The MacQuarrie werewolf clan has overseen the Playfair family’s Ardmore Castle for three centuries. So when a Playfair granddaughter from abroad inherits the estate, clan chief Grant MacQuarrie has to train her to manage it—and he’s not happy about having her in his way. Until the prim old lady he’s expecting turns out to be a sexy young wolf…
Colleen Playfair is excited and apprehensive about her new role at the castle, and she has big plans to change the way its run. But the stubborn Grant won’t make things easy, and she’s forced to turn to seduction to get her way…
Grant always joked and played with his clansmen when they were through with their work for the day. Well, even while they worked. But being with Colleen here like this felt different. For a moment, he didn’t feel like he served as the manager of her estates while she was the owner and taskmaster. He felt like a man with a woman on a Sunday jaunt in the glen. Except she wasn’t just any woman. She was a she-wolf, her cute little arse jiggling ahead of him as he climbed the hill to join her.
When he reached the top, she was trying to catch her breath and swayed a little. He grabbed her arm, and he didn’t know what came over him. But suddenly he was looking down into her smiling face, as if she was smiling at him, and he wanted in the worst way to kiss her.
She didn’t pull away from him, either.
He shouldn’t kiss her, but damn, he wanted to.
Still breathing hard, her heart beating fast, she placed her hand on his chest. He expected her to push him away, but she didn’t. She just stood there looking up at him, waiting for him to do something. He breathed in her scent, all woman and…interested.
They stood high on top of the hill overlooking the glen, the water rushing by, the sheep grazing on the green grass across the burn, and white clouds passing overhead against the blue sky.
He still had hold of her arm, but then he released her, cupped her face with both hands, and kissed her.
When his lips met hers, he knew he shouldn’t do this. He intended to make it sweet and unassuming, to quench some damnable need that he had to satisfy. He didn’t presume it would go anywhere, and he almost imagined it would be lame and unappealing—-after having built up the expectation that kissing that sweet mouth of hers would make his world spin and topple over. He hadn’t thought she’d crave the intimacy as much as he did. Yet when she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him back, she exhibited an eagerness that turned his world on end.
She was more than willing.
EXPECTATION: Highlanders, wolves, romance…the usual.
REACTION: First I’d like to say…wow I really should research books before I just jump right into them. I read this book not knowing it was part of a series. As it turns out it is number fourteen. The beginning of the novel was a bit strange for me due to the time period of the novel. (I did get used to it towards the middle/end of the novel). The present day time with the Scottish theme sort of threw me off. The writing and the voice throughout the novel sort of flips back and forth. The wolf aspect of the novel was something I hadn’t read in a Scottish novel, I really enjoyed it. I think specifying where Colleen was from in America was sort of pointless. I think it should have just said she was an American or from the East coast or something because when discussing Maryland – those scenes felt repetitive and unimportant to the plot line. Maybe it was just me but that’s how I feel about it. I did enjoy the romance between Colleen and Grant. I liked how they were playful and that Grant was protective of her once their relationship became evident. I do wish that the relationship had not done a 360 and was at a slower build up. I think it would have helped a bit with the realistic-ness of it. The kilts and the playfulness between the characters really made the book relatable. (Well not so much the kilts but that part was enjoyable). I am so happy that the plot line for the villain played out the way that I had anticipated it to. I could handle not being surprised because I enjoyed what happened to him. The shifter aspect of the novel seemed believable, which was a plus. There is some action in the beginning and end of the book which starts the pace as well as ends it nicely. The cover is nice, as far as the background. I like the picture of the wolf and the man in this cover is not super awkward. (I’m sorry for being such a cover snob – I just can’t help myself). But what bothers me about this cover is the text. The size and amount is just too much for my taste. Maybe if some of it was smaller it would be a bit more balanced but overall I like the cover. I’m giving this book a 3 stars. Overall, I enjoyed the novel. The characters were like able, the plot I loved (the highlanders and the shape shifters worked nicely), the pace was fine although a bit slow at times, and the romance was great. I think part of my hesitance on giving this a higher rating is that I felt like throughout the novel it was missing something, maybe world building, I’m not sure but I definitely would like to pursue some other novels from Spear and I should probably start at the beginning of this series to see what it is that I’m missing.
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USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 HEART OF THE WOLF was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.
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