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Friday, February 26, 2010

Bride of the Wolf by Susan Krinard

Bride of the Wolf by Susan Krinard
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (384 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Riding off into the sunset... can be deadly.

Rachel Lyndon yearns to escape her scandalous past, but her dreams for a better life seem ruined after she buries her fiancé on the Texas plains.

Heath Renier has been evading the law by the skin of his teeth for years. Now he's found a new identiy as Holden Renshaw, foreman of Dog Creek Ranch. But the arrival of his boss's mail-order bride, now a widow, upsets his fragile peace and threatens to expose his deadly secrets.

Rachel knows that the mysterious and savagely handsome Holden is the last man she should trust - especially once she's seen glimpses of his true nature. Whe he's suspected of killing his employer, she has a terrible choice to make. But the heat of his gaze ignites something seductive and irresistible within her. No matter how dangerous the road ahead, she's determined to give him the one thing he's never truly believed he deserves: her undying love.

Some secrets can kill. Other’s can delight. In the case of Heath and Rachel, it’s what they don’t know that can cause the biggest issue, or bring them the closest together. But you need to read their story to get the full effect. What story? Bride of the Wolf by Susan Krinard.

If I want a great romance, I tend to go with more modern stories, but this historical really grabbed my attention. I like the world Ms. Krinard creates. You feel like you are there in Dog Creek with Heath and Rachel. The supporting cast in this story helps round out the story. You want to see the characters succeed and then there are those you want to see get their just deserts.

The plot of this story is a bit complicated and can take a little pacing to keep it all straight, but if you do, it’s totally worth it. You never know what twist the story will take and when it does, it’s worth the time.

Rachel, despite her tendency to tell half-truths, is a good heroine. Although she can be a tad cool and skittish, she knows what she wants and is willing to put herself through hell to make it happen. I liked seeing her bond with Gordie. That was touching. By the end of the story, my respect for her grew by leaps and bounds.

I liked Heath, but there were times I felt he acted a bit gruff. The more I got through the story, I saw why he acts the way he does and when he removes the tough-guy veneer for a short time, it’s refreshing. But you respect his sense of duty—to Rachel and to Gordie.

There is a tenderness that runs through this story—be it between Rachel and Heath, or Joey and Heath, or even Rachel, Heath, and Gordie. This is a tale you won’t soon forget.

If you want a heart-warming story, then you need to read Bride of the Wolf.