Title: Rescuing Jack
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 60,492 words
Characters: Marius and Jack
Werewolves are real. Marius enjoys the irony that everyone calls him a dog whisperer, not just because he’s a werewolf, but for his work at the local animal shelter. He has a unique talent for pairing families with their perfect pets upon first meeting them. But he’s still looking for acceptance and a forever family of his own. Then Jack comes into the rescue looking for a big, mean dog. To prevent Jack from making the wrong choice, Marius convinces him to adopt a needy spaniel mix instead. But when Marius learns Jack is tormented by horrible memories while at his apartment, he opens his home to the sweet, scared man. As their relationship grows, Jack feels comfortable telling Marius about the horrors he suffered. Marius hopes his steady presence, protection, and love can help Jack reclaim the pieces of himself broken on that terrible night.
This is not the book to read if you want sex. Having said that, this is not a typical werewolf book, either. However, if you want well-built characters who develop throughout the book, then grab it.
Ms. Ricci created an alternate world almost exactly like this one, except for one thing—wolf shifters revealed themselves to humans two years ago. Each wolf made the decision whether to ‘come out of the closet’ for themselves, and Marius was one of those who did. Running an animal rescue as he does, it was a risky move, but he and his business partner manage. Marius has friends (albeit less now that people know he’s a wolf), his family, and his career, and although he’s mostly content, he’d love someone to share his life with. Enter Jack, who just wants to be able to feel safe in his own apartment.
I think what I loved most about this story was that it didn’t focus on the fact that Marius was a werewolf. Instead, the fact he could shift was just another part of him, like the fact he was gay or seemed to have infinite patience. And although the book started with its focus on Marius, it slowly, smoothly changed until the focus was on Jack.
I would recommend this book for anyone who loves a well-written survivor story. I loved it, and it is definitely staying on my ereader. I have enjoyed Ms Ricci’s writing in the past, and this is another I’ll have to add to the list.
Reviewed By: Alison
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