"Wolf's Magic" Book 4 of the Westervelt Wolves series by Rebecca Royce is an interlude that promises magic in abundance, touchingly sweet sexual exploits and a deeper understanding of the level of Kendrick Kade's villainy.
In this novel the series shifts its focus to the 5th son of Kendrick Kane, Azriel as the Westervelt Pack continues its fight against their former Alpha's plan of total subjugation and destruction.
By tradition, "Wolf Magic" has always been a trait of the female of the species, however for some reason; Azriel has been either blessed or cursed with the ability to perform "Wolf Magic". Interesting enough it is this uncanny ability that has labeled him an abomination in his father's eyes; a label that through actions and harsh treatment, Kendrick Kane has managed to engrain in his son as true.
Ms. Royce does an excellent job of describing through action and dialog, the extent of Azriel's existence within the pack. Azriel's brilliance as a doctor and a scientist along with some very deep rooted feelings of inadequacies has allowed him to foster an isolated existence away from the rest of his family. His deep-rooted belief that his father's assumptions were accurate has caused Azriel to learn the wisdom of suppressing his magical abilities in an effort to fit in with the rest of the pack.
I thought that the introduction of Lea as one of Azriel patience really helped to show the level of Azriel dedication to combating his father devious plans. It was touching how he fretted over Lea while she was in her wolf form and I just loved his transformation from stoic observer to the assertive and aggressive male. The novel makes a point in re-enforcing the mating bond and its ramifications in the life of the mated pair through Azriel's interaction with Lea and the rest of his family.
The use of Azriel's magic to uncover the truth of what happened to Lea and his confrontation with his father were really exciting and added so much more layers to the series. I also loved that Ms. Royce provided exceptional flashback to reveal the events from the past that shaped Azriel feelings of self-worthlessness.
I simply loved Azriel character, he so reminds of the eccentric uncle, who drifts off into his own little world. Well, his world really takes a turn in an unexpected direction when his latest casualty of his father man-made wolf serum turns out to be more than anyone bargained for.
I found the writing to be crisp, the story-line was tight and to the point, the transition from one scene to the next flowed smoothly and whiles the sexual energy between Lea and Azriel may not have been as intense as in previous installments, there were many layers of discovery for both characters that really made their interludes so romantic. "Wolf's Magic" is a wonderful addition to the Westervelt Series that I highly recommend.
Wolf’s Magic is the story of Azriel Kane, fifth brother in the royal Westervelt wolf pack. Always different from his siblings, Azriel prefers to spend his time underground in a lab than out fighting battles to save the pack from destruction. In his own way, he feels he is contributing to the pack’s success. However, when fate plants his destined mate in a cage where he can’t ignore her, Az will be forced to face up the demons that have plagued him since childhood and be the shifter she needs him to be.
Leah St. James has no idea who she is or how she came to be trapped in a cage in Azriel’s lab. The only thing she is certain about is that she is not a wolf and that she wants out of her false wolf body as soon as possible. Counting on Az to save her from the same doomed fate as the other wolves Az is given to study, from the distance of her cage she can see Az for who he really is and not the false front he presents to the world.
But Kendrick Kane is not done with Westervelt and when he steps up his game to eliminate the Kanes from Westervelt, Az and Leah will need each other to discover the truth behind his evil plans, that is if Azriel can finally reveal the secret he has been keeping since he was a child.
With Leah’s help, can Azriel finally take his place in the pack hierarchy or will they fail and lose Westervelt forever?