Call of the Wilds

Gale Stanley
Call of the Wilds
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
May 2010
Book 1 of Black Wolf Gorge
Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Veterinarian Karin Stone escapes the crime-ridden city for a quiet life in the Pennsylvania wilds. Surrounded by acres of unspoiled forest, she tends a pack of relocated wolves. But the wolves aren't the only endangered species in Black Wolf Gorge.

Wolf-shifter Malcolm Connor believes he's the last of his kind, left for dead by the same hunters who murdered his family. When he catches the scent of the new wildlife manager, he can't deny the attraction, but he knows getting involved with a human woman will only lead to heartache.

The mutilated remains of a hiker are discovered, and a black wolf is captured. Karin protects the quarantined wolf, and the locals are angry. When Malcolm steps in to defend her, sparks fly. Karin loses her heart, but can she convince the man she loves that they belong together? Or will a jealous rival tear them apart forever?

Book Review by Danielle S. (reviewer)
Oct 11, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
265 people found the following review helpful
The author did a great job writing this story. It was a page turner that kept me up late at night. The story flowed beautifully. It felt believable and made me feel like I lived the story. I felt all of the characters' emotions including fear, joy, anger, frustration and passion, not to mention how smoking hot it was. I also have to warn you that I cried, so have your tissues ready.

This was a new author for me and I was very pleasantly surprised. I loved this book! The story is about a woman named Karin who moved to a small town in the country after being assaulted in the city where she used to live. She is a veterinarian working for the wildlife department and they have found a hiker who appears to be killed by a wolf. In the small town, she is not respected because she's a woman. Yet she's tough and always keeps her head held up high, even if aggressive town members bring back memories of being assaulted in a dark alley. During a town meeting to discuss the fate of a wolf, one man gets out of hand and Malcolm jumps in to protect Karin even before they had met.

Malcolm is a quiet man who doesn't normally get involved in town business but the wolf attack hits close to home. He is the only one left of his kind. His mate and family were murdered by humans because his sister fell in love with a human and told him their secret, which got out after they divorced. He suffers from guilt of being the only survivor and because he was unable to save his family even though he was severely injured. He has been deeply scared emotionally and physically.

For Karin and Malcolm it's almost love at first sight. Malcolm feels instantly protective of her. Their relationship is extremely hot and intense. Of course they have a few road blocks along the way but you never question their chemistry. The only thing throughout the whole book that didn't feel natural to me was that Karin admits to herself that she's in love a little too soon in their relationship.

This book is definitely for those who love a good paranormal romance with a little erotica and mystery. I highly recommend this book. This book gets 5 stars from me. I do feel like I should mention that I am a big cover person and I love a good cover. Having said that, I didn't feel that the cover of this book gave the book justice. But please don't be swayed by the cover of this book. It is a must read.
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Book Review by Rebecca
Feb 03, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
277 people found the following review helpful
Gale Stanley comes out strong with her debut novel, CALL OF THE WILDS. Now with the next two books in the Black Wolf Gorge series released, the reader gets a strong introduction to her shifter culture and is drawn into the series. I was immediately taken into the world Ms Stanley creates and never considered not reading the entire series.

In CALL OF THE WILDS, veterinarian Karin Stone escapes the city for quiet Pennsylvania life when she gets a job as the wildlife manager caring for a pack of relocated wolves that have been declared endangered. Little does she know that her pack isn't the only endangered species in Black Wolf Gorge. When a mutilated hiker is discovered and a wild black wolf is captured, Karin is the only protection the wolves have as the town rallies around destroying all wolves.

Malcolm is the only person that comes to Karin's aid. He isn't like the other men in the area with their hatred for the wolves. Little does she know that this man is much like the wolves she protects. She falls hard for Malcolm, the sexy outcast she knows little about, but after she gives into her desire for him and they become intimate, he walks away. Karin tries to move on, concentrating on defending her wolves while fighting off the advances of the sheriff. She refuses to fight for a man who doesn't return her feelings despite a revelation that will change her life forever. Karin's strength in always taking control over her life despite any obstacle she encounters defines her as a strong heroine.

Her strength is put to the test when Sable, a jealous she-wolf, comes to Black Wolf Gorge. Sable attempts to mate with Malcolm and becomes jealous of the feelings she can sense Malcolm has for Karin. The tension and the sensuality soar as the conflict rises. Sable is merciless in her attempts to create a bond with Malcolm and remove Karin from the picture in search of her own happily-ever-after. She is the villain every reader will love to hate, a well-crafted character that brings out anger in the reader and compels a sense of allegiance to Karin.

The reader will fly through the second half of the book desperately needing to know how the characters will find a happily-ever-after. It is easy for the reader to become connected to the hero and heroine because of the realistically written dialogue, the depth of the characters and the back stories that Stanley takes the time to weave into the book.

CALL OF THE WILDS is a solid shifter book with a strongly developed plot and unique storyline. Read it but then be prepared to want to read the others in the Black Wolf Gorge series by this fairly new author. I suspect you won't be disappointed.
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