Monday, December 22, 2014

Lone Wolf by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt

Title: Lone Wolf
Author: Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt
My Rating: A


Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Bluewater Bay #4
Main Characters: Hunter and Kevin
Release Date: December 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot



Story Overview:
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.



My Review:
I've loved every book from this series, but I think that this one has been my favorite so far. Not only does the book have a writer...it has two writers. And one of those, Kevin, is discovering that his dream of being a full-time writer is really and truly a possibility.

But the book really starts with Hunter. He's the extremely popular writer of the Hunter's Landing series. (The entire Bluewater Bay series is built around this little town where the TV series based upon the Hunter's Landing book series is filmed...think Game of Thrones except these books are about wolf shifters, not empires.) Hunter is late and has writer's block with book #8 in the series. He's not allowed to read the fanfic that has been created around his writing legally, but he's made the exception for one person...Kevin. Kevin has no idea that THE best-selling writer, Hunter, is his friend on the fan forums. He thinks that the guy is just another fan and as been sending him his fanfic writing for a while. But when he finishes his 250,000 word novel, Hunter knows this is the solution to his problems with book #8 and sets out to meet the anonymous author. 

I loved, LoVeD, LOVED this set-up. Seriously, this is what can be so cool about the anonymous venue of the internet. Kevin has no idea what's about to happen to him...because Hunter has pull in the literary world and he knows that Kevin's writing could be the salvation for his series so he begins to use that influence to get Kevin into a contract writing for the series. That part of the book was excellent. I loved getting to know the two guys as writers. It was also good to see Kevin's reactions which felt so real. This all happens really, really quickly...just because Hunter is so behind on his deadlines. He doesn't have time to adjust or even be able to take it all in. And that's before the complications of the relationship that's starting between these two guys. There's a lot of pressure and I thought the authors did a great job of showing that in the story. 

There is a lot against these guys having a successful relationship. There's a big difference in age (I'm thinking it's about 20 yrs) which translates into a huge difference in life experience. Add to that they are creating a very serious business partnership which is based upon the ability of them both to be able to write. As a writer, I can tell you the slightest upset in a person's emotional state can REALLY interfere with one's ability to write well. That's a ton of pressure, but also where the age-difference helps. Hunter has been in the business for a long time. He understands those pressures. I really did like the two of them together. I'd love a follow-up book so we can see how well they handles things together after they are a bit more settled into these new roles. 

But overall, I loved this book. These are all meant to be stand-alone novels, but after reading a few of the other reviews, I'm thinking this one is enhanced a lot if you read book #1 in the series which establishes the information about the TV show and all the personalities involved.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

1 comment:

Melanie Simmons (mlsimmons) said...

I've heard great things about this author. I really want to try it some time. I'm going to add book one to my TBR pile. :-)