Taking risks, especially risks of the handsome male variety, is currently out of the question for Sydney Reid. She will make no exceptions for tall, gorgeous Derrick Porter. Never date a player–it’s rule number one in Sydney’s book, and the charming lawyer constantly devouring her with his eyes is every inch the reason. Despite her best efforts to keep Derrick in the friend zone, sparks fly between the two of them, and Sydney isn’t entirely sure she wants to throw water on the flames.
Can Derrick convince the shy, sexy Sydney to give him a chance, something more than her elusive “maybe”? More importantly, should he? Derrick has a few secrets, the least shocking secret being that he can transform at will into a powerful wolf. He’s still trying to forgive himself for being at the wheel during the accident that killed his son. Losing Sydney when she learns the truth might break him, but he’s pretty sure not having her would be just as bad.
And with an obsessed stalker on their tails, more than their hearts are at issue.
I was looking for a wolf shifter story for a while, I wanted a story where the shifter changed into a real wolf and not those awful hairy men with large teeth and claws. Wolf’s Challenge seemed to be what I was looking for, so I was very excited to start reading this story.
Sydney is a single mom that had several bad experiences with past relationships, she doesn’t want to make the same mistakes, so she had a few rules to avoid certain situations. No players. That was the first rule and why she shoved Derrick off the instant she met him. Why? Because of his sunglasses and chatting with two girls before their running practice. That was my first eye rolling to the book, a man is allowed to chat with girls and wear sunglasses early in a Sunday morning, right?
The judgmental part, made it a bit hard to connect with Sydney and root for her, but I could deal with it, after all, her past was the reason why she was like that, and when we learn more about the details of what happened with her ex boyfriend, it makes it a bit more understandable.
Derrick was nice, the feelings of guilt and need for closure were present in all of his present actions, the fear of rejection and to lose it all again, made him retreat more than once, even when he knew what was the right thing for him. Reading from his point of view was heartwarming and I can say he is my favorite character of the story, along with Angel, Sydney’s adoptive daughter.
Things that made it hard to love the book: Editing issues, missing words, and repeated words, made it hard for the story to flow and distracted me more than once during the most inconvenient scenes. We all know we are not perfect, but a second round of editing could benefit the book a lot.
Reasons why I give the book 3 stars and not a lower rating: It’s not just a shifter romance, it also has a mystery to solve, a crazy bipolar woman to hate, an entire new world to discover, and it opens the doors for the next books, because wolf shifters are not the only strange creatures out there, there are several other kinds that are mentioned and briefly introduced during the story, and I would love to read more about them.
A few years ago, I read my first romance novel and I was hooked, so much so that I decided to give the idea of writing a story a chance. My style is more gritty than sweet and I look forward to writing many more stories with strong heroines and imperfect but determined characters. Love, courage, hope, and second chances are a few of my favorite themes. When I’m not writing about sexy, strong-willed characters facing nearly insurmountable obstacles, I enjoy spending time with my family, usually hiking or swimming or finding a new place to explore.