Terry Spear has been on my ‘to-read’ list for a while, and I’m not ashamed to admit the half-naked men accompanied by a wolf on the covers swayed it for me. Even though it was slightly superficial to want to read a book based on the abs of a faceless man, I was quickly invested in the story and it’s the writing and the characters that kept me interested.
Carol, a newly turned Werewolf also has the unwanted ability of premonitions. Her recent visions show Werewolves being unable to transform back into their human form from a virus and fearing this, she’s been fighting the change for five months. Being a newly turned wolf and a rare female wolf at that, the Pack leader pushes Carol to find a mate to help guide her and protect her. Enter Chaz/Chester (he likes to be called Ryan) who is the Alpha of the neighbouring Pack, and a PI who has been sniffing around intrigued with Carol since meeting her just before she was bitten, and cannot get her off his mind. After an attempted kidnapping, it’s agreed that Ryan will become a bodyguard for Carol. There is a mutual attraction, but Ryan could never be with a woman who is not interested in embracing her inner Wolf and he also doesn’t trust her visions. On the other side, Carol doesn’t want to be with someone who doesn’t believe in her. But when a virus breaks out amongst the wolves, the pack turn to Carol for an answer and with Ryan they must search for a cure, all the time becoming closer and denying their attraction to one another.
This is the sixth book in the Heart of the Wolf series, but my first. Even though sometimes it might feel like you should know some of the characters already, it doesn’t hinder the enjoyment of the book at all. We go on the journey with Carol and we learn with her about the Wolf culture.
Carol is a fantastic heroine, I liked her immediately. She is a strong courageous female, she stands with her head held high and doesn’t apologise for who she is. With Ryan also being a stubborn Alpha it makes for some really great dialogue and chemistry between them, and I liked that her Alpha-ness was something Ryan truly admired in her. I really enjoyed them both having to overcome a hurdle within themselves, Carol needs to trust her inner wolf and Ryan needs to believe in Carol’s abilities.
Ryan may not be the usual Alpha male, but that made him far more interesting than the overly brooding/aggressive type. I loved the fact that when pack members have sex they are mated to each other for life, and this introduces a tangible sexual tension which really came alive on the pages. Ooh!
The Pack is like a huge welcoming family, and it gave me some warm fuzzies reading about them. They may not be perfect, but the love they have for each other is very clear and it made me smile more than once. While some characters are not the focus of the story, I definitely wanted to know more about them because of how well fleshed out they are.
There is so much happening in this book, but the author doesn’t confuse us. Instead her writing is clear and flowing and we are able to follow the plot without feeling like we are missing details. The storyline is very involving and I was anxious to reach the conclusion. I did however feel like it took a long time for the wolf virus, which we knew was coming, to occur and the cause is never really explained. But aside from that, Wolf Fever is a well written PNR. I was hooked immediately, I know I’ll be following this series from now on and plan to start from the beginning. This is one instance where I was happy to judge a book by its cover!
This is an engaging paranormal romance with really solid characters. The suspense may be slightly slow in coming, but the lead up to it is enjoyable and the story is soon full of action. The romance is full of wonderful tension, and I was rooting for our heroes to get a HEA every step of the way. A great book to read on these winter nights.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Heart of the Wolf
- Destiny of the Wolf
- To Tempt the Wolf
- Legend of the White Wolf
- Seduced by the Wolf
- Wolf Fever
- Heart of the Highland Wolf
- Dreaming of the Wolf
- A Seal in Wolf’s Clothing
- A Howl for a Highlander
- A Highland Wolf Wedding
- A Seal Wolf for Christmas
- Silence of the Wolf
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