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To Catch A Wolf (Historical Werewolf Series, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – September 2, 2003
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Although in a wheelchair, Athena Munroe has become an accepted part of Denver society, mainly though her brother's enormous wealth and her own extraordinary charitable efforts. Morgan Holt is an ex-con who has served time for killing his father. Now part of a sideshow in French's Fantastic Family Circus, which Athena has hired to perform for "her" orphans, Morgan has long since come to grips with the very thing that Athena is suppressing about herself--the fact that he's a werewolf. Many barriers stand in their way to love: an over-protective brother, two jealous would-be lovers, and society itself. There's no middle ground for them. Either Morgan denies his Wolf and forces himself into a form acceptable to the "civilized" world, or Athena leaves her opulent, secure world and embraces her Wolf. Krinard has created a magical world where the freaks and outcasts exhibit more humanity than the so-called "normal" people. Her werewolves, tortured souls never resembling their trite Hollywood counterparts, make incredibly sympathetic characters, and this is a truly engrossing story. Shelley Mosley
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A vivid, talented writer with a sparkling imagination. -- Anne Stuart
Susan Krinard was born to write romance. -- Amanda Quick
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Yet, it is charity that will bring him to his destiny. When the troupe journeys to Denver to perform for a charitable event, Morgan comes face to face with a woman who will change his life. Athena Munroe appears frail and weak, bound to a wheelchair. He knows there is more to her than that; she is another of his kind, meant to run free.
Society demands that they deny who and what they are. It's dangerous, and exciting. Choices will be demanded by love that will either destroy the two or give them life.
**** You will see why Susan Krinard is considered the best werewolf writer of the day. She draws characters who bridge classes for love and defy the odds. Historically, her scenes are realistic and her players dynamic. You will never go wrong reading one of her books. ****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.
Set in Colorado in the late 1800s, "To Catch" revolves around two love triangles. The first includes ex-convict Morgan Holt (a werewolf who wants nothing to do with humans), crippled socialite Athena (a repressed werewolf), and snake charmer Tamar (a voluptuous circus freak with reptile skin). The second love triangle includes ruthless businessman Niall (Athena's human half-brother), horse tamer Caitlin (a pixy of a circus performer), and social climber Cecily (scheming her way up through false friendship).
The heroes are Morgan and Athena, who struggle to accept their love for one another. Their challenges are more mental in nature: Morgan was imprisoned for a crime he cannot forget while Athena is not only crippled in body, but also in spirit, and doesn't even realize it. This is a story about how love heals all types of wounds.
I thoroughly enjoyed Morgan. Krinard's descriptions of him, as either man or wolf, were beautifully sad, savage, and majestic. As for the heroine - at first, I was annoyed with Athena and all her self-serving charities, but as her inner wolf began to show, I began to soften toward her. I couldn't wait for them to finally come together.
Although I really enjoyed this book, there were a couple things that bothered me. For one, while Krinard writes elegantly and rather creatively, she also tended to overwrite, resulting in some scenes and dialogue that dragged a bit. She also "overwrote" a couple characters, too, especially Niall, who started off as a great anti-hero, but ended up a crazy jerk (though I think we're supposed to like him; after all, Caitlin did). Another major problem I had was with Morgan's secret. When it was finally revealed, I did not think his crime was worth all the guilt and unhappiness heaped upon him.
However, I was pleased to see that these werewolves were not the ugly, murderous monsters you see in the movies. Most of the time, as werewolves, Morgan and Athena wander around in wolf form, doing wolf things, like running with the pack, mating for life, etc. Very romantic.