Monday, August 16, 2010
Review - Seduced By The Wolf by Terry Spear
When wolf biologist sees a she wolf with newborn pups in the remote Oregon woods, her immediate instinct is to help. Part of helping wolves of any kind is to lecture, teach, regular humans that wolves aren't vicious killers but need to be treated with respect. She knows this because she's a female red werewolf whose own family was slaughtered when she was a bare teenager. She knows pack rules and behaviors and, while she respects them, she doesn't want the interference of a pack or an alpha mate when she'd doing her vital work.
Leidorf Wildhaven, a rancher, as well as the new pack leader for the small red wolf pack. Besides getting his pack under control, safe and secure, he needs a mate. But not just any mate. He wants a royal red female werewolf. Then Dr Cassandra Roux arrives with her long legs and curvy body and her deep knowledge of wolves and wolf behavior. His attraction is instantaneous but she isn't a red female...or is she?
As Cassie attempts to disguise her true nature from Leidolf, she also attempts to track down the new wolf mother. The few glimpses she's had of the wolf shows that the mother wolf is in need of help. She's alone and without a pack to help defend her young while she hunts. The best way for Cassie to help is in her own fur but when she shifts, she finds other problems - hunters who want to capture or kill wolves, an associate who wants Cassie as a partner both intellectually and intimately, and a dangerously sexy red wolf pack leader who would curtail her freedom just as surely as any hunter.
Ms Spear has once again created an entirely believable and fresh take on her werewolf society. I was delighted to see Leidolf again (he had a secondary role in Legend of the White Wolf) and glad to see him as the hero in this book. Leidolf isn't just a handsome sexy shifter. He's a fair and courageous man willing to do whatever it takes to keep his pack safe...but he's torn when he discovers that Cassie is indeed a red female. Will he allow her to continue her life work? Or force her into submission as the alpha mate?
I was impressed with Cassie as well. She's a smart heroine who knows what she wants and is capable enough to get it. Her logic in wanting to keep her freedom is strong and not just a means to create tension between the hero/heroine. With her heartbreaking background, she needs a mate and a pack but she's both of afraid of losing them and of losing her freedom to travel the country in her quest to help wolves and their relations to man.
Though there are some heavy subjects, the romance is really the top draw in the book (and in all Ms Spear's books). Hot and sexy, yet with tender and sweet moments, the relationship between Leidolf and Cassie grows until it fills the pages. But the reader is always aware that it could end in disaster. Cassie isn't the kind of woman to be forced to submission and Leidolf isn't the kind of man to let his mate wander around without protection. His protection. Will they be able to come together? To compromise? You'll won't want to stop reading until you find out.
Seduced by the Wolf is another great read from Ms Spear. You don't want to miss it.