Book Review: Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend

Wolf Signs by Vivian ArendTitle: Wolf Signs (Amazon)
Series: Granite Lake Wolves, #1
Author: Vivian Arend
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Sensuality Rating: steamy
Source: free Kindle book
Published: March 2009

Talk about getting your signals crossed…

Robyn Maxwell doesn’t care that her brother has to cancel out on their backcountry ski trip. She can do it alone. The fact she’s deaf doesn’t make her survival skills any weaker. The chance to get away from it all and relax in the Yukon wilderness is just what she’s been craving. Meeting wilderness guide Keil at the cabin starts cravings of another kind. Keil’s one hot hunk of ripped, tasty male. Now she has to deal with raging hormones as well as strange questions about wolves and mates and challenges to the death.

Keil was trying for a nice reflective retreat before challenging for the Alpha position of his Alaskan pack. He wasn’t planning on meeting the woman destined to be his mate, or finding out she’s not aware she has the genes of a wolf. Between dealing with his accident-prone younger brother, a deaf mate with an attitude and an impending duel to the death, his week—and his bed—is suddenly full. Far from the relaxing getaway any of them had in mind…

Warning: Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “talking with your hands”. Includes dangerous use of sarcasm and hot nookie in a remote wilderness sauna.

Why I Read this Book: I hadn’t read anything by this author before but I recognized her name when I saw Wolf Signs as a free Kindle book. I grabbed it without reading the blurb and dove right in the story blind. And it was a blast!

What I Liked: The chemistry between Keil and Robyn was hot. Keil was so protective of her and so passionate. Very swoon-worthy. I also liked the banter and sarcasm between TJ, Keil, and Robyn. Seriously, I’m sitting here writing out this review and thinking about some of the hilarious parts in this book and I’m LOLing all over again.

I like the way Robyn’s schooling on werewolves went down. I’m a firm believer of ‘seeing is believing’ and that’s exactly how it went down. Instead of Keil and TJ telling Robyn about how werewolves exist, they showed her.

I tend to look for blunders when it comes to deaf or blind characters so I was pleased with the attention to detail the author put into Robyn’s character and interactions.

And there was a little action at the end that keep things exciting.

What I Didn’t Like: The intimate trust and bonding between Keil and Robyn happened a bit too fast for my liking. And Keil knowing Tad (Robyn’s brother) was a little too convenient.

Memorable Moments:

“I don’t have a penis so I can’t go backcountry alone?”

“Robyn, there’s something…” Tad hesitated, looking everywhere around the room except at her. He opened and closed his mouth a couple of times before shaking his head. “Never mind.”

Robyn gave a heavy sigh. “Not again, tad. You do this at least once a year. Whatever deep, dark secret you have I wish you’d spit it out. Or drop it and not get me curious. Are you gay?”

“What? You still having problems with that boner?”

Overall Impression: Wolf Signs was a fun, intense, steamy, and funny read. Glad I grabbed this one because I just found me a new author to read. Economically speaking, my only wish is that, being that all the books in this series are all novellas, the entire series be available for purchase in one book.

Brianna’s Rating:
4 Frogs

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  1. I can understand that wish. There are so many books I want to read but don't want to buy. Gail Carriger's series comes to mind. I've read the first two and loved them but don't want to buy any more and don't want to wait until my library gets them as eBooks. Nice review!

    1. If they were full length novels, I wouldn't mind. But these are novellas prices at over $2 each. I'm ok paying 99¢ for a novella but usually not any more than that.

  2. I LOVE diving into stories blind. I prefer doing it that way if at all possible. Even reading blurbs can give things away. Glad you enjoyed this one!

    1. I don't do it too often but you're right, blurbs can sometimes give too much away.


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