Wolf's Haven (Caedmon Wolves, 1)

Wolf's Haven (Caedmon Wolves, 1) - Ambrielle Kirk Tamara is escaping an abusive relationship while she still can. She has a plan, she makes her escape – but it all goes horribly wrong. Until a wolf arrives, an actual wolf, that carries her to safety and away from her abusers.She wakes in a cabin in the woods, with Devin, the wolf shifter and begins to learn to trust him, even as he carefully takes care of her and her injuries.But Devin has his own issues, his pack is leaderless and the only contender is a wolf that will stop at nothing for power and could destroy the pack. Unless Devin himself is willing to assume the role of alpha; something he has been desperately avoidingAnd adding a human woman to the mix won’t make it any easier.My overall feel is one of frustration because I think a lot could have been made of this book if it were a lot longer, the themes well developed and the story told over a greater period of time. As it is, too many of potentially great storylines in this book were compacted leaving them either lacking impact or worse.Take Tamara’s flight from an abusive relationship. Parts of this were done so extremely well. Looking at the pain she felt and suffered – but also the shame, that little myth that she should have been smarter than to tolerate an abusive relationship, that it was her fault is touched on and briefly, but very well explored. Or Devin being careful around her, acknowledges that she has reasonable fears and that he has to be sure not to ever intimidate her and ensure she knows he won’t hurt her. The courage she showed to escape, the effort it took, the fear – all very well done. And then she leaves her abuser, has a magical wolfy ride and ends up isolated, not taking calls from her therapist and advisor, with a completely strange man in the middle of nowhere. She spends a week in complete isolation with him, at the end of which she sort-of-marries him and moves into his life. There was none of her getting her strength back, none of her finding herself, none of her healing or growing or asserting herself as a person or a woman – there just wasn’t time.Or there’s Devin’s fight over the leadership of this pack. There’s no build up, there’s no exploration of the history – of his fraught relationship with his father, of his lack of acceptance in the pack, of the importance of finding a mate, of this whole prophecy that’s apparently going on and how that involves him. We could have done to have seen some of his isolation or seen how the pack works or seen exactly the how and why of his evil cousin (this is about all we know about evil cousin, he’s evil). Read More