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Wolf and the Holly

Rowan Harbor Cycle Series, Book 2
By: Sam Burns
Narrated by: Chris Chambers
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

Five years ago, Jesse dropped out of college and came home to Rowan Harbor to find safety with his pack. A broken man, he's been living as though the world is ending - allergic to responsibility and spending most of his nights at the local bar. But he can't avoid growing up forever.

On the night of his 30th birthday party, he finds his childhood friend Isla unconscious, attacked in the middle of their peaceful hometown. The wolf inside him wants to protect its people from the slick-haired, smooth-talking vampire who's brought trouble to town, and Jesse can't run from his instincts any longer.

Now that his inner wolf is out of its cage, it's picked the most inconvenient moment to find its mate. Sean Anderson - recently back from college and much changed from the skinny preteen Jesse once knew - is just what he never knew he needed.

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Sam Burns (P)2018 Tantor

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  • N Florida
  • 12-01-19

Second in this series

I like the writing style of this author. This series has a continuing mystery and even though it wraps up in the third book I can see where it could be continued. There is no cliff hanger but with the characters and town I could see where the author could go on. The narrator does an excellent job. I've listened to many books narrated by Chris Chambers. I discovered this series by searching his name.

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  • Belen
  • 13-11-18

3.5 Stars

A little slow to get going in the beginning, it's worth it when it gets up to steam. It does leave the reader with more questions than answers and the romance takes a backseat to the mystery element in this installment, but listeners are left with a HFN ending, and it's interesting world-building (how far do Devon's powers extend...I must find out!).

I feel like Chris Chambers has grown between his performance in Blackbird in the Reeds and Wolf and the Holly. He's less stiff in his delivery, and though his pacing is still quite structured, he does infuse some emotion into the text particularly during conversation. He also does a good job of creating and using distinct character voices for each of the large cast.

Single POV, paranormal with romantic elements, some action, good world- building, and continues to build the base for this trilogy of trilogies.

Bottom Line: I enjoyed listening to the audio, the world building is interesting, and I'm looking forward to Fletcher's story next in Fox and Birch.

Story = 3.5 Stars, Narration = 3.5 Stars; Total: 3.5 Stars

Note: The Rowan Harbor Cycle is a series of 9 books - a trilogy of trilogies. The main characters (Devon and Wade, Jesse and Sean, Fletcher and Conner) will have their own book in each trilogy with a happy for now ending and later their (hopefully) happily ever afters.