Title & Author: Finding My Pack by Lane Whitt
Genre: Young Adult- Paranormal, Werewolves, Shifters, Romance, Thriller, New Adult
Release Date: February 25th 2016
Series: My Pack #1
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Description: Abandoned as a baby and forced to grow up way too fast, Kitten has learned to live and survive by her own unique code. When Kitten is at her lowest point and thinks she can’t carry on, she meets an extraordinary group of men who welcome her into their home and their hearts, showing her more kindness than she has ever known. What will happen when she finds out the secrets they keep? They may be more connected than they all thought when secrets about Kitten begin to surface as well.
Ok so, obviously I’m on a huge reverse harem kick. If you’re my friend on Goodreads you’ve probably seen all the books I’ve been gobbling up. (Ps feel free to send me a friend invite if we aren’t friends!) I finally found a book that combines two of my favorite things: werewolves and reverse harem. Hell yes. This is Lane Whitt’s first book from what I can tell and she does a pretty good job of sucking in the reader and giving them a nice little emotional roller-coaster. Sure some of the writing could be better, and she could really use a couple rounds of editing but those things were easily overlooked because this is a self-published, first time book and I loved it. It looks like she plans on publishing this in physical form and the only thing I can say is if I were ever going to buy it in physical form it really needs to be picked over with a fine tooth comb by an editor. I know a lot of other people feel the same way about physical books. Once it’s in your hand it needs to be perfect. Digital versions can be edited and those edits reflected into already purchased copies. Once it’s in physical form there is no going back. It’s out there forever.
So about the first 25% of this book Kitten (I cringed at the name at first but it eventually grew on me) is unaware that the amazing hunky men that saved her are werewolves. It’s really no spoiler since the title of the book gives away that this has shifters in it and although these don’t seem to follow the same shifter style as my favorites (Laurell K Hamilton, Patricia Briggs, Kelly Armstrong etc) it was refreshing to read about something in a different style. In this book changed wolves are immortal and stronger than born ones, and the born wolves’ age slowly and are not immortal but have bigger numbers and packs. Female wolves are very rare as a virus or something all but wiped them out and human woman are hard to find that can survive the change into a werewolf. This information is important but during the first book we don’t really know why.
Each male gives Kitten individual attention. They all have very different, specific personalities. I won’t go through them all but it was very similar to C.L. Stone’s Ghost Bird series. Ash was like North, the brooding proctor. Kota like Finn, the shy smart one. Logan like Gabriel where he is all about fashion and style and helps the group looking stylish and put together. You get the idea. Speaking of similarities, although Kitten is essentially a street rat and never had a family she is extremely naive in a lot of things like Sang was. She does not know how to act around boys or sexual situations. This was fun but at the same time extremely annoying since all the boys just added her innocent naivete to the pile of things that make her irresistible. She was pretty close in going onto my Mary Sue list but I tried to keep an open mind throughout the book, even if she had a photographic memory and was able to figure skate like a pro and paint like an amazing artist. (Yea, ok I guess she’s a Mary Sue if you list it out like that. Oh well, I still liked it.)
You won’t get spoilers from me but be prepared to be left on a huge cliff hanger and screaming “WHAT THE FUDGE?!” The ending seemed disjointed and more like the ending of a chapter. I kept trying to scroll forward but there were no more pages. There was a lot going on in this first book and it took a while to process my thoughts for a review. At times it was campy with the way the men acted around Kitten and essentially fell head over heels instantly for her. Everything she did was perfect and amazing and I wanted it to just end. Other times it was amazing and filled with lightheartedness as we get to see Kitten grow and understand social queues from the boys. On occasion it was very NA with heated kisses and wild gropings and blunders of Kitten’s first experiences.
Would I recommend this book?
Yes, especially if you like reverse harem style books. I definitely think if you add it all up the good outweighs the bad and I will definitely be buying the next book when it comes out. Hopefully very soon because I want to pull my hair out and the way the first book ended.