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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wolf Island by Cher Gorman

Wolf Island by Cher Gorman
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
Pages: Full Length (240 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Magnolia

When ultra-conservative schoolteacher Abigail Chapel learns that her sister Miranda has disappeared while hunting ghosts on mysterious Wolf Island, she takes a leave of absence to continue the investigation in person.

Devlin Morgan, the reclusive owner of Morgan’s Keep, coolly turns away her inquiries, and the villagers, who respect Devlin, refuse to cooperate, as well. Worse still is her own unwanted attraction to him. Especially once she begins to suspect he’s involved with her sister’s disappearance and the mysterious “Chiming Ghost.”

In order to solve the mystery of her missing sister, she’ll also have to probe Devlin’s dark past, discover the truth about the “ghost.” and decide whether to trust the passion in her heart or play it safe and return to England. Whatever happens, she’ll never be the same when she leaves Wolf Island.

Wolf Island had me from the first page. I truly expected another run-of-the-mill werewolf story, and was pleasantly surprised to find a wonderfully romantic story full of suspense and mystery. As a reviewer, I feel it is my duty to be honest and fair in my reviews, because, let's face it, reviews are supposed to be for the readers who spend their hard earned money on books. For me to give an author a Best Book rating is nearly unheard of, but Wolf Island deserves to be a top pick.

Ms. Gorman is a wonderful writer who paints a scene as well as if she was using oils instead of a keyboard. The story flows from one scene to the next seamlessly, and the intrigue is built layer by layer until the reader is on the edge of their seat just waiting to read what happens next. The sex scenes are wonderfully written, without the graphic nature of erotic romance, so they read not only as titillation but romantic interludes that are believable. The lead characters are realistic. The hero is masculine, gorgeous, strong, but also vulnerable, determined and likable. The heroine is pleasant, determined and feminine. The attraction between the two is instant and hot, filled with angst due to the circumstances, yet the chemistry is evident and cannot be denied. And the happily ever after is just as sweet as every romance fan expects.

Rarely do I read a book that stays with me after I've finished the final page but Wolf Island is one I will remember and re-read one late, stormy night when the wind is howling, strange noises echo through the darkened house, and lightning punctuates the suspense. Read Wolf Island by Cher Gorman, I bet you will love it as much as I do.