Review: CLAIMED (Lair of the Wolven, The Book 1) by J.R. Ward

CLAIMED (Lair of the Wolven, The Book 1) by J.R. Ward

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

Genre: Paranormal Romance


1104A35F-F01D-446D-BA8B-843B5B550B15A heart-pounding new series set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world, about a scientist fighting to save the gray 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, while others require even more, with no guarantees. Is she destined to have true love…or will a soul-shattering loss ruin her forever?



This is an exciting start to a new series. I was immediately drawn into the story, liking Lydia and Daniel, their banter, their individual mysterious lives, and their lovely romance. The mystery and danger surrounding them kept shifting and evolving while weaving in a slow-building romance that was touching. Thankfully, the world building didn’t bog down the story – even though it left quite a few questions lingering. That was the main reason for not scoring it a 5. I am not a huge fan of having to wait a year to understand who/what the players are, and if they’re good or bad, even though it kept me glued to the book. Overall, I loved it and will read it again before the next book, to delve deeper into nuances that I may have missed.

*Review copy provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review.



Buy Links

Kindle | Paperback


✦Dark Lover ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Eternal ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Awakened ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Revealed ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Unbound ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Enshrined ➢ Kindle
✦ The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide ➢ Kindle
✦ Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella’s Story: A Black Dagger Brotherhood Novella (eBook – the printed version of this story is also found in “The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide”
✦Lover Avenged ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Mine ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Unleashed ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Reborn ➢ Kindle
✦Lover At Last ➢ Kindle
✦The King ➢ Review: | Kindle
✦The Shadows ➢ Review 5 Stars: | Kindle
✦BLOOD KISS (Legacy) ➢ Review 5 Stars: | Kindle:
✦The Beast ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦BLOOD VOW (Legacy) ➢ Review 5 Stars: | Kindle:
✦The Chosen ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦BLOOD FURY (Legacy) ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦Dearest Ivie: A Novella Set in the Black Dagger World ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦The Thief ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
✦Prisoner of Night (Novella) ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦The Savior ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦BLOOD TRUTH (Legacy) ➢ Kindle
✦THE SINNER ➢ Kindle
✦ THE JACKAL (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp Book 1) ➢ Kindle
✦A Warm Heart in Winter (The Black Dagger Brotherhood World) ➢ Kindle
✦LOVER UNVEILED (Releasing 04/20/2021) ➢ Kindle | Hardback
✦CLAIMED (Lair of the Wolven, The Book 1) (Releasing 6/29/2021)
✦THE WOLF (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp Book 2) (Releasing 11/16/2021) ➢ Kindle | HBK
✦Lover Arisen (The Black Dagger Brotherhood series Book 20) (Releasing 04/05/2022) ➢ Kindle | HBK


About the Author

imageJ.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

Website | Facebook | Twitter



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s