The Beast of Wheeler Ridge by Chris H Stevenson is a paranormal/sci-fi romance that is packed with savage attacks, bear traps, forest fires, and mystery. Centered around a man who will do anything to protect a woman with a rare condition that appears outside of his home one day, you’ll see just how far this man is willing to go.
Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.
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The Beast of Wheeler Ridge by Chris H. Stevenson
This is a story about a DNA cloning experiment that had gone wrong. Instead of cloning just a breed of wolf that had previously gone extinct, this scientist wound up with a giant wolf, a hybrid human/wolf, and something else…
All of the creations have been locked away in a bunker. Each raised by the scientist. One day, one of the creations escapes. While they are distracted trying to find the first escapee, another, much more dangerous creation also escapes…
Meanwhile, a forest ranger hears something rustling outside of his home. He goes out and when he sees eyes reflecting back at him, he shoots and the thing falls to the ground. When he gets closer to see what he had hit, he realizes that it’s a woman, but she’s covered in hair. He bring her up into his home so she can recover from the wax bullet he hit her with.
When she comes to, the two of them quickly become acquainted. He believes that she has Hypertrichosis, otherwise known as “Werewolf Syndrome.” Before he knows it, he’s helping her with her “maintenance,” and the two become closer and closer every day that they spend together. Little does this forest ranger know, there’s a lot more to this mysterious woman’s story. And he’s about to find out that he’s in a very dangerous predicament.
I really enjoyed that this book began with a chapter all about something fleeing through the woods. It was clear that something was very wrong, but as a reader, you didn’t know what just yet.
Overall, I really enjoyed how the facts were given to the readers slowly. It was interesting to see how little the wolf/human hybrid actually knew about herself.
The DNA project itself was my main interest and I couldn’t wait to learn more on that front! The action was also very well done. The chase scenes and the dashes of violence were my favorite elements of the book by far!
My Final Thoughts on The Beast of Wheeler Ridge
When I finished reading this book, I can definitely say that I enjoyed my time reading it and I would recommend it to others. I loved the mystery and the action! The characters were well-developed and interesting. But unfortunately, as the novel mainly centered around the paranormal romance, it just wasn’t a huge hit for me personally. Check out this review from Kaye on Goodreads to get another opinion!
If you enjoy paranormal romances filled with action and nervous anticipation of what would happen next, I would highly recommend this one to you!
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Priscilla Bettis says
The age-like description thing would give me the creeps even though I’m sure the author didn’t mean it that way. Still, overall the book doesn’t sound too bad with the werewolf fun. Thanks for sharing your review.
Sara Strand says
Um…. alright, the age description would be an issue for me. Maybe because I have a 14 year old daughter for instance and yeah….. I have such a hard time with stuff like that now. I find that as I get older I get more snobby. It’s terrible but yeah… this is a pass for me.
Chris H. Stevenson (using the pen name christy j. breedlove says
Hi guys–Author here. I certainly was aware of the age problem, but tried to emphasize that she was realistically 25 years-old in human physical development, and it certainly bore this out. I did, But I understand the speed bump here. in no way shape or form, did I inten this to be relative or pointing to child molestation or child rape. I should really have chosen a different explanation for this so as not to frustrate the reader. I think I will contact the publisher and remove such references, just to make sure that nothing is misunderstood. In my little old person defense, I will say, rest assured that I am a very moral person, having served as a federal protection officer with an award for heroism awarded to me by the United Government for saving 250 lives during a fire.
I am very grateful for the review and analysis for the story itself, which was one of my most favorite outside adventures of all time! I just flatly refused to write another werewolf shifer story, since we had major example like that which could be found in Twilight and so many other stereotypical examples. Blessed Wishes, Chris
Erica Robyn says
Chris H. Stevenson says
Chris here again. I’m so grateful for this being pointed out to me that I just wrote the publisher to pull the book from Amazon immediately so I can revise the age thing for appropriateness. And I’m going to jump the editor for letting those errors, to so blatantly slip through.
Erica Robyn says