Bad Wolf (Shifters Unbound Novella #7.5) by Jennifer Ashley
Synopsis: Wolf Shifter Broderick is stuck looking after his three younger brothers and a Collar-less Shifter who is driving him crazy, but he’s putting up with it for Joanne, the human woman he, for some reason, wants to impress. Joanne Greene, while grateful to Broderick for rescuing her sister, doesn’t know what to make of him. She’s been a loner most of her life, better able to relate to computers and coding than to people, until she’s drawn into the world of the Shifters.
Broderick is everything Joanne is not—a fighter and a tracker, from a rough-and-tumble family, better at working with his hands than understanding the netherworld of Joanne’s computer programmer life. Broderick is also extremely protective, wanting to draw her under his care as he does everyone else.
When Broderick is captured, mistaken for a Guardian, it’s Joanne who figures out that hackers are after the Guardian Network, the database that holds the deep secrets of Shifters past and present. Strangely, Broderick now holds the key to stopping the deadly danger of the network’s breach, and Joanne with her coding skills is the only one who can help him.
Review: This one was a bit boring. It focused on Broderick and Joanne and I needed more from the couple. This is a novella so it doesn’t have the development of a full novel and I can see that their story really didn’t hold enough aspects to make it one. Broderick is supposed to be this hard ass but he comes across as more bluster. He refuses to see that Joanne is his mate. I did like how Tiger kept telling him that she was his mate and Broderick really just needed to accept the fact. The villain really wasn’t one, she was more a victim who is being used by the Fae to open a portal into this realm from Faerie. The most interesting character in the story was the dead Guardian in Faerie. He was compelling and strong. It has been some time since I read a Shifters Unbound story, but some have more presence and power to the story and characters. This one was just lacking something.