Heart of the Wolf

Heart of the Wolf

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by Terry Spear

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Book 1 in Terry Spear's Heart of the Wolf series

Their forbidden love may get them both killed.

Bella is a red werewolf, sole survivor of the fire that killed her entire pack.

Devlyn is a beta male werewolf in a pack of grays.

Forced to flee her adopted gray pack when the alpha male becomes a vicious threat, she struggles


Book 1 in Terry Spear's Heart of the Wolf series

Their forbidden love may get them both killed.

Bella is a red werewolf, sole survivor of the fire that killed her entire pack.

Devlyn is a beta male werewolf in a pack of grays.

Forced to flee her adopted gray pack when the alpha male becomes a vicious threat, she struggles to live as a lone wolf, until Devlyn, the gray male who rescued her as a pup, comes to bring her home.

When a local red werewolf goes on a killing spree, Bella and Devlyn must flee the murderer, the police and their vengeful pack leader. With the full moon rising, and her heat upon her, Bella can't resist the pull to her destined mate, even if means Devlyn will have to face the wicked alpha male in a fight to the death...

A sizzling paranormal romance based on extensive research on how wolves live and behave in the wild, creating a fascinating world of nature and fantasy.

Heart of the Wolf Series:
Heart of the Wolf (Book 1)
To Tempt the Wolf (Book 2)
Legend of the White Wolf (Book 3)
Seduced by the Wolf (Book 4)

Praise for USA Today bestseller Terry Spear:
"You will be turning pages well into the night." -Sandy Blair, author of A Highlander For Christmas
"A fast-paced, sexy read with lots of twists and turns! A fascinating paranormal world with a hot hero, a smart heroine and dark villains." -Nicole North, author of Devil in a Kilt
"Warm and sexy; Terry Spear is a great new voice in the paranormal romance genre." -Cathy Clamp, USA Today bestselling author

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A solidly crafted werewolf story, this tale 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." - The Romantic Times

"I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a good paranormal, romantic suspense, and shape shifter story!" - Fallen Angel Reviews

" The characters were so well developed and the writing so superior that it felt real to me, my reactions were as if I was a part of the story." - The Romance Studio

"Ms. Spear adds enough creative twists to grab your attention and keep you reading." - Bitten By Books

Publishers Weekly

Red werewolf Bella flees her adoptive pack of gray werewolves when the alpha male Volan tries forcibly to claim her as his mate. Her real love, beta male Devlyn, has been out of her life for years, but comes after her when she finds herself accidentally captured by humans. Bella becomes convinced that Devlyn only wants to return her to Volan, but soon realizes that Devlyn loves her as much as she loves him, and is willing to fight Volan to the death to claim her. That problem pales, however, as a pack of red werewolves takes to killing human females in a crazed quest to claim Bella for their own. Bella and Devlyn must defeat the rogue wolves before Devlyn's final confrontation with Volan. The vulpine couple's chemistry crackles off the page, but the real strength of the book lies in Spear's depiction of pack power dynamics, as well as in the details of human-wolf interaction. His wolf world feels at once palpable and even plausible. (Apr.)

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Heart of the Wolf Series , #1
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4.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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Chapter One

Present Day
Portland, Oregon

One hundred and fifty years later-aging one year for every thirty that passed once a lupus garou reached puberty-Bella was the equivalent of a human twenty-one-year-old. She longed more than ever to have Devlyn for her mate, wishing she hadn't had to hide from the pack all these years. The burning desire for him flooded her veins whenever she came into the wolf's heat. Her body craved his touch, but her mind had given up hoping to ever have him for her own. If she could find a strong, agreeable human mate, she could change him into a lupus garou, and he would keep her safe from Volan.

She shook her head, trying to rid herself of the image of the brutish fiend, and continued to pack her overnight bag. Any man would be better than he-a good mate who would help her establish her own pack.

She turned to look at Devlyn's photo sitting on the bedside table, the most recent one that Argos, the old, retired pack leader, had sent her. Taking a deep breath, she threw another pair of jeans into her bag, determined to get her mind off Devlyn.

Knowing she couldn't put off mating much longer, she realized that one's second choice far outweighed living alone; even the sound of a dog's howl on the night's breeze triggered the gnawing craving to be with a pack.

She stalked into her office and left an email message for Argos, a routine she'd adopted because he insisted she keep him posted whenever she went into the woods. As a loner, she'd have no backup. Off to the cabin for the weekend again, Argos. Give the pack my love, in secret. Yours always, love, Bella

She didn't have to tell him to keep her correspondence a secret; he knew what would happen if Volan learned where she was. . . .

Turning off her computer, she picked up her phone and called her next-door neighbor-a woman who had partially eased Bella's loneliness after losing her twin sister in a fire so many years ago. "Chrissie, I'm going to my cabin for the weekend again. Can you keep an eye on my place?"

"Sure thing, Bella. Pick up your mail on Saturday, too, if you'd like. And I'll water your greenhouse plants. Hey, I don't want to hold you up, but did you hear about the latest killing?"

"Yeah, the police have got to catch the bastard soon."

That was one of the reasons she was going to her cabin, to get away, to consider the facts of the murders, to search for clues in the woods. He had to be from Portland or the surrounding area, since it was there he'd killed all the women. And he had to take a jaunt in a forest from time to time. The call of the wild was too strong in them. She hadn't expected to smell red lupus garou in the place where she ran, as far away as it was from the city. For three years she hadn't smelled a hint of them. Not until last weekend. Was one of them the killer? She had to know.

Bella tossed a pink sweatshirt into the bag.

"You be careful, honey. The victims are all redheads in their twenties. And the last was killed not far from here."

"Don't worry, Chrissie. I've got a gun for protection." Well, two: one at her cabin, and one at home, but who was counting? Silver bullets, too; Bella had them made for Volan. It wasn't the lupus garou way, but she had no other way to fight him. She would never be his.

"A . . . a gun? Do you know how to shoot it?"

Yep, she'd learned how to shoot a gun a good century and a half ago, ever since the early days when she had lived in the wilderness, trying to survive in the lands west of Colorado.

"Yeah, don't worry. Give your kids hugs for me, will you? Tell Mary I want to see the painting she did for art class, and tell Jimmy that I want to see his science project when I return."

Chrissie sighed. "I'll tell them. You be careful up there all by yourself. That is, if you're going all by yourself."

Always checking. Chrissie was looking for husband number two, and she assumed Bella rendezvoused with some mountain man every time she returned to her cabin.

"See you Monday."

"Be careful, Bella. You never know where that maniac will end up."

"I'll be cautious. Got to go."

Bella hung up the phone and zipped her suitcase. Before it turned dark she had every intention of searching the woods for further clues concerning the red lupus garou-not a wild dog, a mixed wolf-dog breed, or as some thought, a pit bull that some bastard had trained to kill his victims-that might be killing the women.

Why had she caught the scent of red lupus garou in the area near her cabin now, when the woods had been free of their kind for the last three years? She envisioned a lone female wouldn't stand a chance at remaining that way. Her stomach curdled with the idea that she'd have to give up her cabin and find a new place to run. Just one more concern to add to her growing list of worries.

Meet the Author

A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear has an MBA from Monmouth College. As an eclectic writer, she dabbles in paranormal, historical, and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. She is the author of Winning the Highlander's Heart, Deadly Liaisons, and The Vampire . . . In My Dreams (young adult). Spear lives in Crawford, Texas.

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Heart of the Wolf 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I needed something different from what I usually read and this was good. Bella's character in this book was a strong female and Devlyn was as good. Overall, good story, good plot, and good writing skill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heart of the Wolf has riveting action and characters that are absolutely spellbinding! From the star-crossed lovers to the villains, the suspenseful drama unfolds magnificently. Though I've never been to Oregon, the description made me feel like I was right there in the great Pacific Northwest! I couldn't put the story down until the very end!
ASHLEYBARNES More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Its so funny. Plus Devlyn is so hot and Bella is stright up and a handfull.
J-Dove More than 1 year ago
very original it was free flowing totally loved the characters, the only bad thing was it wasn't long enough
wolf-lover More than 1 year ago
I loved this one just as much as the first! It is well written, romantic, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like wolf books this series is a must read
The-Book-Diaries More than 1 year ago
This story is about Bella, a red wolf who was rescued and adopted into another wolf pack. The story starts when Bella is a older character giving some background information in bits and pieces throughout the book. Bella runs away from the wolf pack that has raised her because of Volan, the current alpha wants her as a mate. Bella has loved Devlyn since they were younger but won't let him fight the alpha for her. When Bella gets captured and put in a zoo, Devlyn is sent to rescue her. He realizes when he finds her that he wants her as a mate and will fight Volan for her. In the mist of the love triangle, Bella has captured the attention of a red wolf pack in her town. Three of the wolves, including the current alpha of the red pack now want Bella as well. A red wolf in the town has been killing women in hopes to turn them for a mate, and now has captured the attention of the town and the police. Bella and Devlyn work to find who the killers are and stop them before the wolves are discovered by humans. I like the characters and the natural instincts that were created in this book. I just didn't find the story all that appealing to me. I think if the story started about Bella being rescued and growing up in the pack, I might have enjoyed the story more. I just found that as I read I really didn't get to know Bella, Devlyn or Volan all that well from this story.
BarbaraC More than 1 year ago
This book was an interesting paranormal romance featuring the lead characters Bella and Devlyn. The writer used a free flowing and easy prose, although it was very distracting to note the multitude of typos within the book.
Anonymous 6 days ago
It has a story however nothing to keep your interest ever happens.No intrigue or excitement until the very end.Plenty of sex though if thats what your looking for. L.M.A.
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Always liked her books
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I won the 10th book in this series from GR First Reads program back in 2013.  Unfortunately, that meant I had to collect the others in the series before reading it.  Now that I have, I'm going to make my way through the series so that I can read the one I won.  The first book was good.  I love the "werewolf" aspect of the romance and it gets pretty steamy.  But I also love the aspect of a mystery that needs to be solved, some drama going on in the main character's lives that needs to be fixed, and even a bit of thriller element going on.  It wasn't just pure romance, there was a story there, something that just kept you reading.  It will be interesting to see if the series follows the same characters or pack, or if we get a new couple each book.
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Just started reading but find it very interesting, a good read for warewolf Entusiasts
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keikoo52 More than 1 year ago
Great books!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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