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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wolf Tracks by Vivian Arend

Wolf Tracks (Granite Lake Wolves Book 4) by Vivian Arend
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (93 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Score one for the underdog…er…wolf.

Granite Lake Wolves, Book 4

TJ Lynus is a legend in Granite Lake, both for his easygoing demeanor—and his clumsiness. His carefree acceptance of his lot vanishes, though, when his position as best man brings him face to face with someone he didn’t expect. His mate. His very human mate. Suddenly, one thing is crystal clear: if he intends to claim her, his usual laid-back attitude isn’t going to cut it.

After fulfilling her maid-of-honor duties, Pam Quinn has just enough time for a Yukon wilderness trip before returning south. The instant attraction between her and TJ tempts her to indulge in some Northern Delight, but when he drops the F-bomb—“forever”—she has second thoughts. In her world, true love is a fairytale that seldom, if ever, comes true.

Okay, so maybe staging a kidnapping wasn’t TJ’s best idea, but at least Pam has the good humor to agree to his deal. He’ll give her all the northern exposure she can stand—and she won’t break his kneecaps.

Now to convince her that fairytales can remake her world—and that forever is worth fighting for.

Vivian Arend’s Granite Lake Wolves series is that rare combination of romance, adventure, humor and screaming hot sex, all in one story.

Pam’s best friend is getting married, and Pam has headed north to be part of the ceremony. She is happy for Maggie, but can’t get the idea out of her mind that her friend fell in love too fast. When when she meets the best man, and her escort for the wedding, she is of two minds. Part of her thinks he is just a baby, while the rest of her wants to jump his bones and not stop for days, maybe even weeks. TJ feels an instant attraction to Pam: in fact he recognizes her for what she is-his mate. Can a full human woman accept that her perfect man is also a wolf? Will Pam be able to accept TJ into her life and her heart? Or will she kill him for “kidnapping” her for a solitary week of heavenly delights?

This is TJ’s story, and it is the perfect tale for him. TJ is the younger brother of the alpha of the Granite Lake Pack, and the one most likely to trip over his own feet. As a wolf, he is graceful and sure, but his human male is awkward and clumsy. My favorite description of TJ is that he’s like a beautiful Labrador puppy, all exuberance and energy, needing to grow into his massive paws. I love how he grows in this book, and gains the maturity to charm his mate. I have always had a soft spot for TJ, and it was good to see him grow into his promise of good things.

Pam is such a great mate for TJ. She is strong and independent, but she has a big heart and an open mind. The biggest joke in the story is Pam’s occupation: she works for the RCMP –as a dog trainer! I loved watching her hold her own against TJ, and she has a sassy way that just seems to charm everyone. Even when TJ “kidnaps” her for an adventure, she decides to make the best of the situation. And when these two are together, you can feel the heat rising between them. The relationship gets hot quickly, and just when you think it’s reached the peak, Ms Arend pushes the limits to heat it up even more.

I enjoyed seeing the rest of the Granite Lake pack, and getting a peek at what they had been up to, but this was TJ and Pam’s book, and it was worth the wait. I recommend this series to all the shifter fans that like some laughter with their romance. But wear something to protect your fingers-this one is a scorcher.