Series: Heart of the Wolf #11
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 7, 2013
Reviewed by: Kate
Sexual Content: Multiple mild sex scenes
Elaine Hawthorn is a gray American werewolf, currently out of work, and on a mission to share in a family treasure. When she arrives in Scotland, she nearly has a head-on collision with one hot, kilt-garbed Highlander, and runs him off the road.
Werewolf laird Cearnach MacNeill isn't happy Elaine ruined his car, but he quickly becomes her protector after a misunderstanding lands her right in the middle of two feuding clans. Now he's out to ensure that this sexy female wolf gets her fair share of her clan's treasure. He knows he should leave well enough alone, but it's too late to leave his heart out of it.
Full of strapping alpha werewolves that would make me weak in the knees before they ever started saying “lass...” A HIGHLAND WEREWOLF WEDDING was exactly what I was expecting. It is your typical romance: boy meets girl, pretty predictable conflicts ensure, boy and girl end up together happily ever after. Though I wasn't surprised, A HIGHLAND WEREWOLF WEDDING was well written, easy to pick up out of series order, and featured a great couple with tons of chemistry. A contemporary romance set in Scotland, it also had a bit of a historical feel to it, likely because of the abundance of castles, daggers and kilts.
Despite the fact that A HIGHLAND WEREWOLF WEDDING is the eleventh in the Heart of the Wolf series, I didn't ever feel like I was missing out. Sometimes, when a series gets lengthy, a reader can feel like they’re on the outside of all the inside jokes, and characters show up solely to show what they've been up to since their book. In this case, I didn't feel like there were any gratuitous cameos because when characters were introduced, it was for a purpose. Some of the secondary characters were a bit flat, but Elaine and Cearnach more than made up for it.
Elaine is one of the strongest heroines I've read in a while. For example, just a few hours after meeting Cearnach, she manages to step in the middle of a fight and accidentally takes a punch meant for him. She isn't cowed by the women of Cearnach's family (or the men either) and stands her ground when they question her attraction to him. And obviously she’s attracted to Cearnach! He is one sexy alpha werewolf, just as strong as she is. Yum. He does the alpha bossy thing just right- he objects to Elaine’s ideas if they put her in the way of danger (because he wants to protect her), but he doesn't stop her from doing things or keep information from her, instead he helps her out and lets her be herself. Unfortunately, the method of getting Cearnach and Elaine closer together- having a ghost bothering Elaine when she’s not around Cearnach in the castle- was a bit silly and contrived, but luckily it was a short bit, so not too much eye rolling necessary. And would you really argue with pushing them together?
Even though I haven’t read any of the other installments from the Heart of the Wolf series, I really enjoyed A HIGHLAND WEREWOLF WEDDING. While not perfect, it was fun and worth the read, and it definitely convinced me to go back and check out previous stories. I’m especially curious about Ian, the alpha of the pack, and his romance novel author wife Julia...Excuse me while I go search for HEART OF A HIGHLAND WOLF at my local library.Series Titles:
1. Heart of the Wolf 2. Destiny of the Wolf 3. To Tempt the Wolf 4. Legend of the White Wolf 5. Seduced by the Wolf 6. Wolf Fever - 3/5 7. Heart of the Highland Wolf 8. Dreaming of the Wolf 9. A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing 10. A Howl for the Highlander 11. A Highland Werewolf Wedding - 3/5 12. A SEAL Wolf Christmas 13. Silence of the Wolf
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