Shadow Wolf: A Shifter Romance (Arctic Brotherhood, Book 2)

Shadow Wolf: A Shifter Romance (Arctic Brotherhood, Book 2)

by Jane Godman

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Shadow Wolf: A Shifter Romance (Arctic Brotherhood, Book 2) by Jane Godman

The second book in the new Arctic Brotherhood series--heart-pounding werewolf romances by Jane Godman that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

They are the Arctic Brotherhood.

They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates.

Samson Lee last saw Valetta Rickard five years ago when a shared a kiss almost led him to break the promise he had made to himself. Now Valetta has disappeared, and Samson has promised her father he will find her. When Samson finds Valetta leading a rogue gang of bloodthirsty Arctic werewolves, he soon discovers that all is not what it seems. As soon as they see each other again the feelings they denied all those years ago resurface.

Valetta is Shadow Born, a rare and mystical werewolf with legendary powers. If she chooses, she can destroy a whole species. A power that an evil hunter wants so that he can destroy the Arctic wolves. Samson, together with the other members of the brotherhood, must find the hunter before he can put his plans for Valetta into action. At the same time, Samson must put the past behind him and convince Valetta that she is worthy of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250119971
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Series: Arctic Brotherhood , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 129,369
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jane Godman writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and steamy historical romance for Samhain Publishing. Her new paranormal series, The Arctic Brotherhood, is coming from SMP Swerve in 2017. Jane lives in Cheshire, England, is married to a lovely man and is mum to two grown up children. When not writing, Jane loves to travel to European cities that are steeped in history.
Jane Godman writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and steamy historical romance for Samhain Publishing. Her paranormal series, The Arctic Brotherhood, is published by SMP Swerve. Jane lives in Cheshire, England, is married to a lovely man and is mum to two grown up children. When not writing, Jane loves to travel to European cities that are steeped in history.

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Shadow Wolf

The Arctic Brotherhood Series Book Two


By Jane Godman

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2017 Jane Godman
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-11997-1


CHAPTER 1

Death to the Shadow Born.

"What does it mean?" Samson Lee glanced up from the sheaf of notes with a frown.

"I have no idea." Hendrik Rickard looked tired. Beyond tired, Samson decided. His friend looked ill, but it was hardly surprising. There had to be a hundred of these scrawled notes. Then there was the graffiti on the walls of his mansion, the phone calls, text messages, emails, and the vicious social media campaign. Hateful, spite-filled, obscene threats of death, dismemberment, and hellfire. None of those things mattered compared to the bigger problem of his daughter's disappearance.

Samson turned his attention back to the notes. They were all identical. Scribbled on scraps of white paper and written in thick black crayon, the large uppercase letters gave away nothing about the identity of the writer. And of course there were no helpful clues like a signature or return address.

"I've never heard of a Shadow Born."

"Nor had I. Not until this madness started." Hendrik ran a hand through his hair. "I need a drink. Join me?"

Samson nodded, following his friend through from his private office to the family room. Everything about this place was expensive, including Hendrik's casual, four-hundred-dollar, designer sweater. In the decades since he had left the Brotherhood of the Midnight Sun, Hendrik clearly hadn't been wasting his time.

In spite of his strained appearance, Hendrik was an imposing figure. All Arctics had the same physical traits. With their silver-blond hair, amber eyes, and pale skin, they had strongly carved Nordic features that, if you knew what you were looking for, hinted at their inner wolves. They were tall and muscular with a coiled sinewy strength and a sense of latent power. Hendrik wasn't as tall or as broad as Samson — very few Arctics were — but he was still unmistakably an alpha male.

Hendrik held up a bottle of fifty-year-old malt whiskey. Samson nodded, deciding not to offend him by telling him he'd rather have a beer. At times like these, he chose diplomacy over personal preference even though it didn't come easily. Dropping ice into two glasses and sloshing the expensive spirit over it, Hendrik sank into a chair with a weary sigh.

"Tell me what happened with Valetta."

Samson's words had the effect of making Hendrik instantly sit up a little straighter. "It can't be a coincidence. This Shadow Born thing starts up and almost immediately after my daughter vanishes? Whoever has been targeting me with all this crap must have taken Valetta." The ice clinked as he lifted the glass to his lips with a shaking hand.

"The day she went missing were there any signs of a break-in? A struggle?"

Hendrik shook his head. "No. When I went out that morning, she was here. I came back a few hours later and she was gone. Her car was still in the drive. Her purse and cell phone were on the kitchen counter."

"You hadn't argued about anything? No unsuitable boyfriends on the scene?"

"God, no. To both questions. The last time you saw her she may not have been much more than a kid, but Valetta is twenty-three now. She has devoted the last few years to her studies." Hendrik frowned slightly. "I always worry that she might be too focused, but she laughs at me and says there'll be time for dating when she's saved the world."

"She may have only been eighteen when I last saw her, but it doesn't sound like she's changed much." Samson recalled the strong-willed, slightly geeky teenager who had suddenly blossomed into a stunningly beautiful young woman. He also remembered more than that. He had a very vivid memory of the last time he'd seen Valetta Rickard. Vivid and extremely erotic. But he could hardly mention that to Hendrik. "She always did have grandiose ideas."

"Unlike a lot of other people who think big, Valetta has always been prepared to put her money where her mouth is. Ever since she graduated, she's been making a name for herself with her research into global development." Hendrik's voice had started out defensive, but now he shared Samson's smile. "And, yeah, she has pissed off a few big names along the way with her outspoken approach."

"So she inherited her love of politics from you and her good looks from Teresa?" As soon as he spoke, Samson wished the words unsaid. Way to go. The man is worried sick about his missing daughter. Twist the knife by reminding him about his dead wife as well, why don't you?

If his words made Hendrik miss a beat, it was barely obvious. "I've been going frantic with worry. I called you as soon as it happened, but you were away. It's been over two weeks now without a word from either Valetta, or whoever has taken her."

"I came as soon as I got your message." Samson had returned from the frozen wastes of the Svalbard archipelago to find a series of increasingly frantic voice mail messages from Hendrik. "You didn't contact anyone else?"

Hendrik's laugh was hollow. "Who?"

It was a good question. Hendrik was a well-known and respected figure in Alaskan politics. He had been a state senator for twelve years. He was a model citizen. But he couldn't draw attention to himself for one simple reason. Behind the respectable human façade, he was an Arctic werewolf. As secrets went, it was a pretty big one. Going to the police with his harassment problem wasn't an option. Even Valetta's disappearance wasn't a good enough reason for him to involve the human forces of law and order. The revelation of his true identity would cause a political storm the likes of which had never before been witnessed. Mild-mannered Alaskan senator is really a werewolf? International terrorism, climate change, the global economic crisis ... all those things would fade into insignificance.

Since Hendrik had, for many years before retiring, been a member of that elite Arctic fighting force known as the Brotherhood of the Midnight Sun, he had known exactly where to take this problem. He had picked up the phone and called his old friend Samson the same day Valetta had gone missing. It was just a pity that Samson had been otherwise engaged. When the werewolf goddess Angrboda summoned you to her palace in Svalbard to attend a party for her lover — who also happened to be one of your oldest friends — it wasn't the sort of invitation you could turn down. It had been bad timing that Samson was unable to get a phone signal at the mystical palace just when Hendrik needed him.

Samson took a slug of his whiskey and felt the warming effects of fifty years' worth of heat sliding all the way down his gullet. "Tell me more about this motorcycle gang."

Hendrik groaned, tilting his head back and gazing at the ceiling. "Where do I start? They seem to have sprung up from nowhere in the last month or two. The police haven't been able to put a name to them, but they started out by causing problems in the communities just south of the Arctic Circle. Now they've settled here. It's a bizarre situation. This gang is unlike any other. They are incredibly vicious and seem determined to take over the territory of other gangs in the area. All of a sudden, the local police have been faced with a problem reminiscent of the bloody gang warfare of decades ago. Except this group doesn't seem to know the rules. They think nothing of attacking innocent civilians, and, right from the start, they have had one very specific target in their sights."

"You?" Samson raised his brows.

"Me." Hendrik nodded.

"You think this Shadow Born stuff is coming from them?"

"The timing is right. These guys turned up at around the same time the campaign against me started. Plus, the closed-circuit TV outside the house showed these notes and the graffiti were the job of some pretty mean-looking characters on motorcycles." Hendrik sighed. "But there's more to it."

Samson cocked a brow at him. "By which you mean it gets worse?" Hendrik rose and poured himself another drink. He held up the bottle in invitation, but Samson shook his head. He was already feeling the effects of the first hefty measure, and something told him he was going to need all his wits about him from now on. Hendrik sat down again. "The members of this gang look like Arctic werewolves."

"You mean we are dealing with our own species?" Samson felt a growl rise in his throat. "You think a pack of rogue Arctic werewolves has kidnapped Valetta?" Wolf society had clear laws and boundaries. No way should something like this have happened between Arctic werewolves. "What the fuck is going on here?"

"That's what I want you to find out ... after you've made sure she's safe."


When your name was Samson, you got used to the jokes about muscles and haircuts. It was the reason he kept his hair ruthlessly short. There wasn't much he could do about the muscles. They were a necessary part of his job as a private security guard. And Samson had always had more than his share of height, width, and strength. His size inevitably attracted attention from those who wanted to test him. There was always someone who thought they could take on the big guy. Even so, this was taking things to extremes.

He remained still as the four motorcycles circled him. This had been going on for close to five minutes. The grinning morons on the bikes clearly believed they were intimidating him. When he'd set up this meeting, he'd expected trouble. Now he just wanted to get it over with. This was not the group he'd been seeking. He'd known that as soon as he set eyes on them. They weren't Arctic werewolves. Which meant they were wasting his time as well as annoying the hell out of him. Would it be wrong to have a little fun with them before finishing it?

The big one with the greasy dark hair scraped back from a receding hairline into a ponytail was the leader. His upper arms looked like tattooed slabs of meat protruding from his sleeveless denim vest. The others followed his lead in their appearance. Which didn't say much for their intelligence. The deserted warehouse stank of exhaust fumes and Samson's eyes narrowed with the effort of penetrating the smoke and dust-infused gloom.

Ponytail gave a signal and the bikes halted. There were three other guys, and a girl was sitting up behind Ponytail. She was almost hidden behind his bulk. It was a pity about the girl, Samson thought. He'd do his best to spare her, but he couldn't give any guarantees about the outcome of this encounter.

"Don't lie down with dogs." Samson spoke directly to the girl.

"What the fuck?" Ponytail spat the words at him.

"It's an old saying. 'Don't lie down with dogs or you'll wake up with fleas.' Personally, I think it's unfair to dogs." He let his gaze wander slowly over the group. "And fleas."

"Is he for real?" Ponytail looked around at his entourage, jerking a thumb in Samson's direction. The other bikers snickered obligingly.

"Why ain't he wearing no shoes?" The biker who spoke stared at Samson, wiping his nose with the back of his hand.

Ponytail slammed his kickstand down and dismounted, closing the distance between them. "My friend wants to know why you ain't wearing no shoes?"

"They get in my way."

Ponytail took a step closer to Samson. Samson's inner wolf didn't like this invasion of his space. A low growl rumbled deep in his chest and something flickered in the faded blue depths of Ponytail's eyes. "What the fuck was that?"

Not yet. Samson silenced the wolf. Find out what they know first.

"No lunch." He tried for an ingratiating grin. From the startled look on Ponytail's face he suspected it didn't work. He suspected it came out as more of a snarl.

"You asked for this meeting, man. You gotta have some balls walking in here all alone. Now, before we have a little fun with you, tell me why you wanted to see us."

"I'm looking for someone. A girl."

"Ain't we all?" Ponytail grabbed his crotch, grinning over his shoulder at his buddies.

"A girl called Valetta." Samson's gaze took in the bikers. He saw something — a quick flash of emotion — on the face of the girl at the mention of the name. Yes, he would definitely have to save her.

Ponytail shrugged. "Name don't mean nothing to me." Samson decided he was telling the truth. The guy was too fucking stupid to lie effectively.

"Then we're done." Samson had been searching nonstop for three days now, pausing only to snatch an hour or two of sleep and a bite to eat at Hendrik's place. He had been to every seedy bar in the district. He had met with just about every grinning, know-all gang leader within a fifty-mile radius. There were very few grinning, know-all gang leaders left standing now that he'd finished with them. Ponytail was his last lead. So far he had nothing to report to an increasingly jittery Hendrik. His friend's anxiety for Valetta was rubbing off on him. To say Samson was pissed off would be putting it mildly.

"Guess so."

Ponytail drew back his fist in preparation for the first punch. Samson knew their intention was to kill him, just as all the other gangs had planned to do. Before Ponytail's fist could connect, Samson shifted. There was a lot of bullshit talked about shifting. Too many stories, films, and comic books had built up this modern-day myth that it took forever and caused pain to the shifter. If Samson gave the matter any thought, he found those stories mildly annoying. To a lycanthrope, shifting was as easy as breathing. It was what you did, who you were. There was none of this screaming, bone-popping, and hair-sprouting. You just did your stuff and seconds later your wolf was there in place of your human. Which was why Ponytail's fist disappeared into the jaws of a huge Arctic werewolf.

Spitting Ponytail's hand onto the floor, Samson crouched low, his eyes raking the other bikers, deciding whom to take next.

Leave the girl. His werewolf didn't like the idea, but his human insisted.

She appeared frozen into immobility, which was good. He didn't want her getting away. Leaping across the space between them, he hurled himself onto the guy who had asked about his lack of shoes. The man made an ineffectual attempt to cover his throat. It was over in seconds. Killing humans never felt good. It was way too easy. As a werewolf, you didn't have many choices. You either killed them or let them go. If you bit them and they survived, they became your mate or your eternal slave.

Since Ponytail was still rolling around on the floor screaming, Samson decided to finish him off. He didn't want the paunchy biker as his slave and he certainly didn't want him in his bed. By the time he'd dispatched Ponytail to join his friend in biker paradise, the two other men had abandoned their bikes and run off, leaving the girl to fend for herself. Samson decided to let them go.

He shifted back and approached the girl. "I see chivalry is as strong as ever in the biker community."

She didn't seem to be able to take her eyes off his nakedness, but he decided it wasn't necessarily a compliment. Knowing he'd have to shift, he'd left a pair of jogging pants, a T-shirt, and sneakers in a corner of the warehouse. Quickly slipping these on, he returned to the girl.

She regarded him with huge, troubled eyes. "You're a werewolf."

"Was it obvious? I thought I kept it low-key." She didn't seem to appreciate his sarcasm. He glanced at the bodies of the two dead men. "Were you close?"

"No." Her curly hair bounced wildly as she shook her head. "They kidnapped me two years ago."

"What's your name?" Samson did his best to keep his voice gentle. It wasn't easy. He didn't do gentle. Once, maybe. Not anymore.

"Cindy."

"So, Cindy, tell me what you know about Valetta."

Her face paled and, to his surprise, she burst into tears. "Can't you just kill me instead?"


After a frustrating ten minutes trying to get Cindy to stop sobbing and tell him what she knew, Samson decided the best course of action would be to get out of there. It was highly unlikely, having seen him in his wolf form, that the two bikers who had run off would come back with reinforcements, but he wasn't taking any chances. Ponytail's bike was still propped on its kickstand and Samson studied it with approval. The guy might have been a waste of good oxygen, but his bike was a serious piece of engineering.

Samson regarded Cindy with some consternation. Crying females were outside of his area of expertise, but he couldn't just leave her here. Setting aside the fact that he still needed to find out what she knew about Valetta, he wasn't going to abandon her in a deserted warehouse, miles from anywhere. She didn't strike him as the type to cope well with a situation like that. With any situation, come to think of it.

Taking her by the upper arm, he led her to the bike. "Get on."

She flinched away from him. "Where are you taking me?"

He supposed it was a reasonable question. "Somewhere safe."


(Continues...)

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Shadow Wolf: A Shifter Romance (Arctic Brotherhood, Book 2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Shadow Wolf - Arctic Brotherhood, Book 2 Author: Jane Godman Publisher: St. Martin's Press Published: 3-7-2017 Pages: 177 Genre: Paranormal Romance Sub-Gen4PK7Kre: Sci Fi & Fantasy; Shifters; Werewolves ISBN: 97812501199971 ASIN: B01N0NJJ8Q Reviewed For NetGalley and St. Martin's Press Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.5 Stars They are the Arctic Brotherhood. They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates. Samson Lee last saw Valetta Rickard five years ago when a shared a kiss almost led him to break the promise he had made to himself. Now Valetta has disappeared, and Samson has promised her father he will find her. When Samson finds Valetta leading a rogue gang of bloodthirsty Arctic werewolves, he soon discovers that all is not what it seems. As soon as they see each other again the feelings they denied all those years ago resurface. Valetta is Shadow Born, a rare and mystical werewolf with legendary powers. If she chooses, she can destroy a whole species. A power that an evil hunter wants so that he can destroy the Arctic wolves. Samson, together with the other members of the brotherhood, must find the hunter before he can put his plans for Valetta into action. At the same time, Samson must put the past behind him and convince Valetta that she is worthy of love. The second book in the series continues the drama and notches up the mystical part another notch. Again the lead characters are vivid and bold. The supporting cast is as well defined and interesting. The story line is well planned and flows smoothly and quickly. This series continues to deliver a special story that pulls readers in as they follow the twist and turns until the very last line. My rating of "Shadow Wolf - Arctic Brotherhood, Book 2" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! I bought this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! I have already bought the next book too! This is the 2nd book in the series, and it is for adults only due to the steamy content. While you do not have to read in order, I think you understand the characters of the brotherhood better if you do read them in order. Samson comes to help Hendrik when his daughter disappears. Samson has some baggage that you learn about in this book. Valetta is strong and brave and tries to protect those people she claims. There is plenty of action and mysteries going on in this book to keep you entertained as you read. The more I learn about this world the more I like it! It will be interesting to read what happens next. I recommend to any wolf shifter fans who want a unique world and plenty of action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one more than the first! It was very good and had many twists and turns! I really had the ending wrong! So good!
wtfareyoureadingFR More than 1 year ago
The one phrase that has managed to strike fear into Valetta Rickard. A young lady born into privilege, beauty, and a secret. A secret linked to the wolf inside her. A secret linked to a mother she never knew. A secret that if unleashed, could make her the destroyer of the Arctic Werewolf race. So, when the beautiful young were female disappears from her home without a trace. Her father, a former member of the elite Arctic Brotherhood, turned senator, is on a mission to find his only daughter. A mission that he will do anything to complete. A mission he knows can only find a successful conclusion in the hands of one man...Samson Lee. Samson Lee is the best "tracker" that the Arctic Brotherhood has. Which means that he is the best "tracker" period. The fact that the last time Samson had seen the beautiful alpha, the chemistry between the two had produced a natural phenomenon to rival the Aurora Borealis. It would be more than safe to say that Samson's reasons for finding Valetta can only be classified as "personal". But to say that "sometimes things aren't as they appear" would be quite the understatement. As Samson soon learns, when he finds that the missing Valetta is know alpha of the very gang thought to want to kill her. A twist of fate that changes Samson's role in her life from that of rescuer of bodyguard. As he now works with Valetta to solve the mysteries of both her mysterious past, and what could be a very deadly future. Shadow Wolf is the second offering in the Arctic Brotherhood series. A book that it seems lets the girls take the lead. At least that is what one comes to think at first glance. But the closer that one looks into this most twisty of paranormal plots, the more one comes to see that this is less and less the case. Sadly, Valetta just never seems to be able to convincingly wrangle her alpha. A disappointing fact that is thankfully negated by all of the history, mystery, and lore surrounding the Shadow Wolf plot line. Speaking of which... All the build up that leads to the final appearance of said Shadow Wolf provides readers with decidedly more excitement than the actual event. In fact, everything about the famed and lauded Shadow Wolf can best be described as anticlimactic. It is both the lack of a true alpha, in the case of Valetta, and the rather lackluster outcome of the Shadow Wolf plot. That gives reason for the 4 Star rating to an aotherwise 5 Star read. The writing is superb. The romance and rapport between the leads is effortless. The story as a whole is cohesive and well done. What seems to have happened here, is what happens sometimes in the case of second books. It is a "middle child syndrome" of sorts. A book that is serving as both the continuing momentum for the series as a whole. As well as a "one up" for the story that came before. Never really managing to find a solid footing of its own in the process. Reviewer's Note: Shadow Wolf is the second book in a loosely related companion series. As such, it may be read in any order within the series. Or as a standalone.
wtfareyoureadingFR More than 1 year ago
The one phrase that has managed to strike fear into Valetta Rickard. A young lady born into privilege, beauty, and a secret. A secret linked to the wolf inside her. A secret linked to a mother she never knew. A secret that if unleashed, could make her the destroyer of the Arctic Werewolf race. So, when the beautiful young were female disappears from her home without a trace. Her father, a former member of the elite Arctic Brotherhood, turned senator, is on a mission to find his only daughter. A mission that he will do anything to complete. A mission he knows can only find a successful conclusion in the hands of one man...Samson Lee. Samson Lee is the best "tracker" that the Arctic Brotherhood has. Which means that he is the best "tracker" period. The fact that the last time Samson had seen the beautiful alpha, the chemistry between the two had produced a natural phenomenon to rival the Aurora Borealis. It would be more than safe to say that Samson's reasons for finding Valetta can only be classified as "personal". But to say that "sometimes things aren't as they appear" would be quite the understatement. As Samson soon learns, when he finds that the missing Valetta is know alpha of the very gang thought to want to kill her. A twist of fate that changes Samson's role in her life from that of rescuer of bodyguard. As he now works with Valetta to solve the mysteries of both her mysterious past, and what could be a very deadly future. Shadow Wolf is the second offering in the Arctic Brotherhood series. A book that it seems lets the girls take the lead. At least that is what one comes to think at first glance. But the closer that one looks into this most twisty of paranormal plots, the more one comes to see that this is less and less the case. Sadly, Valetta just never seems to be able to convincingly wrangle her alpha. A disappointing fact that is thankfully negated by all of the history, mystery, and lore surrounding the Shadow Wolf plot line. Speaking of which... All the build up that leads to the final appearance of said Shadow Wolf provides readers with decidedly more excitement than the actual event. In fact, everything about the famed and lauded Shadow Wolf can best be described as anticlimactic. It is both the lack of a true alpha, in the case of Valetta, and the rather lackluster outcome of the Shadow Wolf plot. That gives reason for the 4 Star rating to an aotherwise 5 Star read. The writing is superb. The romance and rapport between the leads is effortless. The story as a whole is cohesive and well done. What seems to have happened here, is what happens sometimes in the case of second books. It is a "middle child syndrome" of sorts. A book that is serving as both the continuing momentum for the series as a whole. As well as a "one up" for the story that came before. Never really managing to find a solid footing of its own in the process. Reviewer's Note: Shadow Wolf is the second book in a loosely related companion series. As such, it may be read in any order within the series. Or as a standalone.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
Shadow Wolf is the second book in the Arctic Brotherhood series, and this time we are with the joker of the pack, Samson. An old member of the brotherhood has contacted him to say that he is receiving threats about a 'Shadow Wolf' and he has no idea what it's all about. Not only that, but his daughter has disappeared, and he is worried that the two things are connected. Being as tracking is his special ability, Samson is the obvious one to turn to. He will do all he can to find Valetta whilst not acting upon the overwhelming attraction that he has for her. This is because he feels guilty over wanting someone else after his mate was murdered, even though it was many years ago. Valetta is an Alpha Female, but she also knows her place in the hierarchy, and will defer to Samson when she feels it necessary. This is once again very well written, with a blend of modern life and Norse mythology. The characters from book one all make an appearance, which is always a personal favourite of mine. I like seeing characters in a series turn up in someone else's book. The action is just as fast as book one, and the steamy moments are definitely there, even if Samson feels guilty. It sounds like this story may also go into other books, so I will be happily waiting to find out more. With sassy heroines and full on Alpha males, I can definitely recommend this to all shifter fans. * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Shadow Wolf by Jane Godman is the 2nd book in her Arctic Brotherhood series. Having enjoyed the first book in this series, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Shadow Wolf was equally or a bit better then Ice Wolf. In Shadow Wolf, Samson Lee takes the lead, as he is summoned by his friend, a former retired member of the Arctic Brotherhood. Seems that his daughter, is missing, and he wants Samson to find her. Valetta Rickard, our heroine, has gone undercover, joining a group of Arctic Wolves (not the Brotherhood). Valetta is determined to find out who is trying to kill her father, as well as discover the truths about the legend of Shadow Born. When Samson finds her, she is considered the leader of this group of Arctic misfits, and he joins the group to help her. Samson senses not all is right, and once he convinces Valetta that something is very wrong, they begin to work together to discover what is really happening. Valetta has always had a crush on Samson, but he has always treated her like his friends daughter, keeping his distance. Samson lost his wife hundreds of years before, being murdered in an attack; he blames himself and for all those years he has not looked at another woman. Valetta in a short time, with them being together during the adventure, slowly uses her charms and feelings to weaken Samson’s resolve. They made such a great couple, and both were also very powerful. The story line of the Shadow born was very interesting, which added to the element of finding the truth of her past, and who is behind the evil. The action became especially exciting when the entire Arctic Brotherhood joins Samson and Valetta to stop the evil behind the mask. Not only was it very exciting, but also surprising as another evil being from hundreds of years ago is the villain. Valetta will learn the truth about who she is, and there are some very emotional moments, as well as dangerous death defying moments. Shadow Wolf was an excellent story, which I read in one day. I look forward to the next installment of the Arctic Brotherhood series, and to see what Jane Godman has in store for us.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in this series last week and when I saw this, the second book, was also available, I just couldn’t resist! This is a brilliant sequel, featuring again the Arctic Brotherhood but it isn’t a god they are facing but both a legendary shifter and a werewolf hunter. Samson Lee is one of the Brotherhood. His mate was killed centuries ago and he isn’t looking for another. However, five years ago he kissed the daughter of another member of the Brotherhood and was severely tempted. That member has now retired but has contacted Samson because his daughter has mysteriously disappeared. Samson is determined to find her and to discover more about a rogue gang of Arctic werewolves. When he discovers she’s not only with the rogues but also their leader, he convinces her to let him work with her as she tries to discover just what the end goal of the gang is. This is another fact paced adventure where the seven members of the Brotherhood have to work together, applying their knowledge, skills and wolves to help defeat a common enemy. However, be prepared, that ending is amazing and I can’t wait to read more from this series in future! I’m impressed with Jane Godman’s ability to bring the Brotherhood to life within the pages of her novel. Each character is emotively portrayed and the scenery feels breath taking, though I can only see it through her words in my imagination. This is a fast paced story with plenty of twist and turns to make it another page turner that I highly recommendend to anyone who enjoys paranormal mysteries, with good v evil and so much more in a heart warming romance. Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Hebdrik’s daughter Valetta was missing. Hendrik’s friend Samson was there to help Hendrik find Valetta. Hendrik had retired from the Brotherhood of the Midnight Son but Samson still belonged to the Brotherhood and was Hendrik’s best friend. Samson nor Hendrik had ever heard of the Shadow Wolf. A Shadow Born wolf is a rare spirit form that can form a bond with another species of wolf copying everything about them until it becomes a mirror image of the host. The Shadow wolf’s purpose is to breed with the host werewolf. Once it succeeds the problems will arise. The cubs of the Shadow wolf known as the Shadow Born have the power to destroy the host species. The wolves of the Guardians Of Hati believe Hendrik is harboring A Shadow Born werewolf. Valetta told Samson it was true as she was the Shadow Born werewolf. Her mother had left Valetta a letter to open whens he was twenty one. So Valetta had been dealing with that knowledge by herself for two years as her mother had asked Valetta not to tell her father Theresa - Valetta’s mother- had been a Shadow wolf Samson had a mate -Anna- who had been killed while he was out hunting and Samson held that guilt to himself. Samson’s feelings had shut down until five years ago when Valetta had kissed him. Every since she had shifted the first time Valetta had sensed something deep inside herself . Valetta had not allowed herself to shift in two years since she had read the letter. When Hendrik had went out two weeks ago for a couple hours his daughter was home but when he came back she was gone but her car was still there and her purse and phone were still in the kitchen. In the two weeks Valetta had been missing there was no word from her or from whoever had taken her. Hendrik was a well known and respected figure in Alaskan politics and he was also an Arctic werewolf.A vicious motorcycle gang seems to be targeting Hendrik. Samson asks if Hendrik if he thinks this Shadow Born stuff was coming from the motorcycle gang targeting him. Hendrik said the timing was right. The gang turned up about the same time the campaign against Hendrik started. Also the members of the gang look like Arctic werewolves. Samson had been looking for Valetta for days and had met about every motorcycle gang leader in a fifty mile radius. The last gang had a girl with them and her name was Cindy who had been kidnapped two years ago. Cindy told Samson a gang came into their territory and they had a girl named Valetta with them and she had been angry when Cindy had seen her. The gang's name had been The Guardians Of Hati- who was the wolf God of the Arctic wolves. Then Samson finally met up with The Guardians Of Hati and the leader was Valetta. Valetta had fallen in love with Samson when she was a teen and at eighteen had offered herself to Samson but Samson had gently but firmly turned her down.After that Samson had stayed away from Hendrik for five years.because he had really wanted Valetta and felt it wasn’t right. But he had come very close to accepting her. Valetta had taken over the gang with no problem but she knew eventually she would come up against the real person behind all the hate against her dad. Samson offered to stay so he could help. I loved this story it was a good read and kept my interest all the way through. I liked how things just fell together or so it seemed. I enjoyed how Samson was so attracted to Valette but it was his best friend’s daughter so he was tore but Valetta had never stopped loving Sam