Destiny of the Wolf

Destiny of the Wolf

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by Terry Spear
     
 

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Book 1 in Terry Spear's Silver Town Wolf Series

All she wants is the truth
Lelandi Wildhaven is determined to discover the truth about her beloved sister's mysterious death. But everyone thinks she's out to make a bid for her sister's widowed mate.

He's a pack leader tormented by memories
Darien Silver

Overview

Book 1 in Terry Spear's Silver Town Wolf Series

All she wants is the truth
Lelandi Wildhaven is determined to discover the truth about her beloved sister's mysterious death. But everyone thinks she's out to make a bid for her sister's widowed mate.

He's a pack leader tormented by memories
Darien Silver blames himself for his mate's death. When her twin arrives in his town, he finds himself bewitched, and when someone attempts to silence her, he realizes that protecting the beautiful stranger might be the only way to protect his pack—and himself.

Silver Town Wolf Series:
Destiny of the Wolf (Book 1)
Wolf Fever (Book 2)
Dreaming of the Wolf (Book 3)
Silence of the Wolf (Book 4)
A Silver Wolf for Christmas (Book 5)

Praise for Heart of the Wolf:
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
"The vulpine couple's chemistry crackles off the page." —Publishers Weekly
"Centers on pack problems in a refreshingly straightforward way. The characters are well drawn and believable, which makes the contemporary plotline of love and life among the lupus garou seem, well, realistic." —Romantic Times
"A sensual, action—packed read that you won't want to miss." —Shape Shifter Romance
"Full of action, adventure, suspense, and romance— one of the best werewolf stories I've read!" —Fallen Angel Reviews
"A lively read that keeps the reader on their feet, and an excellent addition to the serious wolf—lover's library. When it comes to authenticity, this novel truly embodies the 'heart of the wolf'."—Jennifer L. James, Montestruc, Book Fetish

Editorial Reviews

Armchair Interviews
Praise for Terry Spear!... the story is a fun glimpse into an animalistic lifestyle full of death, betrayal and love.
— Shawn Remfrey
The Romance Studio
If you love werewolves, contentious yet steamy romances, and lots of action, you will enjoy Destiny of the Wolf!
— Steph B.
The Pen & Muse
The chemistry of Darien and Lelandi set the pages of Destiny of the Wolf afire!
Genre-Go Round Book Reviews
Fans will relish this wonderful lampooning of the lycan legend inside an exhilarating thriller.
— Harriet Klausner
Bitten By Books
Painting a believable picture of pack life, Ms. Spear does an excellent job creating the story's characters.
— Shirley
Love Romance Passion
Terry Spear weaves paranormal, suspense, and romance together in one non-stop rollercoaster of passion and adventure.
— Keira Gillet
Darque Reviews
With a heavy dose of suspense, Ms. Spear weaves a romantic paranormal mystery that will keep readers on their toes.
— Kimberly Swan
Paranormal Romance Reviews
I love Ms. Spear's lupus garou society. She creates a world that makes you believe werewolves live among us.
— Karen Michelle Nutt
Night Owl Romance
I'll look forward to seeing future novels by Terry Spear
— Dee
Sam's Book Blog
I really enjoyed the mystery of this story and was constantly trying to figure out who the "bad guy" was... I will be looking for more of [Terry's] books in the future.
— Samantha Atkin
Rhi's Reading
Fans of shapeshifter romances with a who-dun-it mystery to keep the plot going are sure to be pleased.
— Rhianna Walker
Book Loons
Readers who enjoy a werewolf tale with a slightly different twist should definitely check out Destiny of the Wolf.
— Martina Bexte
The Bad and the Unread The Good
I enjoyed everything about Destiny of the Wolf...
— Sandy Marlow
From the Publisher
"Praise for Terry Spear!... the story is a fun glimpse into an animalistic lifestyle full of death, betrayal and love. " - Armchair Interviews

"If you love werewolves, contentious yet steamy romances, and lots of action, you will enjoy Destiny of the Wolf!" - The Romance Studio

"The chemistry of Darien and Lelandi set the pages of Destiny of the Wolf afire!" - The Pen & Muse

"Fans will relish this wonderful lampooning of the lycan legend inside an exhilarating thriller. " - Genre-Go Round Book Reviews

"Painting a believable picture of pack life, Ms. Spear does an excellent job creating the story's characters. " - Bitten By Books

"Terry Spear weaves paranormal, suspense, and romance together in one non-stop rollercoaster of passion and adventure." - Love Romance Passion

"With a heavy dose of suspense, Ms. Spear weaves a romantic paranormal mystery that will keep readers on their toes." - Darque Reviews

"I love Ms. Spear's lupus garou society. She creates a world that makes you believe werewolves live among us." - Paranormal Romance Reviews

"I'll look forward to seeing future novels by Terry Spear" - Night Owl Romance

"I really enjoyed the mystery of this story and was constantly trying to figure out who the "bad guy" was... I will be looking for more of [Terry's] books in the future. " - Sam's Book Blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402216688
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Series:
Heart of the Wolf Series, #2
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
164,887
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Read an Excerpt

Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Destiny of the Wolf

Why had Larissa, her loving sister, ended up dead— here, of all the godforsaken places in the States? Maybe that was the reason—off the beaten path, surrounded by wilderness, a place to hide from the harsh realities of the forced marriage, safe from Bruin's retaliation should he ever have located her. But she hadn't been safe. And now she was dead.

Out of the corner of her eye, Lelandi Wildhaven thought she saw her cousin, Ural, slink into the woods in his wolf form, but she had to be mistaken. He wouldn't be angry enough with her to shapeshift this close to Silver Town and risk alerting the gray lupus garou pack that a couple of reds had slipped into their territory.

Ignoring her gut instinct telling her this was a very bad idea, she pushed open the Silver Town Tavern's heavy door, the squealing of the rusty hinges jarring her taut nerves.

Five bearded men sitting at a table turned to stare at her, and at once she feared the worst—they saw straight through her disguise.

She shoved the faux eyeglasses back into place, hating the way they kept sliding down the bridge of her nose. The weather-beaten cowboy hat she'd picked up at a resale shop half swallowed her head, making her look like a little kid wearing her dad's Stetson. Amber glass lights hanging from brass rods high above softly illuminated dark oak tables and a long, polished bar. Slow-spinning wooden fan blades circulated the air, impregnated with the smell of gray lupus garou. Her nerve endings prickled with fresh awareness. Dingy antique mirrors covering the back wall behind the bar bore mute witness to the goings-on in the place, as she suspected they had for decades. If they had captured all the images of the bar's existence what a story those mirrors could tell.

Another bearded man crouching beneath the lip of the bar suddenly stood to his full six-foot-four height. The glass and dish towel he held nearly slipped from his grasp as his appraising glance took in every inch of her. His lips turned up at the corners slightly. Deep laugh lines were etched in his tanned skin and shaggy black hair extended to his shoulders, giving him the appearance of a rugged mountain man, unused to civilized trappings. What disturbed her most was that he was a gray, like the men drinking at the table. She'd anticipated it would be a human-run establishment frequented by lupus garous, like the bar back home.

"What'll you have, miss?" he asked, his voice warm and welcoming.

Expecting a chilly greeting—their kind didn't welcome strangers venturing into their midst, especially if she were human and this was an exclusively gray lupus garou tavern—she hesitated.

"Miss?"

"Bottled water, please." She'd meant to sound tough, to match the look of the place. She'd intended to be someone different, with her red hair dyed black and the high-heeled boots giving the impression she stood taller, more like them. The blue contacts she wore hid her green eyes sufficiently, but she still felt like Lelandi, triplet to Larissa, with barely any visible difference in appearance, except her eyes were greener and her hair more red and less golden than her sister's had been. Had her voice betrayed her?

The small smile on the bartender's face was more likely because she was a stranger who'd walked into a wolves' den without protection than because she'd given herself away. She cursed herself for not disguising her voice better, but the barkeep's warm demeanor gave her a false sense of security, which could be the death of her if she wasn't careful.

The bartender handed her a chilled bottle of water and tall green glass. "New in town?"

"Just passing through," she said, paying for the water.

"Sam's the name, miss. If you need anything, just holler."

"Thanks." Hollering for a drink was definitely not her style.

She chose a table in the farthermost corner of the room, half-hidden in shadows. Although any of them could see in the dark as well as she could, this location would keep her out of the main flow of traffic. She hoped she'd seem inconspicuous, not worthy of anyone's scrutiny, and most of all, human.

Lelandi glanced at the door. According to her information, Darien Silver—Larissa's widowed mate— should be here soon.

One of the men got up from his seat and gave Sam some cash. The man cast Lelandi a hint of a smile, then returned to his chair. Small for a gray, stocky, hair a bland brown, eyes amber, his clothes carrying a coating of dust, he had a soft, round baby face. Looked sweet, a beta-wolf type. Smudges of dirt colored his cheeks, and he wiped them off with the back of his denim shirtsleeve. His eyes never straying from her, he smoothed out his raggedy hair and took another swig of his beer.

Sam joined Lelandi and handed her the cash. "Joe Kelly paid for your drink, miss. He works at the silver mine, which explains his slightly rough appearance. But he cleans up good." Sam gave her a wink, and returned to the bar.

Should she turn down Joe's offer? On the other hand, if he was interested in her, maybe she could discover the truth quicker.

"Thank you," she mouthed to Joe Kelly and his chest swelled.

The other guys started ribbing him in low voices. The tips of Joe's ears turned crimson.

Her stomach clenched with the notion that Larissa had had the audacity to mate with a gray, especially when she had a mate already. She'd said she wanted to find herself,
and she did. Six feet under. Yet, Lelandi couldn't help feeling it was her own fault, that if she'd taken Larissa's place back home, or even run away with her, she might have kept her safe. But what about their parents? She couldn't have left them behind—not with her dad so incapacitated—but hell, she hadn't been able to protect them either. They had been murdered anyway.

She tamped down a shudder, hating that she hadn't stopped any of it. But once she learned what had happened to Larissa and put the murderer in his grave, Lelandi was going to locate her brother and their uncle— damn both of them for leaving the family behind.

Meet the Author

A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear has an MBA from Monmouth College. She writes paranormal, historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. She is the author of Heart of the Wolf and Winning the Highlander's Heart. Spear lives in Texas.

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Destiny of the Wolf 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
With the homicides of her parents and her sister Larissa allegedly committing suicide, Lelandi Wildwood no longer feels safe amongst the red werewolf pack in spite of her brother being a member. He in fact wants nothing to do with her though she is not sure why. She wants to learn why Larissa who loved life would kill herself, but hesitates until she learns the abusive alpha pack leader plans to wed her to his brother. Lelandi leaves the pack in search of understanding why her sibling took her life. She travels to Silver Town, run by the gray werewolves who detest the red.

The greywolf leader widow Darien Silver is trying to understand why his wife committed suicide. He also needs to catch the thief stealing from the economic soul of his pack¿s existence the silver mine. He enters the Silver Town¿s Tavern only to be shocked out of his fur when he sees his wife sitting inside. Lelandi and Darien have in common learning why their beloved Larissa killed herself.

DESTINY OF THE WOLF is an enjoyable satirical werewolf romantic suspense that takes a delightful bite at the mythology of moon howling shapeshifters while also ridicules racism. The support cast serves mostly to enhance understanding of the lifestyle of the packs especially that of the grey or the lead couple who risk their lives with a need to know why. Fans will relish this wonderful lampooning of the lycan legend inside an exhilarating thriller that enables the audience to get beyond the myths into the HEART OF THE WOLF.

Harriet Klausner
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Terry Spear's wolves are neither wild not tame. They live in small towns, keeping their identity secret from their human friends, running hospitals, schools, police stations, bars. There's a human girl who wants to be a nurse, but sick werewolves aren't quite the same as sick humans. And there's a girl who's pretending to be human, but wolves can tell the difference straight away. Terry Spear's wolves are sensual, sweet, dangerous and delightful, and her stories are full of intriguing details about a life so different from our own. From the family dynamics of multiple births to the curious etiquette of clothes-shedding and shape-shifting, the background to this tale rings so true I find myself listening in the night-are there wolves in Oregon? One of Terry's packs is in Oregon, though not the one the story centers on. Scenery and weather are as beautifully described as the animals, people and stories. Darien's dream wife has committed suicide. Her twin sister infiltrates the pack in search of more information, and rumors immediately fly that she wants to take her sister's place as the pack leader's wife. But Darien and Lelandi are already falling in love, and someone is not above committing murder to keep them apart. As the story progresses, the reader learns of silver bullets, rapid healing, frozen winters, Victorian underwear, and the essence of lovemaking coupled with the senses of the wolf. It all makes for a passionate, enjoyable read, full of action, mystery and romance, with love and betrayal lending spice and intrigue to the mix.
dawnmcclure More than 1 year ago
Lelandi Wildhaven will stop at nothing to find out the truth about her twin sister¿s death ¿ even if it means going against her pack¿s orders. She puts her life on the line and enters another pack¿s territory, seeking out her sister¿s widowed mate, Darien.

Darien Silver is the leader of Silver Town¿s gray lupus garou pack. His job is to keep the peace while taking care of pack business. When Lelandi arrives in his town hell ensues, and she¿s right in the thick of it. After a murder attempt on Lelandi goes awry he realizes he must find the one responsible before Lelandi suffers the same fate as her sister.

Lies are exposed, sexual awareness abounds, and all eyes of the pack are on Darien and Lelandi. Can Darien convince Lelandi she is his true mate, or will she let the lies of the past come between them?

Suspense, danger, intrigue and deceit¿all come together to create a vivid story of two lupus garous who must overcome all odds to be together. I had a hard time putting the book down because of the heroine¿s hilarious antics. She¿s the friend you always wanted to have but never wanted to piss off. The sexual tension between Darien and Lelandi is palpable. Darien¿s alpha-male ways will leave you wishing lupus garous really did exist. Tough when needed and tender when warranted, Darien is the perfect hero to fantasize about. If you¿re a fan of werewolves, or shape-shifters of any kind, be sure to check out Destiny of the Wolf by Terry Spear.
JACLYNMIT77 More than 1 year ago
I FISISHED DESTINY OF THE WOLF AND FOUDND IT MARVELOUS. COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. TERRY SPEAR DID AN EXCELLENT JOB. TENSION GREAT, PACING GREAT, DIALOGUE AND NARRATIVE GREAT. LOOKING FORWARD TO READ HER NEXT ONE THE WHITE WOLF. I BELIEVE IT IS COMING OUT IN FEBRUARY. JACLYN DI BONA
Anonymous 24 days ago
I liked the story line and for the most part, enjoyed the book. Lelandi was a likeable character at times then did stupid things to put others in danger. I liked Darin.
Anonymous 24 days ago
The person hides from Zero. Zero calls for the person.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Enjoyed the story and characters. Only thing I noticed was that it was repetitive in some areas. Still enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Terry Spear!!! I love all of her books in her wolf series. She always comes up with delicious plot lines and ends them with a happy ending. She makes the reader feel a sense of closure at the end of the book. Highly, highly recommend!
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a bit more than the first in the series.  Each book must represent a different couple and possibly a different pack.  This book seemed to have more mystery involved and more side stories going on than the first and it was easy to get lost in the world and hard to put the book down when real life called.  I do have to admit to being very confused in the beginning, but I'm sure that's what the author was going for.  I'm interested to see if the series continues to get better with each book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all of Terry Spear's book. I'd highly recommend all her work.
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keikoo52 More than 1 year ago
Super great writing in the lore of werewolves. Please keep writing their stories. Thank you, thank you.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!
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I hope the next book continues with this gray pack. A story for Tom & Jake.
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Inkyscribbles More than 1 year ago
I one of those gals that completely believes in love at first sight but this book had a huge stumbling block for me. The hero is in love with his dead wife's identical twin sister and the wife has only been dead THREE weeks! I just really couldn't get over the ick factor brought about by the too soon after a death romance. I'm not saying there is some magic formula for a proper period of mourning but this just felt icky. Also, the hero needed to be better developed as a character. I found some of the side characters more interesting.
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