Touch of the Wolf [NOOK Book]

Overview


Family.

Abandon as a child, Winter Barstow is a woman without a family history and few clues to lead her in the right direction. When a stolen artifact from the Olympic National Forest arrives at her door, Winter travels to the remote outpost in Washington in search of who sent it to her and why. Instead of answers, she finds the handsome, yet moody Forest Ranger Jay Raven hiding from his heritage.

Freedom.

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Overview


Family.

Abandon as a child, Winter Barstow is a woman without a family history and few clues to lead her in the right direction. When a stolen artifact from the Olympic National Forest arrives at her door, Winter travels to the remote outpost in Washington in search of who sent it to her and why. Instead of answers, she finds the handsome, yet moody Forest Ranger Jay Raven hiding from his heritage.

Freedom.

Jay’s attraction to Winter is instantaneous, and powerful. To admit it, however, means Jay must recognize a culture he’s left behind—something he’s not willing to do. But when Winter discovers the body of her college mentor, her life is in danger and only the call of the wolf can lead Jay to her side and back to his Native American ways.

And a love strong enough to offer both.

Having just embraced his family, Jay is now faced with a difficult decision: turn his brother in for the theft of ancient tribal artifacts, or protect him. Worse yet is protecting Winter as her continued search for the thieves leads a target for killers. Now Winter and Jay must embrace their heritage and the spirit of the wolf to save Winter’s life, as well as the love that has brought them home.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622662012
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/30/2013
  • Series: Entangled Ignite
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 228,870
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


A career writer, Vella Munn loves writing about small towns, the wilderness, things that go bump in the night, love, and a million other things. Married with two sons and four grandchildren, she’s most happy in her slippers or barefoot. She loves taking her dogs for walks, digging in her garden, and being at the family cabin. Her prime hate: shopping.

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta: *

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
    *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

    I seem to be discovering new authors recently, which is fabulous for someone who reads as much as I do but maybe not for my bank manager! Vella Munn is one such author, and I was more than happy to read Touch of the Wolf when recommended by a friend. This is an ideal book for lovers of romantic suspense who are looking for a read that is perhaps a little deeper than many others out there. Although it will also be an interesting read for devotees of paranormal fiction.

    This story centres around Winter Barstow, a young anthropologist who has no recollection of her family and has grown up in foster care always searching for her place in the world. All she truly knows about herself is she obviously has Native American heritage and has always felt a connection with wolves.

    The professor she works with Dr Gilsdorf, is on a fact finding mission in the Olympic National Park in Washington when she receives a mysterious tribal mask from him. The mask is in the form of a wolfs head and something about it awakens memories within Winter. Her journey to the Olympic National forest to meet Dr Gilsdorf finds her discovering tragedy as Winter finds out that her mentor has been viciously murdered. Was he slain by opportunistic thieves or is it possible that someone doesn't want his findings made public?

    Jay Raven is part of the Hoh tribe but has turned his back on many of his families native beliefs. Working as a Park Ranger he struggles to maintain a balance between the modern world and his heritage. He realises that there are those amongst his people that will stop at nothing to protect their most sacred relics but would they go as far as murder? Meeting the mysterious Winter challenges Jays very beliefs as it's obvious that she knows far more than she's prepared to say. Wanting to protect her Jay tries hard to warn her off but sometimes connections just cannot be ignored. Winter is stirring up a can of worms and it looks like the killer hasn't quite finished his dirty work!

    Ok going to be honest and say I was a bit concerned by the location, use of wolves and native American imagery in this book. Why? Well with the advent of sparkly vampires there does seem to be quite a plethora of similar stories around. Happily this is nothing like those! This book is a grown up read, full of mystery, suspense and historical facts. Set in a very evocative landscape it's full of lush descriptions that take the reader into the forest to journey with the central characters. Yes there is a romance but somehow it felt secondary to the mystery of who the murderer was and just what the reasons where.All in all this was a well thought out story and it's obvious that Ms Munn has done her research . A book to make you think and certainly one to enjoy .

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

    Winter was abandoned as a child and knows nothing about her fami

    Winter was abandoned as a child and knows nothing about her family history. She has only a few clues. She is sent an artifact from the Olympic National Forest and now she is on a mission to figure out why she is drawn to the artifact and what it means to her. She meets Jay a forest ranger who knows all about his heritage but doesn't want all that it means. Winter finds the body of her college mentor and as she and Jay work together to solve a mystery they find themselves in a world of danger. The clues point to Jay's family and Winter will have to learn about her heritage and Jay will have to embrace his. With the call of a wolf their only help at times they are in a world of danger and as they fall in love they have to fight to give it a chance to bloom and for them to live.

    This book has many things going for it. You get history as you learn about both main characters heritage. It is a very neat one and the author does a great job with it. You have a mystery as they have to figure out who and why these crimes are happening and why someone would commit murder to keep secrets. Of course there is danger, action and intrigue as Winter and Jay try to figure things out. If that wasn't enough you get romance and Winter and Jay begin to fall for each other. They clearly belong together. Winter is the type of person not to give up when she sets her mind to something and even when afraid she stays strong. Jay is protective of his family but for a while doesn't want his life to revolve around the family history. I liked both of them. The only problem I had with the story was it was slow in a few spots and the beginning didn't pull me right in. It is a good paranormal romance book that once it gets going good it does pull you in.

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  • Posted January 11, 2014

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    This is an intriguing and fascinating paranormal romance steeped

    This is an intriguing and fascinating paranormal romance steeped in Native American culture.
    Winter Barstow is a woman without a family history and few clues to lead her in the right direction. When she is sent a stolen artifact from the Olympic National Forest, she travels to a remote outpost in Washington to discover why it was sent to her and finds the handsome and moody Jay Raven.  A forest ranger, Jay is hiding from his heritage and the attraction he feels for Winter is instantaneous and powerful.  When Winter finds her college mentor’s body she makes herself a target for his killer and Jay must embrace his heritage in order to protect her.
    This slow to steady paced plot is full of suspense, romance and a spiritual journey for two people looking for answers.  The author brings the story to life with vivid images that grab the reader’s attention, lots of tension building suspense and compelling characters. The attraction between Winter and Jay a smoldering passion that builds throughout the story and the author conveys that passion, their emotions and their personalities with intense details that ensures that the reader can easily relate to them.
    The author captures the imagination and immerses the reader into another culture one ripe with traditions and spiritual connections that add depth to the story.  The author keeps the reader guessing with surprises, twists and suspicious characters in the universal conflict of greed and personal accomplishments.
    The only problem I had was that at the beginning the story seemed to drag, but things quickly picked up and I found the story to be enjoyable and that while the story had lots of Native American culture and references, she used terminology and language that I could follow and not get lost trying to figure out what things meant.  

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    This was an interesting read! It has romance and suspense in jus

    This was an interesting read! It has romance and suspense in just the right amounts to keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see how things will play out. I enjoyed the characters and the story line from beginning to end. Definitely a book to check out. I received and ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

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    A Great Native American Suspense Read. I received a copy of thi

    A Great Native American Suspense Read.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

    Maybe you are someone who’s never connected with your heritage and ancestors. Reading this book may be the incentive you need to change that. With Vella’s descriptions of the surroundings, I can almost smell the forest. If you’re a person that likes to set the mood as you read, you might want to put some Native American music playing in the background. 

    And until they come up with smell-a-vision for e-readers, you might even break out a candle that reminds you of the forest. Of course, this being the holiday season you may still have a real tree sitting in your house. Or maybe you live in an area that’s nice all year long, go find a nice place to sit outside where you can sit and read this.

    This is a story you have to listen to – hear what it’s telling you. It’s a story of beliefs and it’s not always what we see but sometimes what we feel or even hear. Vella’s words just seem to bring everything alive – it requires you to open up your senses. This is not a story that can be rushed. You have to slow down and learn about a group of people that have been misunderstood for centuries.

    When I looked at the title, I thought “oh, a paranormal” but it’s not. It’s about heritage and history. The mystery, suspense, and romance are secondary. You just won’t want to put it down. As a reader, when I get to the three-quarter mark, I think the author is going to start wrapping things up and start to tie up loose ends. But no, our author adds in another mystery. And by adding this other mystery nothing gets rushed and it ends on a perfect note.

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

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    Solid 3.5 Stars - Had me turning pages until the end... 3.5 Sta

    Solid 3.5 Stars - Had me turning pages until the end...

    3.5 Stars

    This was an interesting read for me, not a story I would normally pick up for myself. That being said, once I got into the heart of the story, I found myself wrapped up in the mystery and looking forward to seeing how things would be resolved – not only with the murder mystery, but with the relationship between Jay and Winter as well as their ability to come to terms with their pasts.

    Jay and Winter were both solid characters, struggling with issues from their past and trying to figure out how they fit in to the present. My only complaint with these two was that at times their dialogue was a bit choppy and had me confused. I did appreciate the use of their inner dialogue so I had a better idea of what was going on inside their heads, but at times it was distracting to the actual dialogue going on between the characters.

    The murder mystery was well played out and had me guessing right up until the end – which was refreshing. The use of Native American lore and history was well done and interesting adding another layer to the story.

    All in all, a good read that kept me turning pages until the end!

    I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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