Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Love this Review!--Long and Short Reviews
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (365 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
Dreaming of the Wolf has the most adorable wolfie on the cover and I wanted to scratch his ears. Realizing that the cover represented the delectable Jake Silver in the story made it very plausible that Jake was a very handsome and capable man. I love it when a cover can capture the essence of one of the characters. Jake was a delight. He was yummy, forceful, quite protective and he was an alpha. He also did artwork with flowers. Talk about a dichotomy. I liked how initially he went with his gut and how later on he realized that there was more than simply attraction going on. He was falling in love. Alphas never do it the easy way though. Oh no, he has to fight mob connections for her and as a reader might guess, it’s an uphill battle. Jake is great in battle. The author did a wonderful job of depicting the hero as a capable and effective fighter – when given the chance. Nothing more fascinating to watch than a protector being thwarted and when he finally gets a chance to go all out, the scenes were exciting, tightly written and full of wonderful wolf mojo.
The beneficiary of all that glorious testosterone is Alicia. The author has quite a few surprises in store for the heroine and readers alike. I tremendously enjoyed how Ms. Spear had Alicia’s life spin out of control all while orchestrating her being in Jake’s sphere of influence to the point where the heroine finally gets the feeling that things could possibly go right for a change. However a lot of wrong has to happen first. While that is happening, a reader gets to see her test her mettle against big bad guys, amazing and scary revelations and a man who she can’t help falling in love with. She tries, oh yes she does because she felt she needed to ‘save’ him and protect him from herself. What a wonderful set up for an awakening to love and all that entails. Alicia is also really sweet especially when she focuses on one fact other than what Jake expected – it endeared her even more to the hero and it made me feel more connected to the heroine. What must it be like to be faced with that many unknowns and to want to be elated but end up being worried instead. Talk about emotional angst, and Ms. Spear hit the target on every one. I felt the heroine’s fear, pain, excitement and joy. Now that’s real storytelling.
Ohmigosh, I loved this review!
One of the most fun scenes I wrote was when Alicia shifts in the art gallery. The staff want to go home, much like when I work at the library and it's closing time and guess what? Someone decides to use the bathroom. And won't come out. And we're late closing up. So I thought how would they feel if a woman is in the bathroom and won't come out? But if they find out why...everyone is in mucho trouble.
:) Yes, fantasy does mimic reality! :)
So what would you do in a case like that? Can't get your wolfishness under control and the staff want to kick you out?
Such is the fun of writing fantasy, getting the characters into big-time trouble, and trying to figure out a way to get them out. :)
I have some more review ARCs if anyone writes reviews on Goodreads or has a review blog and would like a copy! :)
"Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality."