WARNING: Mature content. Reader discretion advised.
Thank you to Twig Publishing and NetGalley providing me with an e-ARC to read and review. A Pack of Blood and Lies by Olivia Wildenstein is set to be released April 30, 2019.
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Series: The Boulder Wolves, book 1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Summary (via NetGalley):
The primal rule of winning: don’t fall in love with the contender.
Three months shy of her eighteenth birthday, Ness is forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of her all-male pack don’t recognize her, she recognizes them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.
Especially Liam Kolane—son of Heath, the crudest and cruelest Alpha to have ruled the Boulder Pack. Liam is as handsome as he is infuriating, as kind as he is punishing, and he makes Ness’s traitorous heart race, which isn’t good. After all, he’s a Kolane. Like father like son, right?
When Heath dies, Liam vies to become the new Alpha and no one dares challenge him.
Thus begins a treacherous game.
The rules: winner takes all…including loser’s life.
I really, really enjoyed reading A Pack of Blood and Lies by Olivia Wildenstein. The title is certainly an understatement. There is blood, lies, magic, romance, alpha males, and then some. I had a hard time putting this book down, so eager I was to know what would happen next.
Ness is a fantastic, dynamic main character for all her stubborn recklessness. She aims to find her place in the world, prove herself to the pack the denied her, avenge her deceased parents’ for the wrongs dealt to them, and avoid the strangely growing feelings for the former Alpha’s son, Liam. So much to worry about, leaving in its wake tension, mystery, and countless questions.
This book gets real dark at times. It’s a shame what Ness has to do/go through to find her place in the sun. The secrets unfolded are horrendous. I hate the misogynistic assumptions the Boulder pack men have about Ness without really knowing her or getting to know her after her long return. I think this is the cause for most of the problems that happen in the story.
This is a great start to a new series that I can’t wait to keep reading.