Her Wolf Ménage
By Louisa Bacio
She seeks adventure
What’s the use of living in a wolf pack when one isn’t a shifter? Jana strikes out from Louisiana’s national forest to New Orleans to find herself, only to discover more questions.
They want the same woman
The moment Jana steps into the French Quarter, Andre pursues the naïve beauty. An artist, he senses the hidden wolf beneath the surface, and her nature calls to him. It’s not until she leaves that long-time friend Dominick realizes what he wants. The two alpha weres must battle it out or learn to share to reach their happy ending.
Her Wolf Ménage is the latest in Ms. Bacio’s The Vampire, the Witch and the Werewolf series.
Jana has been in love with her best friend for years, Dominick—the boy she grew up with—but doesn’t believe he returns her feelings, and understands that he can’t take a non-shifter as a mate. Jana is a werewolf incapable of shifting. She doesn’t really know why, but assumes that if she hasn’t by this point in her life, it will never happen, so she feels her only alternative is to leave a place she’s never really felt welcomed in to begin with – her home.
From almost the minute she steps off the bus in New Orleans, she meets Andre, a bit of a loner from a different pack and the sparks fly between them. While Jana and Andre are getting to know one another in the city, Dominick realizes he loves her and decides he wants her back. Being the Alpha that he is, full of arrogance, Dominick assumes he just has to find her, crook his finger, and she’ll run back home with him. Let’s just say his pride takes a bit of a beating when he discovers she’s not as alone and lost without him as he assumed she’d be. And added to the dueling of these two potential mates, Jana also has to fend off males from the other pack who are simply in need of a female—whether she wants to be needed or not.
I liked how Jana grew throughout the story and became stronger. I loved Andre and would have loved to see the author delve more into his character. He’s a man who finds a mate he wasn’t really looking for. But now that he has her, he doesn’t want to give her up, and he’ll do whatever is necessary to protect her and see a smile on her face. Even share her if he has to. Certainly leave his home for her. Dominick is also willing to share, though he hopes Jana will ultimately chose him and kick Andre to the curb. Every now and then I pictured a pouting boy who’d lost his favorite toy. Of the two men, I definitely preferred Andre.
This story has a few interesting twists and turns that kept the story moving, though a few times it got a little confusing. There are vampires, witches, werewolves and others. I liked that they were wary of each other, but not necessarily to the point of avoidance for fear of their lives. I do think the fight scene between the packs was over with much too soon. They all gathered for the big rumble and then it was…over and they dispersed, almost as quickly as they arrived. I felt like I missed something. Maybe it was just my thirst for some bloodshed and handsome men fighting over the girl.
I give this a 4 out of 5.