Title: Between a Wolf and a Hard Place
Author: Terry Spear
Series: Silver Town Wolf, #7
Pubdate: April 4, 2017
In Silver Town, the secrets run deep…
Alpha werewolf Brett Silver has an ulterior motive when he donates a prized family heirloom to the Silver Town hotel. Ellie MacTire owns the place with her sisters, and he’s out to get her attention.
Ellie is even more special than Brett knows. She’s a wolf-shifter with a unique ability to commune with the dead. Ellie has been ostracized, so she protects herself and those she loves by revealing nothing—not even when strange and dangerous things begin to happen in Silver Town. And especially not to the devastatingly handsome and generous wolf who’s determined to win her over…
He smiled and leaned down to kiss her. No ghosts out here to interrupt them. Just a chilly fall day when green-needled pines rubbed elbows with quaking golden aspen, their leaves dancing gaily in the cool breeze.
Brett’s gentle kiss turned hot and needy. No way was she pushing him away this time, ghost or no. This was what she’d needed. A kiss from a wolf who didn’t automatically dismiss her ghostly abilities. A man who was warm and gentle, but also passionate and oh so desirable.
This time Ellie did what she’d wanted to before, slipping her tongue into his mouth and stroking his. He crushed her against his body, revealing how passion- ately needy he was. She’d never seen a male shift who was aroused like that, and she had every intention of adding the image to her bedroom fantasy tonight. His lips continued to brush against hers, slowing the pace as if he were trying to get his rampant urges under control.
As hard as he was, he wasn’t succeeding.
He finally brushed his mouth against her hair with a long, lingering kiss. “Ready to run?”
His voice was heavy with lust, and she was having a difficult time backing off and letting the poor wolf get his erection under control. Instead, she wanted to rub against him, like wolves did, to show she was just as interested in him as he was in her.
Their pheromones had already spiked, boosting the burning need to consume and claim each other as mated wolves. Consummating a relationship only ended one way for wolves: mated for life.
Brett’s angular face softened as he pulled away, still holding her arms as if he wasn’t quite ready to let go.
“One of the things I wanted to show you is my great- aunt’s home,” he said as Ellie rested her hands on his hips, barely hearing what he was saying as she remem- bered how his erection had felt against her abdomen.
“It was my uncle’s after that, but it’s in ruins now. Lightning hit a pine tree, which caught fire. It started a fire in the woods, and my great-aunt’s home was con- sumed. The stone floor and the two chimneys are still standing. The forest has regrown up around it. It’s a lovely place to visit, near the river.”
That got her attention. “Did anybody die there?” She really didn’t want to meet any ghosts on this wolf run.
“No. My great-aunt had already died, and my uncle made it out just fine. Are you ready to run?”
“I am.” Though she’d really enjoyed all the kissing that led up to the run. She was relieved she wouldn’t be plagued by ghosts. At least she hoped she wouldn’t be. That didn’t mean someone else might not be haunting the area.
They finally released each other and began to yank off their clothes.
Because of the cold, Ellie hurried to strip as fast as he did. She had fully intended to avert her eyes and not check out his arousal, but she couldn’t resist peeking. As soon as she did, she got an eyeful—the cold didn’t seem to affect him one bit. When she glanced up to see if he had seen her look, Brett pulled off his shirt and smiled at her.
Her whole body warmed, and she swore waves of heat were radiating off her.
Naked now, she quickly called on the warming qual- ity of the shift, her body transforming in the blur of the change, the cold on her skin dissipating. She dropped to her four paws, her winter coat warming her as the snow- flakes settled on the outer guard hairs and keeping the snow from melting against her skin. Brett had already shifted and was waiting for her. She nudged his face in greeting before he licked hers and raced off downstream away from the falls.
She watched him loping through the woods, the strength of his muscles, his beautiful furry, black-tipped tail held stately behind him, and his head held high, smelling the air, watchful, alert.
"Between a Wolf and a Hard Place" by Terry Spear. This is a sweet and endearing story - I truly enjoyed it. It's an easy read that is filled with friendship and family, a bit of suspense and even a touch of angst. Everything that is needed to make a story flow and keep the mind and heart of the reader engaged. The characters were real (well, as real as a shifter can be) and likable. Both our Hero and heroine warmed my heart - they were true to each other, even when obstacles appeared in their way. The romance blossoms and blooms and was simply lovely to read. The secondary characters, including Brett's aunt, were fun and added so much to the story. This one certainly falls into the paranormal world, with shifters and ghosts and supernatural stuff but, even with all of that, it is simply a love story. And Ms. Spear did a wonderful job. It's not filled with sex scenes or lusting after the other, but with heartfelt feelings and actions. I say thumbs up for this one! (received ARC for honest review)
USA Today bestselling author TERRY SPEAR has written over 35 paranormal romances featuring werewolf and jaguar shapeshifters. In 2008, Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Spring, Texas.
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