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Monday, June 27, 2011

Heart of the Highland Wolf by Terry Spear

Title: Heart of the Highland Wolf
Author: Terry Spear
ISBN: 978-1-4022-4552-7
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: June 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genre: Paranormal Romance- Scotland
Pages: 416
How I read it: Mass Market Paperback ARC from the publishers
Rating: 4.5 Crowns


Modern day werewolf laird Ian MacNeill reluctantly allows a film production company to use his castle, but he knows his secretive clan has a big problem when a beautiful read werewolf female who insists she’s working on the film keeps showing up in the wrong places…


Julia Wildthorn is not who she says she is--she’s sneaking into Argent Castle to steal an ancient relic for her grandfather and to do research for her next werewolf romance novel. When she catches a glimpse of Ian, she realizes he’s the perfect hero…
(from the back of the arc)

My Review:

Julia Wildthorn, werewolf romance writer, has writer’s block. When she discovers that the film crew her friend, Maria, works with is looking for a castle to film at, Julie knows the perfect place, Argent Castle. What better place then a castle to overcome writers block, at least that is the guise that she uses to convince Maria to let her play assistant while the movie is being filmed. Although Julia has a more personal reason for wanting an all access pass into to the halls of Argent and that reason comes in the form of a mission from her grandfather to retrieve that once belonged to their ancestors hidden in the walls of Argent.

Laying eyes in Ian, she realizes that her story may be closer to truth than the fiction she is known to write.

Ian MacNeill is a secretive Highland laird with two goals. Protect his clan. Protect his clans secret. For those two things, he will fight to the death. Therefore, when one of his brothers enters into a faulty investment scheme, circumstances demand that Ian raise a small fortune to ensure that he maintains hold of Argent Castle. Unfortunately, dire circumstances calls for dire measures, and in Ian’s case, this comes in the form of allowing a film crew access to the grounds of Argent.

Ian has already informed the film crew that no one, and he means NO ONE, is to be on the grounds without his permission, and under no circumstances are they permitted access to the castle. With that statement being released, Ian is left wondering why Julia is constantly stalking the propriety.

What will happen when the truth is revealed?

My Thoughts:

This is the first book that I have read by Terry Spear, and I have to say that it will not be my last. When I received this book in the post for review, I had the intention to just read the description on the back, flip through the first few pages, and then place it in my tbr pile. None of that happened. Instead of just a quick look over, I found myself hooked and had to read more than what was offered in the blurb. I ended up reading the book in one sitting.
Aside from the fact that they were werewolves, the characters are believable and I found myself wanting to know more about who they were and the story they had to tell. They were layered and you could feel the tension, the attraction, and the suspicion that Ian and Julia held for each other. The chemistry between the characters was brilliant and I believe that enhanced the novel greatly.

We also have a brilliant collection of secondary characters in the form of Ian’s brothers and Julia’s friend Maria and that added depth and insight to the story and I found that I wanted to know more about them as well.

The plot was very well maintained, fast paced, and completely and utterly fascinating. HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLF, is one of those read me now novels. The kind that you pick up and devour start to finish. The perfect summer novel!

Please checkout this lovely Q&A with Terry Spear and enter to win a copy of HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLF, HERE!

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