Little Red Riding Hood is one of my favorite fairytales, so I was excited to read Jessica Andersen’s take on it with her contribution to the Royal House of Shadows series, Lord of the Wolfyn. Sadly, I wasn’t impressed with that aspect of the story, but overall Lord of the Wolfyn was a pretty good book.
For practical Reda Weston, nothing could explain how reading a sexy version of Little Red Riding Hood catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man….
Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that turned him wolfyn and damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain strength. Strength he needed to save Elden. But as a man, he craved Reda’s heated, sizzling touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to save his kingdom…or fight it to save his woman.
The Little Red Riding Hood aspect of the story didn’t work out because the wolves were a secondary threat, not a major part of the plot. Dayn’s ability to shift didn’t add much to it because he’d only shifted once before in his life and was dead set against ever shifting again. (The Elden and the Wolfyn races don’t get along very well.)
I liked Dayn from the start. He was strong, wise, sexy, and knew what he had to do and did it. Reda, on the other hand, was whiny and indecisive in the beginning, which made it hard for me to connect with her at first. She did manage to evolve from a passive heroine to a more aggressive, kick butt heroine, but it took awhile for that development to happen. Once it did happen, I was able to get more emotionally involved in Lord of the Wolfyn.
The relationship between Dayn and Reda felt forced/kind of flaky at first – simply falling into bed together because there was an attraction and they were only going to be together for a few days. It wasn’t until nearly the end of Lord of the Wolfyn that I finally saw that Dayn and Reda actually had a connection, a substance to their relationship besides hot sex.
My biggest problem with Lord of the Wolfyn, and the entire Royal House of Shadows series so far, is that the timeline doesn’t seem to be in sync. In Lord of Rage it seemed like only a month or two went by before Breena made it back to the castle yet in both Lord of the Vampires and Lord of the Wolfyn twenty years went by before Dayn made it back to the castle – which was still overrun by the blood sorcerer. Yes, I am one of those nitpicky readers who likes the dates to coincide, so I can only hope that everything gets explained in the fourth and final Royal House of Shadows book: Lord of the Abyss.
Though it had a rocky start and wasn’t the best retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Lord of the Wolfyn was an enjoyable read and I can’t wait to see the final battle in Lord of th Abyss.
Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter
Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe
Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen
Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh