Review: ROGUE WOLF by Elliot Cooper
About the Book
Genre: M/M Science Fiction Romance
Exiled from his home planet for loving an enemy, Vince turned to space piracy aboard the Cygnus. Disguised as a human thanks to his species’ shifting abilities, Vince feels secure. But he’s not safe from memories of his murdered lifemate—or from a growing attraction to Trent Rolston, the ship’s captain, he feels honor bound to ignore.
Trent, though, is determined to prove to Vince there’s nothing wrong with becoming more than friends. But Vince is surprised by his species’ mating call, despite being deep in space and far from home.
Just as their relationship begins to evolve, the Cygnus comes under attack from hunters determined to destroy Vince and his chosen family.
(Author’s note: this title was previously published under another pseudonym. This version has been heavily updated and includes 5k additional words plus a brand new ending!)
Rogue Wolf by Elliot Cooper
Rogue Wolf is the story of Vince and Trent, members of a little misfit crew on a pirate spaceship. Vince is a Fenrite—a wolf shapeshifter—who was exiled from his home planet and now poses as a human. But when Fenrite Hunters threaten Vince’s crew, Vince is forced to wrestle with his feelings about the past, his identity, and Trent, his captain and long-time partner in space piracy.
My favorite part about this book was Vince’s emotional journey. It felt authentic, pulled me in, and had me shedding a few empathetic tears. If you’re looking for a sex-driven romance, this story isn’t it, but it isn’t fade-to-black, and the relationship between Vince and Trent was quite sweet (though it plays second fiddle to the action-based external plot). I also loved the other members of Vince and Trent’s crew, even if I had trouble telling two of them apart for the entire story. The external antagonistic force required a lot of suspension of disbelief, but the story wrapped up nicely in the end. I’d recommend this to fans of sci-fi M/M but would caution those of shifter stories that though Rogue Wolf has some classic shifter tropes—mating season and knotting—they didn’t feel fully indulged or explored.
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About the Author
Elliot Cooper writes speculative fiction featuring queer characters. His novels and novellas come with hopeful and happy endings, though his short fiction runs the gamut of styles and genres. He strives above all to make his readers feel, while also increasing positive representation of LGBTQ characters and their stories.