Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Wolf Who Hatched An Egg

Title: The Wolf Who Hatched An Egg
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-964-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Shape-shifter Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

When wolf shifter Liam meets Shiloh, he’s not thinking of the gorgeous swan shifter as prey.  The feisty man is everything Liam’s ever wanted and his soul yearns for the man his wolf wants as a mate. But convincing Shiloh of his honest intentions is difficult when most wolves would consider him a snack. 

Shiloh’s wanted a mate for years and even moved far away from the valley of the swans in search of him. During that time, he’s made some bad choices and is reluctant to trust that his perfect match is a wolf. 

As they work to strengthen their growing relationship, their world is thrown upside down on discovering an abandoned swan egg at their front door. Shiloh and Liam must work together to protect the new addition to their family, but the question is whether taking care of the egg will bring them closer or destroy them. 

The Wolf Who Hatched An Egg is release two in Scarlet Hyacinth’s series Mate or Meal and the series should be read in order. It’s another interesting pairing I didn’t expect, but then that’s what makes this series so enjoyable. It’s mostly made up of shifter races I’ve never seen before and the books, so far, are quick to read, cute and entertaining. 

I’m not a fan of prologues but in this instance it worked, showing the reason Shiloh left the valley of the swans and setting up the rest of the story. It also gives an idea of his strength and determination to find the mate fate meant for him, instead of settling for creepy Charles. Yes, Shiloh made poor choices later and has a temper but I still like this guy. Initially he makes mistakes with Liam but they’re resolved in a timely manner. And I love Liam…he’s a great guy…protective, warm and caring. 

The story has a good flow and I didn’t notice any jerky spots. Unlike the first book, there’s no conflict from the wolf elder or pack …in this case the conflict comes from other sources. There’s a nice integration of Carson and Brody from the first release.  

A few little niggles to think about:

  1. Shiloh not wanting to report finding the egg and the possibility of a kidnapping charge. Too obvious a plot thread.
  2. When there’s gunfire in front of their house, why didn’t anyone call the police?
  3. Why go to England instead of calling to get a statement?
  4. Shiloh forgave his parent far too easily. What they did was horrible. It wasn’t a hangnail.

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