Thursday, April 10, 2008

Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear

Heart of the Wolf
Terry Spear
Sourcebooks - Casablanca
April 1, 2008
ISBN# 978-1-4022-1157-7

Having survived the fire that killed her red wolf pack, Bella was adopted as a pup by a local pack of gray wolves. Her life as a red among the gray pack wasn’t a problem, but Volan, the pack alpha, insisting on making her his as she grew-up definitely was. It was Devlyn, another gray wolf, which she wanted as her mate, but that desire put the young wolf in danger of suffering the alpha’s wrath. Seeing no other escape from Volan, Bella ran away.

Years later Bella is running in wolf form when she’s captured, and the incident brings her to the attention of the local red pack that had no idea she’d been living in their town. After 150 years of hiding and starting a new life, her old pack has tracked her down, and Volan has sent Devlyn to retrieve her. Bella finds herself in demand in a way that threatens her survival.

Women are being killed in a brutal way and it appears to be the doing of a red wolf. It’s not long before Devlyn and Bella suspect that there is more than one wolf involved. As they get closer to the truth their lives are at risk from not only the red pack who want to claim Bella for their own, but from Volan trying to do the same. Devlyn will have no choice but to fight to the death in order to keep the mate he’s waited so long to claim.

Heart of the Wolf is filled with action, mystery and romance. The deep connection between Bella and Devlyn was in the making before Bella ran from the pack, and while they try to fight their attraction and follow pack rules, the change in their relationship is inevitable. Ms. Spear blends a well-structured werewolf tale with an intriguing murder mystery. Heart of the Wolf is a fast-moving read with a sizzling romance and danger-filled action that keeps readers engaged to the end. I’m hoping that we’ll get to read about the lone red wolf, Leidolf, in the future.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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