Title: To Trust a Wolf (Unnatural Alliances Book 1)
Author: Danielle Hardgrave
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Caldwell Publishing
Release Date: June 3, 2016
Amazon Description: “As an archivist in a small museum, the biggest thing Helen Jurist has to deal with each year is the Annual Donor Gala. When her museum becomes a flurry of activity, due to the nearby discovery of a large Viking hoard, Helen finds the additional responsibility more of a pain than an honour. She doesn’t know anything about Vikings, or what makes the hoard so unusual. She just wants to get through the gala without her boss catching the drapes on fire.
Nobody from the public is supposed to have access to the find, but try telling that to Rune Helsen. A handsome Dane with wolfish desires, he walks around like he owns the place. He’s Helen’s worst nightmare—if only her traitorous body wasn’t so attracted to him.
But Rune has a secret, one that brought him to see the artifacts for more than just scholarly interest. Unknown to Helen, there’s so much more at stake than just pulling off a successful evening. A whole world she never knew existed, a world of vampires and shifters, stands on the precipice—and there’s something in the Cutler Hoard that could burn it all down.”
This past week, I had the opportunity to review author Danielle Hardgrave’s new novella To Trust a Wolf. It surrounds museum archivist, Helen Jurist, as she is thrown into a world of vampires and werewolves who are harboring a secret about a Viking village whose artifacts contain an ancient mystery they sought to track down.
Lately, I’ve been strapped for a large amount of time, but I sped through this novella in a day and a half. It is quick, witty, and to the point without lingering on unimportant details. Helen works extremely hard considering her museum is having a hard time acquiring funds to continue running and obtaining different exhibits in order to attract the public. The Cutler Hoard is their golden ticket to gaining needed publicity and funds in order for the museum to keep running. Everything seemed normal until Helen is interrupted by on of the Cutler Hoard’s donors shows up for an unexpected tour of the exhibit. The donor, Rune Helsen, is mysterious and has his own agenda unbeknownst to Helen.
All in all, it’s a good start to the Unnatural Alliances series. I have not read many books containing anything based on Viking lore nor throwing vampires and shifters into the mix. If you enjoy paranormal romance, Vikings, and need a quick read-this is the book for you!
If you’d like to purchase your very own copy of this novella, you can purchase it HERE from Amazon!
About the Author
Danielle Hardgrave has been active and successful in the freelance ghostwriting community since late 2015. With her passion for storytelling and tendency to daydream, it’s a surprise it’s taken her this long to turn that passion into a career. She was born and raised in Victoria, BC. When not writing, Danielle’s usually annoying her roommate or trying to figure out how to play tennis/box/longboard/whatever else she’s picked up that week.
Her business partner is a graphic designer and editor, and they decided to combine their skills to offer a new kind of brand that incorporates the business model of an online publishing company, but offers the personality and passion of real authors.
My Rating: 8 Book Charms out of 10