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Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite
Haunted Wolf is the first book in Nikki Landis’s Cedar Creek Shifters series. Cole Baxter left his pack when his fiancee was killed by an enemy bear shifter. He was supposed to protect her and he had failed. He never thought he would go back until he finds his brother on his doorstep. Briar, his former fiancee’s baby sister, is in danger. Someone has been sending her death threats. The killer has already murdered someone and it’s only a matter of time before he gets to Briar. But Cole is not about to let that happen. At first, it's because he owes Briar a debt he can never repay, and then later Cole realizes that what he feels may be more than brotherly affection. Briar has always been attracted to Cole even before her sister passed. When he left, it almost destroyed her. He belonged to her sister before but this time they might just have a chance at love.
I enjoy romance mixed in with a real story that involves a believable plot plus secondary characters and Haunted Wolf delivers. The romance between Cole and Briar was complicated in the past. It would have been awkward crushing on your sister’s sweetheart. Nikki Landis focused on the present but didn’t sideline Renleigh as unimportant. It was sexy without being tacky. It could have been seriously weird but the writer handles the relationship well. Having shared that kind of love and loss, I really wanted the pair to find happiness. I look forward to more stories as there are still a few unattached hunky wolf shifters who need mates. The world Nikki Landis has created has a lot of promise for more thrills with enemy shifters and hunters.