Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Review: Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear

Heart of the Wolf (Heart of the Wolf, #1) by Terry Spear

Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Heat Rating: 2



While searching for clues of a lupus garou who is killing women in the rainy Portland suburbs, Bella Wilder becomes the hunted. She had run away from the gray pack who had taken her in when she was she young. And she will do so again before the brutish pack leader can have her.

Devlyn Greystoke has a mission—return Bella to the gray pack for safekeeping before she exposes their kind and gets herself killed. But little red wolves are in short supply and high demand and Bella’s determined to be the bait to flush out the killer. Keeping her out of danger is only half the trouble Devlyn encounters as his compulsion to make her his mate grows and she fights being his, fearful the pack leader will kill him.

Volan Smith, the gray alpha leader, claimed Bella when she was young. Now that he has located her, he wants Bella back. And he will stop at nothing to have her.

Yadkny’s Review

Bella is a red wolf shifter and a rare one at that. After a fire destroyed her home and killed her family, her saving grace came in the form of a gray wolf shifter by the name of Devlyn. They became instant friends and she was subsequently welcomed into the family the current Alpha, but her adoption into the gray wolf pack did not come without it's challenges. Repeated attempted rapes, the stepping down of the old Alpha leader, her best friend backing away from her, and now attempts at a forced mating, all drove her to escaping the pack in order to find a life among the humans. Now she's being hunted by both wolf shifters and humans alike.

Terry Spear creates beautiful imagery in her writing. Her characters really jump off the page with their personalities in both human and wolf forms. It's refreshing to read a shifter story with characters that really embrace their animalistic differences and welcome the changes that come with every full moon. There's no animosity or disgust, it's pure primal instinct and enjoyment. It's a warm tale of finding your first love and then loosing them only to find them again years later and know that the feelings haven't changed.

I also enjoyed the fact that there's really never a dull moment in this story. It was almost like reading a script for a TV. show. In this story Bella goes undercover to track down a killer with the sexy Devlyn by her side while trying to avoid the man who's been after her for over a century (remember we're talking about wolf shifters, so their life spans are a little different). The rest of the cast helps thicken the plot with their mysteriousness and just when you think you know someone or something... you don't. There's also plenty of plot tension and sexual frustration, so the overall resulting release on both are very well received and welcomed. The ending of this book stands true to the definition of happily-ever-after and anyone who reads it won't be disappointed.

Recommended reading for those seeking an adventure in the form of a good ole fashion 'who dunnit' with a bunch of territorial wolf shifters and the lone female red-head caught in the middle.

4 Tea Cups!

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