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I am blown away by this book I didn't feel the first could be improved but it has !! Spoers below
the opening was so strong and felt so real and true with customer service i couldn't put this down I love Aodhan I've been excited for this book since i heard there was going to be a sequel Thomas is amazing and I hurt so much for him but Aodhan and him I feel like I understand romance now such hot and intimate writing how touch was conveyed was stunning . these characters feel so real Aodhan not wanting to accept help Iona being so destructive the beach walk. I loved the endearments the chocolate the descriptions of characters the engament ring so pretty and in character. I was in tears and I love that I can read this more people need to read this it is a stunning book that deals with tricky subjects but it is such a triumph this book is my fave of fantasy I've red ever and i wish I could do my nails like aodhan and I enjoyed how much research had gone into this book . I adore hunter and jesse and hope they get a happy ending somehow an amazing sequel.
No spoilers but I love this book beyond words - the complex and nuanced characterisation is amazing and the story is brilliant. Beautiful writing and you’ll fall in love with the characters and I cannot recommend reading this enough!
A beautiful, touching story that made me tear up and smile giddily at my screen in turns. I instantly fell in love with Thomas and Aodhan, and it was wonderful to follow them as they explore their relationship and grow together in spite of the hurt they experienced in the past. I grew to love all the side characters as well, and it was great to get a glimpse of the lives of characters like Braden or Coll from the first book of the series. (Never fear if you haven't read that one (yet) though; all these characters find their way quite naturally into this book, and knowledge of the first one is not required!). A big kudos goes to the author as well for the worldbuilding in this series; the shifter lore is fascinating and gives the world a feeling of depth and intrigue without ever distracting from the actual story. All in all, I cannot recommend The Gentle Wolf more, it was a wonderful read. One piece of advice for reading this book though: keep some chocolate on hand, you will need it :)
I’m calling it now – this is the best book I’ve read in 2020. I loved Aodhan and Thomas so much, and they were so good for each other.
I’m a gay man who identifies as demisexual/gray-asexual, and many of Aodhan’s experiences and feelings as an adult really struck a chord with me. The author captures the emotions and worries of someone who is demisexual exceptionally well.
This is the slowest of slow-burn love stories, but I loved that. Both men have deep emotional scars from their past. I especially appreciate that their pasts weren’t presented and then – well, that’s over with, now on to the rest of the story. We are the sum of our history, and that can inform our emotions and needs. This is the case for Aodhan and Thomas. Over two years they have (unknowingly) laid the foundation for a strong relationship while becoming acclimated to each other. Watching these two men come to lean on each other for support was wonderfully sweet and gratifying.
While this is a shifter book in a genre that frequently treats the shifter subgenre as trope-laden connect-the-dots stories, The Gentle Wolf digs deeper. The personal histories, particularly Aodhan’s, can affect the larger world, and the hints of connections outside the immediate story setting were intriguing. I would especially love to hear more of the Noongar (SW Australia Aboriginal) shifters. Foxhall’s obvious respect for the Noongar culture and traditions is very much appreciated.
This is the second book in the Perth Shifters series, but I think it stands alone quite well. The first book (Blackwood) was enjoyable and worth seeking out (I rated it 4 out of 5) but it is by no means as deep or nuanced as The Gentle Wolf, though it is a good introduction to the author’s worldbuilding. I recommend them both, but I especially love The Gentle Wolf!
The writing itself wasn't really bad, though I do feel like some of the scenes could have been paired down a little to perhaps give more room for other things. Some scenes just felt like a lot of info dump and I ended up skipping them completely, minus the dialogue, and still had no trouble following the actual plot at all.
I enjoyed the characters, but if more time had gone into their interactions together vs the many scenes with heavily detailed inner monologue that rarely impacted the other character, the scenes where they were actually together would have probably been more potent (especially considering Aodhan's demisexuality and Thomas' own past relationship, it would have been nice to see more scenes of them overcoming that together).
The lack of scenes with them together just kind of made the moments when they did finally get together seem rushed and unsatisfactory. We never even got the scene of Aodhan in heat which at least might have helped, seeing as it could have been a good moment of intimacy and bonding been them. Instead, that moment was teased at and then rushed through with what felt like a few hastily written sentences to get it out of the way and tie up a loose end.
I'm not sure if the author was simply rushed or aiming for something entirely different. Even if the focus wasn't on the erotica (and it wasn't, which is ok), I would have been a lot more satisfied if the character interactions felt more focused and less like scattered episodes that were too few and far between.
I loved the first so much I pre-ordered the second book. Although the writing is really good this book was not what I wanted. It was kind of slow and the mood was somber. It was an ok read but I won't be blindly ordering the next book. A good book but only a so so romance.
This is a very sweet love story between two emotionally wounded MCs that process a lot of trauma as they grow closer and develop a relationship. Enjoyed it immensely, but it does take a minute to chill with the slower pace. Hope there are more coming.