Anchor by Jorrie Spencer
April 19, 2011
Reviewed by Mandi
Mala never outgrew her night terrors. At twenty-eight, her nights are a battleground as she defends helpless wolves from attack by their own kind. The effort costs her—one dream often leads to a week of missed work.
When her defense of a young wolf is rewarded by the mention of a real town, she finally has the chance to learn if her dreams are just as real. She never expected to meet an honest-to-God alpha werewolf, much less develop an instant, embarrassing crush on him.
Angus MacIntyre, de facto alpha of Wolf Town, is determined to see every fugitive wolf employed, educated and well-adjusted to life in the open. The arrival of a young wolf on the run isn’t all that unusual, but the human woman hard on his heels is beyond extraordinary.
The dark-eyed beauty possesses a dream-wraith ability that challenges everything he thinks he knows about his world—and stirs his mine instinct in a way he’s never felt before. Yet her gift makes her vulnerable to those who would try to use it to their advantage. But this is his town. His pack. His woman. And Angus will do whatever it takes to protect what’s his.
I really like the concept of Anchor. Mala is in a sense summoned in a dream state to wolves who are showing great fear. In this dream state she is able to not only siphon some of that fear away and communicate with the victims, but wield weapons using this fear and help fight off the bad guys. She has no idea why this happens to her and has never been able to confide in anyone. That is until she becomes anchored to Caleb, a teen wolf who is being hunted by his abusive father, John Davies. When she visits him more than once in a dream, she decides to go looking for him and this is how she ends up in Wolf Town where she meets the alpha Angus.
With Mala’s help, Angus and his pack mates try to locate John Davies before he can kill any other wolves. The villain isn’t really in the book that much, and I think he would have come across as more of a threat if as a reader we were introduced to him more.
Although Angus is alpha, he comes across more of a gentler, wolf who lives to protect the wolves in this town now that they have come out to the public. I enjoyed his relationship with his two adult children and I think they are developed well. I felt like the romance took a really long time to develop and then they jump into this sex scene that seemed out of place. There was no build up. The romance is very quiet and almost not even a presence in most of the story until the very end. It was hard to buy into it.
While I like the concept and the world, I yearn for a bit more conflict and drama and the romance was lacking in this one.