A SEAL WOLF CHRISTMAS ( Heart of the Wolf #12) by Terry Spear-a review
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 24, 2013
Navy SEAL Bjornolf Jorgenson and undercover operative Anna Johnson have a rocky beginning at their first meeting all to do with pantyhose and tying her to a bed after some heavy-duty sparring, and him declaring she has mighty fine killer knees. Christmas is coming but thoughts of sugar plum fairies and kissing under the mistletoe isn’t something these two gray werewolves have in mind when they’re tasked to be the newlyweds preparing for Christmas while investigating a SEAL’s murder at a Christmas Tree farm.
Neither care about Christmas, sharing gifts, and all the traditions that go along with the season since neither enjoyed the holiday while growing up. But as they battle each other as to what makes for the perfect newly married couple’s first Christmas, they learn that a little Christmas cheer can become so much more, especially if they can take down a SEAL’s killer before they become his next target.
REVIEW: A SEAL WOLF CHRISTMAS is the twelfth instalment in Terry Spear’s Heart of the Wolf shifter series. This is Bjornolf and Anna’s storyline and one that takes place in the few days and weeks leading up to the Christmas holidays.
Because it is the twelfth instalment there is plenty of reference to previous storylines including one where Bjornolf and Anna first meet, as well as the inclusion of a supporting cast from the earlier books. Although it can be read as a stand alone, there are many characters, premises and comments that may be lost to readers who have not read any of the previous novels.
The premise follows as Bjornolf and Anna are teamed together to locate and rescue a family held prisoner in the Amazon jungle. As the members of the team search and rescue, it becomes apparent that not everything about the kidnapping is on the level. Once the civilians have been secluded and safe, Bjornolf and Anna will be reassigned together for another mission that includes a young wolf shifter who has scented death on a Christmas tree farm back in the States.
As the story develops, so too does the intimate relationship between our leading couple. One thing I like about most of Terry’s shifter storylines is that there is very little friction or animosity between the couples as their inner beast knows when it has met its’ mate. The sex scenes are sensual and steamy and as with all mates, there is always the possibility of a pup(s) on the horizon.
The world building continues from several of the previous instalments -A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing #9: To Tempt the Wolf #3: with a little cameo from Leidolf Wildhaven and Cassi from Seduced by the Wolf #5. With the inclusion of several of the previous storyline characters, Terry brings a familiarity to her latest novel. The secondary characters all play a supporting role and are called upon on many occasions to keep the flow of the series smooth.
The premise finds Bjornolf and Anna as they must investigate the possible disappearance of a fellow SEAL shifter and the connection to the family rescued in the Amazon jungle. We also watch as a young shifter discovers that there are consequences to his actions when his inner wolf finds the mate of his heart.
If you like a storyline with action and mystery; shifters and their mates; and of course a happily ever after, Terry Spear write a series that is easy to read and with one you will fall in love especially if you like your romance novels with a peak at the next generation of shifters.
Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.
Reviewed by Sandy