Kat, a hunter with the Werewolf Control Forces, fled her alpha werewolf lover, Amon, when he told her that she too had the gene in her blood and would one day mature into a werewolf—into his mate.
Four years on, Kat has now matured. Each night she fights the ‘beast’ inside of her and her desire to return to Amon. She hunts rogue werewolves with a vengeance, hating her kind and her blood, gaining satisfaction from eradicating those that have surrendered to darkness and violence, but she can’t change her feelings and her craving for Amon is becoming stronger with every dream she has of him.
When Amon’s pack finally catches up with her, she discovers that he’s dangerously close to turning rogue and only she can save him from the darkness. An encounter with Amon reignites the passion they had once shared, dreams constantly stir her hunger for him, and Kat finds herself faced with a hard decision. Will she let him turn rogue and hunt him, or will she embrace the wolf and mate with Amon to save them both?
Embracing the Wolf is a stand-alone novella, and I quite enjoyed reading about Kat and Amon.
My Embracing the Wolf review:
Embracing the Wolf is a short story, and while I usually gripe about novellas being too short for my enjoyment, I am actually going to say the opposite this time… There were quite a few repetitions in this one, and it could have been shorter and still gotten the full story across. Confusing, no?
Kat is working for a werewolf disposal agency, and none of her colleagues know that she is a werewolf herself – and she only discovered this herself a few years ago when she fell in love with Amon, the alpha-wolf of a pack in the town where she was investigating at the time. Embracing the Wolf is mostly about Kat needing to embrace her inner wolf, and accepting who and what she is.
Amon and Kat are fated mates, but Kat has been fighting this connection as much as she’s been fighting her inner wolf. Her turmoil and difficulty is not hard to understand, but if Embracing the Wolf had been any longer, I think I would have been mad at Kat for not just dealing with her life, Amon and everything else the way an adult should. I always enjoy Heaton’s writing, though, and her universe of urban fantasy mixed with shifters and mythology appealed to me in Embracing the Wolf as well.
Some of my favorite Embracing the Wolf quotes:
She pressed a hand to her chest. The beast stirred in the depths of her heart and snarled for freedom.
She was not an animal. And she would not surrender to it. Every day of her life, Kat fought it and hit her dirty secret.
If she had known about the genes she had inherited from her parents before she had joined the Werewolf Control Forces, she still would have gone through with it. eliminating the rogue werewolves, those that thad turned dangerous and had made it onto the WCF’s lists gave her purpose.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
This sounds like a good extra for the series, where Kat is accepting her inner wolf! Great review Lexie!
Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
I’m actually not sure if this is part of a series or not, Naomi… I need to figure that out – and Heaton’s writing is always good, so if there’s more about Kat and Amon somewhere, I want it 😀
Very interesting that you felt if it’d been longer you’d have been greatly irritated by Kat. I get not wanting to deal with things but I’m with you – she needed to be an adult about it. 🙂 I do like the sound of Kat being a werewolf and working for a werewolf disposal agency. That’s some irony. And I’d like to see how Amon deals with his mate. I may have to read this once I’m caught up in Heaton’s Eternal Mates series. 🙂 **BIG HUGS**
Yeah, she really did, and she had a lot of potential to be a great character, too. The irony wasn’t lost on me either, I really enjoyed that. I need start Eternal Mates… We always want the same books, but we don’t always get to them at the same time, eh?