CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.
What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…
Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.
Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…
When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.
Review: I was looking forward to reading Gone With The Wolf, the first book in the Seattle Wolf Pack series. It covered one of my favorite topics, werewolves.
I loved the start of the book. It was funny, entertaining and engaging. It made me curious about the remainder of the story. I was expecting a story that would wow me and have me thinking about it for days. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. The premise was good. However, things began to fall apart halfway through the story.
When I was first introduced to the characters, I was eager to learn more about them. My first impression of Emelia was that she was feisty, sassy, passionate and strong-willed. She is the type of person that works hard to achieve her goals. She relies on no one and prefers to do things on her own terms. As such when she discovered that her bar, the Knight Owl, had been bought by Wilder Financial she knew she had to get to the bottom of this. She infiltrated Wilder Financials by choosing to work as a temp so that she could acquire information on what she considers to be a fraudulent acquisition.
Drake Wilder is a 300-year-old werewolf and CEO of Wilder Financial. He has been searching for his mate for 200 years and had basically given up on finding her. All that would change when he discovered Emelia Hudson in his wine cellar. There was one problem, she was human.
Drake and Emelia were complete opposites. She was carefree and thought with her heart. Drake was level headed and always in control. I enjoyed their initial interaction, however, as the story progressed, I began to lose interest. Initially, I liked Emelia but then I got a bit turned off by her behaviour. I understand the whole wanting to be independent trait, but sometimes we need to swallow our pride and admit that we need help, as no man is an island. Emelia refused to accept help the Drake was offering her. There were aspects of her development that I found somewhat unbelievable. It was hard for me to grasp how it was possible that she underwent a major change in her life and she was so accepting. Never once did she display any emotion in regards to the hand that fate dealt her.
Drake did nothing for me. I was unable to connect with him as he lacked passion. I didn’t find the villain believable. As a matter of fact, I found him to be less passionate than Drake, who happens to be his twin. Go figure. They had been very close, but the death of their father created a rift between them. Silas was hungry for power and riches and did not care who he destroyed in his quest.
I had several issues with the plot. The premise was good, however, there were quite a few gaping holes that I had difficulty looking past. There were issues that were not addressed that left me with more questions than answers. I can’t get too much into the issues for fear of giving the story away. It’s best if you read it for yourself and discover what I am referring to.
Gone With the Wolf is a story that demonstrates how love for money and power can destroy families. The theme was well played out. However, I was hoping for more as it relates to the power struggle.
Verdict: This was a light read, however, it did not have the wow factor that I was looking for. Did I like it? It was ok to some extent. Would I recommend it? If you enjoy paranormal romance and werewolves, you can give it a try. It was not my favorite read but, you may see things differently.