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Wild About You (Love at Stake) Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2012
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Hunky Howard . . .
Hot Howard . . .
It's not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he'd like to lick . . .
Howard is not like most men. For one thing, he's a shapeshifter. And he always thought his celebrity crush would never amount to anything more than drooling at Elsa on TV. When his meddling vampire employer gets involved, the star is suddenly within his grasp—and within a hair of her life. For an ancient curse forbids their newfound love, and Howard is suddenly torn between his desire for her and his desire to keep her alive.
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That said, this book in the Love at Stake series just didn't do it for me. Why? I just didn't like the heroine. Elsa is a 6 plus foot tall Amazon like woman who can rip out cabinets with her bare hands, yet she has the heart and soul of a coward. Throughout the first part of the book, she is so scary. So afraid of 'what might happen,. Here she is faced with overwhelming evidence of a man who loves her but she acts like a blubbering spineless broad. She's so focused on Howard being 'special' that she totally ignores the 'weirdness about herself and her own family. As I was reading it, I kept thinking I wish Howard could have fallen for someone else. There was nothing about her inner spirit that was attractive at all!. She's too scary to stand up to her interfering aunts. In fact, her reasoning just didn't add up. On the one hand she could accept certain 'weirdness such as being teleported by Tino and totally overlook it, but when it came to Howard she freaked out. She also remained oblivious to her special talents.
I dunno. I have to like the heroine in order to get into the book and I found nothing likable about Elsa's character. I've liked the previous heroines in Spark's books. They had guts, spine, character, they stood up for themselves.Read more ›
Love At Stake Series Book 13
Howard Barr has been in the picture since the first book. The big man who was usually eating bear paw donuts. Just there in the background. Now we get to see the inner workings of the big guy and what makes him tick. Some things from his past must be settled before he can look to the future, a future that has just turned much brighter.
Elsa Bjornberg's life is about to change when her TV show gets a call to remodel a house in the Adirondack Mountains. Something is calling to her the further they get into the forest. Almost like she belongs there. And when she meets the handsome man who is actually taller than she is....all seems good. That is until his touch ignites something in her and not in a good way.
Kerrelyn also gives us a look inside Shanna's head. She has been a vampire for three months now and we see her struggles as a mother who dies each day and has no control when it comes to protecting her children during those hours. This book has some very unique incidents that are so different from any of her other books. Once again showing the authors unique abilities in writing an intriguing story that holds the readers attention from beginning to end.
**Received through Edelweiss for review
It was great to spend some time with Tino, he captured me the moment he was born.
Warning....some spoilers below (somewhat):
What I really had a problem with was "the curse". For one thing, it was never really explained what the curse was. Normally a curse has a specific symptom such as "I curse your kind forever to have your hair fall out by the time you are 30".
But this one was along the lines of "bad things will happen". Oh? Like what? The dream sequence was supposed to give us a clue about this but it didn't resolve anything. Yes we figure out who killed her but it's completely unclear who she cursed with what.
To make things worse, this whole curse is assumed to be gone now. Why? What did Elsa and Howard do to make it go away? Killing the bad wolves? Bad wolves have been dying for years, why would another death break this curse?
Then we throw in the Aunties who one moment are trying to kill Howard and the next minute are out buying yarn and partying. I suppose this is because they decided the curse was broken but I guess I missed how that happened.
Another issue I had was with the "guardians" - Magical sisters who guarded a village in Norway. So why is this relevant to New York? And to bears in Alaska (even though they were decendents). What purpose do they serve? Why would a guardian of the forest be threatened by feral pigs? Aren't they creatures of the forest? I got the impression the guardians were created solely because we needed an excuse for Elsa to be long lived and the author didn't want to repeat something from a previous book (becoming a vamp, becoming a shifter, being an angel).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wild About You A Paranormal Romance with a dash of Mystery and a bit of humor. Entertaining and amusing, the story of Howard Barr the were-bear and Elsa reads smooth and easy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Debra Johnson
i love the love at stake series and have collected them all so far! i do hope she writes more!!Published 4 months ago by Endreyaanne
I've loved this whole series. I'm on the last book in the series and hate to see it end.Published 6 months ago by Coopergirl
Loved the story lexi was wonderful, sweet , kind and so forgiving.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Howard the cute cuddly Kodiak Bear shifter meets his curse, heart first. Finally, the series's Pooh bear finds some happiness. Read morePublished 15 months ago by YodaMom