CALL OF THE WILDS
Rating: 4 Cups
Karin is a veterinarian, raised in the city, who has always loved wolves. She is now working at a wildlife refuge in the aptly named Black Wolf Gorge. She considers the local Sheriff a friend, but he wants more from her.
Malcolm is a lone wolf in more ways than one. He moved to Black Wolf after the murder of his wife and family. He blames himself, but he was caught in a leg trap at the time. Ironically, he is a black wolf shapeshifter.
The people of Black Wolf have an irrational hatred for the creatures that gave the town its name. When a hiker is killed, purportedly by a wolf, all of the wolves in her refuge are at risk, particularly the wounded wolf she is caring for. She feels uneasy, except in the company of local craftsman Malcolm Connor. There is an instant and strong attraction, but Malcolm is more than he seems and his past will put both of them in danger.
This is a very suspenseful and sometimes violent story. I really liked Malcolm and Karin, but the other characters were cruel, disturbing and downright scary. I could not feel bad when any of them met a less than happy end. The plot is fast moving and very intense, particularly in the love scenes between Malcolm and Karin. The complications from his past make Malcolm seem a bit weak, but the author has an excellent sense of justice.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More