Author: Terry Spear
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My synopsis: Cassie Roux was a wolf biologist visiting Oregon to give a presentation to help protect wolves in the wild. She was a loner, preferring to work alone and live alone. But she wasn't just partial to wild wolves (lupus) - but also to lupus garou or what we might call a werewolf. See, she was a royal and had been born into a lupus garou pack. Her family/pack had all been killed when she was a teenager - their homes burnt to the ground. Cassie had not been home when it had happened, but had been in the forest observing the wild wolves. Having no where else to go, she goes to live with the wild wolves. This is partly where her desire to protect the wild wolves derived from, but she had always had a fascination with them. It was when her family was killed though, that she became a loner - vowing she would never again lose somebody that she loved.
Leidolf Wildhaven is the local pack leader in Oregon. He had taken over a pack that had lived by their own rules and was having difficulty getting them under control. Some of the pack members were werewolf hunters who had been turned, as well as some boys, who as teenagers had not had any guidance and so had a tendency to run wild. Combined with some local zoologists who were determined to capture a red wolf that had been seen in the area to take to their zoo - and he had his hands full. He didn't need the distraction that Cassie brought, but he couldn't deny his attraction to her.
Cassie had initially kept hidden the fact that she was a lupus garou, and when the secret emerged, Leidolf was determined to make her his partner. Actually, his whole pack wanted this to happen. They all thought he needed a partner and maybe he would relax a little more. Cassie wanted no part in it, but couldn't stop the sparks that were between them.
Things get totally mixed up between Leidolf getting tranquilized, Cassie getting shot, and Alex, another wolf biologist - human variety, wandering around in the forest claiming that a woman had been murdered. The woman he thought had been murdered was Cassie. He had been determined to make Cassie his partner both in work and in life, so he was hell-bent on finding out what had happened to her also.
My thoughts: This is the third Heart of the Wolf books that I have read - and where there is an occassional overlap of characters, they can each be read on their own. I actually started the series with the third book - To Tempt the Wolf and the fourth - Legend of the White Wolf and enjoyed them both. This book was no different in my enjoyment. Each book takes place in a different part of the country with a different wolf pack - so the dynamics of the story change - but the pace is quick and there is always a little mystery or secret that is being kept as well as some hot romance. If you haven't tried one of these Wolf books yet - it is time to pick one up.
~I received this book from Sourcebooks in exchange for my review.~
Publisher/Publication Date: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Aug 2010