Book pick: D.B. Reynold’s ‘Heart of the Wolf’ a keeper July 5, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Reviews/summaries.
Tags: D.B. Reynolds, Heart of the Wolf, werewolves
Back after a long holiday weekend with a great book pick from Dot in New York. Now Dot — a regular contributor to this blog — is actually our vampire expert. But she reads A LOT and this time has a nifty write-up on D.B. Reynolds’ latest — HEART OF THE WOLF, an e-book from Siren Publishing. As always — a big thanks to Dot for the book pick!!
D.B. Reynolds is on the top of my list as favorite authors. Her Vampires in America Series is getting 4 and 5 stars on Amazon and she has No. 3 in the series ready to debut in paperback this month. (CLICK HERE to read Dot’s review of that series!) When I heard that she was writing a werewolf e-novella for the erotic publisher Siren I truly didn’t know what to expect. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am sure a writer can change fantasy heroes but could my favorite writer do it justice? I was not disappointed in HEART OF THE WOLF. (Disclaimer: I received this advance reader copy from the author with no expectations of comment or review.)
Synopsis from the publisher:
Kathryn Avinger is a werewolf, daughter of the North American Alpha. Young, beautiful and obedient to her Alpha’s will, Kathryn was married off 10 years ago to a much older and wealthy human, finding herself neatly trapped in an abusive prison of money and privilege.
Renjiro Roesner is a powerful and charismatic wolf, an enforcer for Kathryn’s father … and, once upon a time, Kathryn’s promised husband. Returning from a mission to find Kathryn married and gone, Renjiro left the country, bitter and betrayed. But when someone tries to murder Kathryn at her husband’s funeral, Renjiro comes home to protect the only woman he ever loved.
Reynolds gives us true werewolves and not just dressed-up humans. The human werewolf persona is always aware of the wolf inside. Even Kathryn who has been hiding her wolf in the human world. I have never read a werewolf book that had more insight into the wolf. There is a mystery (who is trying to kill Kathryn?), sexual tension (Oh yeah!), violence, action, and even sleazy characters, but the pay off is the love story. Werewolves know their mates and the pursuit is paramount. Ren (I’m happy the author calls him Ren since I can’t pronounce Renjiro) is our fantasy of a werewolf hero, strong, protective, sexy as all get out. Kathryn is an equally strong heroine, fighting for independence after being subjugated to a monster husband. Siren catagorizes the sex as “sizzling.” I’m not gonna argue that at all.
Even more than story, sex and action, with Reynolds we are also treated to wonderful prose. Here are the opening two sentences of her novella:
“The angels wept, beautiful faces ravaged with grief, tears coursing down perfect cheeks to fall unheeded on the body cradled between them. Kathryn Avenger gazed up at the huge sculpture and wondered if even the angels could find it in them to weep today.”
My only complaint: The story ended too soon. I wanted more, more, more. I wanted to know more about the Alpha father of Kathryn, I wanted more about Tommy the bodyguard. Hopefully D.B. will give us more werewolves in the future.