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Through Psy. Pain & Violence, into Love's Healing Embrace
on October 31, 2001
I have thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Krinard's voyage through the lives of the family Forster. Each of the three story's have focused not only on the individual's need to be known and loved for the person he or she is, but on the slow process of healing itself. The tension Ms. Krinard encourages and allows to develop is more than simply sexual desire; although that is there is abundance,it is the growth and healing of the whole person. In her stories the werewolf is not only a paranormal being, with abilities beyond the normal human capacity, he or she has needs desires, fears, and anxieties that closely mirror our own. The author takes her romances farther into each individual personality. She shows the hurt, the fear, the apprehension, the hopelessness in each individual heart and mind, and brings each character into an embrace of healing love.
In "Secret of the Wolf" the hurt, fear and hopelessness rage through Quentin Forster's mind. He suffers from black-outs, or more correctly...'blank-outs.' Blank spots in his life, in time. He regularly awakes in a new place and time without any recollection of how he got there, or why. A devastating psychic storm that leaves him confused, and gripped by paralyzing fear. It takes him on a wild journey through terror, self-hatred, and despair. This torturous trip drives him from city to city, running from a namesless enemy that seems to follow him wherever he goes. It leaves him unconscious, divided, and near death at the feet of a healer.
Johanna is a physician, following in the footsteps of her father, and works tirelessly to prove to herself and to others that she is worthy of that calling. In a time when female doctors are not openly accepted, she envisions herself a healer of the mind. And has the courage to take in a total stranger, simply because she hasn't the heart to leave him lying in the dirt. She is afraid of this tall, seemingly powerful man, but unwilling to turn anyone away who needs help.
Quentin Forster awakes delirius, and in pain, but his werewolf heritage allows his body to heal quickly. He finds himself in Johanna's brisk, efficient care, and surrounded by several others also suffering from the kind of terror-filled pain only a tortured mind can produce. He finds a sort of temporary peace, and the first pull of desire toward a woman in years. He wants her, discovers he needs her, but is afraid that someday, somehow he might hurt her.
Johanna believes that she can help Quentin, but finds it increasingly difficult to deal with the awakening desire building steadily in her mind and body. She wants him, but can't reconcile that desire with the responsibility of being his doctor. She prides herself in her ability to control her emotions, and she always fullfills her responsibilities, no matter the cost to herself.
I recommend this book to all who love the thrill of romance, and to every woman who seeks to immerse herself in the inherent excitement of a sensual union with a paranormal being. Susan Krinard weaves together apprehension and delight, fear and desire into Quentin and Johanna's journey towards love and wholeness, and in passing, gives us a peek into the nineteenth century's reach for mental health. I picked four stars instead of five because this particular story doesn't feature the "Change" nearly enough. I want to see more of the wolf in the next one!
Secret of the Wolf is a must read, and I eagerly look forward to the fourth book in this series. Susan...hint, hint...!!