“Destiny of the Wolf” is Terry Spear’s second ‘Wolf’ novel published by Sourcebooks Casablanca. In this story, she pens a tale of love, greed, lust, and betrayal. At 416 ‘story’ pages, it’s certainly not a small book and the author took the opportunity to include a murder mystery and some foreshadowing for what I assume will be her next novel in this series.
Lelandi’s parents are dead. Her triplet brother took off several years ago and now she’s just learned that her other triplet sister who ran away from an abusive marriage is dead too. But Lelandi has proof that her sister was murdered and she isn’t about to let her killer get away with it. So she disguises herself as best she can and heads for the heart of enemy territory…or at least another pack’s territory. You see Lelandi is a werewolf and of the royal line at that.
Darien is the Alpha of his pack and runs Silver Town–the only werewolf-controlled town in the States. He’s also a man who’s grieving over the loss of his wife and soulmate. Even though their marriage wasn’t what he thought it would be, as soon as he caught sight of the woman from his dreams, he knew she was his destiny. So when another woman who looks just like his dead wife hits town, it doesn’t take long for Darien to realize just how little he knew about his wife…and that she was the ‘wrong’ sister.
I didn’t read the first book in Terry Spear’s series so I don’t know if that would have made any difference in how I felt about this story. It could be that I’m overdosing on werewolves, but my supernatural/paranormal critters need to have something that makes them stand out…and these didn’t do that for me. The dream-mate thing might have done it, but it wasn’t integrated well into the story and was more of a small tidbit than a solid part of the plot. The dream sexual encounters were cool, but once again didn’t positively identify either participant for the other and so I was kind of confused as to their purpose; other, of course, than to provide a means of seduction and a way to have sex happen quickly in a story.
I also found myself lost and pulled back and forth between locations and points-of-view often which sometimes exasperated me. Then there was a feeling of missing ‘something’ that would have made certain scenes more understandable and that bugged me too. The hero and heroine were well-matched though, and had plenty of passion for both justice and each other. The murder mystery portion was also well done with plenty of clues and suspects to consider.
All in all, I’m not sorry I read “Destiny of the Wolf”, but I don’t know that I would recommend it to anyone who isn’t a very big fan of urban fantasy. The foreshadowing for the next book in this series was subtly done, but I just don’t know if it was enough to put it high on my TBR list.