Friday, February 9, 2018

ARC Review: Once Upon A Wolf by Rhys Ford

Once Upon A Wolf (Wayward Wolves #1) by Rhys Ford
Dreamspinner Press
Novella: 96pgs

4 Pants Off

Blurb: Once Upon A Time, There Was A Wolf….

Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.

For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.

Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.

Now wait a whole damn minute...  

Rhys Ford wrote this?  

That’s what you’re trying tell me…this short with it’s quiet intensity was written by the same author that gives me crazy per book. This sweet fairytale romance was written by Rhys (mind blown face). Like “Once Upon a Wolf” is an actual gay fairytale.

Zack is having a bad day when his leisure stroll lands him in the path of a gigantic bigger than any wolf he’s ever seen, his fear kicks in and he takes off running. Running might not have been such a good idea when he finds himself in freezing waters and losing consciousness fast. He comes to in the home of a beautiful stranger and maybe he’s hit his head too hard because he's sure he just saw a man turn into a wolf. 

Gibson’s no-good brother is just pure trouble wrapped in black fur. Having taking on the role of caretaker to his brother trapped in wolf form, having someone on their land isn’t a complication they need. So for the life of him he can’t understand why Ellis would chase the man down. Now they’ve got a half dead stranger in their home and he’s just discovered that they’re a little more than ordinary.

Can I just say I’m like head over heels in love with this story. There’s something very quiet about the storytelling. It’s almost too intimate, as if I’m looking in on something I was never meant to see. I love the pace, I love the writing, and I love the characters. It was just a wonderful light read, and it goes hand in hand with the cold ass weather and snow I’m surrounded by right now. This is a side of Rhys I’ve never read and I like it.

Overall, it’s a great little read. I don’t know how fans of Rhys will take it but I welcome it with open arms. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series. This was a great setup to a world with limitless options. This could be the start of something wonderful.

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