Almost Home by Kate Steele

Almost Home by Kate Steele
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (31 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Fern

Something is out there… waiting in the dark.

For Shannon, nighttime has always inspired fear and fascination. She longs to discover its mysteries, but some deep-seated instinct has, up to now, kept her safe inside when the sun sets. When her car breaks down a mere quarter mile from her house, rather than choose to spend the night confined within the safety it offers, she braves the moon-drenched shadows and comes face to face with her destiny.

Shannon has always known there is something more to the world around her, and yearns to discover what it is. When her car breaks down and she finds herself stranded in the woods, she thinks things can’t possibly get worse – until she is attacked by a pack of wolves. But all is not what it seems, and when the Alpha of the pack reveals himself, she’ll unlock the secrets that have been hidden in her mind for years.

Almost Home is a werewolf novella that will leave you hungry for more. The story is well written and the premise is intriguing, ensuring you’ll finish quickly. My small criticism would be that the first chapter, while wickedly steamy, confused me enough that I did a double take to ensure I was reading the right thing. The story begins with a different ‘story’, which is being read by the heroine. You discover this at the beginning of chapter two. It’s not a bad thing, but as this is a novella, it threw me off. Once I had my bearings, however, I enjoyed the rest of the story immensely. I loved the magical elements, as well as the big reveal when Shannon learns about her past. There is a twist involved that you won’t see coming, and it brings it all together.

If you’re a werewolf fan, be sure to check out Almost Home.

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