Author: Terry Spear
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Werewolf Series Book 9
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
About the book:
Meara Greymere is in charge of the cabin rentals on the rugged Oregon coastline, so her brother and his mate could take a delayed honeymoon. But while Hunter is away, the she-wolf intends to play—she just has to convince the right alpha male to rent one of the cabins, and she’ll take it from there. But when Finn Emerson arrives with every intention of pretending to be her lover, she’s not going to take this lying down. She knows he’ll tell her brother what she’s up to and put an end to her game.
Finn Emerson is a Navy SEAL, formerly one of Hunter Greymere’s team members, and now he’s trying to track down a gray wolf, who’s already made an attempt on one of their team member’s lives. Finn believes Hunter will be targeted next, only to discover Hunter is off with his mate on a honeymoon, and he fears Hunter’s sister is in grave danger. But the SEAL soon learns protecting the unpredictable sexy she-wolf is a mission and a half and protecting her isn’t all he wants to do.
What B is talking about:
Finding a mate with an overprotective brother around isn’t easy, but when he and his mate leave for two weeks to go on their honeymoon, Meara Greymere has the perfect opportunity to take control of her own life, and she’s not going to waste it. Brazenly planning to fill the pack’s rental cabins with potential mates, she is determined to find the right male on her own.
When an assassin begins targeting his former team members, Finn Emerson tracks down his friend Hunter to warn him, only to find him away and his stubborn, tempting sister left behind unprotected. Which simply won’t do at all. When he discovers that Meara is looking for a mate, things become even more complicated, especially as the urge to claim her as his own becomes nearly impossible to resist.
This is the third novel in Spear’s Werewolf Series I’ve had the opportunity to review, and it was even more fun than the previous one I read, Dreaming of the Wolf. Spear lets her characters play a lot more here, and the two wolves battle one another in familiar denial, even as it becomes increasingly obvious that they’re a perfect match.
Meara isn’t your typical damsel in distress. She’s an Alpha wolf, and hardwired to take the lead in any perilous situation for the good of those that depend on her. It’s an admirable trait for the most part, and one that is humorously maddening for Finn. However, with both the targets of lethal, skilled assassins, Meara needs protecting, despite her belief to the contrary.
While there’s plenty of suspense in A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing, it is primarily a romance. Finn is wonderful as he becomes frustrated with both himself and Meara, and watching him realize what he wants most was a pleasure. Meara arrives at her “maybe” moment first, but her Alpha wolf nature keeps her from being a heartsick cliché. Unwilling to try to change Finn, thereby ensuring his eventual resentment, she accepts the situation as she sees it: a chance at real pleasure with a caring, sexy man who’s trying to save her life.
The sensual chemistry between the two wolves is lovely, and Spear uses the pair’s mutual avoidance of commitment to prolong the inevitable bond they share. Both Meara and Finn happily indulge in the ecstasy that’s allowed them, however, and the resulting scenes are even hotter for their restraint. By the novel’s end, the raw passion that defined their earlier interactions is tempered with a sweet acceptance that makes their mating very satisfying.
A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing is a fun, sexy read that kept me hooked throughout. Spear writes her wolves well, and while the conflict that’s central to the story wasn’t entirely surprising, she lets the fondness growing between her two main characters rightly take center stage. As a fan of Spear’s other novels, and of “Were” stories in general, A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing is an entertaining and welcome addition to the series.
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)