Wolf in Waiting by Shyla Croft

Wolf in Waitingby Shyla Croft
* I received a copy of this book from Breathless Press in exchange for an honest review*

A shape shifter unable to shift and a male shifter next in line for the throne shouldn’t mix, but the passion between them transcends all.

A shape shifter who can’t shift sounds like a punch line to a joke. But for Luz Dryden it’s a complicated reality. The one bright light in her life has been her long-time love Kalyx Hunter.

Kalyx shares her strange malady and worships Luz with a passion that overshadows everything else. When Kalyx shifts unexpectedly, Luz flees Blackburn Falls and vows to never look back.

Five years later she’s forced back to her home town for her sister’s wedding, and Kalyx is determined to convince her they belong together. Luz fights him at every turn, but her body’s needs overrides her will.

Kalyx is prepared to take on anyone who tries to keep them apart. But neither anticipated the twisted web of deceit and betrayal they would find themselves tangled in.

Luz has come to terms with the fact that she can’t shift over the last five years.  She has made a place for herself in the world where she feels wanted and needed.  She is good at her job and has been able to let go of the issues of self worth she faced while living with the pack.

Now she is back home for her sister’s wedding and has to face Kalyx, the former love of her life.  Kalyx was her best friend and confident all through high school until he shifted for the first time late in his teens and didn’t need her anymore.  It has taken her 5 years to get over him, at least that is what she has been telling herself.

Kalyx has never forgotten Luz, his first love.  He has continued to wrestle with his wolf’s aggression since his first change.  The older the wolf is when the change occurs the bigger chance that the wolf will go feral.  His father is constantly reminding him of that fact and his duty to his pack leader and family.  All thought of duty leaves him as soon as he spots Luz and his wolf recognizes its mate.

I loved this story and couldn’t put it down until I reached the end.  Luz has had a rough time growing up as a non-shifter; she was viewed as one of the lowest members in the pack.  She may have run away when her heart was broken but she made something of her life and she is proud of the woman that she has become.

The scene in the bar when she calmed his wolf and accepted was one of my favorites.  It was sexy and hot but yet, still tender and loving.  It was obvious that these two have a very deep connection and they never stopped loving one another.  Once they acknowledge this, everything seems to fall into place.

Kalyx’s grandmother may not be pack leader but she is still the matriarch of the pack.  She loves her grandson and is willing to go against his father to help him.  We are introduced to several interesting characters that help move the story along without taking away from Luz and Kalyx’s story.

I loved this short story and look forward to more in this series.  I give Wolf in Waiting 4 Flaming Hearts. 

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