I enjoy a good werewolf romance, and having it combined with the historical genre made this a novel with a premise that I just had to read. Ms. Sookoo's solid writing skills, made this novel one to remember. The reader can fully understand why Lyndal wanted to get away from her boring and restrictive life complete with her horrible family and kick up her heels. Grey's scandalous plan to have a group of woman compete for his attention, un-chaperoned, in his home (an Edwardian version of the Batchelor) was the perfect vehicle for Lyndal to enjoy throwing off convention.
I loved that Lyndal came out of her shell, and came into her own. If you had only a short time to live, wouldn't you want to go out with a bang and not a whimper?
I couldn't help but admire Grey for realizing very quickly that Lyndal was very different class of female in comparison to the avaricious, shallow women who answered his ad. I also enjoyed how the whole situation made Grey come to realize that he didn't know everything about women.
I certainly wouldn't hesitate to read another book by Ms. Sookoo. This is a solidly written romance that tugged at my heartstrings.
Lyndal Carson's life is at a premium. Afflicted with a heart ailment wherein she can drop dead at any time, she makes a pact with herself to create one scandal and to really live before she dies. Tired of being a handmaiden to her family, she writes the letter that will change her destiny.
Grey Rutledge, a werewolf who is hounded by a reporter and haunted by memories, endeavors to provide a diversion large enough that the paper will forget its interest. He invites twelve women to his estate on the premise of choosing one of them for his mate. After losing his family, the only thing he wants is heirs and a woman by his side.
As the days go on, both Lyndal and Grey find that elusive piece missing from their lives. When their respective secrets are revealed, they both run the risk of losing everything. Danger catches them unaware during an innocent afternoon but it's what is decided as life hangs in the balance that will change their lives forever.