate matchmaker (the person who is supposed to find Jaxson his mate), he can't help but feel the strongest attraction for Olivia. An attraction that Olivia feels just as keenly. But can there possibly be a HEA in the future for Jaxson and Olivia when secrets loom in the midst and danger lurks around the corner?
Enhancing the overall effect of the story is the well performed narration by Dougles Berger and Delisha Forest. Mr. Berger performs the chapters from Jaxson's perspective and Ms. Berger the ones from Olivia's. This style generally works well for this story giving the listener a clear differentiation between the POV being shared.
Mr. Berger and Ms. Forest are also generally adept at producing differentiated voices for each character, although Mr. Berger provides less differentiation among his characters, but nonetheless I had no trouble distinguishing the speaker in the dialogue scenes. Additionally, both narrators do a good job of acting out the mood of each scene.
Jaxson generally held my attention. Perhaps my only observation is that the romance between the hero and heroine had a bit of a love at first sight form of attraction to it. Given the natural animosity between wolves and witches--not to mention Jaxson's need to find a mate to remain as the alpha leader for his pack--I would have expected a little more conflict prior to the resolution on this point. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the fairy tale quality of the underlying UF/PNR suspense plot which held my attention throughout the entire listen.
Source: Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Olivia want to be a good person to atone for the things she has done in the past. She meets Jaxson and they have major chemistry. Secrets kept from every character is a recipe for a dramatic story. And this is no exception. Love the river brothers and Olivia. Witches and shifters galore. Olivia is afraid to reveal her secret, for it could mean losing the only man she has ever really loved. Great story.
This book was great to listen to. I really enjoyed the characters . It was finely narrated so that you could actually be there in the moment with the characters.
"I fell in love"
I received this audiobook from Ms Woods for a honest and unbiased review.
I loved this story, I really enjoyed finding out what was going to happen to Jaxson and his pack. Oliva who is a half witch and tries to deny her craft.
This is a must buy. I enjoyed it so much going to buy others by Alisa Woods
having two narrators really helps the story.
I loved this story, I really enjoyed finding out what was going to happen to Jaxson and his pack. Jaxson meets Olivia whilst he is undercover trying to find out why shifters are disappearing. Olivia is half witch but she dose not embrace her magic, she hides from it. She trys to save Jaxson from being hurt by two men in an alley.
Jaxson is the alpha of his pack but he has a secret, he can't take a mate because he was cursed by a witch when he was 16. Once these two meet there is a chemistry between them but can it come to anything? What will happen about the curse? What will happen about shifters disappearing? Well I don't do spoilers ever but I will say buy this book and find out it is well worth listening to.
Jaxson has two brothers now I feel I must find out what happens to them.
"Kept me coming back for more"
This was one of the best books I've listened to in a while. it kept me coming back for more and I did not want to put it down. more than one time I found myself with my headphones still on in bed . the narration as well as the story line was phenomenal. I will most definitely be finishing this series
I enjoyed this story and enjoyed listening to the narrator
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
I totally enjoyed this story, it was well written with just the right amount of mystery and love. I do love a good alpha and a strong female who has a little snarky in her. Lots of twists and turns to keep you on your toes, trying to figure out what is going to happen next. Leaves me wanting more. Can't wait to read the next book.
The narration was good. I was surprised at the narration being split up by chapters for each narrator. When there was a male and female I thought they would read their own sex. It was still well done and once I started listening it didn't matter.
I really like Jaxson: River Pack Wolves, Book 1. The story captured my attention almost from the beginning and it held it throughout the book. I was very much anticipating on where the story was going to go, if I have one critique it was it left me wanting more. I am planning on moving on to the next book but it's entitled with Jaxson's brothers name so therefore I'm anticipating it's going to be about his story and I really feel empty that I don't know more about Jaxson's story. I'm hoping it intertwines but I really wish there was a little bit more to the first book.
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