Heart of the Wolf, Book 19
**advance reader copy received via NetGalley**
“Well, he didn’t kiss me. I would have slapped his face had he done so, mind you.” Pepper shook her head. “No, you wouldn’t have.” “I would have! If you’d been watching.” – Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply, Terry Spear
Publisher’s Excerpt: Wolf shifter and park ranger Eric Silver is committed to his job policing spectacular San Isabel National Forest, and he’s hot on the scent of some mysterious wolves who are up to no good. When Eric’s investigation leads him to cross paths with forester Pepper Grayling, he’s fascinated to learn this she-wolf is her pack’s leader — strong, independent, and definitely not looking for a mate.
With unknown dangers on the prowl, Pepper is tempted to give in to her attraction to Eric and align her pack with his. But Pepper’s been pursued by many alpha males–all out to take over her pack and gain her hard-won territory–and Eric is a born leader. How does Eric earn the trust of a she-wolf who’s been betrayed so often in the past?
My Review: This was my first Terry Spear read, and it was definitely an interesting tale with a stunning cover. I enjoyed the strong female lead and the male lead who was fine running as second fiddle unless needed. I appreciate a full-length book because it gives the author room to move and maximize their wordcraft. The romance seemed to be a slow start, but once Eric and Pepper locked in they definitely ignited. I felt that wording in some sections was a little bit mundane, but the story was solid and the plot was strong. I would have to check out more books in the series to gauge the overall depth, but this was a pleasant two-day read.