Series Review: KinKaid Wolf Pack by Jessica Lee

Tagline: Series of wolf shifter romantic erotica (gay and bisexual)

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TitleKinKaid Wolf Pack Series
Author: Jessica Lee

Genre:  Paranormal Erotic Gay and Bi (m/m/f) Romance
Format:  Series of 4 connected stories (166k words)
Series: KinKaid Wolf Pack (4 titles)

Sites: AuthorGoodreads | Amazon

Publisher: Self-Published (2013-2016)

 

Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

Uneven but heated series with a range of sizzling relationships (two m/m and one MMF menage) and a bit of a story, but best for the (sometimes a bit dominating) sex
The first three installments (two novels and a short story) focus on a pair of wolf shifter twins and their struggle to assert their non-traditional sexuality as it collides with pack traditions and treachery along with plenty of heated encounters.  (These first three were also republished together in a trilogy.) The fourth title (a novella) is set in the same pack, but is not particularly tied in with the previous pack storyline and instead is focused on a new relationship.

The underlying story of a shifter pack going through chage extends through the trilogy (2 novellas and one short story) and had plenty of interesting elements, although the strength of this work (especially the first two installments) is clearly the erotic encounters, so I classify it as romantic erotica.  The fourth book combines some of the strength of the relationship building found in the third book, but with a return to a focus on a male/male relationship with two very strong (and one more dominant) males.

The writing starts weak, although the first two installments have decent m/m sizzle.  Somewhere in the third (MMF) book, the story, dialog and character development exposition become significantly better, and the plot becomes more compelling before the heat rises again. While the fourth book returns to a male couple, the characters and relationship building remain stronger and are more than just filler for the sizzle.

Heat: 7/10 – explicit, repeated (25-30%), some kink (variety of MM, including Domination; MMF)

 


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#1- Bloodlines – Free Novella (42k words, 192 pages), m/m
Evin, alpha heir to the KinKaid pack, is banished by his father when he refuses to mate a woman to cement a family and pack alliance. The gay shifter in exile encounters Mason, a human heir to a powerful family also rather outcast because of his sexuality. When the sparks begin to fly, the heated intimacy has great implications for both males’ families, health, and position.
Story is not the strength of this first installment, but there is plenty of m/m heat – (full review)

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#2– Make Me– Short Story (8k words, 30 pages), m/m

The alpha and his mate face threats to the pack from outside, resulting in some fear and relief that leads to hot discipline from the dominant wolf.

Short story with “Yes, alpha!” sizzle –  (full review)


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#3 – Heat Rising – Short Novel (59k words, 220 pages), m/m/f
Rosa, twin sister of the KinKaid pack’s alpha, is on the cusp of going into “full heat” and therefore needs to choose a mate, but choosing one of the males she longs for would wound one of her best friends.  Kaleb learns his friends’ secrets and only is likely to spill his own when he’s had one too many.  Landry, the bisexual pack enforcer, knows his lineage and unrequited longings prevent him from pursuing his friends, but his resulting trips to the BDSM club have endangered the pack.
Some nice MMF menage sizzle in a bit of a wolfy story  –  (full review)

 


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#4 – Sins of a Wolf – Novella (49k words, 180 pages), m/m
Aydin, a rough wolf pack enforcer with a troubled past, is on probation with his new pack, but biting a human in a bar room brawl is not going to make his position any more secure.  Sin, a recently discharged special forces veteran with family issues of his own, jumps in to help another gay guy from getting bashed in the bar room brawl, only to get bit in the process.  Aydin must track down the fleeing human, as an unaware individual turning into a wolf in the midst of a human population would be problematic in so many ways. The resulting heat between the two tough men is palpable and palatable, but each must overcome past decisions, traumatic memories (including PTSD), and family complications if the connection between them has any chance of deepening.
Palpable and, amidst a bit of outside and “humans dealing with wolves” drama, eventually realized heat between two strong males, one a bit more dominant than the other –  (full review)

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#1-3 –KinKaid Wolf Pack Triology – 2 Novellas + Short Story (111k words), m/m, m/m/f

Includes the first two novellas and a short story in the series, exploring twin wolf shifters struggling with sexuality in the midst of pack politics and treachery. Plenty of male/male and MMF sizzle in wolf shifter setting –  (full review)


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Sins of a Wolf by Jessica Lee (review)

Tagline: Tough biker vet with PTSD bitten by a wolf

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TitleSins of a Wolf
Author: Jessica Lee

Genre:  Paranormal Shifter M/M Romance
Format:  Novella  (49k words)
Series: KinKaid Wolf Pack #4

Sites: AuthorGoodreads | Amazon

Publisher: Self-Published (Feb. 2016)
AISN: B00FEQGRWU

Retail: $2.99

Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)

Heat: 4/5 – sizzling – plenty explicit, repeated, and with just a touch of Top/bottom domination

Synopsis: Sin, a closeted special forces veteran biker, comes to the defense of a fellow gay man in a bar brawl and gets bitten in the process. Aydin, an enforcer with a troubled past still on probation with the alpha, knows he needs to make sure Sin’s transition to being a shifter does not expose his pack to the human world. The chemistry evident between the two tough gay men could be helpful.

Review: The writing and plot in this installment is much better than in the first two stories in the KinKaid Wolf Pack series. The heat, however, continues to sizzle with several steaming scenes between two very strong and aggressive males. As in the first two books, the sexual intimacy focused on a very masculine man and his strong partner, with a bit of rough and tumble but also straightforward heat between them.

Recommended for: Good for those who like a bit of tough man on man action and love, with one tough guy a bit more dominant than the other, in a wolf shifter setting. Unlike the first two books in the series, the plot and relationship building is present and explore in more than just a few quick sentences here and there. In terms of strength of story, this is more like the third book in the series, although this fourth installment is all male on male.

Comments / possible spoilers:
One dispppointing aspect is while both men are very tough, one becomes significantly more dominating and commanding over another who normally tops, but the slightly less aggressive man only bottoms in the story. However, the author does a better job than some writers in exploring male/male sex outside of just full-on intercourse (although intercourse is still clearly the ultimate physical connection between the two).

This one is on the verge for me  between Adult Romance and Romantic erotica.  There certainly is enough of a plot to have a coherent story beyond what is provided in basic erotica, and the story and relationship building has more foucs and development than just the sex scenes.  Still, the main reason to read this is probably the sizzle, although the story is strong enough to merit interest and attention.

Bloodlines by Jessica Lee (review)

Tagline: Heated but too quick wolf shifter gay shifter/human “romance”

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KinKaid Wolf Pack #1
Title: Bloodlines
Author: Jessica Lee

Genre:  Paranormal Erotic Male/Male Romance
Format:  Novella (42k words)
Series: KinKaid Wolf Pack #1

Publisher: Self-Published (2nd Ed., Oct. 2012)
ISBN: 9781301240289

Bonus: Free from most vendors

Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

While this is an older worker (2nd edition in 2012), it’s in the genre I prefer to review (paranormal/wolf shifter male/male romance) and a new installment in the following series was recently released (February 2016).  Bloodlines is a free novella that is a complete erotic read in itself, but is also the first in a series of gay and bisexual erotic and romantic wolf shifter stories that build on an underlying plot line.

Synopsis: Evin KinKaid, in line to be the next alpha of his wolf shifter pack, is banished by his father for refusing to mate with the she-wolf chosen to cement a family and pack alliance. While living in exile, he takes a tumble with Mason Thorne III, a gay human travelling through town who is just as alienated from his powerful human family as Evin is from his pack. Stranded in Evin’s town for the weekend, Mason takes advantage of Evin’s sizzling and sensuous hospitality.  The wolf shifter enjoys the rough and tumble with his guest, being careful not to let his secrets slip or to bite (and therefore potentially turn) his hot and (mostly) accommodating guest. When Evin’s twin sister arrives with dire news, the wolf shifter and his new beau must make some quick decisions that will greatly affect their families at the risk to their own lives.

Review: The character and plot ideas were fairly interesting and intriguing, and some of the intimate connections had decent sizzle, but overall the heat seemed better executed than the relationship or story. The initial attraction of the pair moved very, very quickly to an extremely deep connection, in a manner similar to an “instant mate” trope without the benefit of that plot device. Still, the story and relationship elements that were present were enticing, and the physical intimacy was rather heated.

Overall it was a nice, explicit (romantic erotica) male/male shifter novella with enough glimpses of story and relationship elements to make the sexual intimacy a bit more compelling. This is a quick, erotic and somewhat romantic read that sizzles a bit in itself, but is also a set-up for an additional erotic short story with these two characters, as well as follow-on novellas broadening out to other relationships (including a bisexual male/female menage).

Specific Critiques (with Spoilers):

The general plot points are interesting, bringing up some wolfpack dynamics and shifter issues that are very intriguing, but only explored in the briefest manner, basically building a relatively slight story frame on which to hang the sex scenes.  For example, the pair go from an initial, happenstance meeting (and sex) to seeming to be totally comfortable living with each other in just two days. This (almost) instant love was so overwhelming the fact that his father was likely to die very soon slipped Evin’s mind as well as the mortal peril now faced by his new partner.  Basically, major plot developments were often breezed through in a few sentences, hence I classify this as more erotica than romance.

The focus of the book for me was clearly the intimate sizzle, accounting for about 1/4 of the novella.  The heat takes on a variety of themes, with the first scene slipping easily into a very top/bottom dynamic, followed by more back-and-forth physical confrontation between the pair, before devolving into a deeper, more primal interaction.

Series:

The first two installments (this novella and a follow-up short story) center on a male/male couple, while the third installment is a novella regarding a male/male/female potential menage, and a fourth novel focuses on a new male/male couple. There is a loose story connecting the first three installments, while the fourth is set in the same pack but has a new story.