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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
In an isolated area of the country, far away from society in general, live two groups that long ago used to be one, Wolfhaven and Silver Ridge. Over in Silver Ridge, they detest their human side and avoid shifting into it, staying in wolf form at all times, sleeping in caves and living a completely rigid life controlled by a powerful alpha. In Wolfhaven, they embrace the human side as much as the wolf side, understanding that both sides are equally important. They have built a functioning society with a common house for meals and cabins for family sleeping, along with a structured hierarchy of rule. Wolfhaven focuses mostly on life in Wolfhaven, but not just general life - it focuses on the Grandmother, who is the leader of the pack, and the two grandsons; the oldest that is expected to take over, Trey, and the younger, Connell. This is more than a simple romance, this is a love story against all odds, this is a family saga, this is life and death, this is democracy versus dictatorship. Author Jay Shaw has created a deep and multilayered story of relationships, give and take, ruling with heart and compassion, and family life.
Wolfhaven is written in such a way that you feel it is covering generations, when in reality it only covers maybe a year, but so many things occur. Author Jay Shaw has created so many complex layers and stories within stories going on that when you sit back and think about the scenarios he constructs, mates across pack boundaries, you can see society and marriages across racial and ethnic divides. Although this is listed as a paranormal romance, it is a family saga and a novel that, if you take the time to read and think about what you have read, you can draw parallels and your own conclusions to society today. There is some violence, a duel for a mate, then an ambush, along with some very sexist language from some parties, and consensual and non-consensual sexual encounters, so I definitely recommend it for a more mature audience.