Waking Up Wolf

Erzabet Bishop
Waking Up Wolf
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Release Date
July 2017
Book 2 of Shifting Hearts
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy Romance, Horror Romance, Medical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Joanie's dream has always been to give something back. Shubert, the kitty cat love of her life was her first rescue, and she was bound and determined to make volunteering at the Saving Furry Lives Shelter part of her reality. Joanie rescues a wolf pup and it bites her, setting off a chain of events she doesn't anticipate. Appearances can be deceiving and some bites are much worse than their bark.

Dr. Royce Buchanan is a doctor tired of the dating scene. While the women he's met through Shifting Hearts Dating Agency are lovely, he wants a mate to settle down with. So far all he's found are a lot of clingy women with doctor fixations. He's been burned one too many times before and prefers to get his kink on at Ventures, a local BDSM club catering to shifters. But when an injured woman shows up in his emergency room and his wolf goes on high alert, his safe world is about to go up in flames. Someone is gunning for shifters and to keep this new wolf safe, Royce might have to break his own cardinal rule and get involved, even if it could cost him his heart.

Book Review by Fiorella Mauro (reviewer)
Feb 22, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
8 people found the following review helpful
A wave of hate crimes targeting shifters has local doctor Royce on high alert in his hospital's Emergency Room. A report of a stray dog has animal rescue volunteer Joanie arguing with a crazy man waving a wand in an alley. It's witches versus bitches, and the advantage isn't with our heroes.

WAKING UP WOLF's male lead Dr Royce is looking for his mate. Not just a girlfriend and not just a wife, but passion on a grand scale, a galactic scale, a trans-dimensional scale. He wants a primal perfection that he will never doubt and can never deny. If Dr Royce was a female character in a historical novel, he is going to catch a fever, realize his dreams are unrealistic, and marry the guy his mother chose. Thank his furry stars this is a paranormal romance. Fate is looking out for him, in the shape of author Erzabet Bishop.

Female lead Joanie is not on the market for supernatural connections with fluffygrumps. Her dreams are much more relatable: recover from an abusive ex , hang out with her cat, live surrounded by books. At no point does she get the chance to opt out of the disruption and violence of WAKING UP WOLF, but Joanie is more adaptable than I will ever be. There's no suggestion that she is too naive or stupid to defend her existence as an independent person whose body is her own. She's not weak or passive. Joanie simply decides that the compensation package is worth the cost, and who am I to tell her that she's wrong?

The paranormal elements in WAKING UP WOLF feel integrated and believable. How would a hospital emergency room handle an injured werewolf? (Isolation room, naturally. If you are ever struggling to be admitted to hospital, try telling them you are a werewolf.) How would a sympathetic member of the community describe shape-shifters politely? ("Dual-natured," which is elegantly sufficient. Are all werewolves born under Gemini?) In a dominance stare-off between a werewolf and a ginger tabby cat, who wins? (Buy the novella and find out for yourself.)

The backdrop this world plays against is a nice piece of contemporary allegory: the horror of racially-targeted violence, the creeping evil of a movement based on hatred and exclusion, the hypocrisy of bigotry. It brings real emotional weight and stakes to WAKING UP WOLF when it could have been nothing more than a sexy trifle. There is nothing wrong with sexy trifles, but if an author can do more, she should. Author Erzabet Bishop does more, and mostly carries it off.

WAKING UP WOLF moves fast. A slow burn this isn't. And no matter how fast it moves, there aren't enough pages to cover all the story it wants to tell. The tormentor has barely begun to torment, Joanie has barely begun to wrestle with the accumulating revelations, Royce has hardly questioned his goals for his life, and then it's over. WAKING UP WOLF is still adding story as it's ending, which has to make you wonder why the heck it's ending where it is. It is half of a wonderful book, and has everything it needs except words.
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