Thunder Wolves: Clay by B.J. McCall

Thunder Wolves: Clay by B.J. McCall
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (76 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Kissa Troy mistakenly believes she’s safe in her identity as Beth Smith. No one knows she’s a mountain cat shifter and hiding from the Catamounts, a dangerous shifter cult. One day, a sexy alpha wolf walks into her life. Shaking off a determined wolf isn’t easy. When she’s tracked down by the Catamounts, Kissa turns to the wolf for protection.
Wolves and mountain cats are natural enemies, but all it takes is one breath and Clay Thunder is hooked. The sex is hot. The attraction is undeniable. She may be a cat with trouble on her tail, but she’s the one.

Still. A wolf — and a mountain cat?

This short story is a real winner. It has action, suspense, a riveting plot and a hero and heroine that are awesome together.

Ms. McCall impressed me with this novelette. Each chapter is packed with a lot of information. The author used the minimum amount of words yet she still provided the emotional connection between a reader and her characters and I really got into the story. I didn’t feel cheated or shortchanged in any aspect of this tale. Ms. McCall truly knows her craft.

The one aspect that stood out for me was the suspense. I bet that if I could see myself in a mirror, I wouldn’t be surprised to see my eyes wide and my mouth hanging open. It really got intense a few times making this one of the fastest read stories in months. I enjoyed every second of it and couldn’t stop reading until I finished it, in one sitting. Amazing!

I liked how the author presented Kissa to a reader in the beginning. It successfully garnered my sympathy and interest. And yes, even though the mating scent ploy is used, I liked how Clay and Kissa interacted. It didn’t come across as trite, fast, gratuitous or pat. It was natural, believable and thoroughly entertaining and satisfying. I kept waiting for the characters to say or do the one thing that would trip up the whole story and it never happened. This was a complete joy to read.

I will point out my niggle about Dan. Considering who he was and what has happening to the people in the bar, I have no clue as to why he was not targeted by the bad guys, because he should have been. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad he wasn’t because he was a nice guy. He still was a perfectly good target and it never materialized. Considering how bloody efficient the bad guys turned out to be, that was a glaring oversight.

Since this is an erotic romance, it’d be remiss of me not to mention how delicious their sex scenes were. They were well done, well placed and were definitely a lot of fun to read. Clay and Kissa are wonderful together.

This review is a joy to write because I still have a happy buzz going on from reading Clay. This little gem is an easy recommend for all paranormal romance readers. Ms. McCall has written a keeper.


  1. Xeranthemum:

    Thanks for the great review.


  2. Xeranthemum says:

    You’re very welcome, B.J.!
    I had a wonderful time reading Clay, so thank YOU! 🙂

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