Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wolf Games- A Review

So since I did a contest with the book last week, I thought that I should review it.

Author:             Vivian Arend

Genre:               Paranormal Romance

Purchase:        Wolf Games       MBAM


From the Publisher:

True love’s path never did run smooth.

Granite Lake Wolves, Book 3

After seven years of total denial, Maggie Raynor’s body—and her inner wolf—are in full revolt. Weak and shaky, she literally falls into the very large and capable arms of the Granite Lake Beta, Erik Costanov. The last thing she wants is a mate, particularly when just looking at another wolf scares her to death. And one as big and sexy as Erik? Really bad idea, no matter what her libido says.

Erik expected to meet Maggie in Whitehorse to escort her to the home of her sister, his pack’s Omega. Sheer chance puts him in the right place at the right time to catch her, but the realization that hits him with the force of a full body shot is no accident. She’s his mate. An even bigger shock? She wants no part of him—not until she resolves her issues.

She’ll have to work fast, because they’re both selected to represent the pack during the premier sporting event for wolves in the north. Not only will she have to work as a team with Erik, she’ll have to face down her fear of wolves. Let the Games begin.

My Review:

This is the 3rd book in the Granite Lake Wolves series by Ms. Arend and it is a another solid installment.  The hero of this book is Erik, the beta to the Granite Lake pack.  He is a very large man, tall with wide shoulders, who also happens to be a "hottie", but the best part of him is his character.  He is highly intelligent, speaks 7 languages, and is caring, loyal and fiercely protective of those in his care.  The heroine is Maggie, sister to one of the pack's Omega Wolves (Missy from book 2, Wolf Flight), a woman who has lost touch of her inner wolf.  She hasn't been around wolves in 7 years for a couple of reasons.  She now has to learn first hand that not all wolf packs are the same and that every strong wolf is not dangerous or criminally inclined, like the ones from her previous pack.  We see Maggie grow alot in this book and deal with her inner demons. 

Erik and Maggie both know that they are a mated pair from the moment that they meet but Maggie talks Eric into waiting until she can get to know him before they act on attraction to each other.  I really liked that aspect of the story because they get to know each other as people and not just as wolves. 

We also get to spend a little more time with TJ, the younger brother of the pack's Alpha, and we get to meet another young male member of the pack, Jared.  Both of these young men grow thru the book also and are funny characters in themselves since they both consider themselves "ladies" men. 

The "games" are just that, a werewolf version of Olympic games.  There are other packs involved and Maggie must learn to deal with other wolves, which is another aspect of the story. 

Overall I really liked this book, the only thing I would have liked to read more of would have been to have more of Erik's backstory as we got quite a bit of Maggie's. 

My Rating:  5 out of 5 Crowns

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