ARC REVIEW: Raised by Wolves (Bloodline Book 1) by Rhea Watson

Overall: 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐
Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Feels: 🤨🤔😯😒😠😐

~QD STORY DETAILS~
Shelves: Fantasy, PNR, RH, Shifter romance
Location: Canadian wilderness
MC age range: late 20s, early 30s
FMC: Lyssa
Love interest(s): Soren Ewan, Lucian
POV: Multiple
Tear jerker: No
HEA: Cliffhanger

~QD BOOK INFO~
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Paperback page count: tbd
Publisher: Self published
Audible: No
Series: Yes – Bloodline
1. Raised by Wolves – released 06/01/21

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: manual, oral, penetrative, marking
Possible triggers: kidnapping, mild violence, abandonment

~REVIEW🖋~
The Quick and Dirty: Shifter who has been raised by real wolves finds herself with not one, but three fated alpha mates.

What I liked: 
It was an interesting premise to have a wolf shifter who was actually raised by non-shifter wolves (at least for more years than she was by humans). I love fated-mates tropes so I was really looking forward to that. Of all the relationships, I liked Lyssa and Soren’s the most. It was the one that felt the most genuine and the most natural.  

***MILD SPOILERS***

What I didn’t like:
I felt like there were a lot of plot holes particularly where Lyssa was concerned which left me feeling like I couldn’t connect with her. There were things wherein it was as if she had never been around humans before. For example, she was surprised that humans eat at prescribed times of day. She was with humans until around the age of 8, why was she surprised by this? She remembers being taken to the doctor but not lunch? At other times, she seemed advanced for someone who had lived with wolves for 18 years. For example, her manner of speech or her being assertive during sex even though she had only “mated” once and had no idea what an orgasm was or what was happening. There were several moments where the naïveté and self doubt of her inner monologue threw me off too. She’s been living off instinct this entire time, as an alpha, away from humans… where is this good-vs-evil teen angst coming from? And for someone who had lived with a wolf pack for so long, she was just down with leaving them behind? She spent the first moments battling the guys when they took her away and then she just gave up going back to her pack?

I also had a hard time with the descriptions of body hair and bodily fluids. I’m a progressive and totally down with body hair but I felt like it was mentioned way too many times in the course of this book. If someone had written the same thing about smooth legs and smooth armpits and smooth bikini areas a bunch, I’d be saying the same thing. Why so much focus on it? Lastly, things like “to slug back two full nostrils of snot — and wipe the rest on my shirt.” Ew. I get that the writing is meant to instill that Lyssa is wild but I felt like it could have been executed better. 

Another area of concern was Lyssa’s relationship with Ewan and Lucian. I’m all for some sexy time and insta-lust based on the fated-mates situation but that felt like all it was between Lyssa and the guys; at least where Ewan and Lucian are concerned. They don’t treat her like a mate but instead a burden at best and a means to an end at worst. Ewan has zero redeeming qualities IMO and Lucian is just a wee bit better. Overall there wasn’t much in terms of their relationships that had me wanting to root for them as a group. 😕 

I’ve always enjoyed Rhea’s work and I absolutely love wolf and fated-mates tropes but this one wasn’t my fave. It felt rushed and the relationships were based more on lust than anything of substance. I’m hoping the next book in the series turns things around for me. 

**I was graciously offered an ARC in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. **

~BLURB~

Once upon a time, I fantasized about how it would feel to ruin him.

One year ago, I lived on dreams of righteous justice.

Reality is complicated. Messy. Impractical and unpredictable.

Amidst the fallout of that horrific night in the cave, Benedict Hammond takes aim at me, my school, my reputation, and my men. Jack, Gavriel, Bjorn—no one is safe.

But he doesn’t get to win this time. Not today. Not on my watch.

Root Rot Academy has taught me so much about myself, but apparently it has one last lesson to teach…

Even with the world on fire, a monster will never stop hunting you.

Never.

Root Rot is an academy Why-Choose romance trilogy centered around the professors and faculty. It contains mature subject matter that might not be suitable for all readers.

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~AUTHOR INFO~
Rhea Watson is a Canadian reverse harem author who loves a good paranormal romance. She writes layered alpha heroes with rough exteriors who melt for their strong, independent soulmates.

In her spare time, Rhea babies her herb garden, bows to her cat’s every whim, and flies through Netflix shows like it’s her day job.

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