Pack and Coven by Jody Wallace
Released: February 20, 2012
Source: Review copy from publisher
Harry Smith is a lone wolf, and he likes it that way. When he’s targeted to be co-alpha of the local pack, there is only one thing he can do to maintain his freedom: flee. But it’ll take a miracle to stay a step ahead of shifters in their own territory.
June Travis has been in love with Harry for years, but he doesn’t know her real identity. He sees her as the sweet owner of the local tearoom, the facade June presents to humans and werewolves to keep them from finding out she’s a witch. She may not be able to offer Harry a miracle, but she can help him escape.
Harry is drawn to this new side of June, and not just because he’s grateful for her help. With her magic temporarily hiding Harry from his pursuers, the witch and the wolf explore their mutual attraction. But there are consequences for witches who bed down with wolves…
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Pack and Coven is a sweet paranormal romance with a bit of a (non-sexy) thrill. I liked (but didn’t love) both of the lead characters: Harry is an adorable loner and June is a rather prim witch who’s been in love with Harry for quite some time, even though he only knows her as Sadie, the sweet older woman who owns the local tearoom. She’s forced to reveal her true self and the fact that she’s a witch when the female Alpha of the local werewolf pack, Bianca, tries to force Henry into becoming her new male Alpha. Henry has absolutely no interest in participating in the pack, let alone becoming one of its leaders, but he can’t escape thanks to a lockdown. June and Henry are thrown together as she tries to help him avoid Bianca and some werewolves from his old pack, who have come down to try to claim the position Bianca wants to give to Henry.
There’s some great world building in Pack and Coven. The differences between werewolves and witches are quite interesting and I really liked that witches knew about werewolves but not vice versa. Jody Wallace did a great job of putting her own spin on existing supernaturals. In fact, I think the world is my favourite part of the novel.
That being said, I wasn’t hooked by Henry and June’s story. I enjoyed reading it but I wasn’t desperate to find out how it would end. Pack and Coven is a solid paranormal romance but it’s not on my must-read list.