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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wolf by Cara Carnes

Wolf by Cara Carnes
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (65 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

One act of kindness cements a destiny she couldn’t fathom.

An Enchanted story.

As a child, the Lost Woods were Hannah’s passion. A place where she dreamed of mysterious creatures, including one she saved—a man who magically changed into a wolf. Now, twelve years later, the woods are her refuge from a horde of marauders who killed her mother.

This time, it is the wolf who saves her. And he is no dream.

Stephan can’t help but remember the time Hannah encouraged him to free his injured leg and continue the soul journey required of his kind. The child unwittingly bound herself to him, and now the woman tempts him like no other. Yet if she learns his secret, her fragile trust could be broken for all time.

Hannah doesn’t see how she can possibly fit into Stephan’s world—especially when their overwhelming passion reveals the one reason she should not trust him. Stephan has fought more than his share of battles, but the one for Hannah’s heart is the one that could break his own…

Red Riding Hood has ventured into the woods one to many times and now there’s no escaping this Wolf…good thing she’s not interested in getting away!

Hannah never thought she would ever again see the young man she befriended as a child. Nor did she anticipate that one childhood indiscretion would haunt her all the way into adulthood. But Stephen has returned and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

If you like descriptive settings, heart wrenching storylines, and characters that grab you from the beginning, you will love Cara Carnes' short story Wolf. I am a sucker for a good Alpha shifter story. I want the hero to be strong, self confident and madly in love with his chosen mate. At the same time the heroine needs to be able to hold her own while aching to give herself completely to her hero. Ms. Carnes did not disappoint.

Both Hannah and Stephen were beautifully created characters. Their chemistry and connection are powerful and poignant. The secondary characters gave depth and tension to the story that kept me turning the pages. Ms. Carnes breathed new life into this children’s tale that made it unique, fun and exciting.

Wolf isn’t Ms. Carnes' first foray into the paranormal and this reviewer hopes that it isn’t her last. For a short read with a lot of heart as well as heat, pick up a copy of Wolf. Fairy tales never had so much bite!!

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