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Professor Seth Anderson has finally found sanctuary in Brier, Iowa. Even better, he's found Raphael "Rafe" Dirisio, a strong, giant of a man who owns the town pool hall, and Seth has never felt so comfortable, safe, or close to anyone. When Seth is asked to give a series of lectures in Washington, DC, it seems only natural that Rafe come along. But in a few surreal days, S...more
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Published May 3rd 2009 by Amber Quill Press
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Emma Sea
I was disappointed in the book because of the characterization. The MCs both have tons of potential, and I really liked aspects of them, but they weren't fully realised.

Seth has a PhD in mathematics and lectures at university, as well as being extensively published. So him whining "Seth bad?" to Rafe like he was some kind of barely-human shifter throwback completely pissed me off. Seth hates being referred to as puppy, so why would he talk like one? At the very beginning of the story Seth speaks...more
I have mixed feelings about this story. The story had great potential and I really enjoyed the concept of the Nightkin and would have loved to have that explored a lot more (always love a good paranormal book). The beginning of the story was good and Rafe and Seth seemed to be interesting characters. Then things changed when we find out exactly who Seth is. His character changed and it seemed like the author just completely forgot about how Seth was portrayed in the beginning and it started to b...more
If i could give more than 5, i would have.
A wonderful story: really different from all the werewolves-story i read till now. Overwhelming emotions, beautiful dialogues.
Seth's character is so complexed but so loving. And Rafe is so true!!!

The plot is amazing and well paced.
A must read absolutely.
Trisha Harrington
I loved this book! For me it was perfect, but I do understand why others would have issues with the story. I will warn people now, this book isn't exactly great if you want a straightforward, honest relationship. It was understandable for me but I know others don't like that.

So the story starts with Rafe and Seth. They have bee together three months and there is a secret Seth is keeping from Rafe. You see, the reason he keeps it is because he knows he won't be able to stay with Rafe, but he want...more
Jimmy Hanson
Three words: Beautiful, deep, and memorable.

Seth is just the kind of character I love - submissive, caring, timid at times, but practically invincible inside. No one wants to mess with him, and those that make the mistake of pushing him too far only do it once.

Rafe is the perfect matching character - Alpha, strong, loving, and willing to forgive, will to keep trying. His flaws are human but his recovery from them is the major difference that defines a 'good man' and a 'normal man' in their simp...more
this really was a great heartwarming story. The other reveiws do it justice.
4.5 stars- I really enjoyed this story.

Seth is werewolf but more than that and he's been hiding his nature from Rafe, his boyfriend of 3 months. When circumstances force Seth's true nature to be revealed. Rafe must decide if fear or love win. And if it's worth it to even try.

I think that Seth is such an interesting character. He's so many different things at once. And Rafe is an amazing person. I enjoyed following the journey of Rafe as he tried to understand Seth and I I equally enjoyed Seth...more
Giving 2 stars for its originality. It's VERY original and I like it.
It's not for me, didn't enjoy this book. And for PETER'S SAKE before a book is release with Italian phrases LET A ITALIAN READ IT. The Italian phrases are embarrassing wrong! One is a nonsense (about 'cooling the pain'!!! It CAN'T BE SAID that way!!!). Google translator is not a good source, ok?????People, please, if you are thinking in be a writer... better let a native speakers control if you decide to use phrases in...more
In parts I felt the narrative was a little choppy and needed to be a little tighter. But, for all that I enjoyed the read. Much, much angst and the smex between the two main characters is freakin hot and well worth a read. I think it was the difference in size and body type that nailed it for me. Merow.
I love this book!! There was one part made my eyes sting but after that its happily everafter!! No cheating, no angsty and no girly bits.. Just the way I luv it!!!
Veronica / V
This is one of those times when I think..why I didn't read this sooner? wonderful story, I loved it!!!
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Apr 04, 2014 Barb ~rede-2-read~ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Barb ~rede-2-read~ by: Caroline Brand
Seth is more than a werewolf—he’s a Ravager, an abomination, and the Nightkin Council has him marked for death. Nightkins are those with supernatural powers: werewolves, vampires, witches, warlocks. His boyfriend Rafe loves him, against all odds— against all sanity, Rafe loves him! But Ravagers cannot love, they only feel lust and rage, and though he wants to be with Rafe, he can’t begin to tell him about his true nature.

But, while accompanying Seth to DC for a series of lectures Seth is delive...more
Bryl Tyne
I truly enjoyed this book.

Seth Anderson altered many aspects of life to keep the inner beast at bay. He may even have eluded the hunters, found the ideal front--the perfect refuge--in Rafe Dirisio's arms in Brier, Iowa. Until Rafe, Seth's Human, is threatened, and the Scavenger, and surprisingly an Alpha, is released from within Seth and with a vengeance. With hunters hot on Seth's trail all Rafe longs for is a slice of normal. But nothing in the life of a hybrid Were is ever--normal.

Marketed as...more
This is slightly different take on the world of shapeshifters and vampires, and the originality of it is definitely appealing.

Seth is Nightkin, part of the preternatural world made up of werewolves, vampires, warlocks and seers, yet for reasons best left unsaid (spoilers!), he has always been on the outside of that world, so when he finally feels safe in a relationship with Rafe, he begins, finally, to have a little hope for his future.

Rafe is totally ignorant of the realities of Seth's life....more
Elisa Ramblings
It's not often that a book makes me cry, but when happens I can pour tears like if it's raining... or maybe I'm in tear since it's 2 in the morning and I can't let it go this book since I reached the last page... In a way or the other, Lone was a wonderful shapeshifter story, one that probably I can read over and over and always pouring some tears.

Seth is a small and cute man, 32 years old, at five foot five he looks most a teenager than a full grown man. And he is strange, sometime skittish, so...more
Aurora Alexander
4.5 stars

I really, really, really liked this story. It is rare to find a unique wolf shifter m/m story these days. Yet, Rowan managed to pen a tale that is not only unique but very touching.

Seth is a more than just a werewolf. His nature makes him so strong and volatile that he is considered a danger that must be eradicated, even by Nightkin standards. Somehow he has managed to not only survive but thrive professionally in the human world. Yet, he remains Lone, no pack, no family, no love... un...more
Surprisingly good plot, but some elements that made me uneasy

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 8/10

- Two men who are vastly different and yet equally protective of each other. Each uses his strengths to cover the other's weaknesses, and their devotion is touching.
- Interesting subversion of the dominant/submissive dichotomy. This isn't BDSM; there are no toys, no bondage, no whipping, etc. But the werewolf stories I've read in the past (not tha...more
Kelly  Maybedog
Nice take on shifters and vampires and a paranormal world. Really hated the way he speaks like an idiot when he's a werewolf--presumably because he's half animal--but he reasons like a human being during that time and the way he talks is inconsistent. It was heartbreaking at points but beautiful. I loved the story and the characters. there was a dubcon moment I didn't care for but most people probably wouldn't even notice. Needed more names and fewer pronouns--many times it was confusing who was...more
I read this book for my very first "challenge" book and it was quite something. I have a few things I will say about it...
It is not your typical shifter story - it is really unique - there is a lot of love and angst and all sorts of confusion going on here. Seth is a wolf who is a "ravager" that means a shifter who can't shift completely and is shunned by the magic world for being an abomination. He is scary and ruthless but the love of Rafe (his partner of 3 months) is what makes him special. S...more
A werewolf story with a twist. I really liked the dynamics between Rafe and Seth. Rafe is big and strong and noble and brave...according to Seth and Seth is just lone, alone and lonely....seriously heartbreaking. It is really hard to review this without givin anything away...i keep writing and erasing. So i guess the best i can do is say read it, its good and its worth it. I am really surprised that i have not heard more about one. I really liked and read it in one day.
Enjoyable m/m para romance by a male author. Seth is a 5'5" maths professor/werewolf partnered with 6'6" human/hunk Rafe. Not always easy to tell who was speaking.

"I'm a werewolf but I'm defective. A werewolf has three forms. Human, wolf and hybrid. I can't shift into wolf form. I can't shift into hybrid form. My magic gets stuck somewhere, preventing the transformation."
A.K.M. Miles
I loved, loved, loved this book. Really do recommend it.
Tamika♥On My Worst Behavior♥
Man this book had me hooked from beginning to end. I loved this book, I was it was a series because I would love to see more of Rafe & Seth. Seth was a shifter I hadn't read about yet and I was awe'd and wanted more. He was so sweet and cute, but when he lost it he was powerful and domineering. Loved the Bad Seth, Good Seth aspect. I wish we could have learned more about Rafe's heritage and his supernatural abilities, I felt like if we did it would have been a 5 star read for me. I really en...more
Okay, I really, really, really liked this. I probably ruined my flow by losing myself in certain obsessions during my breaks, inadvertently extending them for hours, but even that couldn’t fully obstruct my fascination. Right now, after finishing this? I’m just brimming over with happy.

This is one of those instances where a story really works that involves an already, and recently at that, involved couple.

It’s strangely fascinating. For all that some books try to portray paranormal beings as ter...more
First, the good. The writing is, for the most part, stellar, both in a technical sense and an artistic one. There are some particular exceptions -- lazy description of the fight scene as "like The Matrix", forced and stilted dialogues to facilitate infodumps, and frequently confusing pronoun use -- but in general, the emotions come through strongly, and the narrative is cohesive. I would definitely look for more selections from this author.

Now, that said, I did not like this book. For one thing,...more
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I rather agree with Emma on some points.

An alternate theory to Emma's issue is social conditioning. Everyone believes Ravagers/Ravager-Seth to be a brute beast. He grew up learning that Ravagers are pm just brute beasts that ought to be put down for the good of society.
It's like African American kids who underperform when they're told that a test admistered to them is testing their relative proficiency. There's a term for this, but I don't remember it off the top of my head.

The illeism gets a li...more
K. Piet
This story came recommended to me, but as I read, I couldn't find too much that I really enjoyed in it. Nevertheless, here are a few pros and cons and my general impression of the book.


Background of Nightkin – Though I was given peeks instead of full-blown world-building, the Nightkin concept was interesting in that it involved four different creatures that were born instead of 'made' or infected in some way to become different than humans. Warlocks, seers, vampires, and werewolves make up...more
Lone is an interesting book with a very intriguing world created for paranormal and supernatural beings. The characters and writing are tight and solid and the book reads incredibly fast from the first scene to the end. Unfortunately, there are some problems with the book from character problems and repetition but these may or may not bother other readers. For those that enjoy well-written, creative plots with high angst, heavily melodramatic characters with a lack of any self-worth yet redeemab...more
Okay, first of all, I have to say that I can’t seem to click with Seth. At first, he seemed like an okay character (much like Jack Francisco in Zero at the Bone, which was also an okay character at the beginning). But, as the story proceeded, he started being a little annoying and the regression of his character kind of progressed till the end. I couldn’t decide who’s more irritating between him and Francisco. Okay, perhaps Francisco still wins the award.

But, seriously, words he used, ‘Good Seth...more
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