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: ★★☆☆☆

Buy: A Highland Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf Book 15)

Excerpt: The Midwife’s Moon by Leona Bushman

Midwife's Moon_200x300Blurb:

An ex-lover on trial, life as a newly formed werewolf, and a passion kindled; what’s a girl to do? Released from depraved control of a psychotic lupa, free to find his mate, and a passion kindled; what’s a man to do?

Lisa Sanchez is having a bad couple of years. She was betrayed by her lover and made into a werewolf but she’s making the best of her new life…except when it comes to love. Lisa is out of luck in that department until Lance arrives in her not-so-perfect life.

Lance Navarro once saved his mate from the clutches of his ruthless pack leader by hiding her in a rival pack. Then the packs merged and things got interesting.

Can Lisa accept that Lance is to be her new mate, and get past the betrayal of the last wolf who made promises? Can Lance protect her from the vindictive pack leader? Or will they end up sharing an early grave?

Buy: The Midwife’s Moon (The War of the Weres Book 2)

Except:

His hands started shaking, his breathing hitched, and his senses came to full alert. What’s triggered my wolf? Cautious even though he didn’t sense immediate danger, he began searching his surroundings. As his heart rate increased and a surge of sexual excitement hit him, he panicked. Had his time with Roxy made him so sick he equated danger with sex?

That can’t be right. He always feared sex with Roxy. His body reacted, but his mind never got excited. Wary now, he sniffed the air and all at once, it hit him. She was nearby. His mate. The one who didn’t know him, but he knew her wolf form. The sound of gentle laughter trickled in the wind, engorged with sadness to his ears. Melancholy he recognized, for he’d laughed like that. Laughed and smiled to hide the pain.

Now his heart restricted and plugged his ears as a roaring sound filled them. His wolf snarled within him and wanted to attack whatever caused such sadness in his mate. He walked faster, wanting a glimpse of the woman who was his mate. Still he couldn’t see her. A group of people walked ahead of him nearly to the door. She must be among them. Worried he’d lose her, he started to run, and the fear from the group escalated. They moved inside quickly with only a man turning his face to him.

Lance slowed back to a walk and went in, his shoulders hunched, hands in pockets to appear unthreatening. The warehouse, jammed from one end to the other except around the center raised half-circle, echoed with voices, shouts, anger, jealousy, and fright. He tried to pinpoint the fright as it felt so misplaced. Every wolf in here should smell the fear and react, yet only he seemed concerned.

A loud clanging in his head nearly drove him to his knees. An old-fashioned clock with metal ticking noises had taken up residence in his eardrums and did not look to be leaving any time soon. He fisted his hands in his pockets and looked around. Was he the only one who could hear the minutes counting down?

The crowd around him receded, and the noise in his eardrums became his focus. He followed his instincts and moved slowly as if in a dream. A petite woman in a black overcoat stood in front of him. He reached out to touch her shoulder, but she turned and looked at him.

Her eyes widened in shock as did his. His hand, still suspended where he’d intended to touch her to get her attention, moved up to her bronze cheek, caressing softly. The deep brown eyes gazed at him in wonder before closing up to him. He saw it as clear as day even as he told himself he imagined it. She hadn’t moved, hadn’t flinched, but she had closed down—except for the one brilliant moment when their souls met.

Buy: The Midwife’s Moon (The War of the Weres Book 2)

Bio: Leona Bushman goes by many names but the most well-known one is superhero. She earned this name from saving a kangaroo from a tree—and yes that is as hard as it sounds. The dragons taught their queen how to write, and Queen Leona hasn’t looked back, even when her muse tries to muck things up.

She can be found goofing off and loving dragons and other creatures of the supernatural at these places:

Twitter: @L_Bushman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLeonaBushman

My Writing Process

Guest blog by Kristin Miller, author of Gone with the Wolf

First, I have to say thank you for having me on your lovely blog today! I get asked a lot what my writing process is like and where I write, so I thought I’d take some time to break that down.

As for my process, it’s pretty simple. Usually a scenario or scene strikes me first, and I stew for a bit on how to mold that scene into a book. It’s like looking at a piece of wall art, deciding that you love it and want to buy it, then trying to imagine where you’d hang it in your house. You’ve had that happen before, right? Yup, it feels exactly like that. After a few days a character takes shape, and for me, it’s usually the hero. I keep a notebook for each book I write, and as the scenes and characters grow, I write them down. Within a week or so, I have the hero and heroine mapped out (their physical description, emotional baggage, former relationships and how they changed them, etc.), a few key scenes that need to happen in the book for the characters to grow, and the big black moment that’ll tear the hero and heroine apart.

Easy, right? 😉

As for where I write, take a look:

Kristin Millers desk

The notes for my current work sit to my left, my cup of coffee to my right, and a box of general writing stuff (contracts, notes from previous books, etc.) behind the laptop. I wish I could get rid of that gigantic printer, scanner, fax machine to my far right, but the cord that came with the machine is too short to allow it to be at my feet. (Had I known, I would’ve invested my cash elsewhere.) The desk sits in my living room so that I can write while my kids play. It’s difficult to get work done when I’m constantly breaking up fights and getting snacks from the pantry, but I’d rather know what my munchkins are doing than be locked away in an office where they’re left to their own devices. :shudder: I also have a tiny canvas hanging on the wall in front of me that reads: your story matters…tell it. When something in the writing process becomes difficult, I glance up remind myself that I have to keep plugging along.

Every now and again I take my laptop and run to my nearest Starbucks to write. I order a Grande Zebra Mocha, sit in the corner, and type away. :) Those writing days usually turn out to be the best (though they’re few and far between) with clean words and pages written quickly.

Gone with the Wolf was mostly written at my desk. Drake Wilder, the CEO Alpha werewolf hero, came to me first and Emelia Hudson, his carefree secretary came to me second. I knew I wanted to create an ememies-to-lovers relationship, and I knew they were going to be perfect for one another, even though they’d fight me on that idea to the very end.

gone with the wolf

Gone with the Wolf

By Kristin Miller

Entangled Publishing – April 2013

CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.

What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…

Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.

Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…

When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.

Title: Gone with the Wolf
Author: Kristin Miller
Publisher: Entangled
Imprint: Covet
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 207 pages
Release Date: April 23, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-144-2

Buy: Gone with the Wolf

kristin millerAuthor Information

Kristin Miller has had a passion for language and literature her whole life. Born and raised in northern California, she often made up stories about faraway places and edge-of-your-seat adventures. After graduating from Humboldt State University, Kristin taught high school and middle school English, married her college sweetheart, and had two beautiful munchkins. In 2008, she took time off from teaching to raise her children, and started writing while they napped.

Her first novel was published in 2011, and since then she has had seven other novels published (mostly paranormal romances). She is the author of Gone with the Wolf with Entangled Publishing, the dark and gritty Vampires of Crimson Bay series with Avon, and the short-but-steamy Isle of Feralon novellas with Harlequin Nocturne Cravings.

Author Website:www.kristinmiller.net

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/AuthorKristinMiller

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KM_Miller

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/kristinmiller

Buy: Gone with the Wolf

Tour Giveaway

Kristin is giving away a Gone with the Wolf themed prize pack to one lucky winner! Prize pack includes:

  • Gone with the Wolf swag including a custom made beaded bookmark
  • Seattle’s Best coffee & Starbucks travel mug
  • Ghiradelli chocolates
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Review: Killer in Wolf’s Clothing by Kelli A. Wilkins

Killer in Wolf’s ClothingReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This is a book that you will need an open mind in order to read. It is a M/M romance with some BDSM. Just because it’s a gay romance don’t let that stop you from reading this story.

Greg and Larry are playing some bedroom games 😉 Kelli shows her readers that Greg and Larry can be like any loving couple. But then you’ll find that she has added a paranormal twist to her story.

Deke is someone who’s not very happy with Greg. Wait until you see the kind of appetite he has – and I’m not just talking about food. One great thing about paranormal authors is that nothing is off limits – the sky’s the limit. Anything is possible and there are no boundaries.

Kelli could have gone the easy route and just made the story about Greg and Larry. But she has given us a mystery plot and the guys need to solve it. For me, it’s the mystery that keeps me turning the page not all the sex. Don’t get me wrong that sex is great in a story but for me there has to be more than just that to hold my attention.

The impressive thing is that Kelli gets her tale done in less than one hundred pages. And when you have finished reading it, you won’t feel cheated. She does a great job of keeping you interested. You will not want to put this down until you have read it from the first page until the last. I’m a fan and can’t wait to read more of her work.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: Airship Seduction by Camryn Rhys

Airship SeductionReviewed by Sandra Scholes

It is expected that some novels will have a couple of elements in them that conflict with the overall characters, but this novel is a surprise in itself. An empath demon, an alpha werewolf, and a whole host of deadly assassins are in the mix during the turmoil of a Victorian war on magic, and Sacha Camomescro has to rescue unfortunate refugees from the danger they are facing. She is an empath demon who meets Javier Vargas, a werewolf, who happens to be the alpha male of his pack and together they seek justice on a higher level, even though his pack has been constantly picked off by the assassins and he is left with hardly any men to command.

Sacha is a more complex character than she seems. She can mind read others and this only gets in her way when she wants to get with a man for love – she can see his thoughts of other women when they kiss or make love, so she thinks she can never trust another man again. Javier is a different man again from the others, he does actually desire her and no other woman – maybe this is to do with his werewolf lineage. A rabid animal is blamed for Javier’s pack being decimated, but him coming under suspicion is the least of their worries.

Sensually explicit and well written, Airship Seduction is a trip through the Victorian Era where women were expected to be demure and proper, Sacha is none of these things and that is what makes her stand out from the crowd of women Javier has already bedded. She has the ability to fuel his fire, and he can’t get enough of her being around him – and even though she can read his mind, and what’s on it, she knows he only thinks of her when he is in the mood. She can tease him to the very depths of his imagination, yet she can also be a serious woman who wants to believe she can trust him as a lover as well as a friend.

This is one of the Ellora’s Cave: Twilight series of erotic romance novels. You are always guaranteed of an interesting read with one of these on your lap! It has an engaging plot that doesn’t deviate from the path of interest, and some sensual erotic scenes that will be burned into your mind-forever.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: The Wolf Who Loved Me by Lydia Dare

The Wolf Who Loved MeReviewed by Susan S.

Summary: Regency Werewolf Trilogy, Book One Have you ever wished for something you’ll never have? Like that Lamborghini Countach, or the eight bedroom beachside mansion. Well, Weston Hadley (hero) has grown accustomed to wishing for the unattainable. I know what you’re thinking. Pray tell, what does Hadley want that he can’t have? He wants… Lady Madeline Hayburn. What’s the idiom? If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.

Hadley’s loved Madeline for years, but all the wishing and wanting won’t alter the facts. She’s a duke’s daughter and he’s a penniless nobody. Since he can’t have her, he just plows through life with reckless abandon. Living his carefree existence of no responsibilities and total frivolity.

Until the day that Madeline sees him changing. And I don’t mean his clothes. I mean shifting from man to wolf. Causing both man and wolf to face what they’ve tried so hard to avoid… responsibility!

Musical Review: Just Let Me Be In Love by Tracy Byrd. Only difference is that Tracy sings about finding a way to mess things up, whereas Weston did that from the get-go.

Traditional Review: I enjoyed it too much when Wes absconded with Madeline. It was deliciously exciting! My heart pounded when the heroine’s father was tracking them. And surprisingly I had no problems with the hero’s beta status which I thought was going to turn me off. I found his irresponsible and fun nature enjoyable. Especially, when that very nature led to some rather disastrous events. It’s also funny that this wolf has absolutely no people skills whatsoever! None. He’s completely untamed.

I’ve grown so accustomed to Lydia Dare’s strong-willed heroines that Madeline’s weaker/pampered character took me by surprise. I would’ve preferred her to be a stronger heroine to the hero’s beta, but still applauded the times the heroine did show a backbone.

If the curiosity bug bit you-read on: You can find out how Weston got his facial scar by reading In the Heat of the Bite. I guarantee it’ll leave you speechless! It did me.

Recommendations: Like scarred heroes? Wes is such a hero.

For readers who love reckless and handsome beta wolves, the opposites attracting tropes, and the good-girl gone-bad heroines. Also for anyone who enjoys siblings teetering from conflict to camaraderie, but who at their very core are still loving and loyal.

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

What’s Next? Wolfishly Yours. (Grayson and Liviana’s story). Grayson is Weston’s twin brother.

Review-O-Meter Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: The Wolf Who Loved Me

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Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc., Copyright April 2012, Historical Regency Paranormal Romance, Mass Market Paperback, Print Pages 387. ISBN# 978-1-4022-6346-0.

Review: Cat Scratch Fever by Jodi Redford

Cat Scratch FeverReviewed by Susan S.

Summary: Lilly Prescott’s grandfather lost a whopping 60 acres of land during a poker game gone wrong. And who benefited? Dante Morgan’s father (Foster). Now Lilly will do anything to reclaim the property which should belong to her family. Not if, but when she gets the land, Lilly (heroine) plans to build a private retreat for the Lynchat Foundation. Oh, sorry `bout the oversight. Prescott is a lynx shifter.

The heroine is willing to pay reasonably for the land, but Dante’s not asking for money. And his wolfish proposition is something Lilly would never Ever consider. At least not with all her faculties intact.

With no love lost between Dante and Lilly, can a sexy wolf convince a feisty cat to play nice? Or will he become Lilly’s new scratching post?

Review: Whenever I begin a new Jodi Redford novel I know I’m in for a treat. If you’ve never read her books-you’re missing out on what I call triple-shot spicy reads. The author gives new meaning to lovin’ thy self. Phew! And in Cat Scratch Fever Redford continues her crowd-pleasing modus operandi. Just you wait and see!

I thought the suspense was great and I despised the antagonists. Which is precisely what I want to feel when the author writes them as they should be written-as extra nasty! I did feel though, that an epilogue could’ve added a little something extra to the story’s conclusion.

Thought Bubble: Here’s hoping that Dante’s cousin, Theo, can have his very own story someday. He’s a sheriff. (Insert saucy grin here).

Recommendations: For readers who zealously seek out those damsel-in-distress stories (which have the hero miraculously saving the day). Recommended for those with a fondness for the enemies (I want to murder him in his sleep) to lovers (I want mad-passionate-sex) tropes. Paranormal romance readers will get a kick knowing the H is a werewolf and the h is a lynx shifter. The erotic romantic elements play a pivotal role in the story. So if you love those erotic romances, you’ll no doubt love Cat Scratch Fever.

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

Review-O-Meter Rating: ★★★★½ (Plot: 4 and Erotic Romance: 5)

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Samhain Publishing, Ltd., Copyright 2012, eBook, Erotic Paranormal Romance, ISBN# 978-1-60928-770-2.

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.