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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dreaming of the Wolf by Terry Spear

Dreaming of the Wolf by Terry Spear
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (365 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Werewolf pack leader Jake Silver is an acclaimed photographer. He sees a beautiful woman at the art gallery where his photos are on display, and his intrigue turns into wolfish protectiveness. Alicia Greiston has never met anyone like Jake–he's sexy, alpha, and totally irresistible, and he calls to something primal in her soul.

The aura of romance reached out and grabbed me as soon as Jake spied Alicia and followed her like a lost puppy in the first chapter. Ms. Spear set up the motivation, plot and drama right then and there and I was hooked.

Dreaming of the Wolf has the most adorable wolfie on the cover and I wanted to scratch his ears. Realizing that the cover represented the delectable Jake Silver in the story made it very plausible that Jake was a very handsome and capable man. I love it when a cover can capture the essence of one of the characters. Jake was a delight. He was yummy, forceful, quite protective and he was an alpha. He also did artwork with flowers. Talk about a dichotomy. I liked how initially he went with his gut and how later on he realized that there was more than simply attraction going on. He was falling in love. Alphas never do it the easy way though. Oh no, he has to fight mob connections for her and as a reader might guess, it’s an uphill battle. Jake is great in battle. The author did a wonderful job of depicting the hero as a capable and effective fighter – when given the chance. Nothing more fascinating to watch than a protector being thwarted and when he finally gets a chance to go all out, the scenes were exciting, tightly written and full of wonderful wolf mojo.

The beneficiary of all that glorious testosterone is Alicia. The author has quite a few surprises in store for the heroine and readers alike. I tremendously enjoyed how Ms. Spear had Alicia’s life spin out of control all while orchestrating her being in Jake’s sphere of influence to the point where the heroine finally gets the feeling that things could possibly go right for a change. However a lot of wrong has to happen first. While that is happening, a reader gets to see her test her mettle against big bad guys, amazing and scary revelations and a man who she can’t help falling in love with. She tries, oh yes she does because she felt she needed to ‘save’ him and protect him from herself. What a wonderful set up for an awakening to love and all that entails. Alicia is also really sweet especially when she focuses on one fact other than what Jake expected – it endeared her even more to the hero and it made me feel more connected to the heroine. What must it be like to be faced with that many unknowns and to want to be elated but end up being worried instead. Talk about emotional angst, and Ms. Spear hit the target on every one. I felt the heroine’s fear, pain, excitement and joy. Now that’s real storytelling.

The villains are many with one in particular being the peskiest. Mario is a real creep. His brother is a surprise as well a great conflict motivator. The other relatives are weak and evil and the henchmen are just bullies. There’s a lot of gun play and blood and suspense. How in the world is Alicia going to get out of the sticky wicket she finds herself in? Every time she turns around, it gets worse and worse and more overwhelming! Ms. Spear proved genius in her handling of it all. Some readers might think the final solution to be too pat or perfect but it worked for me. In fact, I slumped in relief. I don’t think I’d have believed any other resolution than what the author chose to do – it fit. I was so happy!

For that extra spice, the author had Jake and Alicia have mad passionate dream sex. That doesn’t sound impressive and for a lot of books it’s a drawback and one of my least favorite writing techniques. Ms. Spear is the only author who’s presented a logical and wonderful reason why it works and why I will read every word, sentence and paragraph without skimming or skipping. For readers of the series, they’ll know why and for new readers, it’ll be a treat. Well, it’s a treat either way actually.

Romance abounds in every caress, kiss and heated gaze making Dreaming of the Wolf a must read for anyone who enjoys sensual passion with their romantic suspense. Jake and Alicia eventually become the loving couple they both yearned for but never expected to deserve much less have. And the fact they found it in each other purely by accident, by the whim of fate, showcases how special their relationship truly is. I had an awesome time reading this book. It’s a real page flipper and almost impossible to put down until the final page is turned. I swooned at how perfect the ending was, and how happy Jake and Alicia ended up being. Dreaming of the Wolf is paranormal romance at its finest.