Seduced by the Wolf

Seduced by the Wolf

by Terry Spear

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ISBN-13: 9781402237539
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Series: Heart of the Wolf Series , #5
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 390,585
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear has an MBA from Monmouth College. An eclectic writer, she dabbles in the paranormal as well as writing historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas.

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Except for a couple of cars parked outside the town hall, the lot was empty, and it appeared the wolf biologist speaking here tonight wouldn't have much of an audience to lecture to.

The Oregon air surrounding him felt damp and cool, not like the drier, much sunnier weather Leidolf Wildhaven had left behind in Colorado. He kept telling himself he'd get used to it. Old-time brass lanterns cast a golden glow over the sidewalk. A steady breeze stirred the spring leaves of the massive white oaks that lined the brick walk leading to the two-story building. An antiquated clock chimed seven times in the center of the tower on top, announcing to everyone in the listening area that the time had arrived for the lecture to begin. He let out his breath and headed for the building.

Anything to do with wolves concerned him, and even though the "doctor" couldn't say anything that he didn't already know, he wanted to see how others reacted to her talk concerning them. At this rate, it looked as though no one was going to show.

He took two steps at a time up the brick stairs and strode into the building, his gaze focusing on the empty chairs and the speakerless podium.

Dressed in a gray suit, Millie Meekle, the woman in charge of tourism and special events in the area, rung her hands nearby and shook her head, her stiff, glued-together silver hair not moving a fraction out of place.

"Oh, Mr. Wildhaven, this is a disaster. Dr. Roux had a flat tire at the place she's staying, and my husband dropped me off here, so I haven't any vehicle to go get her." She waved at the empty seats. "And no one has even shown up yet."

"Where's she staying?"

Several men sauntered into the town hall, their boots tromping on the wooden floor, their expressions annoyed. "Where's the doc?" one of the men asked gruffly.

Millie quickly spoke up. "She's stuck at the Cranberry Top Bed and Breakfast. Mr. Wildhaven's kind enough to offer to get her. She's staying in the Blue Room, first door on the left down the hall from the entryway," she directed Leidolf.

The man snorted. "We don't need no damned wolf biologist telling us how we should reintroduce wolves into the wild out here."

"Now, Mr. Hollis," Millie said.

"Don't 'Now, Mr. Hollis' me, Millie. You know I raise sheep, and if any damn wolf slinks onto my land, I'll kill him dead. That's what I'll do."

"I'll go get her," Leidolf said. He stalked out of the building with its oppressive heat and back into the cool out-of-doors. He hadn't figured any of the livestock owners would bother to come to the meeting, but after seeing the burly men, he was afraid the professor was bound for trouble.

Climbing into his Humvee, he assumed the woman probably wouldn't get a whole lot of lecturing done but instead would be faced with a barrage of condemning remarks. He still couldn't figure out why in the world she'd come here instead of lecturing to a more intellectual crowd in the city of Portland, two hours away.

Putting the vehicle in drive, he headed to the Cranberry Top, a quaint little red-roofed home with white siding and a white picket fence. Like many of the homes in the area, the place had been turned into a bed-and-breakfast inn because it was situated on a creek perfect for fishing and picturesque Mount Hood could be seen way off in the distance. Great for a Portland getaway.

When Leidolf arrived at the inn, he saw the vehicle in question, a green pickup with California plates that was tilting to one side. Women. Probably didn't know how to change a tire or call for someone to come and fix a flat. He'd barely opened the door to his Humvee when a woman hurried out, red hair in curls down to her shoulders and bouncing with her every step, eyes sea green and wide and hopeful, brow furrowed as she clutched a leather satchel tightly against her chest and headed straight for him. Dr. Roux? At least he presumed that's who she was, only he'd expected someone a lot less leggy and less stunning to look at.

What he'd figured he'd see was a gray-haired older woman, her hair swept back in a bun, with oval gold rimmed glasses perched on her nose. Instead, this woman looked to be in her midtwenties and in terrific form, with shapely legs and a body to match. He envisioned her hiking through woods on wilderness treks to observe wolves, dispelling the notion that she was strictly a classroom lecturer.

"Dr. Roux?" he asked, feeling more like a knight in shining armor now.

She didn't smile but looked worried as hell as she chewed a glossy lip and then gave a stiff nod. "Did Millie send you for me?" She didn't wait for him to answer and motioned to the truck. "I changed the tire already." He frowned and glanced back at the flat tire.

"Someone was nice enough to ruin the spare also when I ran inside to clean up," she added, her tone peeved. "It was too late to have the spare fixed before the meeting."

Irritated that any of the townspeople would treat her that way, he bit back a curse. Yet he couldn't help being surprised for a second time. First, by her appearance. Now, by how capable the little woman was.

He motioned to his Humvee. "I'm Leidolf Wildhaven, rancher south of town. I'll take you to the meeting and have one of my men fix the tires while you're lecturing."

"A rancher," she said softly, her voice slightly condemning.

He cast her a smidgeon of a smile. "Yeah, but cougars are the only animals that bother me of late. Wolves? They're my kind of animal. Protective, loyal-you know, like a dog, man's best friend."

"They're wild, Mr.-"

"I'd prefer you call me Leidolf."

"I'm Cassie. Never met a rancher before who liked wolves." She sounded as though she didn't believe he would care for wolves. Maybe even worried that he might cause her trouble when she lectured.

She climbed into his vehicle, took a deep breath, and her eyes widened again. He swore if he hadn't blocked her in as he held the door ready to shut it for her, she would have escaped. He heard her slight intake of breath and her heartbeat accelerate. Her gaze swiftly swept over him as if he was suddenly someone of more importance. She swallowed hard and smoothed her skirt over her lap, drawing his eye, and then she pulled away from him as much as possible.

She took another deep breath and met his gaze. "Wolves are wild and unpredictable. But you're right. They're also protective and loyal. Thanks for coming to get me."

He smiled in response, appreciating that she was a wolf advocate yet understood wolves well enough to realize how dangerous they could be, and felt a slight connection to her right away. Before he could shut her door, she quickly added, "You... are taking me to the town hall, right?"

"Yeah. Millie Meekle said you needed a lift."

Cassie still looked a little alarmed when Leidolf climbed into the vehicle, and he supposed he could understand her wariness. Millie should have called to let Cassie know he was coming to get her.

"I never figured I'd have trouble out here." She snapped her seat belt in place and pressed herself against the passenger door, almost as if she was attempting to keep as far away from him as she could.

For someone who studied wolves, she seemed a tad skittish. Which made him wonder if she'd had trouble with men before. Instantly, that thought gnawed at him, no matter that he'd just met her.

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LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** This story is a classic case of Tag, Dodge Ball and Hide and Go Seek. The game of love abounds with the pursuit, the tease and the requisite bad guys to make this story a consistent page turner. Cassie is the heroine and a lady who could define the word 'survivor'. At a young age, her world, her life and her future was destroyed and she was left to fend for herself in the only way she knew how. She lived with real wolves. Because of that event she has dedicated herself to their protection. She's knowledgeable, earnest and knows no fear when she's on the trail of a new pack to observe and get to know. I would say she's a bit obsessed too. She has good reason, that's true. But she has turned into a woman who finds it almost impossible to trust another person, human or werewolf. So she does things her own way. For the most part, it's an admirable quality but as she finds out the hard way, being alone has some great disadvantages. And she has to eventually come to the realization that she wants more out of life than what she's settled for. It's that road to discovery which weaves throughout this book that allows a reader to get to know Cassie, and care for her. A reader wants her to be happy but wants her to lighten up too. She's so stubborn! Then again, she is an alpha female. Leidolf is the alpha and pack leader. I've been waiting for his story because in previous books in the series, he seemed so alone and I didn't want him to be. Finally he has his lady love but the path to wedded bliss, werewolf style is fraught with peril - she is too stubborn to admit she wants him; he's got other guys wanting to usurp his leadership, teenagers doing stupid stunts compounded by raging hormones and a mystery that if left unsolved could get some people near and dear to Leidolf, killed. Talk about pressure. But the hunky red wolf is up to the challenge and won't let anyone deter him from his goal, and that's mating with Cassie. Unfortunately, he makes more than your average amount of detours in his quest to gain Cassie's agreement to mate. One of those places is downright embarrassing, which of course made me snicker. What endeared me to his character was his inability and in fact, total bemusement in doing business accounting and math. He was hopeless which made him flawed, vulnerable and for a romance hero, perfect. The bad guys and the good guys get mixed up a bit for awhile. I had a hard time figuring out if the bad guys were really bad or misguided and the ones I expected to be troublesome ended up being halfway decent. A lot of twists and turns, misleading hints and diabolical misconceptions kept me guessing and wondering throughout the book. All the threads woven throughout were tied up either as an exciting action packed confrontation, romantic seduction with spectacular results or a comedic zing that lightened up the dramatic tone of most of this story. The secondary characters were varied, numerous and interesting. There are even adorable puppies to coo over. Ms. Spear has another exciting winner on her hands with Seduced By The Wolf. It delves into pack dynamics and a man's sense of self. It shows the value of trust and the joy of protecting family. It's a book worthy to continue the wolf series that I fell in love with a few books ago. It's so well thought out and orchestrated, it's a pleasure to read. I hope she writes another one soon, and I can't wait.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Oregon, rancher Leidolf Wildhaven is worried about the purebred humans wanting to look too closely at the wilderness wolf populace. Not that the timing would be good ever for him and the werewolf pack he leads but this particular moment is disastrous as he just came from Colorado to take over as Alpha leader of a dispirited pack; werewolves who are without spirit and zest for life become easy targets. Adding to his headaches is the leggy biologist Dr. Cassie Roux who believes wolves in the wild need protection from human predators. She has problems caused by her angry peer, wolf biologist Alex Wellington and her attraction to this rancher who says a wolf is man's best friend. She can sniff the lupus garou scent he emits. Courageous she tries to protect a she-wolf and newborn litter from rogues (wolves, hunters and enemy biologists) while also trying to keep her heart safe from a hunk of a werewolf. No one makes werewolves seem real better than romantic urban fantasist Terry Spear continually does with her "Wolf" saga (see Legend of the White Wolf, To Tempt a Wolf, Heart of the Wolf and Destiny of the Wolf). Her fifth were-wolfish thriller is a strong tale of two dedicated people wanting to d the best for the wolfish populace in the northwest. Sub-genre fans will want to roam Oregon with this lead couple as outside a werewolf, a book by Terry Spear's is woman's best friend; inside the werewolf it is to dark to read (Groucho is turning over in his grave). Harriet Klausner
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Ever have one of those days when bad luck seems to follow you around? Well, that seems to be the case for Oregon rancher Leidolf Wildhaven in author Terry Spear's latest release, SEDUCED BY A WOLF. Leidolf is terrible at managing the finances of his ranch and he had his hands full with several abused youths he's taken in. The fact that he has also just taken over as Alpha leader of the wayward pack of lupus garou (werewolf) just adds to his problems. The wolf biologist Cassie Roux shows up to lecture on wolves. Leidolf is instantly attracted to her, which makes no sense. He's never been drawn to a human female before. Cassie has her own agenda. She is fearlessly protective of wolves. She is able to study them in ways no other wolf biologist can. Having lost her family at an young age, Cassie was raised by wolves and being a lupus garou, she git right in. When Leidolf and Cassie meet for the first time, she is wearing a cover scent so he doesn't know she's a lupus garou. But she knows he is and vows to stay clear of him. Leidolf learns Cassie has spotted a red wolf in the nearby Mount Hood National Forest. He's determined to find out more, afraid it could be one of his rogue pack members disobeying his orders again. The search for the red wolf leads both Cassie and Leidolf into harrowing encounters with hunters and authorities from the local zoo intent on capturing wolves. Along the way, Leidolf learns of Cassie's true nature making him more determined to know her. As Cassie and Leidolf fight for the survival of their species and the wolf, they battle their feelings for one another. Author Terry Spear has done a wonderful job of blending light paranormal, romance, suspense, and mystery into a tantalizing story that will capture your heart. There is bits of humor and mischief woven into the right places of this story of dedication, honor and loyalty. The author makes the world of lupus garou come to life. This is the fifth book in Terry Spear's werewolf series, but it is a stand alone book. Readers meet characters from previous books - including Leidolf - but aren't left in the dark if they haven't read the prior books yet. For an enjoyable read and the opportunity to let your imagination run wild, pick up SEDUCED BY A WOLF and escape to Leidolf and Cassie's world where love does rule.
Radella on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The story was mostly enjoyable- Leidolf Wildhaven is the leader of a werewolf pack in Oregon, having taken control over from an abusive leader. He has his hands full with trying to manage the unruly behavior of some younger wolves as well as financial concerns about the ranch he runs. He is also ready to settle down and have some babies. Cassie Roux is a wolf biologist, and a lone werewolf. She champions the cause of wolf conservation. When she comes to Oregon to teach the locals about wolves, she finds herself face-to-face with Leidolf. Cassie and Leidolf are instantly attracted to each other, but Cassie¿s been hurt before and wants nothing to do with a pack¿ As they try and sort out their feelings, they are often running around the forests full of hunters who dislike wolves, people from the zoo, murderers with unclear agendas, and other wolf biologists. With so much going on in the woods, there¿s too much at stake to stay away¿Somehow, when I picked this book up, I missed the fact that there were several books that came previously in the series. When I started reading, it was fairly obvious that I had missed something. The previous stories were mentioned in ways that made it clear they were important to the current characters, but not to be too repetitive for readers who knew the story. While I could follow along just fine it felt like it was missing depth, especially with the characters. Many of the secondary characters all sort of blended together and in my mind were completely interchangeable. There was nothing to make them seem interesting or unique. I liked how wolf-like the werewolves in this story are, while at the same time being so human. The two very different ways of life are brought together in an intriguing way. The werewolf world she creates is almost realistic. I didn¿t like that the women werewolves were essentially prizes- at one point one of the characters basically says, ¿if you catch her, she¿s yours¿. Seriously? I also thought the ending was completely inexplicable and tied up things unrealistically quickly, with the reader left wondering what just happened.
cleoppa on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was a fun book. A bit absurd and ridiculous at times, but overall a quick, fun read. At one point, near the beginning of the book, about a quarter of the books is spent with all these people running around the national forest. Despite the fact that the forest is huge, all these characters just happen to collide.The wolf biologist (who happens to be a werewolf), who's looking for a real wolf, just happens to run into the hotty werewolf skinny dipping (in the middle of nowhere). She runs off, he chases her. Then we have the crazy zoo people, who are looking to tranquilize a wolf or a few to take to the zoo. And yes, they just happen to be running around the same stretch of forest. Then we have the human wolf biologist who has the hots for the werewolf wolf biologist. And yes, he's running around in the forest too. Then we have the werewolf wolf's biologist's long lost werewolf cousin, who's running around as a wolf. And the hotty werewolf's pack. And a pair who's looking to kill a few werewolves... or people... And yeah, they're all running into each other.Chasing the hot chick. Researching the wolf. Looking for their cousin. Avoiding getting killed. Looking for a new subject for their zoo. Shooting people and wolves.A bit absurd? Unfortunately, yes. And there's a few other places like that. Nonetheless, absurdities aside, it is a quick, fun read.
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Leidolf Wildhaven is the leader of a new pack that was abused by it's former Alpha. Between protecting the pack and running his ranch he doesn't have time for much else. But when Cassie Roux, a biologist that specializes in wolves comes to town he's absolutely captivated by her.Terry Spear has given us another great werewolf story. I jumped into the middle of this series earlier this year when I read Legend of the White Wolf. I fell in love with the characters almost right away. Leidolf Wildhaven was introduced in that book as a secondary character, at least as far as I know that was his first appearance. Anyway even though he was a secondary character when he entered into the story he demanded your attention. I was really fascinated by him, so glad he got his own book.Seduced by the Wolf is a fast, riveting novel of danger and romance. A fine addition to the series. Both Cassie & Leidolf in their own way are playing a game of seduction- that was quite fun to watch. Ms. Spear has creates unique werewolf stories that are hard to put down.
MasonCanyon on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Ever have one of those days when bad luck seems to follow you around?Well, that seems to be the case for Oregon rancher Leidolf Wildhaven in author Terry Spear¿s latest release, SEDUCED BY A WOLF. Leidolf is terrible at managing the finances of his ranch and he had his hands full with several abused youths he¿s taken in. The fact that he has also just taken over as Alpha leader of the wayward pack of lupus garou (werewolf) just adds to his problems.The wolf biologist Cassie Roux shows up to lecture on wolves. Leidolf is instantly attracted to her, which makes no sense. He¿s never been drawn to a human female before.Cassie has her own agenda. She is fearlessly protective of wolves. She is able to study them in ways no other wolf biologist can. Having lost her family at an young age, Cassie was raised by wolves and being a lupus garou, she git right in.When Leidolf and Cassie meet for the first time, she is wearing a cover scent so he doesn¿t know she¿s a lupus garou. But she knows he is and vows to stay clear of him. Leidolf learns Cassie has spotted a red wolf in the nearby Mount Hood National Forest. He¿s determined to find out more, afraid it could be one of his rogue pack members disobeying his orders again. The search for the red wolf leads both Cassie and Leidolf into harrowing encounters with hunters and authorities from the local zoo intent on capturing wolves. Along the way, Leidolf learns of Cassie¿s true nature making him more determined to know her.As Cassie and Leidolf fight for the survival of their species and the wolf, they battle their feelings for one another.Author Terry Spear has done a wonderful job of blending light paranormal, romance, suspense, and mystery into a tantalizing story that will capture your heart. There is bits of humor and mischief woven into the right places of this story of dedication, honor and loyalty. The author makes the world of lupus garou come to life.This is the fifth book in Terry Spear¿s werewolf series, but it is a stand alone book. Readers meet characters from previous books - including Leidolf - but aren¿t left in the dark if they haven¿t read the prior books yet.For an enjoyable read and the opportunity to let your imagination run wild, pick up SEDUCED BY A WOLF and escape to Leidolf and Cassie¿s world where love does rule.
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed finally being able to read Leidolf's story.  I think the pack dynamic is a bit different than any of the earlier books and that made it interesting.  I also liked the strong female personality that we found in Cassie.  I wish we'd gotten a bit more into the Aimee and Carver story line, but other than that I was satisfied with the story and the conclusions.  I look forward to more from this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!!!!!!
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TLJo More than 1 year ago
A good, quick read. Kind of a predictable story line but good if you're not looking for anything too deep.
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