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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

To Tempt the Wolf by Terry Spear

To Tempt the Wolf by Terry Spear
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense
Length: Full (409 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

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.

To Tempt the Wolf combines a mysterious hunk washed up on a stormy beach with a treasure hunt and an irresistible romance. Just to spice things up, an ages old mystery will be revealed, much to the shock of the major characters.

Tessa Anderson is a strong woman with equally strong conflicts raging about her. She not only has to deal with trying to protect her brother, but has to fight for her life and her belief about who she is. Even with that, it doesn’t diminish her sassy tongue and can-do attitude. Tessa has moxie and she is going to need every bit of it when other men decide she’s got something they want and will do anything to get it. Tessa only has one man willing to stand in their way and until the truth gets revealed he’s torn about even doing that.

The ‘he’ in question is Hunter. How innocently it starts for him. His home gets burned out so he moves to his uncle’s place in another state. It looks so nice, scenic and relaxing. Oh, how the surface deceives. Poor Hunter gets his shorts in a twist on so many conflicting levels, it’s almost funny. Except the stakes are high and nothing throws him for a loop as much as when he figures out the truth about Tessa. It ups the ante to a very suspenseful and exciting level. Hunter is also an alpha and you know what alphas are like. The dynamic of a man bent on protecting those he deems under his care clashing with a fiery red-headed human virago who is stubborn and inquisitive, promises you a very entertaining read.

The secondary characters, like Meara, Hunter’s sister; or Devlyn, the missing link, are only a couple of the varied cast that adds flavor and meat to the plot. There are bad guys that you expect and some you don’t. It was that dual level of badness that kept the suspense spiked and interesting. Ms. Spear also does a wonderful job of creating Hunter’s shifter society and how different communities interact with each other, from politics to courtship. It was like surfing an online candy shop. You think to pick your favorites but soon realize there is so much more to offer, you need and want to investigate the other confections; you’ll be back.

To Tempt the Wolf is perfect reading for those who love to mix their romances with paranormal adventure, suspenseful intrigue and a couple who know how to heat the sheets and our hearts.