Book Review: The Wolf by J. R. Ward

The Wolf was a great addition to the Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp series. I loved the characters, the build, and the twists along the way! I'm thrilled that Lucan and Rio got their HEA!

Book Review: The Wolf by J. R. Ward
The Wolf (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp #2) by J. R. Ward


Return to the sizzling glymera’s prison camp in this dark and sexy second novel in the new Black Dagger Brotherhood Prison Camp spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward.

In the next installment of bestselling author J.R. Ward’s Prison Camp series, things get steamy when Lucan, a wolven forced into bartering drug deals for the infamous Prison Colony, meets Rio, the second in command for the shadowy Caldwell supplier, Mozart. After a deal goes awry, a wolf with piercing golden eyes swoops in to save her from certain death. As shocking truths unfurl, Rio is uncertain of who to trust and what to believe—but with her life on the line, true love rears its head and growls in the face of danger.

4 out of 5 stars

The Wolf was exciting and intense and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought the characters were fantastic and there was an excellent build as Lucan and Rio found their way together. I loved the twists and turns along the way, I was hooked the entire time.

I loved Rio, she was tough and determined, and I loved her perseverance. I liked her and Lucan meeting and the instant connection they had. I found Lucan fascinating and liked every detail I learned about him but wished there would have been more of a backstory about his wolven side. I loved Rio figuring out what his true nature was and the hints along the way. I liked learning what Lucan was going through in the prison system and what he was up against. There were a lot of obstacles between them and I enjoyed the slow burn of them coming together.

I liked the bonds the men in the prison camp had and how each character is so unique. I loved learning about Kane and found both Apex and Mayhem to be intriguing. I always enjoy how the author has several stories going on with multiple POVs and how they end up connecting. I loved Detective De La Cruz’s part in this and I liked getting more Vishous, though I thought he had a bit more focus than needed. There was some really great humor mixed into the intensity, drama, and passion and I enjoyed it all. 

This started strong and I was invested the entire time but there were several parts that were slow for me. Even though this is considered a standalone and there’s just enough information given to make it one, I highly suggest reading book one in the Prison Camp series, The Jackal, first. I am deep into the Black Dagger Brotherhood world and understanding the history when reading a new story really enriches it. While Rio and Lucan get their HEA in this, I was left with so many questions, leaving me excited for the next story. Overall, I thought this was awesome. Another great story in the Prison Camp series! 

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