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Secret of the Wolf Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
Quentin is gentle, funny, sexy and compassionate but he has never been able to act to his full werewolf potential, he's very sweet but I was very glad that Johanna helped him gain a little more gumption. I liked Johanna'a down to earth attitude even if she isn't the most sensuous character. The other characters in Johanna's little haven are part of what makes this book a joy and the relationship/ partnership which develops between Johanna and Quentin is believable and appealing. I have greatly enjoyed Susan Krinard writing from her werewolf tales to her ghost stories, she writes characters with depth and flaws and passion. However she truely impressed my with this book by being the first romantic novel I've read with a referance list at the end to provide background on some of the themes in the book - well cool. I wish the historical novelists would referance some of their background reading sometimes.
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This is not of the same caliber as the earlier novels. I really didn't approve of the way Quentin cured everyone's ills. It was too simplistic. Overall, it was an enjoyable book, but I was hoping for more.
Amidst the lush vineyards and rolling hills of the picturesque Napa Valley is Dr. Johanna Schell's Der Haven, a place where those who know the pain of being different can come to live in peace. Well ahead of her time, Johanna uses hypnotism as one of her main tools to treat her patients' mental illnesses. The patients at Der Haven are a diverse bunch: Lewis, the obsessive compulsive former Reverend, Harper, the catatonic ex-soldier, Irene, a middle-aged ex-theatre actress who thinks she's still a star, May, an incredibly shy and nervous young girl who rarely shows her face, and Oscar, whose mind will forever be child-like. Krinard paints all of these characters with compassion and realism, and as a result they become almost as intriguing as the primary characters.
The story begins when on her way home after a trip, Johanna finds a man unconscious on the path leading to Der Haven, reeking of liquor. Unable to ignore anyone in need, Johanna brings the man to Der Haven, where she goes about treating his condition.
When Quentin Forster finally wakes, he doesn't have a clue where he is or how he got there. But that is nothing new to Quentin, who has been suffering from terrifying spells of amnesia that leave him with nothing more than a impression of violence. But Quentin is no ordinary man; he is one of the last survivors of a race of werewolves or loups-garous, noble and majestic creatures that have kept their existence hidden from the human world. Quentin has been running from his personal demons for years, but he finally may have found a place where he can stop running and begin to heal, if only he can find the courage to face the shadows that haunt him.
As time passes and Quentin settles in at Der Haven, Johanna is amazed at his ability to draw out the other patients, especially May. But the biggest issue Johanna must face is her intense attraction to Quentin, which becomes harder and harder to deny, and threatens to interfere with Quentin's treatment. Though afraid of what he may discover within himself, Quentin has great faith and trust in Johanna and her ability to make him whole again. And it doesn't take long for Quentin's trust to become something deeper and more permanent - love.
But Quentin has many demons to face before he can even start to think about building a life with Johanna. While hypnotized, Johanna is shocked to discover that Quentin becomes violent and evil, and also suffers from delusions that he is a werewolf. But worst of all is the emergence of an entirely separate personality, Fenris, the embodiment of all of Quentin's fear and hatred, created during his years of childhood abuse and torture. Realizing she is in over her head and allowing her emotions to cloud her judgement, Johanna begins to doubt her ability to help Quentin.
But trouble is heading Johanna and Quentin's way. Dr. Feodor Bolkonsky arrives in Silverado Springs under the guise of wanting to discuss hypnotism with a fellow doctor. But it isn't long before Johanna discovers that Bolkonsky is really there to return May to her sexually abusive father. Determined to keep May away from her father Johanna begins to construct a plan, and when Quentin finds out what's happening, he is determined to protect May at all costs. However, Bolkonsky has another and much more sinister hidden agenda, and Johanna must find the courage within herself to trust, heal, and love Quentin in order to save him!
"Secret of the Wolf" is an affecting tale of love, self-discovery, and redemption. Krinard shows amazing insight into the inner workings of the minds and hearts of her rich and vivid characters and these fascinating characters kept me utterly absorbed in the story because I cared so much about them. Susan Krinard is one of the best paranormal romance authors out there, and "Secret of the Wolf" is a terrific read that does the genre proud. So don't miss out on this exceptional read, buy it right away and enjoy!
In "Secret of the Wolf" the hurt, fear and hopelessness rage through Quentin Forster's mind. He suffers from black-outs, or more correctly...'blank-outs.' Blank spots in his life, in time. He regularly awakes in a new place and time without any recollection of how he got there, or why. A devastating psychic storm that leaves him confused, and gripped by paralyzing fear. It takes him on a wild journey through terror, self-hatred, and despair. This torturous trip drives him from city to city, running from a namesless enemy that seems to follow him wherever he goes. It leaves him unconscious, divided, and near death at the feet of a healer.
Johanna is a physician, following in the footsteps of her father, and works tirelessly to prove to herself and to others that she is worthy of that calling. In a time when female doctors are not openly accepted, she envisions herself a healer of the mind. And has the courage to take in a total stranger, simply because she hasn't the heart to leave him lying in the dirt. She is afraid of this tall, seemingly powerful man, but unwilling to turn anyone away who needs help.
Quentin Forster awakes delirius, and in pain, but his werewolf heritage allows his body to heal quickly. He finds himself in Johanna's brisk, efficient care, and surrounded by several others also suffering from the kind of terror-filled pain only a tortured mind can produce. He finds a sort of temporary peace, and the first pull of desire toward a woman in years. He wants her, discovers he needs her, but is afraid that someday, somehow he might hurt her.
Johanna believes that she can help Quentin, but finds it increasingly difficult to deal with the awakening desire building steadily in her mind and body. She wants him, but can't reconcile that desire with the responsibility of being his doctor. She prides herself in her ability to control her emotions, and she always fullfills her responsibilities, no matter the cost to herself.
I recommend this book to all who love the thrill of romance, and to every woman who seeks to immerse herself in the inherent excitement of a sensual union with a paranormal being. Susan Krinard weaves together apprehension and delight, fear and desire into Quentin and Johanna's journey towards love and wholeness, and in passing, gives us a peek into the nineteenth century's reach for mental health. I picked four stars instead of five because this particular story doesn't feature the "Change" nearly enough. I want to see more of the wolf in the next one!
Secret of the Wolf is a must read, and I eagerly look forward to the fourth book in this series. Susan...hint, hint...!!
Soon their doctor-relationship explodes into a deeper attachment and the peace of the Haven is threatened by a doctor called Feouder Bolvonsky who is here to reclaim May to her sexually abusive father. Quentin is determined to stop this and his aggression may once again lead him into killing. A deadly deception lies ahead and The Haven will depend on Joanna's love to tame Quentin and rekindle his hope in humanity....
Susan Krinard's SECRET OF THE WOLF forms the trilogy in her paranormal series after ONCE A WOLF and TOUCH OF THE WOLF. This effort is to date her most dazzling showcase in spinning a romantic tale that is emotionally gripping and detailed with medical researches. It explores the savage side of humankind with Quentin's multiple personality disorder and engages sympathy for the discriminated Oscar with his mental illness. The complication of science and humanity makes an interesting stage; the ficitional romance and adventure is soaring. Yet what makes SECRET OF THE WOLF her most accomplished so far is the savage tenderness in Quentin and his struggle with his childhood abuse by his grandfather. A race threatened by extinction, Quentin is programmed to be a primitive killing machine to sustain the power of the wolf population. How Joanna manages to exonerate his guilt and tragedy with her power of love is poignantly touching.
Susan Krinard's latest is beyond categorization. The complexity of the story is handled with finesse and spiced up by her absorbing style of narration and description. Her talents in crafting an exciting werewolf read should be no secret by now.