Formerly published under the title “Reluctant”. Layla Warden had a ten-year plan and it sure as heck didn’t include a mate. She had her flashy car and her corner office and all was right with the world until Sid Rosario sat down at her table and turned her life upside down. Sparks fly as the two werewolves flirt over dinner and it’s no surprise to either of them when they end up back at his hotel room, naked and sweaty. But Sid is her mate, and they don’t figure it out until the bond is sealed. Layla, driven by confusion and fear, heads out of contact while a frantic Sid looks for her. What comes next helps a reluctant wolf find her way to acceptance.
Point of view:
3rd. Alternating perspectives. Not always consistently defined. Perspectives sometimes change mid-paragraph which can get confusing.
Technically this novella stands on it’s own. You’ll see Layla & Sid mentioned in other books, but you don’t have to read this for those to make sense. The rest are not standalones, see below for reading order of the series.
Short novella sort of introducing the Cascadia Wolves series. This isn’t my favorite of Dane’s work. If I didn’t already like her other series, I’m not sure I would have read more if this was my intro to her.
It wasn’t horrible, but brevity leaves the dialogue feeling a little juvenile. The number of sex scenes also makes the plot weak – because there isn’t much talking between Layla and Sid. Also, we don’t know Sid at all. He’s an artist and he’s hot. That’s it, everything else is Layla-centric.
Note to past self – Skip this and read it after the series. Or not at all.
This series was originally released with different titles and numbering order. As of this review (May 2020), Goodreads still notes the older versions and numbers.
|Wolves’ Triad||3||Tri Mates||2|
|Wolf Unbound||4||Wolf Unbound||3|
My Favorite Quotes
She’d never felt anything like it before. It was overwhelming but amazing too. – Reluctant Mate @laurendane #Shifters #novellaTweet