Title: Her Wolves
Author: G. Bailey
Publisher: Midnight Publishing
Publication Date: Aug 3rd 2021
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance Reverse Harem.
Trigger Warnings: Abuse. Violence. Dub/Non con.
Comment: I was given a free copy by Lovebookstours and the author. I voluntarily leave a review that was in no way influenced by a jerk of an Alpha threatening to throw me off a cliff.
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I knew nothing about mates until the alpha rejected me…
Growing up in one of the biggest packs in the world, my life is planned out from the second I turn eighteen and find my true mate in the moon ceremony.
Finding your true mate gives you the power to share the shifter energy they have, given to the males of the pack by the moon goddess herself. The power to shift into a wolf.
But for the first time in the history of our pack, the new alpha is mated with a nobody. A foster kid living in the packs orphanage with no ancestors or power to claim.
After being brutally rejected by my alpha mate, publicly humiliated and thrown away into the sea, the dark wolves of the Fall Mountain Pack find me.
They save me. The four alphas. The ones the world fears because of the darkness they live in.
In their world? Being rejected is the only way to join their pack. The only way their lost and forbidden god gives them the power to shift without a mate.
I spent my life worshipping the moon goddess when it turns out my life always belonged to another…
This book confuses me.
And not in a “this was complicated, I don’t get it,” sort of way but…well.
I remember reading it. I KNOW I read it. I also know that I started a review for it before I got sick. I clearly remember writing a review and yet, I can find NO evidence that I read it. It isn’t marked as read on my kindle, it isn’t added to my GoodReads or in my reading diary. I haven’t rated it on Amazon (which is usually my go-to when I need to write a review later). I could only find the title and amazon synopsis on a draft word document, which is what I do to all books I plan on reading. Yet I know for a fact that I’ve read it.
So we’re going to pretend that I accurately wrote down that I read this in July when I was first sent the ebook (which I DID!)
Mairin (also known as Mai or Irin) has been a member of the Ravensword pack since she was discovered at the age of twelve alone in the woods with only her name.
Yet this wasn’t as merciful as you’d expect. Due to her status, Mairin is unwanted, abused and assaulted regularly. Her only possible get out is being mated with a kind wolf who will look after her.
But her hopes are dashed when she is matched with the current Alpha of the pack, an abusive, macho wolf who is disgusted and attempts to kill her.
Thrown off a cliff, Mairin survives by the skin of her teeth and is rescued by the enemies of the Ravensword pack- a pack with more than one Alpha.
These Alpha’s aren’t like the ones she knows, and none of them appears disgusted by her. In fact, they seem to be overly fond of her for someone they have just met and it dawns on Mai that they are keeping secrets about her and where she came from.
But with the Ravensword Alpha determined to end her, does she have time for romance with any of the new Alpha’s?
This is a slow burn reverse Harem romance with fated/rejected mates and not something that I had read before.
Usually, I am a stickler for one girl, one guy. I’m not a fan of love triangles or polyamorous relationships in books just generally because I’m quite an unsocial person by nature and the idea of there being more than one relationship to navigate through, totally exhausts me.
But I really enjoyed the diversity of partners for Mai/Irin. Although I wanted to shove a pitchfork through Sylvester’s eye socket, I liked Ragnar, Henderson, Silas and Valentine. They all had interesting personalities and morality and took on different roles within the community which I felt was a nice way of amalgamating 4 Alpha’s in a pack where usually there was only one.
As this is the first in the series it was a slow-burn which meant that there were very little ‘shenanigans or sexual content. I’m mostly happy about that because I think Mai needed time to recover from what the other wolves had done to her. Her reluctance to fight and determination to run and hide was very well in keeping with someone who had survived all of those different traumatic experiences and led to believability within the story.
I would have liked to see more background on the new pack as well as more insight into what they do all day in between training Mai and walking around brooding, but I’m sure this will be covered in other books.
There is also the matter of the great cliffhanger and the addition of rival gods and their proteges which could lead to a great arch in future stories.
All in all, a very nice start to the series, especially if you are into polyamorous or reverse harem relationships and fated mates.