Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 2
Wildlife photographer, Tessa Anderson has to prove her brother is innocent of the murder charges against him. But when she discovers a half-dead, naked man on her beach who looks like a mythical Greek god, she’s got a whole world of new troubles to deal with, least of all how he affects her with just a look, a touch, a whispered word.
All Hunter Greymere remembers when the enticing female human rescues him is a he’s lupus garou. Whether he was pushed from the Oregon cliffs or fell is a mystery. Intending to keep a low profile at Tessa’s cabin on the coast, he’s drawn into her troubles while investigating the truth about his own past. But he finds that living with humans causes more problems than he ever believed possible. His animal instincts war with his human half–he wants the intriguing woman, who attracts male lupus garous like one of his own kind, but he knows he can’t have her for good–unless she becomes one of them.
Secrets abound in the quiet coastal community, but can Tessa and Hunter uncover the truths before it’s too late?
Tessa is a human with an affinity for wolves and photographing them in their natural habitat. These moments when she is in her element are the only times lately where she feels any semblance of peace. Her brother is in jail for a murder Tessa believes he didn't commit. She's trying to find the real killer in order to free him, but in the middle of her investigation she finds she's being stalked. What's worse is the handsome stranger who washed up on her shore half-dead and naked; stirring all sorts of feelings and emotions she shouldn't be feeling right now.
Hunter is the Alpha of his gray pack with a very high maintenance and tenacious sister. After a forest fire took away their pack’s homes, they’ve been forced to move to Oregon, but the pack refuses to cooperate. His priorities as of late have been to reunite his pack under his territory and find his sister a mate with the Alpha qualities they'll need in order to handle her. It's when his sister decides, against better judgment, to run off with three unmated males that things go from bad to worse. Three against one are not good odds, but Hunter does what he must in order to bring his sister home... although unconscious cliff diving was not part of the plan.
Once again I am thoroughly impressed with the complexity of the plotlines in this third installment to Ms. Spear's wolf series. The California gold rush is involved in the mystery plot, where the descendants now have to uncover the details surrounding some mysterious photographs taken during that time period. The connection to our characters is surprising and cleverly revealed. Hunter experiences amnesia and struggles with doubts of if his chosen mate will be Alpha enough to help lead his pack. Not for lack attraction or desire, but Tessa just doesn't seem physically big enough or emotionally strong enough, which created a new barrier for our couple to face that can't be physically eliminated.
I'm definitely seeing one particular similarity in this series, more so in this book than in the others, and that is the importance of naps. Now you might be thinking what does this have to do with anything, but it is very important to both plot and the building of relationships between our characters. During those moments emotional guards are let down and the reader will be able to see a little more playful and comedic side of an otherwise serious plotline. Granted sleeping is not the only thing that occurs during 'nap-time.' The sex scenes are very sensually written and come with enough heat to keep our characters nice and toasty during the hazardous weather conditions they face.
Recommended reading for fans of naps and a romantic coupling in a hot tub.
3 ½ Tea Cups!