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The Shadow Wolf

(Draicon Werewolves #9)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  274 ratings  ·  44 reviews
On the run from authorities, gutsy Megan Moraine knows shadow wolves like herself have no place in this world. But she's still prepared to do anything to protect her young charges. That resolve is tested when the trio is captured by Gabriel Robichaux. Everyone knows that Gabriel is a ruthless bounty hunter, a member of an elite group called the Enforcers. Why then is Megan ...more
Paperback, Harlequin Nocturne #120, 288 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Harlequin
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Ren Puspita
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans with shifter characters
3,5 stars
I want to round it to 4 stars, but a few last chapters have too fast pace and feel a little bit forced.

Megan Moraine always running for entire her life. She born as "Shadows", one of unique kind of Draicon. Draicon is another term for werewolf. Shadows unique ability is to be "shadow", make themselves invisible, and that make it their valuable assets. But people always fear for something they don't understand. No exception for "Shadows" too, they feared among Draicon and soon they beco
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC from netgalley

I have officially been WOWED!

There is nothing about this book that I didn’t like! The flow of the story was effortless; the characters were all likable and exciting. I mean give me this, I love all things werewolves. But THESE werewolves were downright awesome! Ok, let me break this down as best I can, I tend to have trouble writing reviews of books that I like as much as this one.

First off Megan is a heroine that any woman would love to read. She was gutsy, s
Jennifer (Books&Barks)
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Shadow Wolf by Bonnie Vanak is book 10 in her Nocturne Draicon werewolf books, but I don’t feel it is necessary to have read the others to read this one. I had not heard of this series before and The Shadow Wolf was the first book I read in this series. I did not feel overly lost, and most things were explained well enough to understand the overall story behind the series. Actually, after reading and enjoying The Shadow Wolf, I now want to go back and check out the rest of the books that cam ...more
 Crystal ➳ Reading Between the Wines Book Club
Megan Moraine is a shadow wolf, a breed of werewolf (or Draicon) despised and feared by their own kind for their unique abilities. Exiled to a secluded island with the rest of the Shadow’s they are often beaten, tortured and worse…when Megan finally fears for her life and the lives of her two young cousins she manages to escape with them and is on the run in Florida when she runs into the most feared of Draicon Enforcers, Gabriel Robichaux. Gabriel is not the ruthless, heartless man she thought ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Shadow Wolf (Draicon Werewolves #4)
by Bonnie Vanak

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"Gabriel is perhaps the most dangerous of all Draicon werewolves and hides a dark secret. He meets his match in Megan, a Draicon werewolf who turns invisible.

includes Darkness of the Wolf Novella"

I received this book from Netgalley and prior to reading it was not familiar with the author or the world of the Draicon werewolves. Fortunately this book was written in a way that, even though this is book four in an ongoi
Note: This book includes the previously released novella, Darkness of the Wolf, published by Harlequin Nocturne Bites (2009).

Shadowed by Unrealized Potential
Her kind is feared and loathed by the Draicon werewolves, rounded up and enslaved on an island of rigid controls and inhumane treatment. Shadow wolf Megan Moraine will risk her very life to get her twin seven-year-old cousins off their island prison and to New Orleans, grimly determined to get them to the one Draicon who may be able to give
You can also read this review at Reflections on Reading Romance

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Originally, I thought that this book would be the first 2 out of 5 stars review for me, but after careful consideration, I think it’s more like 2.5 stars, because despite the many “Oh, puh-LEASE” and “You’ve gotta be KIDDING me!” moments, at least the writing flows smoothly and the pacing is well done. The premise of the book was intriguing enough for me to request the ARC from NetGalley, but I later realized that
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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I bit my nails, ground my teeth and flipped through the pages at a furious clip because I never knew what was going to happen next and the suspense kept me glued to my chair. The Shadow Wolf has the emotional punch to make what happens to the hero and heroine matter to a reader.

Right off the bat, Ms. Vanak introduced characters that would appeal to a reader. She painted a scene of despair, hopelessness and fear while showcasing the h
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Nocturne
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Draconian Wolves
Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but worked well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy

Official Blurb:

On the run from authorities, gutsy Megan Moraine knows shadow wolves like herself have no place in this world. But she’s
Scooper Speaks
Jun 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Favorite Lines: “Why do you hate us so much? We’re not so different. Not different, but feared, taunted and shunned by ordinary Draicon. Tired of being treated as inferior, Shadow Wolves had retreated to a small Caribbean island to raise their young.” (p. 9 e-ARC)

There’s a bonus short story at the end of the book, Darkness of the Wolf, which was released in e-book format in 2009.

The Shadow Wolf is a book about what happens when fear and prejudice rears its ugly heads. The Shadow Wolves are shift
Jen Davis
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Megan is part Shadow-Wolf, a breed reviled by the regular werewolves known as Draicons. Her kind are forced to live in exile, on an island, with their powers forbidden. But Megan has escaped and taken her two young cousins with her. She's trying to find the girls' father, in hopes of giving them a better life. But she doesn't get far before Gabriel crosses her path. He is an Enforcer with a reputation to make any Shadow Wolf tremble. But after a short time in his custody, it becomes clear that h ...more
KJ Shadows
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars!Okay, let me just say that I picked this book up at Walmart for $4.50 because I used a gift card and that was in my price range on what I had left. I'm not going to lie, it had all your love, sex, and gushy mushy stuff that's in your typical romance novel. However it had a bit MORE.

Draicon are werewolves. There are also shadow wolves that turn invisible. Feral which are wild werewolves and Trans-ferals which I believe are both mixed with demon. The book is #10 but as far as I've resear
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
A new novel from this author and one that is filled with tension and suspense, watching a woman and her two twin child cousins try to escape the prejudice and oppression that had become the norm for "shadow wolves" -- those shifters who had the ability to become invisible. Deemed abnormal, these shifters had been consigned to an island camp where they were effectively quarantined from "normal" werewolves. Megan has planned this escape attempt but nothing has really gone as it should. Now Gabriel ...more
Mary Gramlich
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
THE SHADOW WOLF by Bonnie Vanak
08/11 – Harlequin - Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages

After you reveal your inner demon is love going to stay with you?

Being on the run absolutely sucks and when you have to hide not only yourself but two small children it is beyond awful. Megan Moraine is part of hidden culture of Shadow Wolves who have the power to make themselves invisible. Megan is trying to save herself and her twin cousins from a marked death by avoiding those determined to kill them. The probl
Pamela Todd
The Shadow Wolf is a taut, sexy, emotional rollercoaster of a ride.

The novel follows escapee Shadow Wolf Megan as she flees her island prison to take her two nieces to New Orleans and hopefully to someone who can help them achieve a better life. Alex Robichaux is known to all shadow wolves as the go-to person who will aide them. Hungry, tired and untrusting, the three stumble into the path of Gabriel Robichaux, famous Enforcer with a savage reputation against shadow wolves. But the man they mee
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Megan is a Draicon Shadow wolf. She can turn invisible, which isn’t normal Draicon powers. This causes the others to fear Megan's kind.

The Draicon council has put all shadow wolves in prison on Shadow Island. There’s no way Megan can raise her two twin cousins in this prison. She escapes and is on the run with her two seven year-old cousins, Jillian and Jennifer, trying to get to a safe house. Gabriel—an Enforcer working for the Draicon council whose job is to go after runaways—brings them back
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Megan is a special breed of werewolf, a shadow wolf. This means she can become invisible as well as shapeshift into a wolf. She is on the run with her cousins in effort to give them a new life, away from the persecution for them being a shadow wolf. Gabriel is an enforcer, special werewolf police, who has a deep secret that only his family knows. Trying to atone for a past mistake, he takes Megan and her cousins into custody to protect them and get them new lives.

Now, this is the 4th book in th
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it

Megan is on the run with her two young charges. If they are caught, they can be shipped back to the island where Draicon shadow wolves are held as prisoners and considered secondary citizens with no rights. Determined to fight for them and avoid a horrible fate, Megan must get them to unknown safety.

I'll admit that I normally don't give romance novels the greatest of reviews. It's not due to a bias against them. They just aren't typically well developed, a faect which fits the needs of many peop
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-read, netgalley
Absolutely LOVED this story. It was very original and I loved the world Bonnie created. I felt for Megan and her race of Shadow wolves. I felt for Gabriel and his struggled and I loved their interactions together. The romance between Gabriel and Megan is touching and exciting. I really enjoyed the ending and I hope there are more books set in this world. Maybe around Gabriel's Brothers and the Phoenix. There was a novella after the book and it was just a great, set in the same world. Highly reco ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Different take on werewolves, these have the ability to become invisible. Fear has resulted in their capture and detention. Megan Moraine has taken her twin nieces and escaped the detention island, her goal is to get the girls to their father and away from the discrimination and neglect. She is almost out of luck when she is discovered by Gabriel Robichaux. Darkness of the Wolf is the 2nd story in the book, continuation of the series and new abilities are found in the werewolves.
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
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The Shadow Wolf is book four in the Draicon Werewolves series by Bonnie Vanak.

Megan Moraine has lived almost all her live as a prisoner in Shadow Island, she has suffer as many of her race the injustice of been ostracized by society for being different. She is a shadow werewolf. The shadow werewolves are a kind of werewolves with magical powers, one of them is the power of invisibility. Because of this power they are feared by the oth
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Gabriel is perhaps the most dangerous of all Draicon werewolves and hides a dark secret. He meets his match in Megan, a Draicon werewolf who turns invisible.
On the run from authorities, gutsy Megan Moraine knows shadow wolves like herself have no place in this world. But she's still prepared to do anything to protect her young charges. That resolve is tested when the trio is captured by Gabriel Robichaux. Everyone knows that Gabriel is a ruthless bounty hunter, a member of an elite group called
Ashley Gibson
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book contains two stories in the Draicon Werewolves series: "The Shadow Wolf" and "Darkness of the Wolf".

The Shadow Wolf (5 stars)
I loved this story! I loved Megan, Gabriel, and the twins (Jenna & Jillian). The girls will steal your heart! Megan Moraine (a shadow wolf) is on the run with her twin cousins, shadow wolves are treated horribly by the Draicon, trying to find a safe place for the girls and herself. She is determined to protect her young cousins. They are captured by Gabriel Robic
Jul 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-books
For me, this book was all about the main characters: investing in them, believing in them, and watching them fall for each other. Megan is tough as nails on the outside, willing to fight for her remaining family no matter what the danger and personal cost, but inside she is warm and caring. I love both sides to her personality because even when it would behoove her to watch her mouth she just continues to speak her mind, and express how she sees things. That is a very relatable quality and somet ...more
Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
Jun 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 18 and over due to sexual content
The Shadow Wolf by Bonnie Vanak is the fourth book in the Draicon Werewolves series. Megan Moraine and her younger, twin cousins - Jillian and Jenny - have fallen on hard times since they escaped imprisonment from an island where they were confined for being a different, “inferior” type of Draicon (werewolf). They are rare Shadow Wolves which are wolves that can turn invisible. Because of their unconventional talent, they are ostracized by the Draicon community. Megan is prepared to protect her ...more
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When I picked up THE SHADOW WOLF, I had an idea that it was part of a series, but I wasn't sure. Then I read some, and realized it certainly was, and I constantly felt like I was missing something. Given that this is rather a short novel (the ebook version includes a novella by the same author), I can forgive some of the confusion because there's not a lot of space to develop the world or explain the magic system. But I kept questioning things like 'why would the ability to become invisible be c ...more
Cleffairy Cleffairy
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa Tea
Review date" 22 July 2011
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The Shadow Wolf by Bonnie Vanak is darkly irresistible and romantic. I love the author’s amazing imagination and how each character’s emotions were portrayed so vividly.

At some point, I feel as if I could understand the heroine’s predicament where she constantly have to hide and have to always be on the run. I admire the heroine’s strength and charisma, and if you’re looking for something different to
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Requested from NetGalley by Me
Overall Rating 3.75
Story Rating 3.75
Character Rating 3.75

Quick Review for a Quick Read: This book is part of a series but you can read it as a stand alone. I had never read anything by Bonnie Vanak before but I will be in the future. The story flowed from beginning to end without ever dropping the pacing. In the Shadow Wolf, I was immediately drawn to Gabriel and his tortured soul. This was a man you just wanted to hold close and tell the rest of the world to screw
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Megan is a what is known as a shadow wolf. Her type of breed is werewolf and able to make themselves invisible. She is taking care of her twin sisters who are also shadow. They are on the run from the Draicon werewolf who think that her breed should be terminated. Gabriel comes as the Enforcer to terminate her in the name of the Draicons but she does not realize that Gabriel is undercover. He helps shadow werewolves escape and set up new lives. When Gabriel mets her, he realizes that she is his ...more
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