Friday, January 4, 2013

Wild About You - Kerrelyn Sparks

Wild About You is the 13th book in the Love At Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks... And could possibly be my favorite!

Focusing on Howard Barr, the head of security at Dragon Nest Academy (and personal security for the Draganesti family), Wild About You is a book you will not be able to put down! There is a lot of action, a lot of romance, and... well... a lot of hanky panky!!!

Howard Barr is a were-bear who ironically LOVES bear claws... a fact that is mentioned a LOT in the series and especially in this book. Originally from Alaska, Howard has quite a past that nobody seems to have a clue about.

Howard hasn't been entirely open about his hate for Rhett Bleddyn, or their shared history. Bears are generally loners, and that's one reason Howard hasn't shared his past... Not to mention the pain that just thinking about it causes him. However, when he goes missing (or rather, just stays longer on his "vacation" and stops returning calls) he is forced to come clean about his plan for revenge... And why.

While Howard is gone, Shanna Draganesti devises a plan to do some match making after her son Tino spills the beans about who Howard's celebrity-crush is! Elsa, a star in a home remodeling show, is a tall, beautiful, perfect match for the huge bear of a man that Shanna and her family depend on daily for protection. Elsa has a history of her own, with a curse that sounds eerily similar to the family curse Howard's family believes.

Can Shanna help convince her that Howard can be trusted, despite her aunts' insistence that he's a danger to her? Can Howard do any convincing of his own? Will his revenge against the Bleddyn family get in the way of him pursuing his dream woman? You'll have to read the book to find out!

I give this book 5 stars!! I have loved Howard from the start and I am extremely happy with the path Sparks has chosen for him. Wild About You also gives a wonderful peek into the lives of ALL of our favorite characters from the series, which is much appreciated. The new characters introduced in the book (including Howard's family and Elsa's aunts and coworkers) are hilarious and entertaining. And seeing the other side of the were-bear is touching and unexpected. This book is a HUGE win for the series, and has kept me hooked!



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