To Tame a Wolf (Thorndike Romance) Hardcover – Large Print, 17 Jan 2007
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Susan makes her home in New Mexico, the “Land of Enchantment,” with her husband, Serge, her dogs, Freya, Nahla and Cagney, and her cat, Jefferson. Susan’s interests include music (just about any kind), old movies, gardening and getting out into nature. She also bakes a mean chocolate cake.
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Though he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life on a ranch of his own, Simeon Kavanaugh can't escape the legacy of his werewolf father. The animal instincts that keep him from being fully human also make him a brilliant tracker, forced to survive on the desperation of people in need.
The attraction between these two wounded souls is immediate, primal -- and dangerous. And if Simeon has any hope of saving Tally, he must do what he has always resisted and merge both man and beast within him. But if she cannot accept what he becomes, his choice may cost Simeon the only thing worth having -- Tally's love . . .
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Sim knows from the start that his employer is a female in disguise, but says nothing to her. Instead he struggles with restraining his attraction to Tal as he believes a mortal could never accept his half-breed heritage. Still when danger confronts Tal who he knows is his soulmate, Sim must free the beast to save her, but expects to pay the price once she learns his secret and rejects his werewolf side.
TO TAME A WOLF is a superb action-packed paranormal historical romance that never slows down once the "male" Tal enters Tombstone until the finale when Sim risks his life and his love by getting with his werewolf side to attempt to keep her safe. The lead couple comes across as genuine, which enables the audience to believe in the supernatural in a western setting. Susan Krinard's fans will howl (full moon or not) with her latest wolf romance.
The hero's lycan nature doesn't come out until well into the book, and causes all sorts of plot weakness. It's almost as if Krinard wrote the above mentioned formulaic western, and then was told it would sell better as a paranormal and went back to add in the hero being a werewolf.
This is the first Krinard I've read, so it could just be her style, but as I said before, it creates problems for her plot. One, right off the bat. If his father's family were truly werewolves, they would have been able to smell that he was one of them. And yet they beat him close to death and turn him out. At the very least they would have told him to come back when he could prove it. I just wasn't buying that bit.
Also, as other reviewers have mentioned, everyone in the story, takes it in complete stride when the hero reveals himself as a wolf. They shrug it off as no big deal. I doubt that 1800s Americans would behave that way.
She also takes liberties with werewolf cannon, having her hero be adept at cattle ranching. Prey animals aren't usually calm around predators.
Aside from the werewolf problems, I didn't appreciate the heroine's past. I don't mind a heroine who isn't a virgin, but in this novel Krinard takes it a bit far.
This story was hard for me to push through and I probably won't try another Krinard story.