I'm tired, I'll write something later, but I loved this very much.
M/M shifter books generally disappoint me. Either they're too short, badly written, or too focused on sex. Don't get me started on the whole 'Mine' thing.
The only shifter book I could stand to reread was Blacque/Bleu.
But Winter Wolf blew me away! :D
It's completely unique in tone and story than most, if any, typical MM shifter books I've come across. You'd think the story would be boring considering the closed setting-the whole story takes place in the wilds where Axton lives as a recluse. But no, the isolated setting as well as the beautiful descriptions was what helped pull me into the story. I was 100% completely absorbed from start to finish.
This is the perfect example of a very slow burn romance. There's no sex until after the 80% mark and trust me-it was so worth it.
I fell in love with Axton in all his endearing skittishness and the glimpses of the sad truth behind his isolation. And I loved how his submissiveness was dealt with more subtlety and didn't became an overwhelming or defining characteristic compared to those other shifter books...
It's not all slow-going though, things build up to a crescendo and there was a moment when I was struck completely shocked and horrified at what one of the MCs does.
Quite honestly, this has to be my favorite m/m shifter book up to date and I just cannot wait for any sequels to come! If you like shifter books at all, you just can't miss out on this!
Re-read in preparation for book 2!!