Book Review: Crying Wolfe by Kerrigan Byrne

About the Book:

Title: Crying Wolfe

Author: Kerrigan Byrne

Series: Goode Girls #5

Publication Date: May 10, 2022

Publisher: Oliver Heber Books

Synopsis: Elijah Wolfe is just as ruthless as his name suggests. Born in the slums of New York to immigrant parents, he used his sharp wits and sharper fists to fight for survival… One day, he struck gold, literally, but being one of the richest men in the world still leaves his heart empty of trust and his world full of enemies.

Birthed into scandal, Rosaline Goode is having the worst season possible. Women gossip behind their fans, and men don’t offer a dance, let alone marriage. Just as she’s beginning to find a foothold in society, she’s caught, nearly naked, in the home of the famously unscrupulous American whose name is on everyone’s lips.

Her lips, however, have captured his dangerous interest, and Rosaline finds his kiss impossible to resist… that is, until she learns that he is her family’s most bitter enemy, and his quest for revenge leaves no room in his dark heart for love.

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My Review:

Crying Wolfe is the fifth book in the Goode Girls series, and it begins as Rosaline sneaks into her next-door-neighbors house to use their telescope. Unbeknownst to her, the house has a new owner who is furious that Rosaline trespassed and potential stole from him. Elijah Wolfe, a wealthy American mine-owner coined Midas, chases the person who broke into his home only to realize it is the younger sister of his friend Morley. When Eli and Rosaline are caught in a compromising position, they must marry to prevent scandal. Neither had plans to marry, and the couple barely knows each other. However, they can’t deny the chemistry between them.

Rosaline and Eli are dynamically developed characters, and I was really invested in their stories and their opposites-attract romance. Where Rosaline is small, sweet, and gentle, Eli is big, bold, and brash. Eli is also a bit older and more experienced than Rosaline, and they are from very different worlds, but once they get to know each other, they realize they are more similar than they initially thought. And Rosaline’s soft spot for kittens is so precious. I also like that you learn a lot about their pasts and how their experiences influenced and defined them.

Rosaline and Eli’s relationship has so much chemistry, and the tension between the two is palpable! They kind of remind me of Beauty and the Beast. He is gruff and not socially savvy. She is delicate and more refined. They seem like an unusual match, but for some reason, they fit perfectly. Like the fairy tale, I especially love the tender moments between Rosaline and Eli, like when Rosaline shares her love of astronomy, and they observe a meteor shower together. Eli’s delight and captivation with the moment are lovely and show how much he cares for Rosaline. It’s such a romantic and beautiful scene, and it shows the more vulnerable sides of both characters.

I was excited to see some of the main characters from other books in the series had smaller roles in this book. I’ve enjoyed the series, and to see some of my favorite characters again is great. Like the other stories in the series, the book touches on some difficult issues, especially toxic family situations, abusive treatment, mental health, and betrayal. These are balanced well with themes of hope, love, acceptance, and forgiveness. All-in-all, it’s a great addition to the series, and it has a fabulous, swoon-worthy romance!

Special thanks to NetGalley and Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.


Rating:

Favorite Parts:

  • The romance.
  • The characters.

Favorite Lines:

She’d learned early that trust took years, sometimes a lifetime, to build and only one moment to break.

I don’t need rubies in order to sparkle.

She reminded him of a hummingbird. Quick bursts of motion interspersed by floating, ethereal pauses. A creature so tiny and shy she was easy to overlook, but if you were allowed close enough, you discovered feathers and features unmatched in exceptional and vivid beauty.

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