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Secret of the Wolf [Mass Market Paperback]

Rebecca Flanders
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August 2002 Silhouette Dreamscapes
The man Aggie McDonald had struck down on the rain-swept highway remembered absolutely nothing of who he was. But one thing was undeniable -- he was no ordinary man. The strange light in his golden eyes spoke of an ancient hunger, a hunger that awakened within her an answering desire . . .

As fragments of his shattered past returned, "Michael" was coming to know the bitter taste of fear. His memories spoke of a centuries-old legacy that could threaten even this woman he was coming to love. And he was learning that the terrible question he had to face was not who, but what he was.

Within a few lost souls, the HEART OF THE WOLF beats fierce and wild. Feel them, fear them, tame them . . .


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5.0 out of 5 stars Flanders books needs reprinting! March 31 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Silhouette had a line of books was I very sorry to see ended, Silhouette Shadows. These were paranormal romances and came from some of the greatest writers in the field today like Anne Stuart, Jane Toombs, but one of the best was a trilogy about Werewolves in today's society, the first was #54 "Secret of the Wolf", second was #57 "Wolf in Waiting" and third was #59 "Shadow of the Wolf" by Rebecca Flanders. She also did "Heart of the Wolf". Flanders writes under various names, but these are some of her niftiest works. These books REALLY need reprinting. Shadows was a leader, blazing the path in the surging paranormal romances, but faded because they felt a lack of interest. Well, guess what, everyone else finally caught up and paranormals are big, so lets put these out so they can be
respected for the solid work they are.
This is the first in the series #54, "Secret of the Wolf" introducing us to werewolves were amongst us today, and that they are powerful empire.
Aggie McDonald accidentally runs into a man on a rainy night. She takes him in to care for him. Though he recalls nothing of whom he is, she knows this man is not precisely your Average Joe. His golden eyes remind her of something ancient, a throw back to when men was more primal. And it awakens something
within her.
As shards of his part start to return to the man Aggie calls Michael, he begins to recall he is the heir to a legacy that is centuries old and he was running from it. While he desires Aggie, he knows this legacy could threaten her.
As Aggie arouses the "beast" in him, he fears he is not human. His inner war is nothing compared to what is soon to face him, with both their lives hanging in the balances and Michael must face a battle of the titans in order to claim the woman he loves.
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The storyline has been described pretty well by the others. I just wanted to alert readers to the following facts - firstly, this book is part of a trilogy (and it does pay to read them in order, although each book can stand on its own more or less); secondly, that this book is a reprinted version of an old book from the Silhouette Shadows line (now defunct), and most importantly - the author Rebecca Flanders is now writing as Donna Boyd (see her hardcover werewolf series - The Passion, and The Promise).
Elements from this trilogy are reused in the current Devoncroix series - the castle/fortress in Alaska, the secret domination by werewolves of significant sectors in the economy, the prejudice against humans, the belief that humans and wolves cannot mate and cannot have children together, and lastly the concept that some werewolves are anthropomorphs (cannot change into wolf form). And the ruling family is apparently of French descent, and as in the Devoncroix series, succession is via ultimogeniture (the youngest-born inherits).
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By K Stowe
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I read the second and third books of this trilogy first (Wolf in Waiting, Shadow of the Wolf) before I read Secret of the Wolf. Secret of the Wolf gets the reader familiar with Ms. Flanders' werewolf world that continues in the next two books. I definitely recommend this book but only to get to the next two which I loved. For those who are interested, Rebecca Flanders now writes as Donna Boyd and has two hardback werewolf novels. They are more intense and involved than the Dreamscapes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secret of the Wolf Sept. 7 2013
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As I was missing this title in a trilogy....it was awesome!!! Especially since it was no longer in print. Thanks so much!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and fun werewolf romance Dec 29 1997
By BarkLessWagMore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If werewolves are your cuppa tea you HAVE to add this book to your to-be-bought list. It fascinated me from beginning to end. Aggie meets the hero by running him down with her car. When he regains consciousness he doesn't know who the heck he is, just that his name is Michael. When Aggie learns he is going to be released from the hospital directly to the streets or a homeless shelter she feels so guilty she takes him home (she also has ulterior motives, she's a journalist/columnist suffering from writer's block and will use his recovery as a scoop). Slowly he begins to regain bits and pieces of his past and it's mostly frightening. He fears he's not human and he wills himself to forget but it's impossible with Aggie around arousing his senses, his libido and his, ummm, true self. I fully enjoyed this story. The plot was great fun, with a nice balance of lightness and angst, the hero was scrumptious and the heroine likable. I don't think I will ever tire of reading about werewolf heroes. There was an issue concerning the eventuality of children that I felt was wrapped up way too quickly but overall it's a small complaint because the story was terrific. There is just something so romantic about their mating for life that gets to me every time. This is the first book in a trilogy but it does stand alone quite nicely.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bk 1 of a trilogy that appeared in Silhouette Shadows line Sept. 5 2002
By bookjunkiereviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The storyline has been described pretty well by the others. I just wanted to alert readers to the following facts - firstly, this book is part of a trilogy (and it does pay to read them in order, although each book can stand on its own more or less); secondly, that this book is a reprinted version of an old book from the Silhouette Shadows line (now defunct), and most importantly - the author Rebecca Flanders is now writing as Donna Boyd (see her hardcover werewolf series - The Passion, and The Promise).
Elements from this trilogy are reused in the current Devoncroix series - the castle/fortress in Alaska, the secret domination by werewolves of significant sectors in the economy, the prejudice against humans, the belief that humans and wolves cannot mate and cannot have children together, and lastly the concept that some werewolves are anthropomorphs (cannot change into wolf form). And the ruling family is apparently of French descent, and as in the Devoncroix series, succession is via ultimogeniture (the youngest-born inherits).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is good BUT the next two in the series are FANTASTIC Aug. 23 2002
By K Stowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read the second and third books of this trilogy first (Wolf in Waiting, Shadow of the Wolf) before I read Secret of the Wolf. Secret of the Wolf gets the reader familiar with Ms. Flanders' werewolf world that continues in the next two books. I definitely recommend this book but only to get to the next two which I loved. For those who are interested, Rebecca Flanders now writes as Donna Boyd and has two hardback werewolf novels. They are more intense and involved than the Dreamscapes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flanders books needs reprinting! March 31 2004
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Silhouette had a line of books was I very sorry to see ended, Silhouette Shadows. These were paranormal romances and came from some of the greatest writers in the field today like Anne Stuart, Jane Toombs, but one of the best was a trilogy about Werewolves in today's society, the first was #54 "Secret of the Wolf", second was #57 "Wolf in Waiting" and third was #59 "Shadow of the Wolf" by Rebecca Flanders. She also did "Heart of the Wolf". Flanders writes under various names, but these are some of her niftiest works. These books REALLY need reprinting. Shadows was a leader, blazing the path in the surging paranormal romances, but faded because they felt a lack of interest. Well, guess what, everyone else finally caught up and paranormals are big, so lets put these out so they can be
respected for the solid work they are.
This is the first in the series #54, "Secret of the Wolf" introducing us to werewolves were amongst us today, and that they are powerful empire.
Aggie McDonald accidentally runs into a man on a rainy night. She takes him in to care for him. Though he recalls nothing of whom he is, she knows this man is not precisely your Average Joe. His golden eyes remind her of something ancient, a throw back to when men was more primal. And it awakens something
within her.
As shards of his part start to return to the man Aggie calls Michael, he begins to recall he is the heir to a legacy that is centuries old and he was running from it. While he desires Aggie, he knows this legacy could threaten her.
As Aggie arouses the "beast" in him, he fears he is not human. His inner war is nothing compared to what is soon to face him, with both their lives hanging in the balances and Michael must face a battle of the titans in order to claim the woman he loves. This is a great read, but the two following even top that!
You might check out Donna Boyd (see her hardcover werewolf series - The Passion, and The Promise), this is Flanders under another name.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Weak Link... July 5 2005
By Jacelya Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
*Spoiler Alert* Original heir to the Werewolf Empire, Michael the First, "...had the keys to the kingdom in [his] hand...and [] didn't want them. [He] wasn't interested in the old ways, [] didn't want the power. [Michael] wanted to live a human life." One of the biggest problems with THE SECRET OF THE WOLF is that other than this, the reader never gets a very clear picture of Michael St. Clare. Rebecca Flanders fails to develop the hero so that neither by aesthetic description nor style or behavior is the character of Michael made understandable, knowable.

The second book in this series, WOLF IN WAITING, the story of the Werewolf chosen to take Michael's place, Noel Duprey, paints such a vivid picture of Flanders' take on Werewolves and their supernatural culture, that it is easier to understand why Michael might feel as he does, but then it would take hindsight to understand Michael's predicament. Accordingly, THE SECRET OF THE WOLF cannot stand alone. Standing alone, THE SECRET OF THE WOLF paints a one-dimensional picture of Werewolves, making the fictional race seem very cold and monstrous. The reader is left feeling that the side of Michael that is a Werewolf is indeed shameful and his old life and culture something that any one of us would shed without a second thought.

Columnist, Aggie McDonald, who accidentally hits Michael with her car one dark night--this, along with emotional trauma he has already endured, helps along the reluctant heir's amnesia--seems to credit the man that she takes in like a stray cat for not being quite as dangerous and seemingly mentally disturbed as the average indigent John Doe might be. And she decides that because he never actually hurt her--though he puts his hand through a plate glass door, turns the handle and walks into her room and wakens her to his sleepwalking self covered in blood--he is THE ONE: "And watching him, she knew the answer to the question she had been afraid to ask herself these past weeks. Why she had disregarded all common sense and welcomed him into her home. Why she trusted him when all evidence indicated she do exactly the opposite. Why she couldn't be afraid of him, no matter how often she was tempted to. It was really very simple...," Aggie thinks as she makes the realization. Hmm.... Really? I wish someone would explain it to me. So, although the romantic relationship between the leads doesn't exactly ring true, it somehow manages to be sweet and the love scenes steamy.

Bottom line, this is another pretty okay book, that would be just alright if it was forced to stand alone. However, I do suggest reading the entire series. Then you will be able to contextualize and visualize Michael, I assure you. The scary thing, is that if I had read SECRET first, I might never have had the decided pleasure of reading WAITING.

A Shame: The Second Book Whets Your Appetite To Read The First Book...,Which Disappoints.
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