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Of Secrets and Wolves

(Winsford Shifters #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  846 ratings  ·  156 reviews

My whole life, I’ve been taught to despise shifters. So when I’m hired to track two escaped convicts, I’m suddenly thrust into the world I hate—or thought I did. Yet I’m inexplicably drawn to the alpha of the pack whose land the convicts may be hiding on. He’s different than any shifter I've ever met—laid back and quick to laugh, caring and protective, and makes me fe
Paperback, 328 pages
Published January 28th 2021 by Independently published
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☆ Todd
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it

Well, you go, Alice!

First, she stepped into the realm of hit men: Success!

Then she decided to give vampires a go: Success!

And now she's penned her first shifter novel: Very much a success, in my humble opinion!

I really loved both Rowan and Quinn, from the moment that Rowan showed up to track escaped shifter prisoners on Quinn's rag-tag pack's front door step.

If I had to compare Quinn to one of Alice's previous characters, I'd probably have to go with Finn, from her VRC series, but with Quinn hav
This was epic! I loved it.

Of Secrets and Wolves is a little bit more subdued than some of this author's previous work but it has just enough of hilarious remarks to make it clear that it's an Alice Winters book. I appreciated this, since it can get quite tiring when it's too much.

Rowan and Quinn where both great characters and this book is also filled with an amazing set of secondary characters and some great world building. I loved everything about this except the cliffhanger ending. Usually
I'm surely one of those readers Todd assumes are less enamored with Alice Winters usually far fetched scenes, so I appreciate her tone it down a bit this time. Seems she couldn't really see it through completely but a kudo for the good intentions. That way I was able to enjoy Quinn's sass and overly relaxed alphaness. It was even refreshing to follow his kind of alpha who's a nice diversion of the usual and then there's still Ari who's mischief surely counts as far fetched but it's still fun.
It was ok. Very "cutsie", which didn't work as well, for me, as I hoped it would. Also, the dialogue often felt stiff and formal, with few contractions. Still, I liked the story enough to read book 2 when it comes out, I think. ...more
This was funny and adorable with a shifter and human relationship.(view spoiler)

The human is a tracker who is contracted by the FBI, and the shifter is the alpha of the local pack near where some escaped convicts are running. There is a huge amount of prejudice against shifters and our human has been indoctrinated. Too bad the local alpha is so damn cute!!

Oh my gosh, he's soooo cute!! Let's give him something.
(I was a
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This author is one of my absolute favourites. I love paranormal books particularly shifter ones. So yes I was giddy with excitement going in...

Unfortunately and I can’t believe I’m saying this but it didn’t work for me at all.
I nearly skipped writing this review completely because I didn’t know where to start or what to say.

I’m gutted.
Quinn is the alpha and he’s a different alpha. He’s not big, strong or commanding. So all stereotypes out of the window here. There’s no hierarchy as such just Qu
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just realized that this is the author from "How to Vex a Vampire", wich explains a lot! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

I liked the story and I thought it had hilarious moments, but as always this author goes over the top with the personalities of the characters, so much so that they seem like a caricature not real people you can relate to. Specially when a character starts quiet and reserved and ends up being a bubbly mashmellow. I didn't like "How to Vex a Vampire" for the same reason, but I did like this one mor
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m sorry, but I didn’t like it!

I didn’t like the plot or the characters. Didn’t like the romance or the comedy.

I don’t think I’ll write a full review because I think it would just be full of everything I strongly disliked and I like this author too much to do that. Clearly, not everything a beloved author writes will be perfect. I will most definitely look into other books by Alice Winters but this series is not for me.
Jillian Rose
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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A nice refreshing shifter story. An Alpha who isn't anybody's idea of an Alpha. A human who doesn't accept he is a shifter and gets up to some funny things whilst shifted.
I enjoy this writers style of storytelling. Lots of laughs along with the serious stuff and there were a few heart stopping moments and of course we are left on a kind of cliffy with hopefully the next book about a month away.
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it
I'm afraid that I am in the minority with my opinions about this book. While the overall plot has great potential, I had a difficult time connecting with the MCs. The world building is done well, as with all of Ms. Winter's books, and the characters are fairly well developed.

This is not a typical shifter story. Humans are very much aware of the shifter population, and they treat them as second, or even third class citizens. Quinn is a young and unlikely Alpha, but he is loved and respected by hi
Hey There Delilah!!
Holy Catnip!!

Oh Wow!
This was so, so good. Great banter as you can expect from an Alice Winters book but with so much more. This story has amazing characters that I want to know especially Ari, a not your usual type of Alpha which is a bit refreshing and a really good story line that keep my attention from the start. I can not wait to read what happens next, I NEED to know what happens next.
Kaity B
3-3.5 stars

Honestly not my favorite Alice Winters. I was hoping for more humor but this didn’t have any that I have been know to rely on from her.

This book was different from the shifter books I’ve read, there wasn’t much of a hierarchy in the pack, just that Quinn was the Alpha and we didn’t see any betas or omegas.

Quinn and Rowen, to me didn’t feel their chemistry like I have in other books by Alice. I don’t know if it’s cause I read this fast or what but I felt like some sections of the sto
At first i was undecided between three or four stars, but than, well... Catnip.

A funny read, although not as hilarious as some others from this author.
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: This book doesn't take place in the Omegaverse, nor does it include mpreg

I adored this book. From a pure writing standpoint (which is what I have an undergrad degree in and am currently earning an MA in), it doesn't get much better than this. The masterful development of exposition through showing instead of telling, the on-page action driven by both dialogue and well-developed characterization, the laser focus kept on the two main characters with no meandering into unimportant fluff
Victoria Buckley
Wow, I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed a book like I did this one in quite a bit. It was hilarious, sweet and full of interesting characters I want to learn all about. I started it and from page 1, I was fully invested. Quinn may not look like your typical alpha male, but it was easy to see how he earned his position. He was my favourite character overall. I loved his flirty banter with Rowan throughout. Honestly any scene discussing catnip had me snorting with laughter. Rowan himself took a moment t ...more

I'm not much of a fan of shifter books, but Alice Winters is one of those authors who, if she writes it, I'll read it. If all shifter books were like Of Secrets and Wolves, I'd become a convert!
While this book definitely has the trademark snark, silliness, and fun I've come to expect from Alice Winters, it's on a more "toned down" level, if you will. And well balanced with the more serious aspects of this story, of which there are many.

I really like the world in Winsford that Alice has creat
Joyfully Jay
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Of Secrets and Wolves is the first book in Alice Winters’ new Winsford Shifters series and I absolutely loved it. I have made no secret that I am a huge fan of this author, so I was really excited to see her take on the shifter genre. Winters introduces us to an interesting world here where shifters are well known to humans, but also frequently treated with prejudice and hatred. We see all sides here, from humans that are part of the pack, to a member of the trac
S a n d r a
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
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4.5 🌟

I loved this!

From the moment I saw the cover I knew I had to read this. Alice + shapeshifters, what a combination!

Rowan and Quinn are both really likeable. Quinn, an unusual alpha as he is, is the funny character (alongside his best and craziest friend, Ari), but I found him not as overwhelming as other of characters (as I found Finn at his first book, a little bit too much all the time). The funny parts are hilarious, the dialogues got me laughing
jackie thorogood
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful book to read. You have Quinn who not your normal Alpha yes he is a wolf but not as I have read before. His pack always comes first but he not your burly Alpha nope not at all. Rowan has live his life believing shifters are evil. I don’t post spoilers because you need to read this book. Wonderful world building fantastic characters. Written beautifully that I was eagerly turning pages to find out what happeneds next. Lots of humour but not over the top. Cannot wait for the next ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-read, 2021-books
Great start to a new series. Author hits the comedy line perfectly - earlier stuff has been a bit too much but this was absolutely perfect. Loved it.
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there's an author that can take my mind of mind numbing pain with a mix of humor and a good plot, it's Alice Winters. I have to say, another hit for her. This book is amazing! ...more
Feb 08, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Alice Winters. I think of her as the banter queen - and that's not actually a compliment, unfortunately. I appreciate the humor and lightheartedness she brings to a genre-typical situations that can be overly dramatic and serious most of the time, but usually the banter is out of control: character building and useful dialogue are sacrificed on the altar of a witty one-liner.

Of Secrets and Wolves is different from her usual fare in that it's half serious. I actually do like the concept of an al
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is definitely not my favourite Alice Winters book, but still very enjoyable.

I really liked the main characters, and I always like a good fated mates plot. I loved the humour, especially Rowan being a confused shifter. Those scenes were gold.

I didn’t care for the overarching plot so far, so I guess I just liked this book, not loved, and I also feel like more character development was needed.

I think when it comes down to it, I found the relationship building scenes and interactions between
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing

A few things I know when I settle in to read an Alice Winter’s book: 1) it’s going to wildly entertain, 2) I’m going to fall hard for one or both of the MCs and 3) the rest of my day will be shot as I won’t be able to put the book down once I start. All absolutely true in spades for Rowan and Quinn. They make my heart pitter-patter and I’ve found my kindred spirits. I love their quips and “hold nothing back” vibe and not just them, the sarcasm is real with all of the exceptional character
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a very strong start to what promises to be an awesome new shifter series. We’re introduced to the Winsford Pack and their somewhat unconventional alpha, Quinn, who is certainly not predictable. Quinn and his brother have created a loving and accepting pack and I adored the relationships they have with each other - especially Ari, the impossibly cute and cheeky ocelot shifter.

Rowan has a mixed introduction to the pack but it’s so clear to Quinn that he belongs right there beside him. Nei
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars
I won't lie that Alice can sometimes be hit or miss for me, but when it's a hit it is just so good. This is one of those. Superb world building, lots of great characters, great chemistry, great adventure and mystery!

I'm very excited that this will be a series and can't wait to see what else happens!
Feb 02, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Best Left on the Shelf

One of the most uncoordinated, disjointed storylines I’ve ever attempted to read. Character development is sloppy when attempted and minimal at best. The plot reads like it was thrown together from a random group of potential themes. There is no indication there was any guideline or direction for the entire story.
Jacqueleen  ♡
It's no secret I love paranormal romance, especially shifters. It was the genre that sparked my love of reading back when I was a kid, though I wasn't reading books with the added layer of steam I am now ;) I've read hundreds of shifter books which I think gives me enough insight to tell you this book was done remarkably well. It was fast paced and engaging. The mystery aspect had my mind working double time to try and guess ahead, but it also didn't force the romance into the back seat. There w ...more
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