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Once a Wolf [Kindle Edition]

Susan Krinard
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Book Description

His love was wild...  his soul untamed...  his touch forbidden....

From acclaimed author Susan Krinard comes the second novel in a magnificent trilogy of a powerful clan whose sensual legacy is cloaked in secrecy-and a beautiful woman kidnapped by an outlaw whose forbidden embrace could reveal her true identity.... Once a Wolf

In the unspoiled expanses of the American West, Tomás Alejandro Randall was called El Lobo, the desperado and sworn enemy of powerful financier Cole MacLean.  Few humans knew his true identity: heir to a wolf bloodline that made him as much an exotic beast as a devastatingly attractive man.  It was Tomás's plan to lure Cole MacLean's elegant fiancée, Lady Rowena Forster, from her New York mansion to the wild frontier.  There he planned to seduce the golden-haired beauty as revenge for the destruction of his family at MacLean's hands. But once she was in his possession, El Lobo found himself unable to resist the call of his own untamed passion-a passion that would claim the beauty for his own.  As for Lady Rowena, she desperately hid her own wolf heritage behind an icy, controlled exterior. Yet the famous "Lady Ice" found her inhibitions melting and her true nature emerging in the presence of this handsome desperado.  Both knew the danger of their pairing, but their wild hearts would risk everything-even death-for a chance at everlasting love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 888 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553580213
  • Publisher: Bantam (21 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SXIF3Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #721,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought this was an extremely enjoyable book and handled the subject of love dispite obstacles very well. It was an easy read - one for when you want to relax and unwind. The storyline was very fluid and didn't jump around although still retained its twists and turns. I look forward to reading more!
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11 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but many incorrect facts which jars! 17 Mar. 2001
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I enjoyed this book - to a point. The problem was that there were several facts in it which weren't correct. For example, in England (and I recognise that most people who will read this book are from the US, cos this is a US edition) the term dowager is used in relation to a lady (ie titled) whose husband is deceased, thus accounting for the "Dower House" on most hereditary (or ex-hereditary) properties. However, here this term is used for a middle aged woman whose husband is said to be well and truly alive! I enjoyed this book otherwise, but I can only dread how many other incorrect facts which I did not pick up on were in there. I just found these annoyances to be too much (further, in the first book in this series, she gets the origin of the word 'burn' wrong also - it is Scottish!). If you can put up with an author who doesn't do her research properly then this is the book for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great paranormal romance 5 July 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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Unable to heed her brother Braden's orders to marry a fellow werewolf for the good of the Cause (see TOUCH OF THE WOLF), Lady Rowena Forster fled England for America. By 1878, Rowena is tutoring young ladies in New York City and engaged to wealthy financier Cole MacLean. However, Cole's enemy Tomas "El Lobo" Randall has other plans for Rowena. While Cole is away on business, Tomas persuades Rowena to head West to save the life of her twin brother Quentin.

However, now that the outlaw El Lobo has hidden Cole's fiancee in the middle of New Mexico Territory, he finds himself mesmerized by her. Instead of an aloof society lady, she, like him, is a werewolf allowing her animalistic nature to surge through her heart. As Tomas and Rowena fall in love, Cole follows them because no one steals a possession of his, especially his family's long time enemy.

ONCE A WOLF, the second tale in Susan Krinard's historical werewolf romantic trilogy, is a wonderful supernatural story. The story line takes loup garou elements and successfully plants them inside a western romance. The lead couple is a warm blooded duo while the support cast provides insight into the era as well as enhancing the paranormal elements. Fans of werewolf romances or western romances will fully enjoy Ms. Krinard's blending of the two sub-genres into an exciting novel.

Harriet Klausner
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful love story! 14 July 2000
By Karen K. - Published on
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Susan Krinard has outdone herself with Once a Wolf, the sequel to Touch of the Wolf! While I was prepared to enjoy the story of Lady Rowena Forster, who was introduced in Touch of the Wolf, I was instantly enthralled in this story that has proven to be a vivid, explosive western romance.
Lady Rowena has been kidnapped by Tomas Alejandro Randall, known in the West as the outlaw El Lobo, in revenge for the murder of his parents by Cole MacLean, Lady Rowena's fiance. But Lady Rowena only knows Cole as a wealthy financier who has, like herself, distained his werewolf blood.
Thus begins a journey filled with danger and dangerous passions, and the uncovering of many deceits and lies. Rowena and Tomas must find their way through this intricate maze and try to understand the powerful feelings each feels for the other. This is a marvelous love story that will not disappoint the reader on any level. Ms. Krinard is a very talented writer and you will be left with a yearning for the next tale and the hope that there will be many more!
Karen King
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Desmond Chan - Published on
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Susan Krinard's ONCE A WOLF revives the flagging lethargy that drowns the plot in many paranormal romances and is definitely one that enchants with its sweeping romance in the Wild Western frontier.
After Touch of the Wolf, it has been a long time that this sequel has arrived - and it does not disappoint. It tells of the identity crisis that Rowena Forster has with her animal instincts and under the deceitful Cole MacLean, she decides to abandon her roots and conform herself to the civilized society in England. Tomas Randall, who is also of the wolf descendent, are seeking vengeance on Cole who robbed him of his family. He kidnaps Rowena by tricking her on a visit to her brother, Quentin. Tomas is inexorably attracted to this Lady of Ice who hides her passion and desires behind her nonchalant facade.
The romance thrills with a surreal realm of the paranormal and breathes lush sensuality. But most importantly, the plot has tight pacing and wages emotional roller-coasters with readers. It speaks volume of the internal struggle in Rowena to follow her own heart and how Cole who despises his wolf heritage is ultimately the villain - the wolf in sheep's clothing. There is visual splendour - the wild west terrain is vividly portrayed against the blossoming passion. Towards the end, the poignancy envelops the reader and is sure to evoke tears from many readers.
Ms. Krinard has never been better since TOUCH OF THE WOLF - but perhaps her villains can get stereotypical easily. Cole sounds virulent enough but falls flat in the story with his unilateral emotions - hatred. The side characters like Weylin can be made more memorable. But these flaws cannot mar the undeniably passionate Once a wolf. It is no wonder romance readers are staying all night long to wolf down the story in one go.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Picked up near the end 6 Sept. 2000
By Sarah - Published on
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I have long been a Susan Krinard fan. I absolutely loved her first books, Prince of Wolves and Prince of Night, etc. and I also enjoyed reading Touch of the Wolf. For some reason, I did not get into Once a Wolf very much. The ending picked up and brought the book up to a 3 star rating for me, but I found the beginning and middle dragging by at a very slow pace. At one point, I looked up and found much to my chagrin that I was already on page 178 and nothing much had happened yet.
The last 50 or so pages are much more what I expected from a Krinard novel. All of the pieces of the puzzle came together and the characters all interacted beautifully. Six "main" characters and many lesser ones (villagers and extras) helped to bolster my interest. Actually, throughout the story I was more interested in Weylan, Esperanza and Sim then I ever was in Tomás or Rowena. Cole was just WAY too out there as a "bad guy" to empathize with at all. I suppose absolute power corrupts absolutely - or some such drivel, but he was really corrupt. It was interesting seeing Weylan's struggle for justice and how he had to handle his human and werewolf sides. Whereas the whole story was dedicated to explaining Rowena's coping with being a werewolf, it was Weylan I found interesting and wanted to read more about. Tomás just reminded me of a spoiled little boy who has, needs, and wants no responsibilities. Rowena changes this, and that is basically the crux of the story but I did not find it compelling reading.
This book is the second in a trilogy and I hope Quentin's story has more connections to the other characters in the other books. I would like to see Esperanza, Sim and Weylan again and maybe a larger tie to the werewolf community. What about Brandon and the European group? They are briefly mentioned, but that is all. I kept waiting for Quentin to make an appearance (since he was supposedly in the American West too) in this novel to help his sister, but to no avail. I like Ms. Krinard's writing, I just wished I liked this story more.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow First Half, Excellent Second Half 17 April 2002
By Sophie - Published on
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I'm having a tough time deciding how to rate "Once a Wolf" by Susan Krinard. It took me several days to get through the first 200 pages, which is absolutely unheard of for me. But after that it really picked up and I was captivated by the story, until I had finished the entire second half of the book in one sitting. So, though the first two hundred pages were slow reading, I feel that Krinard redeems herself with the exciting and well-written conclusion.
Lady Rowena Forster wants nothing to do with her werewolf - or loups-garous - blood. She fled England to New York several years ago, to escape an arranged marriage to a man she has never met. However, ironically, once in America, Rowena was wooed and is now engaged to the very man she was determined to avoid. Her fiancé, Cole MacLean, a fellow werewolf and wealthy financier, is a man who hides his cruel and murderess practices behind a veil of manners and wealth. Rowena would be appalled at the blood on her fiancé's hands, but she is completely unaware of who Cole really is.
Tomas Randall, also known as "El Lobo", is a lifelong enemy of Cole and the entire MacLean family, who murdered both his parents and stole his family's land. This dashing outlaw has dedicated his life to having his revenge on the MacLeans, and has decided to steal Cole's soon-to-be wife out from under his nose. Tomas convinces Rowena to go West with him, telling her that her twin brother Quentin needs her help.
But once Tomas has kidnapped Rowena, who hides behind her "Lady of Ice" exterior, he begins to see her less and less as a means to an end and more and more as a lovely, courageous, and compassionate woman. Rowena too finds her Lady of Ice appearance melting under the heat of the passion she feels for Tomas. And though they both fight against the tender and unfamiliar feelings they have for each other, they don't stand a chance against the power of their love.
But many things stand between Tomas and Rowena's happiness. Cole MacLean is determined to find his fiancé and get her back, because nobody, especially not a Randall, can get away with stealing something that belongs to him. And Cole will use any method necessary to catch "El Lobo" and claim his woman. So while they must find a way to neutralize Cole MacLean's threat, Tomas and Rowena must also work through their own insecurities and issues, and find the courage to express what they are feeling. Because neither of them are willing to tell the other how they truly feel, and they may just let their one chance at happiness slip away!
This western romance, set in 1878 contains a provocative and engaging love story, once it gets going. The beginning of the book may seem to drag on, or it may not, depending on the individual reader. It's not so much that the first half contains poor writing, it has beautiful descriptive settings and great character development, but it's just that nothing much really happens until the second half of the book. I've wavered back and forth between a three and a four star rating for this book (if I could I'd rate it ***1/2 stars), but in the end, I feel that the second half went a long way to redeeming the entire book, so four stars it is! "Once a Wolf" is an original and enjoyable book, and it is most definitely worth the read.
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