Malcolm MacFane has deteriorated from the mighty Black Wolf of legend into a broken man, steeped in alcohol to numb the pain of his broken body. Ariella MacKendrick needs a hero to save her peace-loving people from attack by a greedy outcast. She is sent to call upon the Black Wolf for protection and is disappointed to discover the man he has become.
This tale of pain and withdrawal and redemption was brilliantly woven. It was the second of Karyn Monk's books that I've read and I'm sure to read the rest of them. She knows how to weave a marvelous tale incorporating characteristics that bring the hero and heroine off the page. One point of her writing that I do find a bit off is her tendency to throw her hero and heroine into bed based solely on lust. It seemed a bit out of character for the model of virtue that Ariella is portrayed to be, contemplating marriage to someone else, to invite Malcolm into her bed for one stolen moment of passion.
This report prepared by Karla Lang