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Review: A Highland Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear

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A Highland Wolf Christmas
Author:
Terry Spear
Reviewer:
B.
Rating: A-

What I’m Talking About:

I am so glad to have finally been able to read Calla and Guthrie’s story. These two have been circling each other for a while now as secondary characters, and I very much enjoyed how their obvious fascination for one another played out. Although they’ve known each other for most of their lives, except for the time Calla’s family lived elsewhere, they really don’t know each other well at all. But, from the beginning of the book, Calla and Guthrie are revealed to be surprising and unpredictable, and it doesn’t take long for a grudging proximity to one another to turn into an undeniable and sweet attraction.

Although I’ve liked all of Ms. Spear’s leading clan wolves for various reasons, Guthrie may be my favorite of them yet. As the pack accountant, he’s more somber and analytical, as well as more skeptical and hesitant, than the other members of his family. Guthrie is lacking in the alpha-male blustering that his brothers have expressed so comically in previous stories, his drive to ensure the survival of himself and his pack dictating nearly all of his decisions. He’s just as strong and willing to fight as the others, but his approach is as much about purpose as passion.

Calla is unique as well, as she is the only non-American female shifter in this group to get her own story so far. She is still extremely independent, having been raised outside of a pack and being used to fending for herself, but, rather than that fortitude translating into an untamable stubbornness, Calla’s has emerged as a well-deserved air of caution and a heightened sense of loyalty. She is admittedly lonely, but wary, too, but like those who fell before her, she quickly learns that trying to control her romantic inclinations toward one of the MacNeills is a futile effort.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Heart of the Wolf story without a significant challenge to the happiness of the main couple as well as the pack as a whole. In A Highland Wolf Christmas, Calla and Guthrie must defeat an old threat once and for all if they’re ever to be able to love one another in peace. This particular problem has been around to varying degrees since the Highland wolves first made an appearance in the series, and has been a thorn in the Scottish wolves’ sides for centuries. In this story, he keeps coming after Calla, again and again, and I wasn’t completely able to reconcile his continued survival with his selfishness and deluded attempts to get his way. He’s the nemesis that just won’t die, and I admit that, after so many confrontations, it became a little harder for me to stay as soundly invested in the overall outcome of the plot.

That hindrance aside, this story proved to be a refreshing addition to this series for several reasons. Given both main characters’ lack of abrasiveness, the humor in A Highland Wolf Christmas instead comes from a shared awkwardness and uncertainty. While Calla is certainly a “damsel in distress” in many respects, the description isn’t stigmatizing since she tries to keep her problems from becoming anyone else’s burden with a perpetual reserve of well thought out determination. She and Guthrie really are perfect for one another, their equally serious demeanors concealing a fiery passion beneath the surface. They truly do seem like partners, the surprising sweetness of their attraction appearing to be as simple as it is endearing.

While I’ve come to like all of Ms. Spears’ wolf novels, I particularly appreciated this story. All of the mates have peen perfect for one another in their own way, but Calla and Guthrie are even more special for their tentative beginning. The repeated attempts against the two, as well as the entire pack, were almost too much, but the resolution was extremely pleasing to read all the same. A guaranteed happy ending isn’t always a good thing, but with this series it’s always a welcome conclusion. A Highland Wolf Christmas is a fun, enjoyable tale with enough action, humor, and warmth to make a wonderful addition to any paranormal romance fan’s holiday reading.

My Rating:  A- Enjoyed A Lot

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About the Book:

It’s going to take a lot of mistletoe…
Guthrie MacNeill, financial advisor for his clan and werewolf pack, is at his wit’s end when the pack leader’s mate hires a gorgeous party planner to bring holiday cheer to the castle. Guthrie’s wildly attracted to Calla, except he can’t reconcile the fact that his job is to save the clan’s money, and hers seems to be to spend it.

To warm this Highlander’s heart
Calla Stewart has never had a more difficult client. The laird and lady of the castle are delightful, but the handsome Highlander holding the purse strings is quite impossible. Since she specializes in holiday magic, Calla hopes she can make the scrooge-like wolf lighten up. Then Guthrie takes on the role of Highland warrior to protect her from an unexpected threat, and the holidays take a turn for the passionate.

Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher:
Sourcebooks, Inc.
Series:
Heart of the Wolf #15
ISBN: #978-1402293764
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
Format(s):
paperback (320 pages), e-book
Book Source: NetGalley

Purchase Info:
A Highland Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf #15)

Reviews in the Series:
Wolf Fever by Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf #6)
Heart of the Highland Wolf by Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf #7)
Dreaming of the Wolf by Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf #8)
A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing by Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf #9)
A Howl for a Highlander by Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf #10)
A Highland Werewolf Wedding by Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf #11)
A SEAL Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf #12)
Silence of the Wolf by Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf #13)
A Hero of a Highland Wolf by Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf #14)

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