Monday, 29 August 2011

Motor City Wolf by Cindy Spencer Pape

Less than a year ago, Fianna Meadows was a pampered noble in the Faerie court. Then she was exiled, turned mortal and forced to work for a living—in a werewolf bar in Detroit, no less! Still, Fianna has to admit her new life isn't so bad...particularly when it comes to Greg Novak, the bar's sexy owner.

For Greg, keeping his hands off Fianna has been a challenge. But his sense of honor won't let him get involved with a woman put in his care, even if Fianna is eager to explore her new feelings of lust. Resisting the temptation to claim her gets even harder when Greg's grandfather, the region's Alpha, orders him to marry and Fianna agrees to pretend to be his chosen mate.

Fighting his attraction to Fianna isn't Greg's only problem. Someone is killing werewolves and attacking other paranormal beings in Detroit. He vows to do whatever it takes protect both his pack and Fianna—even if that means giving her up...

This one is my fave of all the Urban Arcana books, but ONLY because by this point I knew all the characters so it was easier to “see” them in my head and know their previous stories. It was like settling down with old friends, having those moments where characters from other books appear and you think, “Oh, it’s so-and-so, cool!”

Fianna had been a bit naughty in a previous book, and even though she had to do what she did, of course it made me dislike her just a bit. After all, she’d caused a lot of trouble for the main characters, and I’d become attached to them, so anyone hurting them or making trouble got my back up. I wondered, when I saw Fianna was the heroine in the book I affectionately refer to as Wolf, whether Ms Spencer Pape could make me like her.

Well, she did. It’s amazing what a bit of backstory does, isn’t it? You get information on the character and begin to understand why she acts as she does, that she’s only human (or not LOL), and makes mistakes just like anyone else. I found myself liking her more and more as the book progressed, and by the halfway point I rooted for her just like I would any other heroine. She’s vulnerable, and I liked that—so different from the persona she projected before. Getting to know someone really does have its benefits!

Greg was someone I really did want to know more about in the previous books, so I was delighted when he was the male star of the show. He’s a wolf shifter (yummorama!), so he’s alpha, all manly and whatnot, yet he has a heart of gold. He tries to deny his feelings for Fianna are growing, and, perverse as it may sound, I enjoyed watching him struggle!

“I love this song. It always makes me want to jump his bones, and he knows it, the bastard.”

“…I’m going to rip their tails off with my teeth,”

He shuddered at the memories of being beaten and berated by the old man…

Just for this one night, she could let herself enjoy being held.

Preferably with the high heels still on.

“Don’t piss in my car, furball.”

He sat on the edge of the bed, still holding that one hand, a lifeline, though he couldn’t have said whether hers or his.

…the sparkling light reminding her of Faerie rather than the smoke-clouded sunshine of autumn in Detroit.

“You were supposed to eat the damn chocolates, bitch.”

…it wasn’t all that difficult to aim and pull the trigger, though.

Another fabulous book in the Urban Arcana series, Motor City Wolf brings everyone together again for a tale that will have you on the edge of your seat at times. Well written, with great humour, some tense scenes, and the wonderment of liking a character you never thought you would, it’s well worth being on your bookshelf. I’ve heard tell there will be another book in this series. I can only hope it involves one of the other characters I’ve grown curious about from the other three. Jase. If it is, I’ll be one happy reader!

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