Length: 65,000 words approx
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @Black Jazz Design
Mate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?
Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.
Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?
Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.
I read a lot of shifter stories. I love them! It’s utterly fascinating to me. It’s hard, however, to find truly unique ones these days. The Half Wolf by Jay Northcote was in fact unique. I loved pretty much everything about this book. The symbolism of our segregation in our own world, is glaringly parallel to the world the author wrote here.
Quinn has lived in a small town his whole life. He runs the shop with his Aunt Ruth, he’s almost like the “token gay” person around town. On top of that he has pretty much no friends aside from his bff Tash, and he’s so unbelievably lonely.
Kellan is the Alpha’s son of a nomad pack. The alpha in this story is a woman and I want to give major props to the author for writing her so fierce, smart, and powerful. Kellan is gorgeous, strong, and is immediately attracted to Quinn when he sees him.
Here’s the conflict. Shifters are not widely accepted anywhere. Some people rebel against the belief that shifters are bad like Sam, Tash’s dad, and give them work when they come to town. Others, like you’ll see, make them feel very unwelcome.
There’s a rabid omega wandering town killing livestock and on top of that Quinn is discovering there’s so much more to him than he ever knew.
Without telling you the entire story I loved that there were two storylines that intersected here. Where it could be confusing in other books it melded perfectly here.
If you’re a shifter fan and love little surprises and happy endings, I highly recommend this one!
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.
One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.
Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.
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