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Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack Book 1) by Nicole Howl – Review by Jessica Dimmock

Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack, #1)Claiming My Mate by Nicole Howl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Decent character driven story with our main heroine being a human slave in the household of Wolf shifters. Namely the royal family. The King is a royal Jerk, the queen seems sweet but downtrodden, and the sexy Wolf Prince Jason. The story feels a bit Shakespearian with a fairytale twist. We have rebels/rebellion over the monarchy being iron fisted and a slave girl who catches the eye of our handsome prince. There’s the “evil” guardsman who you want to see on a pike before the story is through, and a twist that just makes you want to cry.
While the world and scenery could use more fleshing out in my opinion. The characters are decent. A good book for older YA audiences. Be cautioned as there are some hard themes and possible trigger warning scenes in here. I like how the characters deal with the events and come out the other side. Not to graphic in the scenes, but still there.

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Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack Book 1) by Nicole Howl – Review by Stephanie Nordling

Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack, #1)Claiming My Mate by Nicole Howl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I do want to start this with a warning. Sexual assault is a major driving force in the storyline. It is brought up multiple times, sometimes in vague detail. However, the tale was an engaging one. I’m a huge fan of shifter stories and this is no different. High stakes abound in this modern story with a medieval skew.

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Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack Book 1) by Nicole Howl – Review by Alex Mohrenne

Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack, #1)Claiming My Mate by Nicole Howl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good book, not my favorite shifter story but it was still an enjoyable read. I liked the different dynamic that was introduced instead of the normal fate mate story line. This one was edgy, left me waiting to see what would happen. Would recommend.

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Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack Book 1) by Nicole Howl – Review by Hannah Porter

Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack #1)Claiming My Mate by Nicole Howl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Claiming My Mate was in my opinion really intriguing. I literally started and finished on the same day. I couldn’t put it down. Lilly was a good lead female, strong, loyal and never lets people keep her down, and this is just the beginning. I can’t wait to see her blossom as the story goes on. As for Jason man! I really think now that he’s found her he’s going to be unstoppable. I love the way he protects her and makes her feel safe after everything that has happen, and don’t get me started on his father😡 his downfall will be ever sweet  😗🤌(Chef kiss) I can’t wait for the the next book I’m counting the days til it’s released. I’m so happy I stumbled upon this. Great job Nicole Howl 👏

Ps. Trigger warning it does touch on sexual assault.

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Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack Book 1) by Nicole Howl – Review by Dr. Anya Schultz

Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack, #1)Claiming My Mate by Nicole Howl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Claiming My Mate is a romantic fantasy about a girl named Lily, who serves the royal wolf pack family as a “slave”. Lily tries to keep her head down and do the job, since many find the wolves to be mean and intimidating. Unfortunately, one of those wolves in the royal guard has taken an “interest” in her and because of his position feels that he can take whatever he wants from her. (Trigger warning – sexual assault) In the midst of all her troubles, the prince, Jason, finds himself attracted to her scent after she was cleaning his room. His wolf senses were screaming at him that this girl was special and needed to be “claimed”. Lily finds herself between a rock and a hard place – on one hand the prince is claiming her as his soulmate, while the royal guard just wants to claim her. What will she do and how far will each of these men go to claim what they believe is theirs?
I for the most part enjoyed this book. I thought the story line idea was a little different from other wolf fantasy books which interested me. I also always enjoy a good read where a wolf wants to love their soulmates so hard you can’t help but fall in love with them. Well, I was slightly disappointed. The main aspect of what could have been better was the character development. Here you have a good premise, but no build up. For example, Lily, you could see there was a little fire in her, but she was in no position of power. However, once she makes her choice (which comes pretty quickly) all of a sudden she is turning into a woman who has balls of steel and confidence. I thought it was just weird that the character development just went from one extreme to another. In addition, Jason, who is prince and supposedly powerful, wasn’t displayed that way in the writing. In each fight scene he gets extremely hurt and just seems to me if you are that powerful you should be a little more resilient when being described in these scenes. This is not to say I will not read the next book, I still got the feeling that the books will get better so I am invested in at least one more installment.

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Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack Book 1) by Nicole Howl – Review by Alexandria Richard

Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack, #1)Claiming My Mate by Nicole Howl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A shorter read (few hours). Seemed contemporary but I don’t remember any technology so I could be wrong about that. Paranormal alternate reality where there are shifters, here wolves, who create their own packs. The Alpha of the pack head up the royalty line, and they keep lower level shifters (Omegas) and humans as servants. Lily is a human servant who has had a rough time at the hands of Royal Guards and just making it through in a life where she’s the bottom of the Totem-pole. Jason is the Prince of the pack and is expected to be the next Alpha, but he’s harboring secrets that threaten his status and security.

I really enjoyed learning more about Jason’s character and who he is outside of being the Prince and next Alpha. I thought him and Lily worked well together as a couple and I can’t wait to see them grow together. There’s not much on screen romance here, with book 1 acting like the introduction to the world and characters .

I loved the strength we see from Lily at times, but I wish we got to see her backbone in other moments. I hope she starts to trust in herself more and stops sacrificing herself for others, no matter her good intentions. I loved her relationship with her friend and fellow slave Amara.

Warning, book 1 ends on a cliffy (cliffhanger).

CW: off screen sexual assault, sexual intimidation, slave scenario, domestic violence, abuse against women

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Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack Book 1) by Nicole Howl – Review by Amanda LaMiller

Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack, #1)Claiming My Mate by Nicole Howl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nicole Howl’s “Claiming My Mate” is the first in her Wolf Hollow Wolf Pack series. Shifter romances are usually not the first books I turn to, but the cover art grabbed my attention immediately and pulled me in. This is geared more towards a YA romance with shifters, werewolves, fated mates, humans, and plenty of action. I would like to add a trigger warning though, it does deal with some more mature and dark themes such as rape and abuse.
The male MC, Jason is the prince of the Wolf Hollow Royals and set to take over from his horrible father as the Alpha King. Lily, the female MC is a young human servant in the royal kingdom who doesn’t feel like she belongs. Tragic events bring the Jason and Lily together and no matter how hard they try they cannot escape their fate. Along the way they face many battles by both family and enemies.
Once I picked this book up, I couldn’t put it down! Nicole jumped right in with the action, and it was a very fast paced book from beginning to end. The book was shorter than I prefer but completely worth it. I can not wait for the second one to come out to learn the fate of Jason and Lily.

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Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack Book 1) by Nicole Howl – Review by Jade Thomson

Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack, #1)Claiming My Mate by Nicole Howl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ahhhh!!! Y’all! To start: the cover is eye catching and absolutely BEAUTIFUL. If a book has a good cover I can’t resist reading! I’m also a serious sucker for any kind of shifter romance. I really enjoy getting to read from Jason and Lily’s point of views. It makes the story so immersive and it really kept me from putting the book down. Jason’s character was drool-worthy and Lily is just so sweet and compassionate. This story was so twisted, disturbing, and beautiful. I really enjoyed it and I’m EAGER for the next in the series!!

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Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack Book 1) by Nicole Howl – Review by Kaitlyn Leatherwood

Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack, #1)Claiming My Mate by Nicole Howl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book one in the Wolf Hollow Pack series. This is first book I have read by Ms. Nichole Howl and it was well worth the read. She has a way of bringing the characters to life between the pages and making you feel connected to them. Lily and Jason have a connection like no other as well as some steamy scenes that leave you wanting more. I was through with the book before I even realized the ending was upon me. I will be patiently awaiting book two.
There are some scenes described that may trigger readers sensitive to physical & sexual abuse, discretion is advised.

 

Reviewed by @Katiecat

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Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack Book 1) by Nicole Howl – Review by Kerry Baker

Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack, #1)Claiming My Mate by Nicole Howl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great story and a strong start to a new series. For me this book was entirely about the characters. They has a strong connection right from the word go and it continued throughout the whole story.
This is a new author to me so I was excited to see what the story wojkd hold. It is quite a short book so didn’t take too long to read. It was fast paced and enjoyable. The bolm was well written and I really liked how the author developed the characters. I thought this was a good start to a new series and I am looking forward to Book 2.

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