A Wolf Apart by: Maria Vale

THE LEGEND OF ALL WOLVES BOOK 2

THE LAST WOLF review [The Legends of all Wolves Book 1]

In this stunningly original wolf shifter romance, can a human truly make room in her heart for the Wild?

Thea Villalobos has long since given up trying to be what others expect of her. So in Elijah Sorensson she can see through the man of the world to a man who is passionate to the point of heartbreak. But something inside him is dying, and Thea’s heart aches for the man who could so easily become her wolf…

Elijah Sorensson has all kinds of outward success: bespoke suits, designer New York City apartment, women clamoring for his attention. Except Elijah despises the human life he’s forced to endure. He’s Alpha of the Great North Pack, and the wolf inside him will no longer be restrained…

She sizes me up quickly with eyes the color of ironwood and just as unyielding.

Thea Villalobos, she says, and it takes me a moment to get my breath back.

Thea Villalobos. Goddess of the City of Wolves.

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Content Warnings: Detailed sexual scenes, violence, blood/gore, animal death, childbirth complications, and murder. Mention of torture, loss of loved ones, kidnapping, and miscarriages.


Having read, and enjoyed, THE LAST WOLF, in February, I knew I wanted to pick up book two and dive in…and it did not disappoint. Even though I prefer multiple narratives, and so far THE LAST WOLF and A WOLF APART have both been single narratives…I really enjoyed both of them.

In A WOLF APART we get to know Elijah, one of the pack that lives among humans, in order to help protect their secrets as well as ensure they have money to protect their land and people. After thirty years of living away from home and being forced to fit in with humans…Elijah is tired and scared that he’s losing himself to the role he’s been forced to play.

At the beginning of the book, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to connect or empathize with Elijah because he mentions the designers he wears a lot and talks about all the women he sleeps with but has zero attachment to, but within a few chapters his narrative opens up more and you start to see the pain he’s in and his desperation to not lose himself.

When he first meets Thea, someone who finally sees through the BS, he’s instantly attracted and wants to get to know her…but due to his autopilot playboy ways, they start out on the wrong foot. I actually really loved seeing this relationship develop only from Elijah’s perspective because we really get to see his insecurities and fear of not being enough for Thea without being reassured by her perspective. With only Elijah’s POV, I feel like I was able to truly understand his need, and almost desperation, for connection.

There was only one loose end that wasn’t tied up by the end…I’m hoping it’s brought up in book three and we get full closer because it seemed weird that it was kind of a big deal and then the book ends without neatly tieing it up.

Overall I really enjoyed getting to know Elijah and Thea and I can’t wait to get my hands on book three! If you’re looking for a paranormal romance with a deep history, and laws, associated with its pack I highly recommend giving this series a go.


Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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