Joe Lowther has too much on his plate, way too much. His father is in the hospital fighting cancer while Joe is on sabbatical from his post as history professor so that he can take care of the family’s sheep ranch. Predators, like coyote and wolves, are too big a threat to the slim profits of the ranch, so when Joe spots a wolf one night, he decides to take action. Joe’s stakeout is successful, except for when the wolf becomes a young man, Callum Pope.
Cal is on the run from ruthless hunters. He knows that his father, the Alpha, and two brothers are dead and that the rest of his family is in hiding, but he also knows that the hunters have resources and a twisted desire to see all shifters exterminated. The hunters land at Joe’s doorstep and are sent away, for the moment. Both Joe, Cal, and the Sheriff know that they will be back.
This is the first in a new series by Sue Brown and I can tell that the set up for the next book has begun, which is nice since we will have some continuity regardless of whether Joe and Cal are featured in future installments.
I will admit that I am a huge sucker for shifter books and this one, although good, was not as good as I was hoping for. The concept of rich sociopaths tearing though the country, decimating werewolf pack was not as far-fetched as one might think; just look at the state of wild game hunting in Africa to see the parallel to real life.
The characters were solid and believable, from Joe and Cal, to the other secondary players, everyone was adequately fleshed out as to feel authentic. That being said, I never felt a connection to anyone as I was reading The Last Wolf, and this was disappointing since everything about the book screamed “you will love this.” What is worse is that I can’t tell you why I feel that way, I just do.
I look forward to seeing what happens next at the Sapphire Ranch. Does Joe Sr. beat the cancer? Do Joe and Cal manage to locate Cal’s missing family? How far will the hunters go to achieve their sick and twisted goal? The foundation has been set, now Brown needs to build on that foundation and create something great.