Grad student gets hot ‘n heavy with the wolf recluse: Wolf Moon by Patricia Rosemoor

Do you love the recluse? Grad student Aileen definitely does. She falls head over heels for the wolf man destined to fulfill her grandmother’s legacy in Wolf Moon.

Harlequin Intrigue appears to have published this paranormal romance in 2007. But it has been given a new cover and will re-release today. I wonder whether it is radically different. From the two blurbs, I couldn’t see that the story is much different.

This book has everything:

  • murder mystery – check
  • small town dynamics – check
  • a sprinkling of witchcraft – check
  • Gothic charm – check

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It is all the witch’s fault

After thinking about this book for a bit, I realized: Madam Sofia knew all about it all the time!

To explain, werewolves live among the townspeople of Wolf Creek. Sofia, who operates a little herb shop, is the only one who knows about the existence of the werewolves, and as it happens, she knew the murderer too.

Lol, I’ve only just realized this.

I was going to go on about how this book feels like déjà vu and bla bla bla, but …

Madam Sofia is much more interesting. She plays the role of the town clairvoyant, but she dispenses herbal remedies as well. She gives Aileen a pouch.

The hero Rhys has a similar pouch and so does the cowardly Valerie. The pouch prevents a werewolf from turning at the full moon.

If I were a detective, I’d be asking whether she didn’t matchmake Rhys and Aileen. She knew exactly what was going to happen!

I guess you can read this book straight, or you can play around with this a little bit, and come to the conclusion that the Witch was secretly working in the background to help Rhys and Aileen find happiness.

hermit meets city girl and takes her to his cabin/mansion

Rhys is a loner. He lives with his father in a cabin outside of town. Rhys visits town every now and then for supplies, but apart from that, he and his father, Jens Lindgren, keep to themselves.

Somewhere along the line, Jens and Rhys become rich.

Maybe you can more accurately describe Rhys as a recluse, rather than a hermit. Recluse implies that he’s rich enough to withdraw from society, rather than being forced into hardship by his principles.

The cabin has been modified so that it feels more like a mansion with its own extensive library, an atrium, and two-stories–a building big enough to house two families.

The Recluse wants the pretty city girl, But the city girl gets labeled as ‘trouble’

This jarred a bit. What? Huh? Just because she’s a woman she’s trouble.

Aileen is a graduate student in wildlife ecology and currently completing her thesis on whether wolves can live with humans. She’s a wolf lover, fortunately for her, and she comes to Wolf Creek to visit her brother, and to research her thesis.

Very quickly Aileen meets Rhys, and from the moment Jens meets Aileen, he labels her as trouble.

Jens knows Rhys will want her, but Rhys won’t be able to have her. And that makes her trouble in Jens’s eyes.

I got all uppity about this, but then I thought, quite possibly this book hasn’t been updated and the writing is over ten years old.

i want to connect with her

Aileen is a combination of the innocent Gothic heroine and the modern librarian archetype. She’s educated but naïve.

She seems to do things that are the product of conflicting worldviews, or at least at odds with the idea that women are capable of looking after themselves–without the need for a man to arrive on the scene and save her.

Oh, man. We all make mistakes, but …

Don’t go out into the woods in the middle of winter and visit a murder scene. Just don’t.

Aileen decides to go out into the woods.

By herself.

No survival skills, and she has spent the majority of her life in the city.

She goes anyway. Maybe Jens is right.

I can see she has moxie and she’s independent, but this doesn’t feel right.

It feels like a stupid thing to do.

but i got her after a while

She snubs political correctness and does what is right for her. I can see that.

I almost labeled her as a too-silly-to-be-alive heroine, but every now and then, she does or says something insightful that characterizes her as more than a ditz.

Aileen shows substance

She wonders if Valerie, owner of Gray Wolf Lodge, is the kind of woman who has no identity of her own, rather has obtained ‘her identity from her husband.’

When Valerie tries to claim Rhys, Aileen responds:

“Simply because I am a less volatile person doesn’t mean I’m not strong, that I don’t have power of my own.”

There are times when Aileen reminds me of one of those Gothic heroines, who cry out and faint when confronted with horror.

Aileen also makes excuses for Rhys’s controlling manner:

“Then you have less sense than I gave you credit for.”

Aileen clenched her jaw. First Valerie, now Rhys was giving her a hard time, both spoiling the romantic afterglow she’d been trying to hang onto.

“Ever since I got here everyone keeps telling me what to do,” she said. “Or what not to do.”

“Look, it’s not that I want to order you around, but I’m worried. I just want you to stay safe. Lie low until things settle down in town. When you left me that message last night that you were followed…”

Aileen’s irritation waned. She believed him. He simply was too blunt when he disapproved of something she did. When he went all alpha on her, he didn’t have the social skills to make her warm up to his suggestions.

I had to ask myself whether a heroine should try to compensate for her hero’s lack of social skills.

But this is mitigated by her insistence that she is an independent, confident woman:

“But I’m not a child. I’ve been taking care of myself for many years now.”

Although she also does some stupid things, it’s not fair to judge her. This is all a part of being a flawed heroine, and a likable heroine doesn’t have to act like a full-on badass feminist all the time.

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Read rosemoor’s wolf moon if …

you feel like reading small town romance combined with paranormal characters and a murder mystery.

At times, I didn’t like this book, and at other times, I became more involved in the story.

This might be different for you. It might draw you in straight away.

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So, if you think that this book might appeal to you, go ahead and read it, and then, if you have time, come back and let me know.

Or, you might have already read the previous 2007 version. It could be different. It’d be interesting to see if it is.

Do you think that Aileen should have told Rhys what he could have done with his disapproving comments, instead of rationalizing his need to control her?

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