HEART OF THE WOLF
A solidly crafted werewolf story, this tale centers on pack problems in a refreshingly straightforward way. The characters are well drawn and believable, which makes the contemporary plotline of this story of love and life among the lupus garou seem, well, realistic.
Bella fled her adopted grey wolf pack as a young teen because of the unwelcome attentions of the alpha male. She's built a life for herself as a lone wolf in Portland. Since she's a red wolf, a species believed long gone from the hills, when she's darted by conservationalists while on a run in wolf form, she's placed in a zoo. This is disastrous. When the moon wanes, she won't be able to hold her wolf form.
While in captivity, Bella is discovered by a red lupus pack that lacks females, and also by her old nemesis, the grey alpha. The alpha sends Develyn, a beta wolf who has claimed Bella's heart since childhood, to get her. Everybody wants Bella, but Develyn is determined that he will be her mate. (SOURCEBOOKS, Apr., 417 pp., $6.99)