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Spirit of the Wolf by Vonna Harper

Spirit of the Wolf by Vonna Harper
* I received a copy of this book from Kensington in exchange for an honest review*

Passionate: A cattle rancher with a past he’d rather forget, Matt prefers to be alone. But that all changes the night he meets Cat. Her eyes, her lips, her body-he wants her. He needs her…Primal: Unable to resist the attraction he feels for Cat, Matt takes her with a primitive passion he’s never felt before. The sex is intense and wildly erotic, yet still he hungers for more…Powerful: As he struggles to control his fierce desire, Matt begins to experience a strange kinship with the wolves who roam his lands. Like them, he longs to be wild and free-but can he take Cat with him, or must he leave her behind for a fate not even he understands…

Matt is a cattle rancher that has a special connection to the land.  He has lived with Santos and Addie for years until Santos was found dead where he had been thrown from his horse.  The wolves have returned and the ranchers are getting nervous and want to hunt them.  He senses their leader, Ghost Wolf whenever he is out on the land.  He fears the legacy his father may have left him, his father was Native American.

Cat is a horse trainer and one of the few females in the area.  She is drawn to Matt and sparks fly when they are together.  She is concerned about the changes in Matt’s behavior and the fact that she can hear/sense Golf Wolf too.  Matt is becoming more domineering in their lovemaking and acts like he is possessed.  He doesn’t seem to comprehend her when she tells him no and it’s like something has taken over his body.

The Paiute once roamed the lands.  Their belief in Matich seemed to skip a generation and many of the stories have been lost.  The cave on Cat’s land holds all the secrets, if they can just survive the confrontation with Ghost Wolf.

This story seemed to take me a long time to read because at times it was hard to follow.  I knew going in this was part of the Aphrodisia line but was a little surprised by the sex scenes between Matt and Cat.  I wasn’t expecting the level of dominance and disregard that Matt exhibited toward Cat, almost to the point of nonconsensual sex.  Cat’s behavior also bothered me slightly because she just brushed over the incidents like it was ok, even though she seemed upset about it at the time.

On a positive note, the last 100 pages or so totally redeemed this book in my eyes.  It was interesting learning not only about Paiute legend and the cave paintings but more about the history of these brave Native Americans.  I really enjoyed the ending and was surprised by the twist I didn’t see coming.  I kept expecting a paranormal element, such as a werewolf based on the way Matt reacted to the “footprints” but that was not the case.

I give Spirit of the Wolf 3 Flaming Hearts. 


One Response

  1. Oh this is definitively something I want to read. Great review, Heather.

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