Review: A Highland Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf, Book 15) by Terry Spear

a highland wolf christmasHeroine: Calla Stewart is not walking but running away from the aisle. She has no interest in reconnecting with her ex-fiance and leader of the pack, Baird. She has a holiday party to plan at her friends the McNeils and Grants and is looking forward to getting away. Until Baird chases her from her car to their property.

Hero: Guthrie MacNeill, is there to protect Calla with other members of his pack. The two have a little history, but peripherally because of their commitments to previous partners. Guthrie is the financial advisor for his clan and werewolf pack, and doesn’t see the point of spending money frivolously. He remembers a time when the clan was near the brink of starvation and doesn’t want to see them there again.

Review: Terry Spear juggles a lot of names and wolf clans in this book. The major players were easy enough but the plethora of side characters and cameos from previous books left me a little confused. I think some of the motivation would have been clearer to a reader who’d read previous books in the series than it was to me. Some of the wolf-logic was lost on me. They were immortal wolves? Wolves only had sex with other wolves when mating? I’m just glad that her ex was all bark and no bite.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Holiday Blitz with Grace Burrowes, Terry Spear, and Carolyn Brown

A Highland Wolf ChristmasA Highland Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear

Summary

It’s going to take a lot of mistletoe…

Guthrie MacNeill, financial advisor for his clan and werewolf pack, is at his wit’s end when the pack leader’s mate hires a gorgeous party planner to bring holiday cheer to the castle. Guthrie’s wildly attracted to Calla, except he can’t reconcile the fact that his job is to save the clan’s money, and hers seems to be to spend it.

To warm this Highlander’s heart

Calla Stewart has never had a more difficult client. The laird and lady of the castle are delightful, but the handsome Highlander holding the purse strings is quite impossible. Since she specializes in holiday magic, Calla hopes she can make the scrooge-like wolf lighten up. Then Guthrie takes on the role of Highland warrior to protect her from an unexpected threat, and the holidays take a turn for the passionate.

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Excerpt from A HIGHLAND WOLF CHRISTMAS by Terry Spear

Women shrieked and shouted, but Calla was on the other side of the tree where she couldn’t see the commotion. But then she saw the twelve-foot tree toppling over—right toward her.

Before Calla could get out of the way, something hit her hard from the side and slammed her against the floor. Just before the tree landed on top of them. He was on top of her, smelling like the great outdoors, fir tree, and musky, sexy male wolf. Guthrie.

“Sorry,” he mumbled against her ear, branches framing his head and touching the floor on either side of her. “I meant to rescue you.”

She smiled. “From … the tree?”

He smiled back. “That was the idea.”

Guthrie lifted his head, smiling at her with a mischievous glint in his green eyes. Despite all the commotion, and to Calla’s surprise, Guthrie kissed her. His lips were warm and masculine and tasted like wassail. Cinnamon, apple cider, and oranges. She licked his mouth to enjoy more of the taste and he licked her back, smiling. Then he deepened the kiss.

Oh my God! She hadn’t felt this naughty in forever! The men were going to move the tree soon, and here she and Guthrie would be. Kissing. In front of several members of his pack.

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Cowboy Boots for ChristmasCowboy Boots For Christmas by Carolyn Brown

Summary

After two tours in Afghanistan, retired Army sniper Finn O’Donnell believes his new ranch outside the sleepy little town of Burnt Boot, Texas, is the perfect place for an undisturbed holiday season. But before he can settle in, an old friend shows up looking for protection and a place where nobody knows her name.

But that’s going to take a miracle…

Callie Brewster must relocate to protect her young nephew, Martin, and the only person she trusts is her old Army friend, Finn. Burnt Boot seems like the perfect place to be anonymous, but it turns out a small town with big drama is no place to hide…

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Excerpt from COWBOY BOOTS FOR CHRISTMAS by Carolyn Brown

Callie was standing in front of the window, staring out like a bird in a cage. He crossed the room in long strides, scooped her up, and sat down in the rocking chair with her.

“I’m scared,” she said.

“I know. So am I.”

“This is too perfect, Finn. There’s a grenade somewhere and the pin is pulled. It’s just a matter of time until it all goes boom. I figured if I left now, it would be with good memories and not horrible ones. But I don’t want to leave. Just thinking of walking away from you breaks my heart.”

He tangled his fingers in her hair and held her head against his chest. “I’ll help you work through the fear if you’ll do the same for me.”

She drew her head back, her aqua-colored eyes swimming in tears. “Don’t bullshit me, O’Donnell. You’d face off with the devil.”

He let go of her hair and bent just enough that their lips touched in a salty kiss. Her arms sent desire shooting through his body when they laced around his neck. The kiss deepened into more as she opened her mouth and let his tongue inside to make love to her mouth.

“Darlin’, never doubt that my fears are every bit as big as yours, with commitment topping the list in big bold letters. Don’t run away, Callie. I need you to stay,” he whispered softly.

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What A Lady Needs For ChristmasWhat a Lady Needs For Christmas by Grace Burrowes

Summary

Lady Joan Flynn needs a husband—any husband—if she’s not to find scandal and mischief under her Christmas tree; Scottish wool magnate Dante “Hard-hearted” Hartwell needs an aristocratic wife to gain access to the financing that will keep his wool mills secure. Can holiday magic spin an expedient match into true love, and wary differences into trust?

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Excerpt from WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS by Grace Burrowes

Dante and Joan’s wedding night has begun with a discussion of holiday gift-giving, though neither bride nor groom can stay focused on that topic for very long…

Joan stretched out her chilly foot, and encountered Dante’s calf. His bare, warm, hairy calf, because her husband slept without the benefit—or hindrance—of clothing.

He moved onto his side, facing Joan. “What shall I get you for Christmas, Mrs. Hartwell?”

“You’ve given me your very name. That’s gift enough.” Also his trust, his respect, his kisses…so many treasures.

He rolled to his back, suggesting Joan had provided the wrong answer.

“I don’t want your gratitude, madam. Loyalty, fidelity, and a good-faith effort to make something of this marriage will be a fine bargain on both of our parts. The marriage is as much opportunity for me as it is convenient for you.”

Joan did not want a fine bargain, but she did want the warmth her husband’s body gave off. She yielded to the craving and snuggled right up to his side. His arms came around her, as if they’d spent many nights visiting their way to shared sleep.

“I kept my nightgown on.”

“I know, lass. I’ll forgive you that modesty if you kiss me.”

She kissed him, and the contour of his lips told her he was smiling. “You should kiss me too, sir. My feet are cold.”

“You need your new husband to warm them up?”

Joan needed her new husband in so many ways. “Shall I take off my nightgown?” She didn’t want to, but Dante was naked, and the intimacies she’d tried hard not to dwell on were commencing.

“You feel safer with it on,” he said, shifting to blanket her with his body. “I’ll try not to tear it.”

Gracious. “I can stitch it back together if you do.”

He nuzzled her ear, sending a shivery feeling down Joan’s spine. “Kiss me some more, Mrs. Hartwell.”

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Audio Review: Lady Caroline and the Egotistical Earl by Terry Spear

lady caroline and the egotistical earlHeroine: Lady Caroline has aided her mother in managing the estates after her father’s death. All was well until knights in the earl’s colors started to terrorize the people and kill livestock. When her mother seeks to speak with the earl, a simple request for assistance turns into something else.

Hero: Lord John Talbot is not aware of any rogue knights. He is however very aware of Caroline. He wants to be near her and decides she must be a lady-in-waiting for his mother. Caroline might not be amenable to the idea, but he has ways to persuade her… and if she’s in danger all the more reason to keep her close.

Review: Lady Caroline is one to take charge. She has an excellent memory and plans to investigate the raids if Lord John won’t. After she gets into a few scrapes… the worse getting her chased up a tree by villainous raiders, he keeps her securely within his arm’s reach. You have to agree that Lady Caroline, while she may be a tad too independent, was right because someone had to proactively investigate! Readers will find this a clean romance without sex, but with sexual interest and overtones to liven up any afternoon.

Narrator: Maria Hunter Welles has a very affected voice for Lady Caroline’s character who is 19 years old. It worked, because Caroline is young and impetuous.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Review: A SEAL Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf, Book 12) by Terry Spear

seal wolf christmasReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Bjornolf Jorgenson is in the Amazon jungle singing “Jingle Bells” – that makes for an interesting picture. He’s there — along with Anna Johnson — to help rescue a family. She’s a woman that knows how to take care of herself as well as help lead her group through the jungle. Bjornolf and Anna are a very interesting couple. Once the job in the Amazon is complete, they are given a very interesting job.

If you consider yourself a romantic, you’ll love the job they have been given. It comes at the perfect time since Christmas is almost upon them. One thing I love about Terry’s wolf series is the sense of community and family amongst the packs – and what better time than around this special holiday.

You will find that our author doesn’t shortchange her readers once the main characters start getting hot and heavy. You’ll need to open the window to let the cool air in or at the very least turn the air conditioning on – as my mother used to say “Hubba, Hubba, Hubba!” And it doesn’t take away from the main purpose of their job.

With all the paranormal/fantasy shows on TV this year, it would be really nice to see this as a television series. The only thing is, I would hope that they stay true to what was written in order to do the books justice. I would hope that they not put it on one of the movie channels just because not everyone subscribes to all of the paid channels.

Besides the music, you can tell that this is a Christmas story because of the snow, the Christmas tree, and all the trappings. What a great way to get you into the holiday mood and a hunky SEAL ain’t bad either – I wouldn’t mind if he was under my tree this year. If you decide to wait and read this around the holiday, why not put on some of your favorite holiday music – while you cuddle up by a fire (if you have a fireplace), with your favorite blanket, and your favorite hot drink.

But if you don’t want to wait, that’s ok because this is a book that I feel that can be read at any time of the year. Yes, it’s about the spirit of the holiday but I feel that it’s more about their shifter ability and the job they must complete. Terry leaves you wishing that you had some shifter ability. But would we use or abuse what most others would be jealous about? Since there’s no way that I will ever be able to switch from human to wolf, I’ll just have to keep reading The Heart of the Wolf series. Don’t worry if you haven’t read any of her other wolf books yet, this can be read as a stand-alone. But I would hope that it would also leave you wanting to read the other 11 books that have come before.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: Savage Hunger (Heart of the Jaguar, Book 2) by Terry Spear

savage hungerReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This book picks up where book one left off. This is Maya Anderson’s story. She goes into a club where she comes across two real bad boys. David and Wade Patterson are on assignment at the same club. Then Maya seems to be causing something of a stir.

During the altercation, you will find that you just have to chuckle. I’m sure it’s not the most appropriate thing to do but you just won’t be able to help yourself. It also leaves you with a sense of anticipation. Terry always creates her shifters to be very sensual. But she also leaves you feeling that shifters may actually live amongst us.

And then Terry turns up the heat. Our author gives us just the right amount of romance, intrigue and sex. Plus she includes some great settings – in this case it is the country of Belize. Today (July 3) I found it interesting that she chose Belize – I watched two programs that made me think of this jaguar series.

I started my morning watching Good Morning America. They had Jack Hanna on and he had some wild babies with him. One in particular caught my attention since it was a 4-month old black jaguar. It puts Terry’s characters into perspective – the baby had such large paws and very sharp claws. The second show was on Animal Planet titled North America and the narrator was talking about an online poll where viewers (originally aired on Discovery Channel) got a chance to vote on destinations. Number 5 destination was none other than Belize.

Between the book and the series on Animal Planet it has left me wanting to go there for a visit. Plus I want to see if I could find any of those wild shifters lurking about. If you ever get a chance to visit there, what a great book to pack in your suitcase.

This was definitely another action packed page-turner. It also brought home how illegal trafficking of wild animals is something that needs to be stopped. I’m one of those people that hates to see anything caged. Wild animals need to be in there own environment roaming free. Animal Planet has another show titled Big Cat Diaries that I’ve been watching in repeats. I just love watching the cheetahs lounging in the trees. When I read about Terry’s jaguars, I can picture them doing the same thing.

I’m afraid that all I can tell you is that there will be another book in this series title Jaguar Heat. The bad news is that it’s not scheduled to come out until August of next year. In the meantime, it gives you plenty of time to get this book read and if you haven’t read book one you can get that one done too. Also, you may want to mark your calendar so that you remember a year from now that book three should be hitting shelves at your local bookstore.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Signs Your Man is a Shapeshifter

savagehungerGuest blog by Terry Spear, author of Savage Hunger

You know when your man could be a shapeshifter when:

  1. He installs a BIG pet door at your house and you don’t own a pet.
  2. He LOVES to get naked.
  3. He owns a handy dandy lock pick set—standard issue lupus garou variety. (This only counts for wolf shifters. Jaguars have to find another way in.)
  4. You find fur shed in the house and you don’t own a pet.
  5. You find big claw marks on the furniture and you don’t own a cat.
  6. He growls a lot.
  7. He purrs. (Big cat shifters only.)
  8. He wants to run in the woods. (Wolf shifters only.)
  9. He wants to run in the jungle. (Jaguar shifters only.)
  10. He’s got great stamina.
  11. Can climb trees. (Jaguar shifters only.)
  12. Super physical strength.
  13. Wants to be with only one woman for life.
  14. He’s protective.
  15. He’s insatiable.
  16. He’s a predator.
  17. And he loves the water.
  18. Did I mention he’s a hunk?

If you find your man has many of these qualities, you might have gotten lucky and have yourself a shifter for a hunk! If not, you might want to keep looking. They’re loveable, helpful, protective and courageous. They never back down in a fight.

Did I mention about the stamina? They put all those toned muscles to great use!

So what happens if we are lucky enough to come across both a jaguar shifter and a werewolf? How do we choose? Well, that’s the fun part!

And it all depends on you!

GIVEAWAY: Thanks so much to Love Romance Passion for having me here today! And if you’ll tell me what you think would be the best quality in a shapeshifting hunk that you’d appreciate and why—or which of my wolf packs you’ve fallen in love with, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of SAVAGE HUNGER, first book of the Heart of the Jaguar shifter series. US or Canada address only. Last Day to Enter: September 29, 2012.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling and an award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval romantic suspense, Terry Spear also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth University. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, that are personalized that have found homes all over the world. When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses or gardening. Her family has roots in the Highlands of Scotland where her love of all things Scottish came into being. Originally from California, she’s lived in eight states and now resides in the heart of Texas. She is the author of the Heart of the Wolf series and the Heart of the Jaguar series, plus numerous other paranormal romance and historical romance novels. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com, or follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/terry.spear .

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Review: A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing by Terry Spear

Reviewed by Susan S.

This novel will burn you with sexual fire then douse you with its humor. It’s funny, yet sexy, and everything you’d hope for in a paranormal romance. With a little something extra!

Summary: Werewolf Series, Book 9

Note: To learn more about the heroine and her brother you can read To Tempt the Wolf. This novel stands on its own, but thought I’d mention it in case you wanted more.

Meara Greymere’s alpha brother is away and she’s what’s the word? Relieved. Liberated from being under his toe pads. Meara has only two weeks to find a mate without her obstinate brother (Hunter) running off would-be possible mates. It seems that no one’s ever good enough for his sister. And if we’re talking about Hunter’s very single, ex-Navy SEAL brothers, then the answer is an even more emphatic, “No-way-in-hell!”

Finn Emerson (hero) knows the ground rules: His best friend’s sister is off-limits. And even though some lines shouldn’t be crossed, Finn has no choice! He’s the only one qualified to keep Meara safe. There’s an assassin or two or three that’s after the SEAL team, and it won’t be long before their loved ones are targeted. Since Hunter’s gone for an entire two weeks, anything can happen (can’t tell you where Hunter, is that’s a first-class spoiler if you haven’t read book three).

Can Finn protect a sexy alpha she-wolf from the bad guys? Of. Course! He’s an alpha and an ex-Navy SEAL. But can he protect her while abiding by the do-not-touch-my-sister rule Hunter’s enforcing? Most importantly, can Emerson deny Meara’s screaming/pleading pheromones? Umm…that’s going to be ALOT harder than fighting off assassins.

Review: This novel was suspenseful, yes. Hot? Oh-I’ll get to that! But it was also funny. Clearly, no one’s ever told Meara that one capful of bubble bath solution is “enough” to create bubbles. The notes regarding possible mates in her notebook made me laugh. It comes off like a lady’s version of a man’s black book. And then there’s the heroine falling asleep while reading. What was she reading? Heart of the Highland Wolf. Gee, wonder who wrote that? Too cute.

Now, let’s talk heat level. It’s over-the-limit! In case you’re wondering, that’s a good thing. There’s the scene where Finn’s checking the clothes on Meara’s body for electronic bugs. Loved that part! The S’mores kisses are yummy, too. And then comes one of many pant worthy scenes. This one contains (I believe the technical term is) frottage, but I like to refer to it as…dry humping.

There’s only one thing I was expecting which didn’t occur. When Hunter finds out that Finn’s putting the moves on his sister, I thought punches would fly, bones would break, and there’d be an explosion of expletives. Actually, Hunter’s reaction was completely unexpected. Maybe those dark paranormals are making me blood-thirsty; I wanted a fight! Lol.

Recommendations: If you enjoy the forbidden love tropes, then I highly recommend this novel. Now, if you’re a reader who can’t get enough of virile alphas-you’ll love Finn. His snout is “always” in the gutter! Also for paranormal romance and romantic suspense lovers.

Favorite Character: Finn He’s my #2 on my favorite alphas list in Terry’s Werewolf Series. I was going to leave it at that, but I know how curious minds work. So I’ll tell you where to find my #1, he’s inside book five.

Others in the Series:

Disclaimer: I received this novel free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

Review-O-Meter Rating: ★★★★★

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Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc., Copyright 2012, Paranormal Romance, Print Pages 326, ISBN-13# 978-1-4022-5890-9.

When the Alpha’s Away, the She-wolf Will Play

Guest post by Terry Spear, author of A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing

Now, first, I must make it perfectly clear that an alpha male and female wolf mate for life, and that my werewolves do the same. So what is this implying? That a she-wolf is straying?

Nope! This is Meara Greymere, Hunter’s sister, and they’re from the gorgeous coast of Oregon where they moved after a forest fire had burned the pack’s homes in California in To Tempt the Wolf.

In To Tempt the Wolf, Meara was searching for a mate, and several fans were hopeful that she would find one. But Hunter has always been an obstacle in her finding the right man to do the job. So now that his mate, Tessa, has convinced him to take her on a honeymoon to Hawaii, the she-wolf, Meara, is ready to play.

She has the whole plan worked out. Hunter and Tessa have left her in charge of the cabin resort on the coast, and she’s filling them up with bachelor alpha males—wolf types, as fast as she can because she has only two weeks to find the right guy with no interference from Hunter.

The plan’s working! Hunky alpha male, Bjornolf Jorgenson, arrives on the scene and she’s interested. Very interested. Until she realizes one of Hunter’s SEAL team mates is also in her cabin, Finn Emerson, and he’s there to protect her from danger. Yeah, you know, alpha male wolf line if you ever heard one, right?

But it’s true! He’s there to protect and to serve. And man does he know how to serve. She’s not about to fall for one of Hunter’s SEALs though. No way, Jose. Why? Because none of them have a settle-down-and-find-a-mate bone in their body. So he’s not even on her list of mateable prospects and there is no way he is going to mess this up for her.

Remember, she has only two weeks to look over a bevy of hunky alpha wolves before her brother returns and puts a halt to the whole thing.

But Finn has other ideas. She’s either crashing Hunter’s honeymoon where HE can protect her, not cool, or she is staying with Finn.

And staying with him is going to get her…and him, into a lot of hot water. Believe me. The sexual tension between the two is sizzling!!

It’s all my editor’s fault, really! Deb Werksman loved that Hunter was a SEAL in book 3, and so she remarked that it would be cool if he was part of a SEAL team of wolves. Yes!

I kept that in the back of my mind and when so many asked me to write Meara’s story, I knew it was perfect. Who better to tame her wild and impulsive ways but an equally wild and untameable SEAL? Ah yes, opposites attract, right? Or do they? Maybe two wild and impulsive wolves will do the trick. Or not.

Remember, he’s not settling down. The sea’s in his blood. And she’s definitely land bound.

And never the twain shall meet. Except when danger lurks and the sexual tension erupts and well, you just never know what will happen when the alpha male is away and the she-wolf comes out to play!

Would you be interested in playing with one hot SEAL of the alpha wolf variety?

A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing Cover

A SEAL IN WOLF’S CLOTHING BY TERRY SPEAR – IN STORES MARCH 2012

Her instincts tell her he’s dangerous…

While her overprotective brother’s away, Meara Greymere’s planning to play—and it wouldn’t hurt to find herself a mate in the process. The last thing she needs is one of his SEAL buddies spoiling her fun, even if the guy is the hottest one she’s ever seen…

His powers of persuasion are impossible to resist…

Finn Emerson is a battle-hardened Navy SEAL and alpha wolf. He’s a little overqualified for baby-sitting, but feisty Meara is attracting trouble like a magnet…

As the only responsible alpha male in the vicinity, Finn is going to have to protect this intriguing woman from a horde of questionable men, and definitely from himself…

Experience the sensual, action-packed, critically acclaimed world of Terry Spear, author of a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Terry Spear has written a dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. An award-winning author, Terry’s Heart of the Wolf  was named a Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear is a librarian by day and spends every spare moment writing paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on new paranormal romances! For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com/.

GIVEAWAY: I have 2 copies of A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing up for grabs! Comment to enter. Open to US and CAN readers. Last day to enter: March 9, 2012.