"To Catch a Wolf" is both the first Krinard book and first werewolf book I've ever read - and I quite enjoyed it. The writing was crisp and elegant, and the story itself had interesting characters and a creative setting. I also understand it is part of a series, of which I am sure to read.
Set in Colorado in the late 1800s, "To Catch" revolves around two love triangles. The first includes ex-convict Morgan Holt (a werewolf who wants nothing to do with humans), crippled socialite Athena (a repressed werewolf), and snake charmer Tamar (a voluptuous circus freak with reptile skin). The second love triangle includes ruthless businessman Niall (Athena's human half-brother), horse tamer Caitlin (a pixy of a circus performer), and social climber Cecily (scheming her way up through false friendship).
The heroes are Morgan and Athena, who struggle to accept their love for one another. Their challenges are more mental in nature: Morgan was imprisoned for a crime he cannot forget while Athena is not only crippled in body, but also in spirit, and doesn't even realize it. This is a story about how love heals all types of wounds.
I thoroughly enjoyed Morgan. Krinard's descriptions of him, as either man or wolf, were beautifully sad, savage, and majestic. As for the heroine - at first, I was annoyed with Athena and all her self-serving charities, but as her inner wolf began to show, I began to soften toward her. I couldn't wait for them to finally come together.
Although I really enjoyed this book, there were a couple things that bothered me. For one, while Krinard writes elegantly and rather creatively, she also tended to overwrite, resulting in some scenes and dialogue that dragged a bit. She also "overwrote" a couple characters, too, especially Niall, who started off as a great anti-hero, but ended up a crazy jerk (though I think we're supposed to like him; after all, Caitlin did). Another major problem I had was with Morgan's secret. When it was finally revealed, I did not think his crime was worth all the guilt and unhappiness heaped upon him.
However, I was pleased to see that these werewolves were not the ugly, murderous monsters you see in the movies. Most of the time, as werewolves, Morgan and Athena wander around in wolf form, doing wolf things, like running with the pack, mating for life, etc. Very romantic.