Jennifer Leeland is a favorite author of mine. When I start one of her stories, I know things are going to heat up. Wolf of Arundale Hall is no exception. This one has it all - love, hate, heat, mystery and murder. The story alone is engaging and exciting. When you add great characters and hot sex, you get something explosive. Elizabeth is such an incredible woman that I wasn't sure Joshua really deserved her in the beginning. However, he rises to occasion. The background story about the beast plays nicely against Joshua's mission to win his lady. The secondary characters add much to the overall story and I hope to see some of them in future books. Finally, I can't leave out the sex. you'll find a little bit of everything here. There's f/m, m/m, voyeurism, kink and more. Keep the ice water near! But even with all the hedonism, there's such emotion. It comes through so clearly in many of these scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed this great read.
Lord Joshua Arundale was a beast, literally. He left his new bride because he feared he couldn't control his wolf. Elizabeth has run the estate alone for years. She cares for Joshua's family and home. She also knows why he left. Circumstances force Joshua home but Elizabeth doesn't trust him anymore. Against a background of grisly murders, Joshua and Elizabeth must face the needs of the beast. The beast wants his mate.
Lady Elizabeth Arundale has been alone for ten years—or worse than alone. Her husband left for Jamaica soon after their wedding night, leaving her responsible for his catty, high-maintenance cousin and his wastrel brother. Elizabeth knows the secret that caused her husband to flee—when his passions are roused, he turns into a ravening Beast.
Lord Joshua has no choice but to return to Arundale Hall when his man of business tells him there has been a murder on the estate—a murder that bears all the hallmarks of the Beast. He fears that his brother, too, may have inherited the curse. And he fears that he will be unable to control his deviant desires. The dark sexual practices that keep the Beast at bay. The unspeakable perversions he wished to spare his wife. The brutal bonding his inner animal is desperate to experience with its mate.
Reader Advisory: This story contains scenes of voyeurism, BDSM and violence. (Novel)