Nairn O'Banyon has had a couple of bad centuries. Back in the Middle Ages, he was a feared warrior, a charming womanizer, and a...well...he was strictly human. But a dark curse has made him a changed man. In fact, during moments of great passion, he becomes the feral hound his conquests oft accused him of being. And if that isn't bad enough, another brush with the black arts has thrust him into a time frame other than his own. Thus it is that he finds himself in the Prince Regent's elegant London.
Brave, adaptable and utterly charming, O'Banyon is determined to enjoy life wherever it leads. In fact, he realizes he can live quite happily amid the posh ton if he avoids highly passionate encounters, keeps his secrets to himself, and limits his saturated fats. And so he does, until he meets the one woman he cannot resist, and learns she possesses the singular quality he fears more than death itself. Magic.
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About the Author
Lois Greiman is the award-winning author of more than twenty novels, including romantic comedy, historical romance, and mystery. She lives in Minnesota with her family and an ever-increasing number of horses.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nairn O¿Banyon is a warrior with a secret. His love of women has become his curse, literally, and for him to break his curse he must find true love. This is problematic for the Irish Hound, who finds the fair sex tempting and whose own sex appeal tempts every woman he meets. Every women, that is, except Antionette Debonnet. This woman is a mystery, an enigma and the first women to truly tempt O¿Banyon in centuries. She can sense his desire and still she keeps him at arm¿s length, avoiding even his touch. A fit challenge for the Irish Hound. Antoinette Desbonnet lives most of her life in seclusion, tending to her garden and to those under her care. And to the haunting secret that she alone must bear. She spies the famed Irish Hound across a ballroom floor and sparks fly. Yet she cannot chance getting close to him. She cannot let him get into her world and let him love her. This is her curse, her cross to bear. Antoinette has a beautiful otherworldly essence and possesses a magic that no one, including herself, can understand. Yet somehow O¿Banyon does. He knows her soul is pure and that beneath her brave and independent front, she is lost and alone. In TEMPTING THE WOLF, Lois Greiman has done it again!. The plot is fast paced, the storyline wrapped in intrigue and magic, and her characters well drawn and bold. The theme of temptation plays out for both characters and are woven masterfully through the plot to a more than satisfying conclusion. The dark corners of this story are balanced well with O¿Banyon¿s wit and charming brand of humor.
I really liked this book and I loved O¿Banyon, the hero, right from the start. O¿Banyon is irresistible, a hot-blooded charmer who takes pleasure in the company of all women. I found myself charmed by his combination of unshakeable confidence and self-deprecating humor. I was intrigued by his history and his special powers. It was fun to watch his character change as he found himself falling for a mysterious and elusive woman with intriguing powers and a past of her own. I also enjoyed the clever banter between the characters. In short, it¿s an enthralling and fast-paced read. I stayed up very late to finish it¿and it was worth it!
Over the centuries ever since he disobeyed the sorceress siren that made him pay the price of his refusal to murder a friend, O¿Banyon has been a favorite of the ladies. Though he cherishes them as much as they do him, he hides from his horde of females and for that matter everyone because he was cursed and at times is more wolf than man. He has few delusions of ever escaping from his plight so he enjoys it with the ladies.--------------- However, in 1818 his feelings are about to change when ¿The Irish Hound¿ as he has been called for hundreds of years meets Antoinette ¿the woman in white¿ Desbonnet. For some reason he wants her in away that has never occurred to him before. He courts her even as she welcomes his lure though she knows she should flee. As they fall in love, he wonders if she is his salvation as she tames the beast in him, but soon becomes concerned for her as an old adversary decides to teach him a further lesson by destroying his beloved.---------------- TEMPTING THE WOLF is a wonderful Regency romantic fantasy. Readers will root for the two lead protagonists to find a way to overcome their deadly adversary. As the author did with TAMING THE BARBARIAN, Lois Greiman provides her fans with a delightful action-packed romantic fantasy.------------------- Harriet Klausner