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Review: Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear

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Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear
Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Mass Market Paperback (SOURCEBOOKS CASABLANCA, 400 pages, $6.99)
ISBN# 1402211570
Their forbidden love may get them both killed.
Bella is a red werewolf, sole survivor of the fire that killed her entire pack.
Devlyn is a beta male werewolf in a pack of grays.
Forced to flee her adopted gray pack when the alpha male becomes a vicious threat, she struggles to live as a lone wolf, until Devlyn, the gray male who rescued her as a pup, comes to bring her home.
When a local red werewolf goes on a killing spree, Bella and Devlyn must flee the murderer, the police and their vengeful pack leader. With the full moon rising, and her heat upon her, Bella can't resist the pull to her destined mate, even if means Devlyn will have to face the wicked alpha male in a fight to the death...
A sizzling paranormal romance based on extensive research on how wolves live and behave in the wild, creating a fascinating world of nature and fantasy.
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Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear (3 stars)

Bella won't be forced to be Volan's mate. He might be the pack's alpha male but she's chosen the male worthy of her love and loyalty. The trouble is that she believes Volan will kill Devlyn if the beta chooses to fight for her. Fleeing the pack of grays that took her in when her pack of red wolves was killed she lives a solo life in Oregon now. When she left them she was still very much a child in the werewolf world but one hundred and fifty years later she has come into her maturity and longs for a mate. The mate she could never claim for her own.

Getting drugged and tossed into the zoo is the last place Bella expects to end up when she decides to spend some time at her cabin. She's been investigating a series of local murders she believes have been commited by one of her own kind. But her former pack aren't the only ones trying to help her escape. It seems she's drawn the attention of the local red wolves and they are more than willing to start a violent war to keep her for their own. Devlyn won't let Bella do any of this alone even if it means he has to fight the reds and Volan to claim her.

This was a tough book for me to give a star rating on. In the end the things I liked and enjoyed about it were about equal with the things I didn't care for. That's always a tough call. Conceptually, I love this book. Werewolves living with true pack dynamics like wild wolves isn't done very often in the genre. Knowing from page one that Devlyn would have to fight Volan for Bella added tension to the story. Seperating the different types of wolves, red and gray, into their own distinct groups also added a unique element that I really liked. The secondary characters Thompson and Chrissie gave the story some added depth since I always enjoyed decently fleshed out secondaries.

What made me struggle with the book was actually the plot. Unfortunately, there were too many threads trying to be woven as the main story. Volan's wanting Bella seemed like it was going to be the main thread. But then the addition of the murder mystery and the reds' attempts to woo Bella added to the confusion. I found myself asking questions about the world building and such that made the story unravel a bit skewed. My other tough spot was the actual romance between Devlyn and Bella. I like a good sex scene as much as the next reader but after a while it felt like the only chemistry the characters seemed to have was their mutual desire to get naked and mate. I'd have liked just a little more romance of the clothed kind werewolves or not.

All in all I think this is a wonderful concept that will carry over really well into other books. This one just didn't happen to have the right storyline to strike my personal fancy. I think that if you like lots of sex and/or are into the pack dynamics you'll enjoy it. Enjoy!

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