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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Legend of the White Wolf by Terry Spear

Legend of the White Wolf by Terry Spear
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (367 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

In this fourth in Spear's series, Private Eye Cameron MacPherson and Faith O'Mallery are both on quests that lead them into the world of magical wolves…

Cameron arrives in the Canadian Arctic to search for his partners in his P.I. business who are late returning from a hunting trip. Faith is there to discover what her father had seen in the same area years earlier that had made him lose touch with reality—man-wolves, he called them.

The two tumble into an icy world of enemies bent on destroying the lupus garou kind. As they turn into lupus garou themselves, and bond with the pack that only they can rescue from destruction, Cameron and Faith find their soul mates in each other.

This story rocked not only as a satisfying romance but as an awesome werewolf buddy book. It satisfied me on so many levels, I’m not sure where to start or how to stop.

I’ll start with Faith. The heroine is well drawn, from her sense of humor, her feisty personality and her confidence in her chosen career field. She’s pragmatic, stubborn and doesn’t take orders very well, even if they are given to protect her. She doesn’t do stupid things to prove her worth. She stands up for herself and for those issues or persons she believes in; she throws everything she has into it too. It’s that total embrace of life that made her character appeal to me. What also endeared her character to me was her love of family, namely, her father. It’s her complete commitment to his needs and well being that fuels her role in the plot.

Cameron is the hero. In a word, he’s yummy. He’s the absolute dream guy for a romance. He’s wily, steadfast, and comfortable in his own skin, and is an ex-cop turned private investigator. Cameron also has a sexy focus on Faith that insures steam rising off of the book’s pages. The inner dialogue is spicy at times. His friendships are important to him and when he believes that his friends are in danger, he sets out to find them no matter that it’s in the last location on earth he’d ever willingly go to. If he’s needed, he’s there. Plain and simple. His part of the plot is pushed by that devotion to his friends and co-workers and it keeps a reader’s interest throughout.

His friends are in a pickle. They enjoy the hunt in the great outdoors but on this vacation trip, they found more than they bargained for. They also have roles to play later on which contribute to the rounding out of the conflict and its final outcome. In an amazing twist, those that you think are innocuous are deadly and those characters that you expect to be nefarious and problematic, and you are given more than justifiable scenes to believe that, are not quite as evil as you’d expect. It’s that never quite knowing who truly is after them for ill or politics that keeps you intrigued.

Other secondary characters lend flavor to the story as well. Leidolf is a man I really want to have an HEA. He seems capable, strong and alpha of character. He also needs to get his happy on and I officially state that I want a story about Leidolf. He has that mysterious, play-it-close-to-his-chest thing going on and I am very interested in him. In fact, there is already a sub-conflict going from this book with the Dark Angel.

I could tell you about Kintail too. He’s a character that had me waffling between tolerating him and hating him. In the end, Ms. Spear dragged sympathy and a vote for second chances for his character from me. I really didn’t want to. I still think he’s annoying but then again, the way he’s written worked well with the story and written any other way would not have worked.

Between the mystery, the politics, the romance between Faith and Cameron, the twists and turns of character development and plot intrigue, Legend of the White Wolf ended up being a book that I simply could not put down until I turned to the last page. And even then, I was left with a goofy smile on my face because I knew exactly how happy the couple ended up being and expect will continue to be. I had a lot of fun reading this book and I can’t wait to read more by the talented Ms. Spear.