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8.31.2009

Review: To Tempt the Wolf by Terry Spear

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To Tempt the Wolf by Terry Spear
Paranormal Romance, Werewolves, Shapeshifters
Mass Market Paperback (SOUCREBOOKS CASABLANCA, 352 pages, $6.99)
ISBN# 1402219040
In this third in the series, wildlife photographer Tessa Anderson must prove her brother innocent of murder charges. But when she discovers a gorgeous naked man barely alive on her beach, she's got a new world of troubles to deal with, not least of which is how he affects her with just a look, a touch, or a whispered word.
Hunter Greymore is a lupus garou, a grey werewolf. Hoping to keep a low profile at Tessa's cabin on the coast, he's drawn into her life—and into her bed. His animal instincts war with his human half, but in the end, the only thing he can do about this fascinating, adorable woman is to leave her forever —unless she becomes one of them.

Author Site:
www.terryspear.com


Didn't quite work for me but... (3 stars)

Hunter Greymere has a lot of responsibility on his hands. As his pack's leader their protection is his duty. When a California wildfire displaces the pack he and his sister Meara head to the Oregon coast to mind their uncle's coastal rentals while the rest of the pack heads to Portland to try city life. Upon their arrival their uncle warns them about a local human photographer who needs to be 'taken care of' because she might catch a shift on film and that would be very dangerous to the lupus garou.

The last thing the siblings anticipate is that Meara's desire for a mate will lead her off getting her brother nearly killed and left memory-less on the frigid beach. Lucky for Hunter, Tessa Anderson, the photographer he is supposed to deal with finds him as she searches the beach for dry wood to keep warm during an ice storm. Injured, suffering from amnesia and intensely attracted to Tessa, Hunter agrees to help protect her from the stalker that has made a point of invading her home. With Tessa's brother convicted of murdering Bethany, his girlfriend, the last thing she needs is someone breaking into their home. If she and Hunter can unravel the mystery of who really murdered Bethany and who is stalking her, maybe they can overcome the sensual draw they have to one another before hearts get broken.

I really like the mythology of this series and how each book truly can stand alone. The romances are very traditional, if a little formulaic for my tastes and can easily appeal to romance readers who are not into paranormals. What made To Tempt the Wolf lose some of its potential "I liked it" mojo for me was that this was an amnesia plot. Done well this plot device can be entertaining but I personally don't care for them unless they are very well written. I felt that part of the story was a bit contrived and resolved far too easily for me to really love it. Overall there were an awful lot of plot threads coming from different directions and relating to secondary characters that at times made the progression feel frustratingly stop-start. Since I am a romance reader who does want a good story for the romance to fall in this was a tough read in that regard.

From a strictly romance point-of-view Tessa and Hunter make a good couple. Their chemistry is believable and they certainly can't resist one another forever! Spear also does something really interesting with the lupus garou and human pairing which I personally felt opens up a lot of possibilities for later installments in this series. Something I think a lot of romance readers may like about To Tempt the Wolf, and this series in general, is that the sexual scenes flow pretty naturally and realistically while still maintaining enough of the romance novel steam. They aren't so overly dramatic and wordy that they lose plausibility.

While not my favorite in this series so far based on personal tastes I do think most readers will find this one romantic, hard to predict and entertaining. Enjoy!

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