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A heart-pounding new series set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world, with a scientist fighting to save the timber wolves—and getting caught in a deadly trap herself... Lydia Susi is passionate about protecting wolves in their natural habitat. When a hotel chain develops a tract of land next to the preserve, Lydia is one of the most vocal opponents of the project—and becom A heart-pounding new series set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world, with a scientist fighting to save the timber wolves—and getting caught in a deadly trap herself... Lydia Susi is passionate about protecting wolves in their natural habitat. When a hotel chain develops a tract of land next to the preserve, Lydia is one of the most vocal opponents of the project—and becomes a target. One night, a shadowy figure threatens Lydia’s life in the forest, and a new hire at the Wolf Study Project comes from out of nowhere to save her. Daniel Joseph is both mysterious, and someone she intrinsically wants to trust. But is he hiding something? As the stakes get higher, and one of Lydia’s colleagues is murdered, she must decide how far she will go to protect the wolves. Then a shocking revelation about Daniel challenges Lydia’s reality in ways she could never have predicted. Some fates demand courage, others require even more, with no guarantees. Is she destined to have true love... or will a soul-shattering loss ruin her forever?


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A heart-pounding new series set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world, with a scientist fighting to save the timber wolves—and getting caught in a deadly trap herself... Lydia Susi is passionate about protecting wolves in their natural habitat. When a hotel chain develops a tract of land next to the preserve, Lydia is one of the most vocal opponents of the project—and becom A heart-pounding new series set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world, with a scientist fighting to save the timber wolves—and getting caught in a deadly trap herself... Lydia Susi is passionate about protecting wolves in their natural habitat. When a hotel chain develops a tract of land next to the preserve, Lydia is one of the most vocal opponents of the project—and becomes a target. One night, a shadowy figure threatens Lydia’s life in the forest, and a new hire at the Wolf Study Project comes from out of nowhere to save her. Daniel Joseph is both mysterious, and someone she intrinsically wants to trust. But is he hiding something? As the stakes get higher, and one of Lydia’s colleagues is murdered, she must decide how far she will go to protect the wolves. Then a shocking revelation about Daniel challenges Lydia’s reality in ways she could never have predicted. Some fates demand courage, others require even more, with no guarantees. Is she destined to have true love... or will a soul-shattering loss ruin her forever?

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ronda

    Well didn't this surprise the shit out of me... and in a great way! This was a strange storyline compared to what I'm used to from J.R. Ward and not because of the lack of vampires... I'm so used to the twists and turns of the paranormal world happening quickly and progressively.. With Claimed came the storyline first and foremost and then almost towards the end events changed, the plot twisted and like an electric cable hitting me, I was zapped with shock and an aftermath of a potential Well didn't this surprise the shit out of me... and in a great way! This was a strange storyline compared to what I'm used to from J.R. Ward and not because of the lack of vampires... I'm so used to the twists and turns of the paranormal world happening quickly and progressively.. With Claimed came the storyline first and foremost and then almost towards the end events changed, the plot twisted and like an electric cable hitting me, I was zapped with shock and an aftermath of a potential future! And then I'm back in the waiting game for the next book! Amazing ❤

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️

    J.R. Ward & Wolves, need I say more??? The following ratings are out of 5: Romance: 💋💋💋💋💋 Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📘📔 World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏 Character development: ☺️🥸😎😘😍 Favorite Quote: “There were a whole host of things a person didn’t want to hear: Your mate is missing in the field. That limb is not going to grow back. Lassiter has the remote.” The heroine: Lydia Susi - works as a behaviorist at the Wolf Study Project, a refuge for wolves. Things have been going crazy at work lately since her J.R. Ward & Wolves, need I say more??? The following ratings are out of 5: Romance: 💋💋💋💋💋 Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📘📔 World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏 Character development: ☺️🥸😎😘😍 Favorite Quote: “There were a whole host of things a person didn’t want to hear: Your mate is missing in the field. That limb is not going to grow back. Lassiter has the remote.” The heroine: Lydia Susi - works as a behaviorist at the Wolf Study Project, a refuge for wolves. Things have been going crazy at work lately since her boss, the director of the facility hasn’t been coming in to work much lately and she has had to do his job as well as her own. Plus a luxury spa resort is opening on the other side of their fences and they have been making noise about the safety of their clients so close to a wildlife preserve. The Hero(es): Daniel Joseph - a drifter that applies for the groundskeeper job at the WSP. Daniel has secrets and doesn’t plan to stick around for long. He has never had a job that lasted more than 8-10 months. The story: Wolves at the preserve are being poisoned and Lydia thinks it is the owners of the resort that are doing it. There are also the weird things going on with her boss and the fact that money has been drying up. Lydia needs to hire a groundskeeper and she hires Daniel, but things need to change. I don’t want to go into the plot too much because this was a great story and had a few twists that I really wasn’t expecting. It was the “I see dead people” kind of surprise ending that came out of nowhere. I really liked this one and I can’t wait to read the next in 2022. I also wanted to mention the tie-in with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Though you don’t have to have read the BDB books to read this, because everything is explained well. However, for those that have, we get to see Xhex, John Matthew, Qhuinn, Blaylock, Rhevenge and Blade (Xhex’s brother). The love story between Lydia and Daniel was absolutely perfect. Lots of sexy looks, pining and all the feels we like in romance books with just the right amount of steam to make it hot without being to risqué. They are a great couple and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I will definitely be continuing to read this series. I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own. Blog|Goodreads|Facebook|Instagram|Twitter|BookBub

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

    2.5 STARS He’d gotten it wrong. She wasn’t his. It was the other way around. She owned him. I have been sitting on my rating of this book for almost a week now, struggling to figure out how I felt. Ultimately, while there were definitely things about this book that didn't really work for me, it did hook me enough to want to read the next one, but just not enough to rate the book any higher than I did. Now for the story. If you haven't read the BDB series, you may find yourself a little 2.5 STARS He’d gotten it wrong. She wasn’t his. It was the other way around. She owned him. I have been sitting on my rating of this book for almost a week now, struggling to figure out how I felt. Ultimately, while there were definitely things about this book that didn't really work for me, it did hook me enough to want to read the next one, but just not enough to rate the book any higher than I did. Now for the story. If you haven't read the BDB series, you may find yourself a little lost here. This is set in the same world as BDB with an overarching story line for Xhex from Lover Mine as well as events spanning from those that happened later in the BDB series. While you get some explanations, if you haven't read BDB, you may find yourself a bit confused. Additionally, this is not a standalone. This caught me completely off guard. I was expecting a standalone in an interconnected series, not a cliffhanger. I wish this was made clear to the reader and the cliffhanger here doesn't catch you unaware. But those things aside, let's talk about the story. I love Ward's brand of story telling. She's written some of my favorite PNR books. When I saw she's taking a step from the vampire world to dive into werewolves, I was so here for it. Now usually book one in a new world, does read slower. You have a whole new world to introduce. But while I expected slower paced, I didn't quite expect to feel as disconnected from it as I did. I found myself bored, skimming the pages. The mystery is what kept me going, but everything else felt lackluster. I found myself struggling to connect to the romance. I never fully felt the chemistry here. It all just felt a bit...bla to me. Now don't get me wrong. While the story didn't blow me away, it still kept me engaged enough to keep turning the pages. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It was just very bland compared to what I've come to expect from Ward. I will say that even though I didn't expect the cliff, the last 20% off the story is what won me over slightly. That's when the action really began to take place and the story began to pick up at least a little pace. It hooked me enough to want to read the next book and desperate to see how everything ends. Though it's still not clear if the next book is the conclusion or if it will be a series focused on one couple. ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review Find me on:

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mhollie

    WTF?????? Really? A cliffhanger? I hate cliffhangers! If I would have known that it would be a cliffhanger I would waited for this series to finish before buying this first book. Also, I am so disappointed with this book. It felt hastily written, with so many gaping holes in the story and barely passed as a paranormal romance. Definitely not one of Ward’s better creations. I feel like the Black Dagger Brotherhood was only used in it to rope in BDB readers to buy the book to generate more sales. I WTF?????? Really? A cliffhanger? I hate cliffhangers! If I would have known that it would be a cliffhanger I would waited for this series to finish before buying this first book. Also, I am so disappointed with this book. It felt hastily written, with so many gaping holes in the story and barely passed as a paranormal romance. Definitely not one of Ward’s better creations. I feel like the Black Dagger Brotherhood was only used in it to rope in BDB readers to buy the book to generate more sales. I don’t believe I have ever given this low of a rating to a J. R. Ward novel before and it saddens me. 😢

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    It feels like JR Ward has been teasing us about the wolven for sooo long, but we’re finally getting a werewolf romance from her! I’m super curious how this will play out.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Read this review on Fresh Fiction J.R. Ward returns with a brand new sizzling series featuring wolven. As a fan of Ward for many years, I have been looking forward to her take on the shifter books ever since her mentioned that she wanted to write them years ago. So I had some pretty high expectations going into this book. Not surprisingly, Ward pens a fantastic story that is original and unique yet stays true to famous style of writing. Honestly, I don’t even know where to start about this book. Read this review on Fresh Fiction J.R. Ward returns with a brand new sizzling series featuring wolven. As a fan of Ward for many years, I have been looking forward to her take on the shifter books ever since her mentioned that she wanted to write them years ago. So I had some pretty high expectations going into this book. Not surprisingly, Ward pens a fantastic story that is original and unique yet stays true to famous style of writing. Honestly, I don’t even know where to start about this book. I loved it all! Everything from the heroine, Lydia, being a scientist and all the twists and turns of this book had me hooked from the beginning. I can already sense that a new addiction will be happening with this series and I cannot wait to see where the rest of the series goes from here. The story flows beautifully even while it explores multiple viewpoints from the characters. The worldbuilding is complex and original, showing off Ward’s talents. And the romance builds beautifully, making me feel like this book might be one of my favorite books this year. It’s always tough starting a new world with a new series, but with Ward’s skill, she makes it look like a breeze. Her angels and vampires need to watch out because the wolven shifters have arrived!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Natalie ~ The Biblioholic

    Claimed was far more than your run-of-the-mill paranormal romance. It held mystery and intrigue and suspense. I did find that it was slow to start, however, when things started to pick up, I couldn't put it down. Here I am at the end and I'm devasted to learn that I have to wait until next summer to find out what will happen next! For lovers of The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Claimed is a must-read! And if you're anything like me, it will inspire you to give the entire series a re-read just to be a Claimed was far more than your run-of-the-mill paranormal romance. It held mystery and intrigue and suspense. I did find that it was slow to start, however, when things started to pick up, I couldn't put it down. Here I am at the end and I'm devasted to learn that I have to wait until next summer to find out what will happen next! For lovers of The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Claimed is a must-read! And if you're anything like me, it will inspire you to give the entire series a re-read just to be able to dive back into this dark, deadly, enchanting, and binge-worthy world again! Find more HERE

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Almost a DNF. The mystery kinda kept it going but the characters were meh. I didn’t have any emotional connection to them. The whole ending was just a “what the hell” thing with some paranormal stuff shoved in at the end which left me with more questions than I had to begin with and not in a good way. Also frankly I’m just kinda done with the black dagger brotherhood thing. I’m tired of reading about the same characters and it made this book really dependent on reading that series when I gave up Almost a DNF. The mystery kinda kept it going but the characters were meh. I didn’t have any emotional connection to them. The whole ending was just a “what the hell” thing with some paranormal stuff shoved in at the end which left me with more questions than I had to begin with and not in a good way. Also frankly I’m just kinda done with the black dagger brotherhood thing. I’m tired of reading about the same characters and it made this book really dependent on reading that series when I gave up on it after book 4 or 5. I’m all for book series that exist in the same universe, but having past characters with a potentially significant and long term plot role and their own sections just made it seem like part of that series and not it’s own thing. Yea this was just a weird book honestly. It wasn’t at all a paranormal romance as it suggests. It just left me feeling really out of sorts and dissatisfied and annoyed I wasted the time to finish reading it. If you want a weirdly paced and unsatisfying mystery with some paranormal stuff thrown in at the end go for it I guess🤷🏼‍♀️

  9. 4 out of 5

    ♥ℳelody

    1.75 stars Um. I'm completely stumped. First of all, what in the hell was this? This is supposed to be a Paranormal Romance about werewolves but this really read more like a Romantic Suspense. 😐 Hence my confusion. I don't like being baited which is why I was set and ready to give this a 1 star and walk away given how completely confused and bored I was for a good chunk of it. But the last 20ish% got my attention so here we are. This really should be a 1 star because this felt too much like a smo 1.75 stars Um. I'm completely stumped. First of all, what in the hell was this? This is supposed to be a Paranormal Romance about werewolves but this really read more like a Romantic Suspense. 😐 Hence my confusion. I don't like being baited which is why I was set and ready to give this a 1 star and walk away given how completely confused and bored I was for a good chunk of it. But the last 20ish% got my attention so here we are. This really should be a 1 star because this felt too much like a smoke and mirrors show. Ward loves to build up the suspense but for the first book of a series introducing a new species? Waaaaaay too much exposition and vagueness for way too long. There was not enough action of the paranormal kind. Doing too much but showing very little. Too much time and focus was spent around a Nancy Drew mystery of who is poisoning wolves on a reserve where the heroine Lydia works. And honestly? Not interested. I did not find it all that suspenseful or exciting. But all the action and WTF! surprise reveal happened at the very end and now I'm annoyed cause yes I'm probably gonna read the next book because I need answers and I also am intrigued in Xhex's role in this. But I feel a bit manipulated and set up because where was all this excitement and intrigue in the rest of the book? It felt wasted on nothing. I enjoyed Xhex's part in this but that was like only 10% of the story. And given that cliffhanger I get the feeling this may be a one couple series and that's not my thing at all. Ward tried that (kind of) with her Bourbon King series and it was a fail. Nothing wrong with Lydia and Daniel but they didn't really jump off the page for me or strong enough to hold my attention as a "lead" couple to carry a wolven series. If you have to do a one-couple series at least have your couple be compelling enough to drive the car. Just saying. Also (view spoiler)[ the cancer reveal near the end? Didn't appreciate it. It was just way too on the heavy side for me and I hated it. I can't deal with reading about someone dying or talking of dying through the rest of a series for however long even though I know Ward is gonna find a loophole around that with all the talk of magical cures. I read for escapism thank you very much (hide spoiler)] . Did I like the reveal at the end? Kinda. It did surprise me given there were a whole bunch of clues and red herrings thrown around with all the characters that had you guessing who is what. But the excitement wasn't there for me. I'm not dying to pick up the next book. The wolven reveal felt too little way too late. Like a quick reveal slapped in at the very end. Ward gave way too many clues and hints with every character on canvas that it started to overlap and get confusing. And the fact that we know nothing about said wolven or where they come from doesn't sit right with me. Not enough information is given which kinda defeats the whole purpose of this spin off series, doesn't it? You gave us 500+ pages of just speculation and microscopic-sized clues to lead to a wolven who doesn't even know their origin and where they come from? BDB readers have been waiting since wolfen was teased in Payne's book which was a long while ago. So for the first book in this series introducing it, yeah it needed to pack a bigger punch. Don't be vague and tease. I don't care about labs, mansions or suburban houses, show me the lair. That's literally the name of the series. Why the fuck weren't we introduced to actual wolvens earlier in the book? Or given a backstory? I want to read about a wolf pack, the alpha wolf, their den, their pack dynamics and customs, their mating rituals, alpha wolves with cool sexy names, etc. WHERE ARE THEY? There was too much human element in this which really confused me. I'm not even entirely sure if some of the characters here are really human with all the mystery and questions that were left unanswered. I wanted a wolf pack, not scientists and humans obsessed with genetic testing and labs. I wanted to be introduced to a whole new landscape like Ward did with the Sympaths colony, the Shadows tribe, the Fallen Angels universe, etc. Her universe is so complex and each world is so meticulously thought out and multi-layered with class hierarchies and rules. That's what I was expecting here. What I was expecting: What J.R. Ward said: Instead I got a scientist contemplating what's in her empty refrigerator and the old bitty town gossips and what color they dye their hair. Like come on. It was just a weird mix and focused on the wrong things. Humans should not be running this show, unless my hunch is correct and we get more reveals but even so. That all should have played out here, not later. The focus in this book felt very backwards. Like a CR book trying to dabble a little in the paranormal and just teasing it. So for a diehard PR fan and BDB reader? Disappointing to say the least. I hate one-couple series but I might give Book 2 a try cause I am curious about happens with Xhex. And the fact that she has (view spoiler)[a brother Blade (sexy name btw) who is involved in all this and was working with the hero is bringing up all kinds of questions for me (hide spoiler)] . But this was a very poor start for this series and Ward completely missed the mark. I'm genuinely baffled by the choices she made in here. I just really hope in the next book we actually delve deep into the wolven world and it's not an actual goose chase with a bunch of humans again. Cause if so, I'm out. That's not paranormal romance to me. And I've realized I'm in dire need of some good werewolf romance recs cause my track record is so sad. So if you know any, help a girl out!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    2.5 Stars Not really sure what to say on this one. It's a mixed bag for me, hence the 2.5 star rating. Claimed is the first book in Ward's newest series, The Lair of the Wolven. However, there are scenes and characters from her BDB series within this book that I feel will lose any new reader who hasn't read the BDB series (myself being one of them). It's one thing for those characters to make appearances but when they are an integral part of the plot, it truly hurts the flow of the book and caus 2.5 Stars Not really sure what to say on this one. It's a mixed bag for me, hence the 2.5 star rating. Claimed is the first book in Ward's newest series, The Lair of the Wolven. However, there are scenes and characters from her BDB series within this book that I feel will lose any new reader who hasn't read the BDB series (myself being one of them). It's one thing for those characters to make appearances but when they are an integral part of the plot, it truly hurts the flow of the book and causes a lot of confusion on the reader's part. The mystery is what kept me interested in this book. While I found the book to be well written, it did feel as though it was all over the place. There really isn't any paranormal aspects (aside from Xhex's POV from BDB) til the end (huge letdown). I wanted more of the paranormal as part of the plot development and not just as bait for a cliffhanger. I wanted to enjoy this book so much more than I did. I had high expectations because I have read other books from JR (not her BDB series) and her writing is impeccable. And the writing here was great too, but the whole plot and development was just everywhere. I have never struggled to read a book by Ward like I did this one. It took me 6 days to get through it; I wanted to DNF this many times, but refused to. If you are interested in reading it, definitely give it a try. I am in the minority on this one (and it pains me to write that).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Wow what happened here?? This book was boring, drawn-out, and had wildly underdeveloped characters. Not even the glimpses of our OG BDB characters Xhex, John Matthews, and Blay could save this one. Not only will I not be reading the sequel, but I might be done with JR Ward altogether. Such a bummer!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Catgirl

    Ok, here are my thoughts... I finished reading Claimed by J R Ward this afternoon and honestly, I was really disappointed. If you're looking for the same type of book like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, you really won't find it here. I found this book really low on Romance. I'd actually not classify it as a romance, but more as a suspense since most of it was very story-driven. The hero and heroine do eventually get together, but only towards the 70% Mark which for me is quite late in the g Ok, here are my thoughts... I finished reading Claimed by J R Ward this afternoon and honestly, I was really disappointed. If you're looking for the same type of book like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, you really won't find it here. I found this book really low on Romance. I'd actually not classify it as a romance, but more as a suspense since most of it was very story-driven. The hero and heroine do eventually get together, but only towards the 70% Mark which for me is quite late in the game. Before then there's very little chemistry or sexual tension between the characters and very little physical touch, maybe one kiss? Although I had no issues with the writing itself, I found the story to be all over the place. I consider myself a smart reader and can usually guess what's going to happen next in a book. Not with this one. Here, I had trouble following the narrative and making sense of it all. I began reading this book with the idea that it was going to be a werewolf paranormal romance book. Well the joke was on me, since there were no werewolves except at the very end, at around 90%, and it wasn't even the hero! And then to top it all off, the book ends in a cliffhanger with no resolution between the hero and heroine! I will not be continuing this series. It was hard enough getting through this book. To all the PNR reading fans, I'd say skip this one and find something else to read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Oh My God! This ends on a cliffy.. grrr! But how this woman writes with such subtlety amazes me! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am definitely not going to spoil one single thing in this review by telling you anything other than what’s in the synopsis. The story is told in such an incredible method that you are reading with bated breath knowing that something is going to happen but you don’t know what or when. This book is a very slow build, focusing mainly on the two main characters along with other secondary c Oh My God! This ends on a cliffy.. grrr! But how this woman writes with such subtlety amazes me! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am definitely not going to spoil one single thing in this review by telling you anything other than what’s in the synopsis. The story is told in such an incredible method that you are reading with bated breath knowing that something is going to happen but you don’t know what or when. This book is a very slow build, focusing mainly on the two main characters along with other secondary characters, twists, and pieces that are going on around them. Yes, the Black Dagger Brotherhood is involved but that’s as far as I’m going to say about that. If you have any love for this author, you will want to definitely grab this book. The bad news is because the ends on a cliffhanger, we are going to be just itching to find out what’s going to happen in subsequent novels. How this woman writes with such subtlety amazes me! Ward continues to surprise the reader with her intricate development in both her stories and her characters. The interweaving is incredible and yet she manages to focus on singular characters as well. I cannot get enough of this author and the fact she has an incredible ability to magically interlace the story in ways which will make your heart race and sing too! * copy received for review consideration Full Review and Giveaway! - https://amidlifewife.com/claimed-by-j...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    2 1/2 "Can't decide if that's generous or unfair." Stars. So. These are my immediate thoughts after finishing: Nothing really happen in this book. It dragged. We get information a tiny crumb at a time. It read like a contemporary romance with a bit of mystery. There was one good surprise toward the end. I was disappointed in the amout of paranormal anything. Overall, not at all what I expected. There is basically a cliffhanger! I'm truly sad to be so disappointed. On the short list of positives, 2 1/2 "Can't decide if that's generous or unfair." Stars. So. These are my immediate thoughts after finishing: Nothing really happen in this book. It dragged. We get information a tiny crumb at a time. It read like a contemporary romance with a bit of mystery. There was one good surprise toward the end. I was disappointed in the amout of paranormal anything. Overall, not at all what I expected. There is basically a cliffhanger! I'm truly sad to be so disappointed. On the short list of positives, I liked both Daniel and Lydia. I really wanted them to get to their HEA. Their characters kept me reading and listening. Probably if this hadn't been billed as PNR, but rather a contemporary I would have enjoyed it more. As far as the BDB series goes, only Xhex is really in this story and it has to do with (view spoiler)[when she was held captive and experimented on. (hide spoiler)] You could definitely catch on if you haven't read the BDB series. So... Happy reading...

  15. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Lydia Susi heads the Wolf Study Project and is disturbed when some of the wolves show up sick and poisoned. Lydia suspects the owners of a big new hotel on the edge of the reserve’s property, and she aims to stop them. Meanwhile, her director has been behaving oddly and now he isn’t even showing up at work. The WSP has been operating on a shoestring budget and they need to hire a new handyman. With the director MIA Lydia takes it upon herself to hire Daniel Joseph, the handsome and mysterious dr Lydia Susi heads the Wolf Study Project and is disturbed when some of the wolves show up sick and poisoned. Lydia suspects the owners of a big new hotel on the edge of the reserve’s property, and she aims to stop them. Meanwhile, her director has been behaving oddly and now he isn’t even showing up at work. The WSP has been operating on a shoestring budget and they need to hire a new handyman. With the director MIA Lydia takes it upon herself to hire Daniel Joseph, the handsome and mysterious drifter. Claimed wasn’t anything I expected. I kept trying to figure out what was going on, where the plot going, and it seemed to take forever to get anywhere. Yes, it’s a mystery of sorts, but that it wasn’t front and center, and I didn’t feel like there was a sense of urgency to solve it from Lydia or that she was in any kind of immediate danger. It seemed to be more of Daniel and Lydia getting to know each other, and slowly, very slowly falling for each other. There isn’t any paranormal in much of the book, even though it’s part of a series named “Lair of the Wolven”. There wasn’t anything shapeshifter/wolven to the plot, other than natural wolves in the preserve, until the very end. I was surprised by the reveal, I thought it’d be the other way around. I was thrown by the addition of the Black Dagger/Xhex chapters not really getting the connect to what was going on. Yes, the labs, but I think it’d would’ve been fine to leave out the BDB part. Honestly, it was a little distracting and took away from the main story, but maybe that’s because I haven’t kept up with the BRB series. Maybe someone who’s been reading every book from the BDB might understand the connections and feel differently. With all that said, Claimed managed to hold my attention enough to finish it even though it’s a long book (525 pages), and I have no problems with pulling a DNF if I’m not enjoying the story. I wouldn’t say this ended in a cliffhanger, more a “to be continued” sort of situation. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions by the end. Hopefully, we get a more focused plot and answers in the next book, which I plan on reading. A copy was kindly provided by Gallery Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    Mixed feelings! Review to come

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Einck

    Lacking I was so excited for this book but it couldn't fulfill the promise it made. The story was missing substance and background. It skipped in places so the flow of the story was interrupted and made no sense. The characters lacked depth and felt very shallow. It wrapped up in a very choppy and left you going "huh"? The ending was left on cliff hanger. If the author flushed it out more and wrote it as a prologue book it would have been ok but as is its very disappointing Lacking I was so excited for this book but it couldn't fulfill the promise it made. The story was missing substance and background. It skipped in places so the flow of the story was interrupted and made no sense. The characters lacked depth and felt very shallow. It wrapped up in a very choppy and left you going "huh"? The ending was left on cliff hanger. If the author flushed it out more and wrote it as a prologue book it would have been ok but as is its very disappointing

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    In CLAIMED, Lydia works at the Wolf Study Project. Wolves are being poisoned and a new hotel chain may be to blame. Daniel is a drifter who gets hired on as a groundskeeper. (view spoiler)[ Mixed feelings on this one. I liked the mystery of what was happening with the poisonings. I really enjoyed the plot line with Xhex and her history of being experimented on and ESPECIALLY how that developed towards the end into it threatening her emotional grid if she didn’t deal with the trauma. Some good pa In CLAIMED, Lydia works at the Wolf Study Project. Wolves are being poisoned and a new hotel chain may be to blame. Daniel is a drifter who gets hired on as a groundskeeper. (view spoiler)[ Mixed feelings on this one. I liked the mystery of what was happening with the poisonings. I really enjoyed the plot line with Xhex and her history of being experimented on and ESPECIALLY how that developed towards the end into it threatening her emotional grid if she didn’t deal with the trauma. Some good page time with BDB characters we don’t always get to see like Rehv and John Matthew and meeting Xhex's brother Blade was interesting. However, there were also some negatives for me in how this was executed. This is categorized as a paranormal romance, and while the Black Dagger Brotherhood main series is a richly developed vampire world, this book felt like almost no effort was put into developing the world of the Wolven. I love wolf shifter romances. I kept waiting to see the Wolven, to find out about the Wolven, and to see wolf-shifters in action. This barely even felt like a paranormal romance and we don’t even see someone shapeshift at all until 92% of the way through the book. Was it a cool surprise that Lydia was a Wolven? Hell yeah. But by that point I was frustrated that the book was practically over and we weren't going to be getting any answers. To me, the romance between Daniel and Lydia fell flat. Ending on a cliffhanger is really tricky to execute well. (hide spoiler)] Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Deloris

    What werewolves ? A bunch of nothing happens.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    Wtf! Here I am reading the epilogue and I am in tears. Like we're talking about gut-wrenching sobs. My f*cking tears are blinding me. I can hardly breathe because I'm trying to read and I can't read because my eyes are all watery. And then that ending? Let me guess is it a v or a w? Oh my God and I have to wait until next year to read the rest? Are you effing kidding me? This is what I'm talking about folks! It took me less than 24 hours to read this entire book. And I am heartbroken. And angry. Wtf! Here I am reading the epilogue and I am in tears. Like we're talking about gut-wrenching sobs. My f*cking tears are blinding me. I can hardly breathe because I'm trying to read and I can't read because my eyes are all watery. And then that ending? Let me guess is it a v or a w? Oh my God and I have to wait until next year to read the rest? Are you effing kidding me? This is what I'm talking about folks! It took me less than 24 hours to read this entire book. And I am heartbroken. And angry. And hopeful? I guess that's a good word. And anxious because I want to read the next freaking book. So many authors strive to be like Jr ward. And very very few actually get to that point. A great author knows how to tell a story, and how to bring you into that story make you part of it. Make you feel every single aspect of the story. And also makes the story easy to follow. Some people out there like a more complex story but I found in my own experience, if the story is too complex I lose interest. And I skip ahead. Or I just leave the story all together. I don't know if that's your experience but that's mine. There is nothing more than I hate than a monologue story. A newspaper reporter, standing in front of the camera reading a teleprompter telling you what's going on in the world. With absolutely no reflection. No emotion. I have read books in the past week, not to mention my entire life, where the story should have feeling. I mean you read a book about abuse and you expect to feel the emotion that this child or adult has gone through. But you feel nothing. And that is what I've been faced with this past week. Reading dark romance or dark tales. And felt absolutely nothing. Disgust, yes but that's about it. I would love to see Jr Ward tackle book like the ones I've been reading lately. I would love to see how she would weave a tale like the dark books that I have been reading. And the reason that I've been reading them is because I'm looking for that emotion. Not the subject, I'm looking for the emotion. I'm looking for an author who can pull you into the tale and make you feel and experience every single thing that they are feeling and experiencing in that story. And as a survivor, I'll let you read into that all you like, I have this urge to tell the story but not the confidence to actually put it out there for others to read. So therefore, I would love to see what Jr Ward would do with something like that. I would love to see if she could actually bring people into the story, make them see what's going on around them, and make them experience what the person in the story is experiencing. Or has experienced. God, I hope I explained that correctly. Everyone always asks me if I would recommend an author to them, and Jr Ward is right up there on the list. My top five. Hell my top three. honestly probably my very first choice. Because how many people out there, write their books, and can actually share this kind of emotion with people? That was a rhetorical question. Because we all know the answer. Not many. I am going to be on pins and needles, literally and figuratively (Ty MS), until the next book. I really really hate this part of reading series. Because you have to wait for so long for the next book. Someone please tell me that there's something else from her to read between now and then. Because believe me I've covered everything. For those of you who have read my review, and made it to this point, I would love to add you as a friend. Because I love to read. I love to feel. I love to live vicariously through other people's words. Lol. We all have our crosses to bare and well it's nice to have somebody to connect with in this world. And if you do it through books, all more power. To Jr Ward, I'm not going to hold my breath and think that you're going to read this review, but if you do, oh my god. I am a fan. You are an inspiration. And if I could be even remotely half as good as you as a writer, I would be a happy camper. Keep up the great work.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    I struggled with this book. Truly. Deeply. Struggled. I have read every book in JR Ward‘s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and the spinoffs too. Yes, they have been uneven at times, but they all shared this undeniable spark that made me keep coming back for more, even when I had to wade through all of the b-plot boring shit about the Lessers. The romances, by in large, were captivating. And the sexual tension was always palpable. But this? This book felt like it was simply written by someone else I struggled with this book. Truly. Deeply. Struggled. I have read every book in JR Ward‘s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and the spinoffs too. Yes, they have been uneven at times, but they all shared this undeniable spark that made me keep coming back for more, even when I had to wade through all of the b-plot boring shit about the Lessers. The romances, by in large, were captivating. And the sexual tension was always palpable. But this? This book felt like it was simply written by someone else. I don’t say that lightly. But other than a couple of side scenes involving Xhex, there is nothing about this book that would let a fan know Ward had written it. It was slow. So, so slow to engage. I had to force myself to keep reading, especially in the first half. I didn’t care about any of the characters and I kept waiting for the familiar world building to kick in, or at least something to do with the wolven. After all, the name of the series is the Lair of the Woven. Like werewolves. Like maybe the dude we met in The Jackyl. They weren’t there. It was just this lady who cared a lot about wolves who... frankly I’m not even sure what her job was, because she wasn’t a vet but she worked for some kind of nature preserve or something... and the sturdy handyman she hired with the mysterious past and Big Secret. The heroine's name is Lydia and guys fall in love with her for Reasons. Daniel is clearly more than just some drifter, but it takes literally forever for his backstory to come out at all. There’s a mystery about who is poisoning these wolves and maybe it has to do with some new hotel development? Or maybe something more sinister? Literally the only thing this book had going for it was the twist at the end. At the 94% mark, I got interested. And then there was a cliffhanger. Unlike every other Ward book, the series apparently only follows one couple and I’ve got to say, where she left them gave me some serious Trez and Serena vibes. Which is not good y’all. I’m not sure I will read the next one. I think I’ll stick to the BDB books. Warts and all.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angelika

    2,5 ★ #suspense-or-urban-fantasy(?) #third-pov #cliffhanger Sadly I was underwhelmed with this book. I felt it slow-paced and confusing, also there was an awful lot of build up with so little reward. My favorite quote: “Destiny, however, was like poison ivy. Once it brushed up against you, it was tenacious, irritating—and the kind of thing that did not go away on its own.” ✚ My review in Hungarian. 2,5 ★ #suspense-or-urban-fantasy(?) #third-pov #cliffhanger Sadly I was underwhelmed with this book. I felt it slow-paced and confusing, also there was an awful lot of build up with so little reward. My favorite quote: “Destiny, however, was like poison ivy. Once it brushed up against you, it was tenacious, irritating—and the kind of thing that did not go away on its own.” ✚ My review in Hungarian.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    As a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, I was so excited to read Claimed. I don’t think it would be honest of me to not admit that yes, I was expecting to be completely blown away by the book. But alast! I admit this wasn’t mu cup of tea. Low on romance, high of mystery and suspense, Claimed didn’t live up to the expectation. Considering this is NOT a standalone, I am not going to completely shun this series..I do look forward to reading book 2.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karlee Darly:)<3

    Not worth my time. Almost DNFed it 5-6 times in the 24 hours it took me to read it. The only reason I didn’t is cause I had never been so bored and disappointed during a BDB world book. I am a fan of JR Ward and have read the ENTIRE BDB series. By far the slowest book without providing any information. Why even bring Xhex in? Very little information on the species barely introduced except in Prisoner of Night and never really elaborated on. So many unanswered questions and honestly a bad ending. Not worth my time. Almost DNFed it 5-6 times in the 24 hours it took me to read it. The only reason I didn’t is cause I had never been so bored and disappointed during a BDB world book. I am a fan of JR Ward and have read the ENTIRE BDB series. By far the slowest book without providing any information. Why even bring Xhex in? Very little information on the species barely introduced except in Prisoner of Night and never really elaborated on. So many unanswered questions and honestly a bad ending. Gonna DNF the spin off. I still have hope for Lassiter.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Cable

    Received a digital ARC from Edelweiss. I had thought this was a new series and it was but parts of it link back to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series which since I haven’t read I was so lost.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)

    After taking a break from J.R. Ward and the BDB series since The Shadows, I was curious enough about her new series featuring shifters/wolves. However, it still takes place in the same world as the BDB. In this latest series, we're introduced to two new characters: Lydia Susi and Daniel Joseph. I found them relatable and different from Ward's past characters. Lydia was passionate but frustrated about her work as a researcher at Wolf Study Project due to various problems including an incompetent After taking a break from J.R. Ward and the BDB series since The Shadows, I was curious enough about her new series featuring shifters/wolves. However, it still takes place in the same world as the BDB. In this latest series, we're introduced to two new characters: Lydia Susi and Daniel Joseph. I found them relatable and different from Ward's past characters. Lydia was passionate but frustrated about her work as a researcher at Wolf Study Project due to various problems including an incompetent director, the building of a luxury spa resort next to the wildlife preserve, poisoned wolves, and a murder case that might lead directly to the wolves. In contrast, Daniel had his own secrets and was portrayed as someone who moved around a lot and never planned on sticking to one place for long. Lydia was attracted to him since the beginning but kept her distance because they were worked together. At times, I felt like the romance between Lydia and Daniel took a backseat to the mystery behind what was happening to the wolves. There were intimate glances and certainly chemistry between the two but it took some time before they finally got together. It was definitely a slow burn that kept getting stronger and stronger towards the end. I did find it interesting that both characters had secrets since Daniel was keeping a major one from Lydia. As always, Ward has a tendency to focus on the world-building and this took the center stage as she provides us background and context through multiple points of view. It was also nice to see character cameos from the BDB series including Xhex and John, Qhuinn and Blaylock, as well as Rhevenge and more. It made me want to catch up to Ward's original series and see what was happening to its characters. In the end, Claimed had plenty of twists and shocking revelations that will have you excited for more to come from this series. This book also had plenty of twists and shocking revelations that will most likely contribute to the overall world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Although the romance took awhile for me to be invested, I still appreciated that slow burn between Lydia and Daniel. They were strangers that eventually turned into friends and lovers. I did thoroughly enjoy their love story and thought their scenes together were very sexy. I'm a fan of those intimate glances and moments when characters catch each other's eyes and then look away. I look forward to seeing what J.R. Ward has in store for this series next! *This ARC was generously provided by the author and publisher for an honest review*

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy J RAREtte4Life

    Very excited The Warden started a new series, about wolves no less. Let me just say I will continue with this series and I read pretty much everything by this author. The first book in a new series sets up the future and can be interesting/entertaining but at times maybe tedious. I enjoyed the premise and the ending - can’t wait to see where it goes. The story dragged at times and at times even though all the details were necessary to get us to the end and set up for the next book I was bored. T Very excited The Warden started a new series, about wolves no less. Let me just say I will continue with this series and I read pretty much everything by this author. The first book in a new series sets up the future and can be interesting/entertaining but at times maybe tedious. I enjoyed the premise and the ending - can’t wait to see where it goes. The story dragged at times and at times even though all the details were necessary to get us to the end and set up for the next book I was bored. The unfolding of Claimed is reminiscent of Dark Lover however I felt NOTHING for the two main characters and zero chemistry. They were…… boring. Not mysterious in the least even though they were meant to be. I seriously couldn’t have cared any less about them. They meet, he’s hot, she’s boring and comes off a bit meek - which I think is the point for now. Two lonely souls find each other YAWWWWN. The fact this is somewhat of a new world, the first two main characters, several adventures happen to get us to the end and the couple bored me to the point I wasn’t excited about the ending. Why 4 stars? On The Warden’s worst day she’s still THE BEST. This isn’t a loyalty rating, compared to other books it’s fantastic. Compared to The Warden’s other books it’s not my fave. I can’t wait to see where this new world takes us and if the BDB will be incorporated - if they are more than what we’ve already read. This series will stand on its own so either way I’m in for the ride.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie (Clockworkbookworm)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Content/Trigger Warning: Suicide (on page), animal cruelty, animal attacks, cancer and medical experimentation. Book 1 of The Lair of the Wolven, a Black Dagger Brotherhood spin-off, set in the same universe. Claimed is the story of Lydia and Daniel with Xhex from the BDB. Claimed barely touches the bases of this new story and it leaves so many questions. About 3/4 of the book is The Wolf Study Project facility and Lydia the Wolf behaviorist, the mysterious "drifter" Daniel with chapters from Xhe Content/Trigger Warning: Suicide (on page), animal cruelty, animal attacks, cancer and medical experimentation. Book 1 of The Lair of the Wolven, a Black Dagger Brotherhood spin-off, set in the same universe. Claimed is the story of Lydia and Daniel with Xhex from the BDB. Claimed barely touches the bases of this new story and it leaves so many questions. About 3/4 of the book is The Wolf Study Project facility and Lydia the Wolf behaviorist, the mysterious "drifter" Daniel with chapters from Xhex's POV. I enjoyed Claimed. It definitely has a different sound in comparison to BDB, but with glimpses at some of the BDB crew. I am looking forward to reading the next book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    4.5 stars rounded up. There is a bit of a cliffhanger to this book, and I'm unsure if this will be a long-running series or a trilogy. I'll have to do a little more research on that. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more information given to the readers. I have not read a book by Ms. Ward in several years since she decided that her books needed to go off in many different threads instead of mainly concentrating on the main characters. Still, this book sounded interesting, so I thought I 4.5 stars rounded up. There is a bit of a cliffhanger to this book, and I'm unsure if this will be a long-running series or a trilogy. I'll have to do a little more research on that. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more information given to the readers. I have not read a book by Ms. Ward in several years since she decided that her books needed to go off in many different threads instead of mainly concentrating on the main characters. Still, this book sounded interesting, so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did. Even though people from her other series are in this book, this can be read as a stand-alone. I can see where they will most likely combine probably at the end of this trilogy/series. I will immediately re-read this book, so I can pick up some more of the nuances. This is definitely a book that needs to be read twice. There are so many twists and turns. And there are many red herrings and a lot of steamy sex-though that doesn't happen for quite a while-somewhere after the 50% mark. This is the perfect summer read and will inject some new fresh ideas into future books. *ARC supplied by the publisher, the author, and ATTL/Edelweiss. Thank you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    3.5 stars The first book in J.R. Ward’s new series, this is a surprising mystery/suspense PNR story with a chemistry-filled romance. It’s a spin-off from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and while the story itself stands alone, there is a close tie-in that non-BDB readers may struggle to understand. But more about that later. Lydia is an animal behaviourist who works for a non-profit, passionately protecting local wolves and their habitat. Her biggest adversary is a major hotel chain that is 3.5 stars The first book in J.R. Ward’s new series, this is a surprising mystery/suspense PNR story with a chemistry-filled romance. It’s a spin-off from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and while the story itself stands alone, there is a close tie-in that non-BDB readers may struggle to understand. But more about that later. Lydia is an animal behaviourist who works for a non-profit, passionately protecting local wolves and their habitat. Her biggest adversary is a major hotel chain that is building a new resort in the woods next to her preserve, and she suspects them of poisoning the native wolves as a way of protecting their guests. She’s ruffling feathers, and people have noticed. So when she discovers evidence of people sneaking around her home, and then her colleague goes missing, she’s desperate to figure out who is behind it and what is going on. Luckily, she has her new groundskeeper, Daniel, by her side. Protective, caring, and kinda badass, Daniel takes it upon himself to protect Lydia and help with her investigations. He’s also gorgeous, and their attraction to each other is evident from the very start. But she’s protecting her heart and keeps him at arm’s length… for a little while anyway. There is romance, and it’s really sweet. It’s slow-moving with good build-up, there is sexy time and a whole lot of feels, but it’s definitely in the background of the mystery of who is behind the attacks, why, and what is really going on at Lydia’s workplace. There’s a whole lot of secrets to unravel, and Daniel himself is hiding something about his past, and his presence in town, and it’s a twisty road full of surprises as it all plays out. Like I said, this is only the first part of the story, so while we do get some answers, there’s still a lot more to uncover, and I’m really curious to see how it’s going to happen. This series takes place in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world, and chronologically fits into the series after book #19, Lover Unveiled. There is a secondary storyline for Xhex that brings the Brotherhood and their world into the picture, and it’s definitely helpful to know about Xhex and her background in order to fully understand what’s going on (bonus points for us getting a bit more John Matthew and seeing how happy they still are together). It’s still a bit confusing yet, but this book sets up an intriguing storyline for Xhex that will continue into the next book, and I’m so curious to see where it’s going and how it will all tie together. Somewhat different from J.R. Ward’s usual books, this is not a complete story. It’s the beginning of a story which will continue in at least one more book, possibly more. So we’re left on a bit of a cliffhanger, which is not too brutal, but definitely leaves the story unfinished. It brings some surprises and lots of feels, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Lydia and Daniel’s (and Xhex’s) story will continue in the next book. 3.5 stars. An Advanced Reader Copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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