Series: Love at Stake #13
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Avon on 27 November 2012
I developed a soft spot for Howard Barr (the were-bear) over the course of the last few novels so was really excited that he would meet his match. Howard has a crush on THE Elsa Bjornberg. Heard of her? Me neither. Elsa is a host of a home renovation show and Howard watches the show religiously just to see her in action. His employer, Shanna Draganesti, decides that he needs a little nudge in the right direction and so invites Elsa and her crew to renovate the Draganesti pile.
Howard is a teddy-bear of a guy, which makes sense as he can actually shift into a Kodiak bear. He is shy so it takes us a long time to get to know him beyond his love of donuts. Howard was banished from his home in Alaska after the death of his girlfriend. He accepted his fate because of the power of a rival clan and resigned himself to living alone. When his arch-enemy Rhett Bleddyn reappears, Howard decides to get his revenge once and for all. Many alpha males would charge in and damn the consequences – Howard though decides to systematically break Rhett by destroying everything he holds dear before moving in for the kill. I was pleasantly surprised by this ruthlessness. No idea why Howard looks grey on the cover though.
Elsa looks like an Amazonian but doesn’t have the heart of one. She’s self-conscious about her size and Howard’s affection throws her. It takes her quite a while to work out whether she wants to pursue a relationship with him and she is tempted to give up when faced with her crazy aunts’ disapproval. Elsa is a victim of a curse and has this tattoo on her body that burns when she comes into contact with Howard. Common sense dictates she stay away but our favourite were-bear is oddly compelling.
This is a filler novel in many ways as it doesn’t develop the war with the Malcontents. Instead we have a classic tale of revenge juxtaposed with a new romance. At times the two halves didn’t mesh properly but when they did (towards the end), it was really entertaining. I particularly relished the berserker back-story and how it impacted on the modern feud.
Wild About You isn’t exactly brain food but it is really fun. If you are in the mood for a light and fluffy paranormal romance, this might just do the trick.