|Lone wolves are tolerated, but rarely accepted by pack wolves. By their very nature, pack wolves find comfort in numbers and have difficulty understanding why a wolf would willingly choose to live and work without the support and safety of others. Jason definitely has his reasons for being on his own, and he's a realist. He knows loners are viewed as unwanted strays by pack wolves, so he has ceased attempting to find a place with the packs he contracts work with by convincing himself he is better off alone without anyone else to direct his life.
Carri is a human who has been brought up with a pack. She's even calls Ben, the alpha of Glacier Valley pack, Grandpa, though they are not related by blood. As a human, however, Carri manages to both sense and desire the real Jason, which he tries to hide behind the barriers he erects whenever he's among pack males. And though Jason's arrogance angers her at times, she is also deeply attracted to him, and refuses to back down when Ben does his best to break them apart. Despite her outward bravado, however, Carri fears what Jason and she feel for each other won't survive the pack prejudice.
Red's Wolf is a book about seeing what is real, not what is expected. Carri sees Jason through eyes free of intolerance. Since she is protected by the pack, Jason has a little more difficulty seeing that Carri doesn't view him the way other pack members do, but that doesn't stop his wolf from wanting to claim her.
In this book, P.J. Schnyder gives her readers yet another glimpse into her shape shifter world, complete with alien hunter enemies that possess an analytical intellect devoid of emotion. The reader, like Carrie, can sense Jason isn't alone because he wants to be, and in turn feels that Carri's adoptive grandfather is being more than a bit unfair in his rejection of Jason's suitability. And when Carri's humanity reveals itself in other ways, Jason, like a true hero, rushes to her rescue when her life is in danger
I enjoyed Red's Wolf very much, and look forward to reading more books by Ms. Schnyder. Her world is fascinating and complex and Red's Wolf adds yet another evocative layer.
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