Monday, 23 July 2012

REVIEW, To Tame a Wolf by Susan Krinard

He could not escape the beast within

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To Tame a Wolf
Series: Historical Werewolves # 5
Pub: 2005, MIRA
Author: Susan Krinard
Cat: historical paranormal romance
Format: paperback (mid); 393 pp w/ 24 chapters
Whose: Sim & Tally
Age Range: adult

Her innocence destroyed, young widow Tally Bernard swore that she would never trust a man again. But when her brother disappears, she has little choice but to make a pact with the devil.
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 in immediate, primal – and dangerous. 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.

You sometimes forget things about a book that’s been sitting there waiting for you to pick it up again. Or at least me, I have never seen the point in keeping a book that isn’t going to be read again. The whole ‘only read it once’ thing seems to be a waste of money especially if your keeping the thing.
Me, I read books to death. I get ever single penny out of every book I own and if I don’t I give it away. To the local library or friends I know would like them (which mostly happens with me YA).
Saying this, there are just some books that have long for been forgotten in the way of books that I don’t need to really read every time I pick ‘em up.
This book isn’t one of them. Yeah, sure you could just flip it at any page and start reading and if you’re like me and read shit to death then it doesn’t particularly matter because you know what has happened nearly word for word and you can move on threw the pages. But unlike a lot of books, when I do that with this one (hell the whole series) I can’t stop reading, page for page, word for word.
And that’s coming from someone who doesn’t like historical shit, or, really, cowboy to be honest. So why did I love this book so much?

This one is all about pain. Both characters have so much pain and shame and horror in their past which is one of the main plot points and is one of the main reason that it grips at your heart.
You can’t help but sympathise, empathise, with both characters about their past, about the secrets that they hold. And even though you learn a lot threw the books, thing the others don’t you still have to piece together so much and when the end comes you cry not only from the heartbreak they both feel but for the reuniting and hushed words they share.
It’s not often you come across two characters in one book who both feel as if they don’t deserve to be love, for nearly the same reasons and yet they are so different that it makes you a little teary (okay, me, but I like to think I’m not the only crier). It’s also one of those stories that lets you hold back slightly because you don’t need to coddle either character, they are living through what they’ve been through. They are strong and they are there for each other. The whole time.

It’s actually real nice and sweet the way both characters come together, something realistic (but I think it happens more so because of the time period than anything else. maybe.)

The history of the map, and the plot linking her brother and her past. her brother and the evil man, the evil man and Sim, being them together with side characters that you come to love and want to hit. The girl who helps move things along and a dress that makes his heart skip. These things are all relevant in moving the story alone and making it interesting and gripping. Keeping your heart on edge and your brain needing more. more information, more of them. It’s one of the things that has me loving the book, and more so loving Krinard’s storytelling. Honestly I’s dead almost anything of hers over and over again (I say almost because there’s an Egyptian one and there’s no way I can deal with Historical and Egyptian together when I can barely take them apart—though the short story I’m talking about, I did read, the whole way threw, just didn’t care much for it)
So, as I was saying, this is truly—hell, I can’t finish that, I have only 3 books from this series and I have loved each and every one of them the same. But more on that as the weeks move along.

If Historical paranormal romance is your thing, then this is a book that should hit the top of your list. It’s touching, loving and makes your heart squeeze in your chest for both the characters.

Touch of Wolf, Once a Wolf, Secret of the Wolf, To Catch a Wolf, To Tame a Wolf, Bride of a wolf, Luck of the Wolf, Code of the Wolf

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