Requested-Review: WOLF LINE by Vivian Arend

Into the best-laid plans a little chaos must fall…

Jared’s not sure how his quiet morning coffee near the harbour ended with him on a cruise ship impersonating one of his pack mates. Well, it might have something to do with a woman, but who can blame him? The female of the species was made to love, and he’s more than willing to share his considerable skills in that area. Especially since he figures the chances of meeting his own one-and-only are slim.

Keri Smith is positive the last-minute recruit sneaking aboard the Arctic Wolf Cruise Lines tour is her mate. Ix-nay on confirming that, though, at least for the next ten days. She’s promised her best friend to be overall troubleshooter for the shifter-only cruise. Getting tangled up in mating lust would reduce her skills to nil. Avoidance of the sexy wolf for the duration of the cruise, followed by jumping his bones, seems the logical solution.

But when libidos are on the line, “logic” and “wolves” don’t go together. Throw in suspicions of wrongdoing, and these two virtual strangers will need a lot more than luck to find their way through to forever.

Warning: Really? You need to be warned about the hot nookie and sarcasm? Yeah, it’s in here. Also colourful cat shifters, lupine royalty, and wild adventures in cabins like you’ve never seen before.

Title: WOLF LINE
Author: Vivian Arend
Series: Granite Lake Wolves, book 5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Year of release: 2012, June 12
Format: eBook
Source: Received e-ARC from author for review

First line:
The alternating colours of cream and coffee revolved like hypnotic artwork as a finger of steam rose from the surface of his drink.

Last line:
Ignored everything but his need to connect with his mate, because right then there was nothing on his to-do list higher than “kiss Keri senseless”.
So he did.

Memorable Scenes:
– The scene where Keri inspects Jared’s room and rolls around in his bed, driven by desire > awesomely described and I loved that scene

Keri Smith was a wonderful heroine. A typical Vivian Arend wolfie heroine yet she was also refreshingly unique. Keri is a rebellious hot-head who’s impulsive and unapologetic.

Jared Gilliland was too a typical Vivian Arend wolfie. He has a quirky sense of humor, he’s honest, loyal and straightforward but has a few secrets and I was curious as to what those could be.

From the start I was immersed into the warmth banter and camaraderie of the Granite Lake pack. It was like I read the last book yesterday instead of more than a year ago. I really loved seeing Keil, Robyn, Tad, Missy, Erik and Maggie again. And though I really enjoyed and enjoy the Takhini Wolves spinoff and Vivian’s other series, the Granite Lake Wolves characters will always have a special place in my reader’s heart.

I liked the small suspense plot of the jewel thief. It gave the story a little extra. I did think it was wrapped up kinda quick and the thief’s motive was rather simple as I was expecting something more elaborate. Nonetheless, it was a new refreshing spin in the series, making it stand out from the previous books.

What also made it stand out in the series was the romance. I loved how Vivian Arend made Keri the “aggressor” and the one feeling the mating urge instead of Jared, when usually it’s the male shifter whose driven by the mating urge.
Reading how Keri is overcome by desire and lust at the mere scent of her mate was one of the highlights in this book.

WOLF LINE is a fun read, full of laugh-out-loud-moments and some pretty heated ones too. A great addition in a series in which simplicity and lightheartedness are so well done, you close the book with a sigh and a big smile.

Favorite Quotes:
Keri made her way down the hallway toward the grand ballroom, lingering sexual frustration hovering like a carrion bird. At some point she would step back over the line between aching need and romping desire, and heaven help anyone caught between her and Mark (= Jared) when she snapped, because it wouldn’t be pretty.

In her peripheral vision his beautiful biceps flexed and her libido fluttered, landing somewhere in her belly and continuing to flap incessantly.

She curled her arms around her legs and luxuriated in her happiness. Her wolf stopped making filthy suggestions of how to seduce her mate and instead preened in having chosen such a good match.

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