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Review: Blind Wolf Boxed Set by Aubrey Rose

Posted March 5, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Julia has never been on a date in her life. She’s a curvy girl with no money, no education, and no way out of the town she works in as a library assistant… until Damien shows up. He’s just like the prince charming Julia always imagined would sweep her off of her feet. There are just a few things standing in the way of true happiness: he’s blind, he’s dating someone, and he’s WAY out of her league.

Oh, and he’s a werewolf.

Damien lost his eyes two years ago in a wolf battle. Ever since then, the straggler pack of disabled wolves he leads has been searching for a place to call home. One house seems like the perfect choice, but Damien realizes too late that the person who lives there is the girl he met at the library. The human girl. Damien is torn between loyalty to his pack and raw lusting desire for the girl who haunts his dreams day and night.

She’s a human. How could she be his true mate?

The blurb is actually a pretty good set up for the story. Once Julia and Damien meet he realizes pretty quickly that Julia is his mate but he’s confused about the fact that she’s a human. Wolves and humans just don’t mate – ever. Despite that he’s all in but tell her he’s a shifter is a bit tricky. She reacts like any normal person would and freaks out but eventually accepts it. She’s pissed at some lies he tells but forgives him soon enough, they mate and they think it’s all butterflies and rainbows. Unfortunately there’s another pack that wants Julia because she’s not just human after all.

The first book is pretty much Damien and Julia’s getting to know you period and romance. Book two has Julia getting kidnapped by a different wolf pack so that they can mate with Julia who’s a special kind of shifter (but can’t shift). Book three shows us Julia’s frustrations with not being able to shift and what she goes through to try and change that. Book four is the culmination of it all when yet another pack attempts to tear Damien and Julia apart and almost succeeds.

I have to say that I love a good shifter romance. Having the characters who are shifter actually SHIFT is a definite plus in my book. This one had a plethora of shifting and I loved that.

Damien and Julia’s relationship for all of it’s ups and downs ended up being a strong one. I can’t say that I ever really truly felt their connection but I could tell that it was there. Because of the fact that I didn’t feel their connection all that strongly I ended up skipping their love scenes after the first couple I read. I know that’s horrible – ok, I would skim them but they didn’t feel like they were furthering the story for me so felt gratuitous.

I liked Damien and his determination in keeping his pack together. I also loved the fact that he was blind and yet had so many followers. That showed me that he was a stand up guy and a good leader.

Julia felt whiny to me at times but came through with strength in book four. I could appreciate what she was going through throughout the stories but yeah, still a bit whiny. She wanted nothing more than to feel more connected with Damien as he could feel her emotions and she couldn’t feel his. Once she had this though she constantly was thinking how she wanted to be alone with her thoughts and block Damien out. Make up your mind, woman! Lol

The secondary characters in the stories were good support. I especially liked Jordan who was Damien’s best friend – and who was in love with him. Despite the romantic love he felt for Damien he never resented Julia or the love that Damien and Julia felt for each other. I loved that. The other pack members had their issues but in the end came through for their Alpha.

In the end I’m glad I had all four stories at my fingertips and could read all four novellas as if they were just one book. I think I would have gotten frustrated with the series had I read them at separate times as each story starts off exactly where the previous stories ended (actually in the same scene). Book four was definitely my favorite of the four books, even though it was darker it was more emotional and that was a good thing. The stories were entertaining and kept my attention for the most part so that was a good thing.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Aubrey Rose

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What I Read Last Week

Posted March 3, 2014 by Tracy in Features | 1 Comment


How ya’ll doin’? Did you have a great weekend? I hope so.

My week last week was pretty quiet, if I remember correctly. My life has been pretty boring lately – I have to say I enjoy that sometimes. lol

My girls played in their bell choir this past Sunday – 2 pieces. Here are the videos if you’re interested. I think they’re both doing a wonderful job and they love playing, which I love. 

(My girls are..second from the left and 5th from the left.) 


(My girls are on the left table 1st and second from the right.)


Ok, on to what I read this past week:

I started off the week with A Lady by Any Other Name by Jennifer Kitchens. This story is about a young woman running from her evil brother when he promises her in marriage to an old disgusting man. On his deathbed her father had told her that he wasn’t her real father and gave her clues as to who the real father was. Nicole figures it out and goes to talk to her real fathers family hoping that they’ll take her in. What she finds is unexpected but then she’s sent to London to wait for proof of her parents marriage. She then falls in love with the man she’s staying with. The story was good if not a bit too busy – too many story lines floating about. The romance happened quickly with the hero and heroine going from what looked like 2 people who might have an attraction for each other to “I love you.” I just didn’t think they were at that point yet. Anyway the story still worked which was good. 3.25 out of 5

The Blind Wolf boxed set by Aubrey Rose is 4 stories following the romance and lives of Julia and Damien. Damien is a wolf shifter and finds out that Julia is his mate – but she’s full human which never happens. The story unfolds from there. Though not romance heavy it could get very emotional at times. I’ll post my review of this one this week. 3.5 out of 5

Disarm: The Complete Novel by June Gray was originally a serial. This is actually all 6 stories in the serial wrapped up in one and I’m so glad I read it this way. The story is a friends to lovers story involving Elsie and Henry. They finally get together after many years of friendship but then have to face Henry’s deployment to Afghanistan and Henry’s personality change when he returns. There’s a whole lot more that goes on and it was definitely worth reading. I’ll post my review of this one this week. 4 out of 5

Next was The Devil Wears Kilts by Suzanne Enoch. This is the first in a new series called Scandalous Highlanders. Ranulf is a highlander and proud to be one. He ends up chasing his 18 year old runaway sister to London when he refuses to let her have a Season. The family she stays with has an older daughter, Charlotte, who Ranulf is highly attracted to. Unfortunately Ranulf’s mother was English and that wasn’t necessarily a good thing. Ranulf has prejudices against the English but Charlotte puts him in his place. The story is about the pair working out their differences as Charlotte abhors violence and Ranulf lives with it daily and thinks it’s ok. Ranulf decides to change his thinking but he’s not sure if it’s enough to capture Charlotte’s heart. It was a great story and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. 4 out of 5

Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston is the story of Livy Kowalski, a Honey Badger shifter, and Vic Barinov, a hybrid shifter that is half bear and half tiger. Livy’s father is found dead and had obviously been murdered. Livy and her family decide that the person behind it all needs to pay. While this is happening Livy and Vic, who were friends before, start sleeping together which ends up turning to love. There’s a whole lot that goes on and it all wrapped up into a great story. I’ll post my review for this one later this month. 4 out of 5 

Last for the week was A Night With the Bride by Kate McKinley. This is the 3rd book in the By Invitation Only series. The story involves Nicholas, a duke who has basically been in seclusion and is thought to be mad, and Gabriella. Gabriella takes on a dare with her friends that she can get the duke to kiss her. It turns into so much more. I’ll post my review of this novella later this week. 4 out of 5


My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Everybody’s Got A Story by Heather Wardell  

Happy Reading!

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