Title: To Tempt the Wolf
Author: Terry Spear
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2009)
Genre: Fiction / Romance / Paranormal (Lupus Garou/Werewolf)
Edition: Uncorrected Advanced Copy - Many thanks go out to Sourcebooks for sending me a copy to review
Perfect for : Personal reading
In a nutshell: I thoroughly enjoyed To Tempt the Wolf, the latest paranormal romance book by Terry Spear! Let me start by saying that I had NO idea this was the third book in a series - it was easy to pick up as a stand alone, although now I can't wait to get my hands on the first two books. The book was fast-paced and kept my attention the entire time. The storyline was a mix of romance, mystery and adventure - each in perfect harmony with the others.
Extended Review: Tessa Anderson and her brother Michael are both fascinated by wolves, and unbeknown to her, wolves seem to be fascinated by Tessa. The story starts in a fiery California forest, where Tessa (a professional photographer) is taking pictures of a wolf who turns and charges at her, and she has the strangest feeling that she has photographed that exact wolf before. She makes it to her car just in the nick of time and proceeds to leave the area. Tessa is currently living alone on the Oregon Coast in a cabin her grandfather left her and her brother. Her brother is in prison for murdering his girlfriend, but claims he is innocent. While collecting firewood along the beach near her cabin, Tessa comes upon a naked man who is almost dead. . . but not quite, so she helps him walk back to her cabin where she tries to get him some help. Hunter can't remember anything except for his name, but he quickly realizes that Tessa is the target of a stalker, one who is more dangerous than she realizes. As he recovers, he decides that he is going to try to help get Tessa's brother released from prison while eliminating the stalker. Sounds easy, but its not. . . facing power outages, ice storms and multiple threats, Hunter must try to keep Tessa safe while trying to figure out who he is.
Characters: I fell in love with all the characters. . . well, almost all of them (the stalker and the bad lupus garou/werewolves really were despicable). In fact, I enjoyed them so much that I'm going to have to go back and read Heart of the Wolf and Destiny of the Wolf to see if the characters pop up in either of the first two books!)
Story-Line: Fast-paced and attention grabbing with plenty of steamy moments throughout!
Readability: An enjoyable read.
Overall: I enjoyed it so much that I can't wait to read the first two books, and am looking forward to the fourth book, Legend of the White Wolf, available in 2010. Don't let the fact that this happens to be the third book in a series stop you from picking it up - I really had no problems reading it as a stand-alone, and it is now one of my favorite paranormal romances!
In this third in the series, wildlife photographer Tessa Anderson must prove her brother innocent of murder charges. But when she discovers a gorgeous naked man barely alive on her beach, she's got a new world of troubles to deal with, not least of which is how he affects her with just a look, a touch, or a whispered word.
Hunter Greymore is a lupus garou, a grey werewolf. Hoping to keep a low profile at Tessa's cabin on the coast, he's drawn into her life—and into her bed. His animal instincts war with his human half, but in the end, the only thing he can do about this fascinating, adorable woman is to leave her forever —unless she becomes one of them.
About the Author: (from the author's site)
Award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval historical romantic suspense, Heart of the Wolf just named in Publishers Weekly's BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR, NOR Reader Choice for BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE.
Terry Spear also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth University and a Bachelors in Business and Distinguished Military Graduate of West Texas A & M. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, to include personalized bears designed to commemorate authors’ books. When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses.
Originally from California, she’s lived in eight states and now resides in the heart of Texas. She is the author of Heart of the Wolf, Destiny of the Wolf, To Tempt the Wolf, Legend of the White Wolf, Winning the Highlander’s Heart, Deadly Liaisons, The Vampire…In My Dreams (young adult), Deidre's Secret (young adult), The Accidental Highland Hero (2010), two more wolf tales from Sourcebooks, and numerous articles and short stories for magazines.
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