Friday, December 26, 2014

REVIEW: "Lone Wolf" by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt

Lone Wolf (Bluewater Bay #4)
Lone Wolf by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt
(Bluewater Bay #4)
For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality) 
Male/Male Romance -- Contemporary

Riptide Publishing -- Published on December 20, 2014
Ebook, 360 pages
Read in December 2014
Received from Netgalley

Small Town Setting

Hunter Easton is screwed. Fans, producers, and his agent are all chomping at the bit for the next book in his wildly popular Wolf’s Landing series, but he’s got epic writer’s block and is way behind deadline. Then he reads The World Tree, a fanfic novel by his online friend “Lone Wolf.” It isn’t just a great story—it’s exactly what the series needs.

Kevin Hussain is thrilled when “Wolf Hunter” wants to meet up after reading The World Tree. When Wolf Hunter turns out to be Hunter Easton himself, Kevin is starstruck. When Hunter tells him he wants to add The World Tree to Wolf’s Landing, Kevin is sure he’s being pranked. And when their online chemistry carries over—big time—into real life, Kevin is convinced it’s all too good to be true.

The problem is . . . it might be. The book deal, the sex, the money—everything is amazing. But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Kevin is left wondering if Hunter really loves him, or just loves his book.

"Hunter Easton decided there was definitely something to be said about casually dating a man who love showers, not to mention shower sex."

The Bluewater Bay series is connected by the Wolf's Landing TV show that is being filmed in the small town in Washington.  So far the books have focused on the actors from the show, but in Lone Wolf the focus shifts to Hunter Easton, the author of the bestselling series that inspired the show.  found this book to be my favorite so far with an interesting couple and some fun tidbits about writing/publishing.

Hunter is having issues figuring out what happens to his popular characters in the next Wolf's Landing book.  Basically, he has written himself into a corner and is flailing to get out of it.  He also has others depending on him completing the story like his agent, publishing company, and fans.  Then he reads a novel-length fanfiction (The World Tree) written by an online friend and realizes he needs this person's help.  For his part, Kevyan "Kevin" Hussain is a huge Wolf's Landing fanboy who is thrown for a loop when his favorite author asks for his help in writing the next book.  And, of course, things get complicated when Kevin and Hunter begin to fall for one another.

Hunter and Kevin's story was a lot of fun to read.  Both guys were such nerds and devoted to the world of Wolf's Landing.  I thought their interactions were adorable especially in their early meetings.  I also liked seeing Hunter get out of his habit of holing up in his house to help ease Kevin into the publishing world.  For his part, Kevin acted how I would think a fanboy would if he got a chance to work with an author he admired so much.  There were moments that he got a bit whiny for my taste, but I did understand where he was coming from.

I enjoyed Hunter and Kevin so much that I thought the ending of Lone Wolf was pretty abrupt.  Things were moving along and they were dealing with issues and then it just stopped.  I wanted more of this couple and am hoping that we get to see more of them in the rest of the series.

I love it when Voinov and Witt write together.  They just have a smooth, easy-to-read style that is also rich in emotions.  I thought it was interesting to read something so light-hearted from this writing duo, but I definitely enjoyed it.  While I don't want them to completely ignore their darker muses, I wouldn't say no to more "romantic comedies" like this one.

I received a free copy of this book from Riptide Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Fever -- Definitely graphic, but still emotional descriptions.

1. Starstruck
2. There's Something About Ari
3. Hell on Wheels
4. Lone Wolf
5. Burnt Toast B&B (Coming 2015)

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