There is definitely something sneaky happening in Ludlum. Practically everyone Truro has been talking to has asked her about 'destiny', 'soulmates' and 'werewolves'. If that wasn't enough to send her screaming to the hills, the hot newcomer to the town is giving her mind-blowing sex as often as he can, where ever he can. While half of Truro is all for giving into whatever Murphy Green wants (just to get him naked), the other (slightly more rational) half is cautioning her about the last time she trusted a guy. And the last guy wasn't spouting fur at night and howling at the moon either.
All perfectly reasonable. Truro's concerns and hang-ups are valid given what her ex Rodney did to her and how he treated her. Murphy's stance was understandable and was genuine to his character and personality. What didn't work as well was Truro and Murphy in practice. While I knew Murphy wanted to take things slow and get her to see how much he loved her and treasured her, using sex and physical intimacy didn't seem the correct path to take. Truro's concerns, aside from how she looked / her attraction to men, also stemmed from a lifetime of neglect, emotional abuse and loneliness. Even Truro acknowledged that great sex is only a fleeting high.
Murphy with Truro was also oddly stiff. I thought once things became a bit more clear between them, some of the stiffness from the beginning of the story would wear off. Unfortunately it only seemed to deepen. And I couldn't understand it because Murphy with anyone else was an engaging guy--funny, warm, caring. Murphy with Truro bordered on almost patronizing and domineering; he rode rough-shod over her objections and concerns. He rationalized it by saying he was trying to make her understand his feelings, but it still felt wrong.
The underlying threat from Absolon felt the most developed of all the storylines. The man can carry a grudge like you wouldn't believe. I actually felt bad for him, because it couldn't have been easy watching Bess love another guy, but his violent tendencies gave me the creeps.
In the end I wish I could have enjoyed this story more than I did, but it just fell short of my expectations.