Monday, June 06, 2011
Review - Heart of the Highland Wolf
Modern highland lairds have to do whatever it takes to keep their lands whole and safe, even if they're the Alpha of a werewolf pack. So Ian MacNeill opens up his castle to a passel of film makers. But one of them is a beautiful red werewolf female and that's troubling. What is she doing alone without any clan to protect her?
Romance writer and female red werewolf, Julia Wildthorn, has two reasons for accompanying the film company to Argent castle. One - to do research for her new book and two - to find an ancient box for her grandfather. She doesn't know what's in the box but it's something her grandfather considers vitally important to their family. Julia is intent on finding it. What she doesn't count on finding is the perfect hero for her book and her life - Ian MacNeill.
As Julia accompanies her friend, Maria, the assistant director for the film company, to a small cottage just outside Argent Castle, they are run off the road by what seems like a series of shotgun blasts. The fog is thick, the weather cold and damp. Worst of all, Julia suspects the accident was no accident at all. When they hear the sound of men moving around in the undergrowth, they quickly make their way back to a pub they'd just passed.
Ian MacNeill and his brother Duncan hear the sounds of an accident ahead of them. Wanting to help, they pull over and look for the car. But when they find it, there's no one there. However, he and Duncan surmise that the occupants were women and, with the weather as it is, they need to be found. They finally locate the two women at the roadside pub and discover that both are female werewolves. Apparently unmated female werewolves. Ian is consternated by the fact that they're alone and that they're working for the film company.
Julia can't believe the man whose picture she's been drooling over is a werewolf or that he's right there in the pub with her. When he and his brother offer them a ride to the cottage they're renting, she's a little nervous because he's so compelling and, in her opinion, is the ideal hero for the book she's writing. Ian, on the other hand, finds her far too attractive and can't believe her clan would let her travel without an escort. He knows there must be something more to her visit than just being an assistant to the assistant director. And he's determined to find out what she's hiding.
Julia has to be careful, she needs to get into Argent castle to search for the box her grandfather believes is so vital to her family. But she can't simply walk in and start searching. And she can't let Ian know who she really is, neither her identity as a werewolf romance author or her true family name which would give away her family history with Argent castle. But as she maneuvers her way around the castle, she finds her attraction and feelings growing for Ian. Then she begins to get threats from someone who appears to be stalking her. Someone who knows who she really is. The threats take on a devastating note when the stalker calls her his promised bride. And that's something neither she nor Ian will allow.
Terry Spear has written another great werewolf story. I know. I say that every time but when it's true, it's true. Ms Spear writes fantastic action/adventure/romance with a dash of mystery and a whole lot of passion. Her skill at creating empathetic characters and an exciting plot makes her books a joy to read. She is undoubtedly one of the best werewolf romance writers around. And this book is definitely worth a second and third read. I definitely recommend it.