Winter of the Wolf by Cherise Sinclair
Series: The Wild Hunt Legacy #2
Also in this series: Hour of the Lion, Eventide of the Bear, Leap of the Lion
Published by VanScoy Publishing Group on March 23rd 2012
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After years in foster care, Breanne Gallagher has the stable life she’s always wanted, living with her foster-sister, working as a chef, enjoying her comfortable routines. Then one devastating night, a hellish creature invades her apartment and shatters her fragile existence. Shifting between monster and man, it slaughters her foster sister and assaults Bree. Alone, wounded, her beloved home tainted by gruesome memories, Bree flees to a tiny wilderness town, following her only clue to her past.
Shapeshifting warriors, Zeb and Shay move from one pack to another, hunting the hellhounds which prey on their kind. Assigned to Cold Creek, they take over management of a decrepit fishing lodge for their “human” cover. Their first renter is a pretty human female who trembles at the sight of them—yet stands her ground. Furious at the hurt they see in her eyes, the protective nomads are drawn into helping her. Although no shapeshifter is ever attracted to a human, her scent is oddly compelling, and her ferocious determination to conquer her fears ignites longings neither loner ever expected to face.
Bree is healing, learning to shoot the biggest pistol she can find, and overcoming her fears, especially of the two deadly, disconcertingly attractive hunters. Her life is getting back on track…until she tries to save a little girl from a hellhound and discovers everything she knows about herself is false.
I loved Winter of the Wolf just as much as I loved Hour of the Lion, the first book in the Wild Hunt Legacy series. Here we have three main characters in dire need of a home and the journey they make although heart-breaking at times, is action packed, exciting, and pretty freaking hot.
Bree was found wandering the woods as a toddler so she’s never had a real family. Finally starting to find her way and make a home and career for herself, things take a tragic turn when she loses her best friend to a hellhound attack and is raped and wounded during that same attack. Not feeling safe knowing that the hell-hound promises to return, Bree decides to flee to a town nearby where she was originally found. While she heals, maybe she’ll find some answers to the mystery of why she was found wandering the woods all those years ago. Little did she know she would find out more about herself than she ever thought possible. It took me a bit to warm up to Bree, but she finally won me over. At first I thought she was a bit too timid, but as she healed, I soon realized she had a backbone of steel in there.
Zeb and Shay are two Cahirs (shapeshifting enforcers), and partners who go from area to area hunting hellhounds. Chase does this because he is oath bound to Hermes, Zeb because he’s mean, scarred, and generally wears out his welcome wherever he goes so he follows Chase around. I adored both of them. Zeb for the cute little puppy dog buried under the scary, gruff and seriously mean outer shell and Shay for his determination and his softer side.
An unbelievably warped and unstable wolf pack due to bad leadership, Chase’s oath bound status, and Bree’s understandable issues with men are just a few of the obstacles these three face as they find their way home, but it’s a journey worth tagging along for.
Spice’s Rating: 5 Scary, Gruff, and Alpha-Hot Stars
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