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The second entry in Krinard's most recent historical/werewolf romance trilogy, this novel features a Victorian lady who is compelled to recognize the animal powers that lie beneath her New York high-society manners. Lady Rowena Forster has not changed into her wolf form for years; in fact, she's hoping her upcoming marriage to powerful and wealthy Cole MacLean will keep her "honest." Then, Rowena is kidnapped by another werewolf, Tomas Alejandro Randall, who is seeking revenge against MacLean, and she is forced to look beneath her veneer of civility. What is the right way to deal with one's werewolf nature? Tomas simply accepts that he is a werewolf, and Cole uses his power to manipulate one and all. While Rowena begins to fall for Tomas's gentler side, Cole's minions are busy tracking them throughout the West. Krinard tells her tale powerfully, with strong secondary characters, including Cole's younger brother and a young girl Rowena and Tomas save from a mob of angry villagers. While the story feels a few chapters too long, this paranormal tale will appeal to lovers of both horror and straight historical romance. Rowena's transformation from the Lady of Ice to a Lady of Fire and her union with Tomas makes for fascinating, and erotic, reading. (July)
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"The reading world would be a happier place if more  paranormal romance writers wrote as well as Krinard."
--Contra Costa Sunday Times

"Susan Krinard was born to write romance."
--Amanda Quick

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (July 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553580213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553580211
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 5, 2000
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Unable to heed her brother Braden's orders to marry a fellow werewolf for the good of the Cause (see TOUCH OF THE WOLF), Lady Rowena Forster fled England for America. By 1878, Rowena is tutoring young ladies in New York City and engaged to wealthy financier Cole MacLean. However, Cole's enemy Tomas "El Lobo" Randall has other plans for Rowena. While Cole is away on business, Tomas persuades Rowena to head West to save the life of her twin brother Quentin.

However, now that the outlaw El Lobo has hidden Cole's fiancee in the middle of New Mexico Territory, he finds himself mesmerized by her. Instead of an aloof society lady, she, like him, is a werewolf allowing her animalistic nature to surge through her heart. As Tomas and Rowena fall in love, Cole follows them because no one steals a possession of his, especially his family's long time enemy.

ONCE A WOLF, the second tale in Susan Krinard's historical werewolf romantic trilogy, is a wonderful supernatural story. The story line takes loup garou elements and successfully plants them inside a western romance. The lead couple is a warm blooded duo while the support cast provides insight into the era as well as enhancing the paranormal elements. Fans of werewolf romances or western romances will fully enjoy Ms. Krinard's blending of the two sub-genres into an exciting novel.

Harriet Klausner
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Karen K. on July 13, 2000
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Susan Krinard has outdone herself with Once a Wolf, the sequel to Touch of the Wolf! While I was prepared to enjoy the story of Lady Rowena Forster, who was introduced in Touch of the Wolf, I was instantly enthralled in this story that has proven to be a vivid, explosive western romance.
Lady Rowena has been kidnapped by Tomas Alejandro Randall, known in the West as the outlaw El Lobo, in revenge for the murder of his parents by Cole MacLean, Lady Rowena's fiance. But Lady Rowena only knows Cole as a wealthy financier who has, like herself, distained his werewolf blood.
Thus begins a journey filled with danger and dangerous passions, and the uncovering of many deceits and lies. Rowena and Tomas must find their way through this intricate maze and try to understand the powerful feelings each feels for the other. This is a marvelous love story that will not disappoint the reader on any level. Ms. Krinard is a very talented writer and you will be left with a yearning for the next tale and the hope that there will be many more!
Karen King
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Desmond Chan on July 21, 2000
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Susan Krinard's ONCE A WOLF revives the flagging lethargy that drowns the plot in many paranormal romances and is definitely one that enchants with its sweeping romance in the Wild Western frontier.
After Touch of the Wolf, it has been a long time that this sequel has arrived - and it does not disappoint. It tells of the identity crisis that Rowena Forster has with her animal instincts and under the deceitful Cole MacLean, she decides to abandon her roots and conform herself to the civilized society in England. Tomas Randall, who is also of the wolf descendent, are seeking vengeance on Cole who robbed him of his family. He kidnaps Rowena by tricking her on a visit to her brother, Quentin. Tomas is inexorably attracted to this Lady of Ice who hides her passion and desires behind her nonchalant facade.
The romance thrills with a surreal realm of the paranormal and breathes lush sensuality. But most importantly, the plot has tight pacing and wages emotional roller-coasters with readers. It speaks volume of the internal struggle in Rowena to follow her own heart and how Cole who despises his wolf heritage is ultimately the villain - the wolf in sheep's clothing. There is visual splendour - the wild west terrain is vividly portrayed against the blossoming passion. Towards the end, the poignancy envelops the reader and is sure to evoke tears from many readers.
Ms. Krinard has never been better since TOUCH OF THE WOLF - but perhaps her villains can get stereotypical easily. Cole sounds virulent enough but falls flat in the story with his unilateral emotions - hatred. The side characters like Weylin can be made more memorable. But these flaws cannot mar the undeniably passionate Once a wolf. It is no wonder romance readers are staying all night long to wolf down the story in one go.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on September 6, 2000
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I have long been a Susan Krinard fan. I absolutely loved her first books, Prince of Wolves and Prince of Night, etc. and I also enjoyed reading Touch of the Wolf. For some reason, I did not get into Once a Wolf very much. The ending picked up and brought the book up to a 3 star rating for me, but I found the beginning and middle dragging by at a very slow pace. At one point, I looked up and found much to my chagrin that I was already on page 178 and nothing much had happened yet.
The last 50 or so pages are much more what I expected from a Krinard novel. All of the pieces of the puzzle came together and the characters all interacted beautifully. Six "main" characters and many lesser ones (villagers and extras) helped to bolster my interest. Actually, throughout the story I was more interested in Weylan, Esperanza and Sim then I ever was in Tomás or Rowena. Cole was just WAY too out there as a "bad guy" to empathize with at all. I suppose absolute power corrupts absolutely - or some such drivel, but he was really corrupt. It was interesting seeing Weylan's struggle for justice and how he had to handle his human and werewolf sides. Whereas the whole story was dedicated to explaining Rowena's coping with being a werewolf, it was Weylan I found interesting and wanted to read more about. Tomás just reminded me of a spoiled little boy who has, needs, and wants no responsibilities. Rowena changes this, and that is basically the crux of the story but I did not find it compelling reading.
This book is the second in a trilogy and I hope Quentin's story has more connections to the other characters in the other books. I would like to see Esperanza, Sim and Weylan again and maybe a larger tie to the werewolf community.
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