Luck of the Wolf by Susan Krinard

Released: November 1, 2010 (today!)
Format: e-galley
Pages: 384
Publisher: HQN Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-3737-7469-2

Luck of the Wolf is the first book I’ve read by Susan Krinard. I was intrigued by the blurb I read on netgalley.com and so I requested the book and was lucky enough to receive it. Here’s the marketing copy:

From the moment he saw her, he knew she was worth the gamble.

Branded an outcast by the noble branch of his werewolf clan, Cort Renier had come to San Francisco seeking fortune—and revenge. What he found was a mysterious beauty who could not—or would not—reveal who she truly was. At first glance she seemed vulnerable and afraid, like so many girls caught up in the debauchery of the city’s whiskey-soaked gambling dens. But one look into her stunning turquoise eyes and he knew he’d found the winning hand.

Aria di Reinardus had reasons of her own for concealing her identity, but Cort’s kisses were more than enough to convince her to go along with his plan to transform her into a missing heiress and return her to her “family.” But they were not the only ones with secrets to keep and vengeance in mind, and they were about to discover that some destinies couldn’t be outrun….

What I didn’t realize, for whatever reason, was that Luck of the Wolf is historical — set in 1882, to be precise. Once I got over that surprise, I settled into a delightful read. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel. Reading that sentence over, it comes off as a backhanded compliment but that was not my intention. I fully expected to like Luck of the Wolf since it has all of the story elements I enjoy — feisty heroine, strapping but conflicted hero, some mystery and intrigue, and romance — but the novel also takes some twists and turns I couldn’t anticipate. Aria is a fantastic protagonist and Yuri and Babette are wonderful secondary characters. They add a nice subplot and also fit into the main action in important and interesting ways. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will be looking for more of Susan Krinard’s books on my next library visit.

One small beef and spoiler alert!: The marketing blurb sort of gives away a key point in the story, though you don’t realize it until you’re into the novel, namely the mystery of Aria’s background. end of spoiler! This didn’t distract from my enjoyment of the novel, though. I actually didn’t notice this until I started writing this post. 🙂

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