Can a human truly make room in her heart for the Wild?
Thea Villalobos has long since given up trying to be what others expect of her. So in Elijah Sorensson she can see through the man of the world to a man who is passionate to the point of heartbreak. But something inside him is dying…
Elijah Sorensson has all kinds of outward success: bespoke suits, designer New York City apartment, women clamoring for his attention. Except Elijah despises the human life he’s forced to endure. He’s Alpha of his generation of the Great North Pack, and the wolf inside him will no longer be restrained…
She sizes me up quickly with eyes the color of ironwood and just as unyielding.
“Thea Villalobos,” she says, and it takes me a moment to get my breath back.
Thea Villalobos. Goddess of the City of Wolves.
Review of A Wolf Apart
The blurb, mentioning Thea Villabos first, might have you believing the books is just as much about her as it is about Elijah Sorensson. That would be wrong. Elijah is definitely the main character and it his viewpoint and struggle the comprises the bulk of A Wolf Apart.
Elijah is the Wolf Apart. He is assigned to life offland as a partner in the law firm of Halvors, Sorensson & Trianoff. Every day as he dresses for work he notes the style or designer of his clothing items. At first this was annoying. I did not not know the designer names, nor did I care. Eventually I learned this is Elijah’s way of reminding him of the role he must constantly play living among humans, alone, in the offland world. The pack’s alpha, Evie, asks Elijah to continue play the role, even though he wants to go home. Really wants to go home.
Then he meets Thea. Thea is about as uninterested in Elijah’s corporate world and making impressions as a person can get. And yet, they connect. I could see what Elijah saw in Thea. Living offland, Elijah constantly plays a role while Thea is who she is. I saw Elijah’s attraction to her attitude and her lifestyle, for reasons he could never explain to Thea because those reasons are one really big secret. How does Thea become attracted to Elijah? It’s hard to explain without giving up too much of the story, but Elijah will have to become vulnerable in order for it to happen.
Elijah and Thea’s romance seems to be doomed. A human and a wolf? There are so many things to keep them apart, not the least of which is pack law and dangerous secrets.
Maria Vale’s take on the wolves of the Great North Pack is unique among any books about shifters that I have read. The life of the pack, it’s society and laws and structure is a fascinating backdrop to the lives of the main characters in this series. Sadly, humans are mostly bad, so introducing a character like Thea into the Great North is the perfect twist for the Pack.
A Wolf Apart is really a pretty simple story of a wolf that has lived away from the pack for too long. One cannot help but sympathize with Elijah. The reader, watches Elijah go from corporate lawyer to wolf and back again several times, seeing Elijah make bad decisions and good decisions, trying so hard to reconcile all the parts of his life. It really is a captivating story, with just the right amount of romance mixed in with the wolf’s journey.
Through NetGalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book so that I could bring you this honest review.
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