Embracing the Wolf by Stephanie Nelson
For the first time, Anna Avery was looking forward to the future. She’s mated to her soul mate. The pack has become her new family, and she has friends she can confide in. She had every reason to look ahead, until a vision put her future happiness in jeopardy.
Someone is set on destroying her mate, Adam, and only Anna can prevent this possible future. While trying to unravel the hazy web of her premonition, she finds out the annual pack conference will take place on her mountain. And Adam’s parents will be attending. As only a “made” wolf, Anna will have to face their prejudice and possibly make the hardest decision she has ever had to make. Because saving Adam’s life might just mean walking away from him for forever.
I still love Anna. So do most of the other characters in the book. She has an aura of love, strength, and kindness about her that just leaps off of the page, radiating out to the reader in almost the same way it must to the other characters in the book. She continues to be fiesty, part of which is a cover-up for the insecurity that she feels deep within herself. She has only been a wolf for a few short months. She is considered a "mutt," because she is a changed wolf and not a born wolf. She is becoming the alpha female of her pack, which is unheard of in her position. Rumors abound of the meaning of her being a white wolf. Adam's parents hate her and what she represents. Other females, who were in line for her "position" are intimidating and threatening. And then there is Anthony, suddenly deciding to be kind and helpful, yet causing her to question her past with little hints he keeps dropping. Is he telling the truth or just lying to her? That's a lot for a girl to handle. Yet, Anna's inner wolf seems to amplify the fighter that was already inside her before she was turned.
This installment of the series has you questioning some loyalties among the wolves. Other creatures come into play, as someone seeks to destroy Adam and Anna. Some of their enemies are in the forefront. Others are in plain sight, yet good at hiding it. Anna's skills, which were revealed in the first book, are helpful in sorting out whom to trust, yet are not perfect for this. She continues to develop and to evolve as a wolf, with plenty more surprises to be had.
In spite of all of her good qualities, though, at times you are going to find yourself wanting to jump in and shake Anna around a bit. She also has a tendency to take chances. Sometimes those chances do pay off. Sometimes, the collateral damage may not be worth it.
Yet again, Stephanie Nelson has created a page-turner that will keep you up late at night devouring every morsel to find out what happens. I think I can safely say that I am hooked on wolves now, though few books I have yet experienced quite measure up to these by her.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Stephanie resides in the Midwest with her husband and furry children. When she's not cooking up Gwen and Anna's next adventures, she enjoys reading, traveling and watching movies.
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