Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Veterinarian, Karin Stone, escapes the crime-ridden city for a quiet life in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Surrounded by acres of unspoiled forest she tends a pack of relocated wolves. But the wolves aren't the only endangered species in Black Wolf Gorge.
Wolf-shifter, Malcolm Connor, believes he's the last of his kind, left for dead by the same hunters who murdered his family. When he catches the scent of the new wildlife manager, he can't deny the attraction but he knows getting involved with a human woman will only lead to heartache.
The mutilated remains of a hiker are discovered and a black wolf is captured. Karin protects the quarantined wolf and the locals are angry. When Malcolm steps in to defend her, sparks fly. Karin loses her heart but can she convince the man she loves that they belong together. Or will a jealous rival tear them apart forever?
Gale Stanley showcased her skills, and dedication to her writing, with her debut novel, Call of the Wilds. I was immediately pulled into the world she created, with vivid characters, and the perfect mixture of action and emotion.
Karin has escaped the city and its haunting memories by accepting a job at Black Wolf. As wildlife manager and veterinarian, she cares for the protected wolves. The job proves to be more difficult than she ever anticipated since every crazed hunter wants the wolves dead. A half eaten human body was found and everyone except Karin seems to be blaming the wolves. If the wolves become delisted, nothing she does will protect them. A black she-wolf is captured and thought to be the killer. It's caged and under Karin's guard until the autopsy from the victim comes in.
Malcolm is the only person that comes to her aid. He isn’t like the other men in the area with their backwards ideas. She falls hard for the sexy recluse, and doesn’t deny her growing desire to be with him. The only problem is that after intimacy, he tries to brush her off. Karin tries to pick up the pieces of her broken heart, while defending the wolves, and fighting off the advances of the town cop. Though she gets a bit weak for my liking in her desperate attempts to keep Malcolm, she redeems herself when she finds out a startling secret about herself. Her motives change, and she is able to focus on the future once again. Still, she will never forget the wolf-man that showed her how to trust again...only to turn out like every other male.
When a jealous she-wolf enters the picture later in the book, the heated tension is off-the-charts! I couldn’t stop reading, desperate to know how things would end up for our hero and heroine. Sable is ruthless in her attempts to break up any potential relationship between our couple. Though I loved her strong female character, I wanted her annihalated for making me so anxious and causing so much trouble!
I just loved the banter between Karin and Malcolm. In fact, all the dialogue in this novel is done so realistically, the characters become larger than life. The sexual tension was strong, and sex scenes themselves very hot, with the right amount of nice and naughty.
If you love werewolf books, and a well thought out plot, with many unexpected turns, you’ll love Call of the Wilds by Gale Stanley. This book is definitely a keeper, and I can’t wait for more from this talented new author!
5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!