Call of the Wilds (Book 1 – Black Wolf Gorge Series)
“Gale Stanley has an excellent brew of love, desire, jealousy, revenge, anger, desperation, and hope. I absolutely recommend this book to everyone!”
When veterinarian Karin Stone takes a new position in Black Wolf, she finds that the quiet surroundings and wolf pack she looks after are the perfect answer to her big city life. After the traumatic experience she’s been through, she’d prefer the company of wolves over men. Enter Frank, the town’s sheriff, who has had more than a crush on Karin since she arrived. When the body of a dead hiker turns up a wolf is the prime suspect, and Frank hopes he can be the man Karin will depend on. But when Karin falls for Malcolm Conner, it seems like all hell breaks loose: The town men will do anything to see the wolf dead, Frank’s affections turn very dark, and a woman from Malcolm’s past is bent on removing Karin from the picture. Malcolm seems like Karin’s only ally, but can he really be trusted? Welcome to Black Wolf!
I loved this book! I cannot stress how glued I was to the pages. Stanley definitely knocked her debut title out of the park, and it is evident that she is quickly becoming a heavy hitter in the world of romance. The pacing is just right and feels like the perfect roller coaster ride. The first couple of chapters are filled with a slow burning intrigue and builds serious anticipation, but the rest of the novel is like an exhilarating free fall.
Stanley definitely knows how to write emotions. She doesn’t just create a novel, she provides us with an experience. Your stomach tightens as you feel Karin cope with losing control of her heart. And Frank, O-M-G!,… Frank is seriously the scariest character I have ever read before. Sure we can put our minds around people like Freddie Krueger and Jason because we know they are fake characters created by Hollywood to provide us with a temporary thrill. Frank, on the other hand, is worse than any horror movie because it is his human nature that turns him inside out, and that can happen to anyone in your life!
And the sex! Wow! The love scenes are perfectly executed. She has a way of making you feel like you are in a chair positioned in the corner of the room watching everything happen before your eyes. It’s that hot! Stanley’s descriptions really put your mind in overdrive and will even make the most romantic diehards blush. Besides the raw desire you can feel jumping off the pages, it is also refreshing how the lovemaking seems like just an aspect of a larger, growing relationship.
I have a bad habit of trying to predict what will happen next while I am reading a novel, but in Call of the Wilds, none of my guesses were correct. Lol. This will definitely keep you on your toes in an exciting way!
Gale Stanley has an excellent brew of love, desire, jealousy, revenge, anger, desperation, and hope. I absolutely recommend this book to everyone!
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