Wolf's Challenge

Wolf's Challenge

by Christina Lynn Lambert

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Overview

When Sydney left Seattle two years ago, she was scared, traumatized, and done with men for good. Now she has a good job, a hobby that's fast becoming a second career, and best of all, she's adopted a little girl named Angel. Life is good and Sydney's not about to let charming lawyer Derrick mess that up, no matter how sexy he is, or how sweet he seems.

Things aren't always as they appear in the town of Great Oaks, Virginia. Derrick isn't the ladies' man Sydney thinks he is, but he does have a few secrets, the least shocking one that he can transform into a powerful wolf at will.

Can Derrick convince Sydney to give him a chance, something more than her elusive maybe? More importantly, should he? He's still trying to forgive himself for being at the wheel during the accident that killed his son. Losing Sydney when she learns the truth might break him, but he's pretty sure not having her in his life would be just as bad.

A troubled woman running from her guilty conscience has Sydney and Derrick in her crosshairs, and she'll do whatever it takes to win her game. Will Sydney and Derrick survive long enough to be together?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161888049
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company LLC
Publication date: 11/02/2018
Series: Stranger Creatures , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 901 KB

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Wolf's Challenge 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
1.5 stars. I wanted to like this book. The premise intrigued me, and I found that I was in the mood for a shifter romance. Unfortunately, the book didn’t live up to its promise. Derrick Porter is a wolf shifter who hasn’t had it easy. Riddled with guilt after ending up in a car wreck that kills his son, Derrick throws himself into his work and plans to stay that way. That is until he meets his new running partner, Sydney. Sydney Reid doesn’t have the best luck with guys. When she sees Derrick surrounded by women one cloudy morning, she writes him off as a player. It’s the last thing she needs. Derrick, however, is persistent. Little by little, Sydney wonders if there’s more beneath the surface. There's something that calls to her. If only outside forces weren’t waiting to tear them apart. I initially picked up this book because I like the enemies to lovers trope. I love when another character digs a little deeper and finds something--someone--they didn’t expect. Someone that surprises them. Unfortunately, the characters never connect on that level. Sydney writes Derrick off instantly. For the first third of the book, she’s not willing to give him a chance. Derrick also hears Sydney say he’s only after one night, so he tries to forget about her. Everything changes in an instant. They hardly exchange more than a few words on the page let alone full conversations, and I didn’t understand the sudden shift (no pun intended) between them. There are some hints that they might have talked, but as a romance reader, I want to see those intimate moments. That brief conversation where the hero or heroine reveals more whether intentional or not. An act that the other witnesses that change their preconceptions. I felt shortchanged because those moments are relegated to the background for insta-lust which quickly becomes insta-love. The fact that he’s a shifter is barely a blip on the radar before they hop into bed. I continued reading hoping that a spark would ignite or that the romance would flesh out more. While they do have a few meaningful conversations, it never reached the level of intimacy I was hoping for. The outer conflict did add an element of suspense, but the resolution was lackluster. In the end, I needed to believe in the romance. This fell short. *This was reviewed by Michaelene for the Alpha Book Club*
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
She saw him as a player, those mesmerizing eyes that seemed to look right through her, the charm that oozed from his very pores and that mystique he seemed to hold like a veil around his heart. Yep, Derrick Porter was the complete package-of everything Sydney Reid wanted nothing to do with. While her brain is chanting that mantra, her heart seems to have other ideas, because there was something special about Derrick and she is oh so very right. Derrick noticed Sydney from the start, with his penetrating gaze, his cool lawyer demeanor, he is preparing his best case for dating him, but is that wise? She has no idea how he goes all furry and growly at will and his inner wolf is getting pretty angry with Derrick dancing around taking his mate. Being a wolf shifter isn’t Derrick’s deepest secret though, and he knows he isn’t ready to share his worst nightmare with Sydney. How can eh expect her to trust and believe in him as a lover and not just as a friend? The sparks fly physically, but when hearts are involved, Sydney is not prepared to get burned by this alpha male, unless it happens while burning up the sheets with passion. How will she react to his inner wolf when it comes out to play? Not enough to deal with? There is a stalker on their “tails” and Sydney is far too human to survive an attack. Who is out to destroy them and why? WOLF’S CHALLENGE by Christina Lynn Lambert is a fresh look at love, acceptance and self-forgiveness! There is no crazy over-reaction to Derrick’s furry side from Sydney which is VERY impressive! Clearly she did feel something, could it be because she already knows about at least one other shifter? Ms. Lambert has a great read here for paranormal readers who want the spice of romance that goes from simmering to 212 degrees and steams up the air in a very sexy way. Sydney’s character is strong, but she has been burned before and she isn’t about to bare her soul until she knows Derrick has no more secrets. Derrick is hot, but for an alpha attorney and an alpha wolf, he sure has been brought to all four knees in the name of true love! No over angst-filled pages, no over-the-top emotional whining, this is a tale of two souls, each wanting to let go, but just a little afraid of how vulnerable it will make them. I received this copy from Christina Lynn Lambert in exchange for my honest review.