Shanna was the first of KEW's books I had ever read and that led me to read all of her others. The Wolf and the Dove is definitely on my list of fave romances (along with "Shanna", "Ashes in the Wind", "Flame & Flower").
Of all of KEW's male characters, Wulfgar is unique. He is initially domineering, almost cruel and unsympathetic, but that facade, resulting from a hard life, hides a very sweet vulnerable man that has had very little experience with love or any other tender feeling. He along with Ruark from "Shanna" and Cole from "Ashes" are my fave KEW men.
From the very beginning Wulfgar's relationship with Aislinn is different from any other he's ever had with a woman. He's a man who claims to hate women, to only use them, to never spend money on them or care for them. Yet from the first, he treats her differently. He doesn't demand that she immediately share his bed, he protects her from his men, he buys her material to make a new gown, and eventually even fights for her (against the dastardly Ragnor). She slowly worms her way into his reluctant heart.
Aislinn is also a bit unique for a KEW heroine. She's not the haughty, spoiled type like a Shanna nor an almost doormat like Heather in "Flame". She is very strong, with a sense of responsibility to her people who have been conquered by Wulfgar's forces. Much of what she fights for is not for herself, but for her people. She is also perceptive enough to see that Wulfgar is not your typical conquerer. He's fair minded and wants to bring peace back to Darkenwald. She falls for him over time after observing that he isn't what he professes to be.
I love this book. I first read it years ago, have read it many times since, and re-read it again just recently. I still was delighted by it. See if you don't agree.