The Woodsman

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Not Lily. She is, after all, French. Unwillingly en route to be married off to an old man, she can only dream of her nighttime lover, with the robin blue eyes. What's a girl to do when a wolf with robin blue eyes captures her? Why, give in, of course!

Marrok is determined to free himself from his curse, at any cost. But when he gets Lily so wound up and hot she capitulates, he suddenly remembers his honor (darn it) and pushes her away. Wait a minute! Now the hunter and the prey have changed places, and it's anybody's guess as to who will win.

This was a delightfully written, colorfully expressed story. Everything was wound together so seamlessly, and the enchanted forest became not something to be feared, but rather an eccentric neighborhood. Humor was liberally spaced throughout creating an entertaining read, with a happily ever, but totally unexpected, after.

Book Blurb for The Woodsman

En route to become an elderly marquis' arranged bride, Lady Lily Rouge's carriage becomes stranded in an Enchanted Forest rumored to be populated by loup-garou and le gobelin, where cursed creatures are consigned until the spells that bind them are broken. A huge black wolf stalks Lily, forcing her to shelter in a rustic cottage. In the morning, she comes under the protection of the cottage's owner, a ruggedly handsome (and naked!) woodsman. He's determined to seduce her before sundown, even if it means giving the nosy pixies fluttering outside the window an eyeful.

Sir Marrok Ulfang has been impatiently awaiting the arrival of the comely maiden in the red cloak for over a millennium. Now he has one day to win her heart and claim her first sexual surrender, or he'll remain a wolf shapeshifter, alone forever. But spirited, saucy Lily has a mind of her own, and the daylight is fading fast.

Meanwhile, the one who cursed Marrok lurks in the forest and will fight to keep the couple from leaving together alive…

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2008 4.75