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Touch of the Wolf [Kindle Edition]

Susan Krinard
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Book Description

His heart could be captured--but his passion could never be tamed....

From the acclaimed author of Prince of Shadows and Body and Soul comes the first novel in a powerful new trilogy, the story of a noble clan whose elegance belies a savage secret--and a man who will stop at nothing to preserve his family's dynasty forevermore--.

Braden Forster, Earl of Greyburn, has devoted his life to restoring the purity of his clan's werewolf blood. He spent years searching in vain for a distant American cousin, a woman whose pure wolf bloodline is a vital link in his family's heritage. Braden had thought Cassidy Holt was lost forever--until she appeared one rainy night on the steps of his London mansion...her raven hair in disarray, her skin scented with sunlight and sagebrush. As Braden whisks young Cassidy to his family's secluded country estate, both can sense their undeniable attraction. But Cassidy soon learns that they can never satisfy their mutual passion; Braden has already betrothed her to another. Her only hope of claiming the one man she'll always love is to unravel the dark and lustful secrets of his past--.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 932 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553580183
  • Publisher: Bantam (8 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00338063M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #575,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational! 1 July 2000
By A Customer
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Braden Forster, Earl of Greyburn had devoted his life to restoring the purity of his clan's werewolf blood, as his father did before him. Braden had spent years having agents search America for two cousins. Having failed, he believed the Holt children to be lost forever.
Cassidy's father and brother had left home, never to return while she was an extremely young child. Cassidy knew she was "loup-garou". But her mother had died before teaching Cassidy how to Change. All Cassidy wanted was to find her lost kin in London, learn how to do what she knew was within her, and never again be alone. With the help from one of her mother's friends, she made it to London. She fell in love with the dominant male, Braden. However, Braden had plans to marry Cassidy to his brother Quentin. Then there was Rowena, Quentin's twin. She was to marry an American she had never met, while being in love with another. To make matters harder, the Convocation was soon to be held. As loup-garou clans assembled from foreign countries, their wolf part begins to show.
***This is the first of a trilogy. Each book stands alone as a story and it is pretty obvious who the next two books will star - and I can hardly wait! I urge everyone to find this book! It could not have been better! Danger, challenges, romance, plots, twists, and paranormal all rolled into this masterpiece of work. Susan Krinard's writing is so powerful that there is no way I will ever forget her name! I cannot recommend this one highly enough!***
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last a werewolf romance!! 10 Aug. 2002
By Scriber_scouse VINE VOICE
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Imagine if the characters of Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights were werewolves and you'll get an idea of this book. The setting is the English moors in the 1800's, the plot is a historical saga but with the added complication that the main characters are all werewolves. Cassidy Holt is loup garou she was orphaned after her mother died before she could teach her to Change her only remaining family is her distant cousins in England who take her in. Cassidy is drawn to the mesmerising Earl of Greyburn Braden Foster who as the leader of the werewolf clan must choose between his attraction to Cassidy and his duty to his cause to unite the werewolf families in marriage and maintain the purity of their loup garou bloodlines in order to prevent the demise of their species.
However Braden has betrothed Cassidy to his feckless younger brother Quentin, and has denied himself the possibility of love after a disastrous marriage to a Russian werewolf. What follows is a power struggle as Bradon fights against his attraction to the niave and sweet Cassidy, falling in love couldn't have come at a more difficult time, for Braden's life and his leadership of the clan are endangered by the bitter hatred of an evil werewolf.
Braden is a man of deep commitments and a tortured past that threatens any hope of a happy future for the two lovers, much like Cathy and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, the reader is led to believe that these star crossed lovers may never get together. Braden is at first a fairly unpleasant character even to his family especially his sister Rowena who is furious at her brother for promising her in a werewolf marriage when she would prefer to play human. You will soon warm to Braden as he is softened by Cassidy's influence and realises that the only Cause woth fighting for is love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Romance with a Werewolf Twist 9 Jun. 2010
By May Gil
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Touch The Wolf was a really interesting historical novel with a werewolf twist. The characters were intriguing and well developed and the plot line was fascinating and tinted with random surprises, and not forgetting the constant nail-biting `will they, won't they' moments. Braden Forster is a mixture of Rochester and Heathcliff with the usual werewolf elements, but Cassidy Holt is something else altogether. She is an orphan who was abandoned by her father and brother at an early age and soon after suffered her mother's demise, Cassidy was then taken in by her father's brother's family who treat her with nothing but fear and disdain. For Cassidy Holt is loup-garou. After memorising a letter her mother wrote in her childhood about having kin in England that would help her through her transition she heads off in search for them.

The novel begins with a prologue of when the Earl of Greyburn Braden Forster was a mere child, we are instantaneously introduced to the "Cause" - a form of arranged marriages to restore the purity of their loup-garou bloodline. Written in the joint perspectives of Braden Forster and his distant cousin Cassidy Holt provides the perfect insight into two different views on the Cause and being a werewolf in Victorian society. Braden Forster is adamant to uphold his grandfather's wishes and when he stumbles across his long lost cousin, yes stumbles, he instantaneously assumes a position for her amongst his Cause. Braden decides that Cassidy, a beautiful, abrasive American will suit his reckless yet thoughtful brother Quentin. However, things don't go according to plan once Braden begins developing his own feelings for his brothers chosen wife.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pick this one up to read! 3 Nov. 1999
By Sarah - Published on
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I have always been a fan of Susan Krinard, especially with her bent towards writing stories about the paranormal. TOTW did not disappoint me. Braden and Cassidy's story was well written and a delight to read. Ms. Krinard goes out of her way to strongly define her characters, giving the readers insights on why they behave they way they do. (And not just our hero and heroine, she sets up the stage for Braden's sister and brother's story too.)
Although Cassidy might start out too trusting and innocent for my tastes, her character does grow and learn from life. Many times writers miss character development and that makes for a stale story. The time and thought that went into Braden's character development is obvious. The struggle Braden goes through for the length of the story is at once heart wrenching (we all know that deep down he wants to do what is right, its just defining what "right" is) and frustrating (damn his grandfather anyway). It's hard to have such a strong character become vulnerable.
I have but one criticism of the book. This is a story about werewolves, their relevance in society, their laws and mores, their ethics, their hierarchy, basically their very existence. Although we get some feeling of this through the choices Braden must make as leader, I did not feel like I really got to know the werewolves themselves. I got the feeling that seeing them as werewolves was almost peripherary to the story (except maybe for the climatic end scene.) There was very little changing from human form to werewolf form. It was always there on the outside of the story but never really made it to the inside. Overall, keep up the great work and I look forward to the next story.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another incredible romance from an extraordinary author! 14 Dec. 1999
By Avid Reader - Published on
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The first Krinard novel I read was Prince of Wolves, and I promptly ordered the rest of her backlist because I loved it so much. I was thrilled to discover that each novel she's written is as wonderful. There are some authors whose work you read and the story lingers in your mind for days afterwards: the characters are so real, the plot so engrossing, the sensual chemistry so HOT, between a hero-to-die for and an intelligent, courageous heroine. Susan Krinard is that kind of author--she writes a book you just can't seem to put down and when you do you're already reaching for her next book.
Touch of the Wolf is fantastic! Read anything by Sue Krinard and treat yourself to a magnificent escape into a romantic, paranormal fantasy that only Ms. Krinard could write so well.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Paranormal Romance. 15 April 2002
By Sophie - Published on
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"Touch of the Wolf" by Susan Krinard is a powerful and well-written paranormal romance that will leave readers craving more from this talented author. Vibrant characters, lush English settings, and a strong plot combine to create an affecting tale that will stay with readers long after the book comes to an end.
Braden Forster, the Earl of Greyburn, has dedicated his entire life to "The Cause" - restoring the purity of his werewolf - or loups-garous - bloodline. Raised by a cruel grandfather, Braden was brought up to believe that his only reason for being was The Cause. For years Braden has searched for the lost branch of the Forster family, hoping to find his distant cousins and restore them to The Cause, but to no avail.
Cassidy Holt, the distant cousin Braden is seeking, is the half-human daughter of a werewolf mother, born and raised in America. Orphaned at the tender age of seven, before her mother had a chance to teach her how to be loups-garous, Cassidy was taken in by her human father's brother, Jonas. Life with her human aunt and uncle was always unhappy for Cassidy, who was constantly aware that she was unwanted and feared. For years Cassidy dreamed of finding her mother's family in England, a family who could teach her all about being loups-garous. Cassidy finally strikes out on her own, and with the help of an old friend of her mother's, travels to England.
Upon arriving in England, Cassidy is drawn to the scent of her own kind, and ends up on the doorstep of Braden Forster. Braden cannot believe his luck at finding Cassidy after all these years, and immediately decides that she will be an appropriate wife for his brother, Quentin. But Cassidy isn't what Braden expected her to be, and her refreshing combination of naiveté and courage begins to break down the walls Braden has built around himself. Cassidy finds herself undeniably drawn to Braden, and bravely stands by him even while he tries to push her away.
Past betrayals have left Braden scarred both physically and emotionally, and he is not eager to open himself up for that kind of hurt again. But Braden's emotional barriers are no match for Cassidy's gentle persistence, and she begins to show him that there may be a Cause even more important than preserving the werewolf bloodline - the Cause of Love.
"Touch of the Wolf" will sweep readers away into Victorian England, and keep them captivated. Krinard skilfully absorbs her readers into the lives of Cassidy and Braden, making their trials and triumphs palpable. This wonderful story of love and redemption is a truly satisfying read. So buy this book today, you won't regret it.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm in the Minority Here ... The Story Didn't Work for Me 24 Dec. 2004
By Dakota - Published on
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TOUCH OF THE WOLF is a pedestrian effort. The story - about an American werewolf who goes to England to find her family - is choppy, with holes here and there in the plot, quotes way too much poetry, and is cast with characters who aren't that interesting. The heroine, Cassidy, is not very endearing - she's irritatingly naïve (my eyeballs are rolling right now) and is way too desperate to find love. She also fixates on Braden right from the start, though I don't know why exactly, other than he is the first werewolf she meets. I thought Braden was more flushed out a character than Cassidy or his two siblings. His handicap was promising, though there seemed to be a lot of moments in the book where, superhuman senses aside, the author seemed to forget he WAS handicapped. The story also seemed to suffer from moody melodrama and a need to make a secret out of EVERYTHING. I understand that TOUCH OF THE WOLF is the first of a trilogy, the other two books following the stories of Braden's siblings (an annoying ice queen named Rowena and a cowardly trickster named Quentin). I'm not quite sure I want to bother with their stories. The reason I read TOUCH OF THE WOLF is because I adored TO CATCH A WOLF, which is about Cassidy's brother, Morgan. I'm pretty disappointed that Cassidy's story was so dopey. Oh well.

Update as of Jan 4, 2005: I just read a young adult novel called BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE that dealt with many of the same topics as TOUCH OF THE WOLF, including real-life issues such as fitting in, dealing with the loss of family, etc., as well as werewolf issues like determining the leader of the pack and the rules associated with breeding/mating. I have to say the teen book, BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE, was a lot more sophisticated than TOUCH OF THE WOLF in every respect and was a much more engaging read. BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE was shorter and set in modern times with a angst-filled heroine and, while it didn't have the full-blown love scenes found in a romance novel, it had a sexually-tense love triangle that was fun and exciting to read about.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First book a werewolf saga 25 April 2004
By Lealing - Published on
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Cassidy Holt, of half werewold blood and half human, was orphaned at a young age and is sent off to live with her cruel relations of her fathers in the Wild West. When she becomes of age, she decides to go to England to find her mother's relations who can teach her of her werewolf bloodline. On her first night in London she is instantly drawn to Braden Forster, Earl of Greyburn. Braden is the head of a powerful werewolf clan and has dedicated his life strengthening the cause of the werewolves. When Braden finds out that Cassidy is his long lost distant cousin, he is surprised and instantly puts into plan that she marry his brother, Quentin, to further strengthen the werewolf bloodline. Cassidy only has eyes for Braden but will Braden put behinf his dark past in order to accept and love Cassidy who is immensely attracted to.
Susan Krinard is one of my favourite paranormal romantic authors. She really brings to life her characters and fills each chapter with passion. You can really believe that there exists werewolves amongst us humans. You are also drawn into the descriptions of London and the English countryside. Susan Krinanrd states that she has a passion for nature and this really translates into her description of the forests and animals, which inhabit them. This book is highly recommended along with her other werewolf books.
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