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Series: The Wildflower Series Book 1
Author: Rachelle Mills
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 18, 2018
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
The alpha was supposed to be mine. Our fates were decided by the Moon herself, but he chose to follow his own path to a future that didn’t include me.
Accepting my destined mate’s rejection was the hardest thing I ever had to do, and it cost me my pack, my friends, and in the end…my home.
Now, four years later, I have to rejoin my old pack, forced to see him love another female. Her scent is mixed into the crevices of his skin, and every breath I take is slowly killing me little by little.
How do you tell yourself not to breathe?
But there’s one more element to this story, something I didn’t count on…and his name is Dallas Valentine.
I’m drawn to him in a way I can’t explain. There’s something about him, about the scent of his secrets that lures me in, tempting my most primal instincts. But he’s not destined for me, and what chance do I stand against fate?
I have mixed feelings about this book, so bear with me while I sort them out in this review. I believe this story has excellent bones, but some of the fine details made this hard to rate.
I loved the angst of Clayton. I loved the premise of the story. Rya is a female wolf rejected by her fate/moon chosen mate, Clayton, and someone who is deemed valuable when she reaches her adulthood… just not by her mate. His human side chooses another wolf over her, and the circumstances around this situation are horrific. I won’t spoil that much for y’all.
What bothered me was I spent the whole book wondering why it was called Clayton or the Wildflowers Series. I didn’t understand what it meant to be moon touched and why it was deemed valuable till somewhat late in the game. And still, why was this important to a pack? Also, the packs weren’t named, so they were basically identified by whose pack it was… I wanted more explanations on how their world worked. I liked that it was different than every other PNR Shifter book that I’ve read. I just wanted some clarity on some aspects of it.
Now, I loved Dallas but felt he did this drastic change when he accepted some aspects of himself (don’t want to spoil it). He wasn’t the blushing guy who had a crush on the girl. I wasn’t eased into his change.
Rya was such a strong character. I loved her and her resiliency. I really wanted her to stand up for herself with Clayton though. I wanted her to have some snappy, sassy comebacks to his awfulness.
Overall, I couldn’t put this book down because I wanted to know what happened next, but the devil is in the details—those killed me. Also, the ending left me wanting… there is no resolution because we’re left off on a cliffhanger. Had I realized there was one, I probably wouldn’t have picked this book up, but I’m glad I did. It’s a unique and angsty read. This book had a real Charlaine Harris feel/tone that I really enjoyed. The author has a really great voice.
3.5 to 4 Stars
“Clayton is so different from the PNR out there nowadays, and I loved it!” - Red Hatter Book Blog
“Clayton is a steamy, hot, dark pararomance.” - Rose (Goodreads)
“I suggest everyone take a chance on this soul cleansing adventure.” - Goodreads Review
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