The Longing of Lone Wolves is a fantasy shifter romance. The setting is more than two thousand years after a nuclear war on our planet. Some humans live in a protected city, while the fae have become the dominant race in various forms.
Clarke—a human woman—wakes in a warm lake surrounded by snow forests; her clothes are rotten, her watch and bangles have rusted. She has little time to comprehend her condition before she is chased and captured by shifter wolves.
Rush has been an outcast after a curse made him invisible. He discovers a rare human in the lake by his shack, but she is soon chased by his uncle’s wolf pack. He follows them and is shocked when she turns to him for help; how can she see him when others can’t? He offers her a pact, he will rescue her if she will be his voice in the world, although he plans to take her to The Order and use her as a prize to break the curse.
Clarke has psychic abilities which get stronger, but this world is very different from the one she left behind, or did she leave it at all? A name and an evil face from the past haunt Clarke and he appears to still be following her.
The book cover appealed to me when I saw it on Instagram, so I thought that I would give it a go after reading the book blurb. I was slightly concerned that this might be high fantasy with a common quest, but I was very happy with how the author told this tale, making a journey just one part of the story rather than drawing it out.
There are lots of fae types, but many are half human and the story sets a good pace with plenty that kept me entertained. It also helped that Clarke and Rush were characters that I liked from the start. There are lots of secondary characters whom I know will go on to have their own books in this series. The opening chapters of book two can be found in the back and having read on I am intrigued enough to want to continue with the next story.
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A beauty from our time. A fae beast from the future. A curse only she can break… if he lets her close to his heart.
Rush is a Fae Guardian, a wolf-shifter whose enhanced abilities have made him a ruthless protector of Elphyne. His job is to protect the realm from the human enemy, and to ensure the sins of the past never come to pass again lest magic die forever. Well… it was his job until half a century ago when he allowed one night of weakness to distract him from his job. His punishment was a curse worse than death. Now a ghost, he spends his lonely time longing to be part of the living, once again protecting them from monsters… until one washes up on the shores of his lake.
Clarke is beautiful, feisty, fierce, and she’s the only person who can see him.
If he hands her over to the Order, she’s his ticket to having his curse removed, but the more he learns about this human, the more he realizes maybe she’s not the monster he’s trained to believe. In fact, she’s capable of inciting passion he’d never dreamed possible again, but Clarke has a message from the past… sins are already repeating. This time, if they don’t stop the coming evil, it won’t just be magic that dies. It will be everything.
The Witcher meets Beauty and the Beast in this gripping, heart-stopping new epic fantasy romance featuring a band of brothers, shifters, fae protectors and their strong willed women from our time. If you love your books full of page turning action, intrigue, and romantic tension then this book is for you. For fans of Kristen Ashley’s Fantastical series or Sarah J Maas’s adult fantasy romance.