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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend

Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Talk about getting your signals crossed…

Granite Lake Wolves, Book 1

Robyn Maxwell doesn’t care that her brother has to cancel out on their backcountry ski trip. She can do it alone. The fact she’s deaf doesn’t make her survival skills any weaker. The chance to get away from it all and relax in the Yukon wilderness is just what she’s been craving.

Meeting wilderness guide Keil at the cabin starts cravings of another kind. Keil’s one hot hunk of ripped, tasty male. Now she has to deal with raging hormones as well as strange questions about wolves and mates and challenges to the death.

Keil was trying for a nice reflective retreat before challenging for the Alpha position of his Alaskan pack. He wasn’t planning on meeting the woman destined to be his mate, or finding out she’s not aware she has the genes of a wolf.

Between dealing with his accident-prone younger brother, a deaf mate with an attitude and an impending duel to the death, his week—and his bed—is suddenly full.

Far from the relaxing getaway any of them had in mind…

There is a Type O’ Negative song that says “Hey Wolf Moon, come cast your spell on me…”

As I read Ms. Arend’s novel Wolf Signs, I couldn’t help recalling that song for two reasons: one, the obvious topic of the novel, two, the male main character, Keil, has a certain semblance to the leader of the band.

Not only was Keil impressive physically: broad shoulders, strong biceps, very firm stomach and hair that hangs almost to his hips…but he also had a deeper side of him that could get any girl yearning for him ( I did).

Robyn, our female hero, is not far behind. Beautiful, headstrong and with a quick temper (which resembles my own), her deafness did not stop her from getting her point across.

However, at times her character does not seem to fit in with the pace of the novel, which seems to rush forward. In addition, I would have loved to see a little more bonding time between the characters…perhaps, a little more story on their relationship.

Wolf Signs is a novel full of humorous moments (TJ, Keil’s brother is a box of surprises. I hope we hear from him in future novels), sweetness, tenderness, erotic moments that easily melt any snow or ice in the surroundings, fur, paws, and love. It definitely cast its spell on me.