The Wild Road (Dirk & Steele, #8)
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The Wild Road (Dirk & Steele #8)

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Those who look upon Lannes Hannelore see only an exceptionally handsome man. But his beauty is a prison, locking the dark truth inside his tormented soul. For Lannes is one of a dying race of remarkable creatures, hiding in plain sight among earth's human masters. His existence is solitary and sad—until the night he encounters a young woman on a deserted street, desperate,...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Avon (first published July 29th 2008)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
If you like paranormal romance and you haven't been reading Marjorie M. Liu's 'Dirk & Steele' series, you don't know what you're missing. She's created an urban fantasy/paranormal/romance series that allows her to write about everything from shapeshifters to psi-talents to gargoyles. Her latest is "The Wild Road" and once I picked it up, I just couldn't put it down...even to start "Acheron"! Now THAT'S saying something.

She wakes up with no memories, in a strange room, in a burning hotel, sur...more
Zeek
Lannes Hannelore is part of a very few left of his race- gargoyles who protect humans from evil. His true face is hidden behind a pretty illusion and he longs for nothing more than someone to know him- the true man within.

He doesn’t know it yet, but the frightened, blood covered woman with no memory, whom he finds wandering the streets, is the woman who will reach past every wall and embrace both man and creature. But first he has to get beyond the puzzle she’s presented him- and decide if she...more
Barbara M.
4 Stars...I really liked it!

I have a weak spot for Marjorie M. Liu's writing...and an even weaker spot for her "Dirk & Steele" novels. If there is one thing I regret about reading these books it's that I wish I could have known how much I would enjoy them so I could have read them in the correct order, back to back to back.

But you all know how it is (or some of you do anyway). You (I) read so much between books in a series that if you don't have them laid out in order you kind of loose a se...more
Catherine
*4.5 Stars*

I know I’ve said in the past that the Dirk & Steele series is best read in order, but if you’re looking to jump into the middle of it, this is the book to do it with. It fits in with the overall world easily, but it doesn’t focus much on the actual Dirk & Steele members. The only ones we see are Koni and Rictor—my favorites! Instead, this book introduces us to a secretive race of gargoyles. They were first tied into the Dirk & Steele world in a novella called A Dream of St...more
Jane Stewart
2.5 stars. A mystery with too many conveniently vague clues. Not enough emotional pull for me.

STORY BRIEF:
Lethe awakes in a hotel room with three dead men on the floor. She has no memory of anything that happened in her life up until that moment, not even her name. She sees a note pinned to her clothes saying “run.” She does. She is barefoot and covered in blood and trying to steal a car. Lannes sees her and helps her. He travels with her to help solve her mystery. Lannes is a gargoyle who uses...more
Gail
The book opens with the heroine waking up in a hotel room with a murdered man. She has no memory whatsoever, knows nothing but that she should run. And, oddly, she knows how to do that, how to escape notice and avoid police and all the things she should do. The hero is a gargoyle who's left his isolation to come visit a childhood friend. A friend who is now an elderly man, while the hero is just now reaching maturity. The hero binds his gargoyle wings and hides them and his rough-hewn appearance...more
Mystique Reviews
I'm a fan of Author Liu's Dirk & Steele series, cheesy title notwithstanding. She's never failed to amaze me with her inventive characters--I mean, gargoyles?? --and her tight, taut storylines. THE WILD ROAD was no exception. We meet Lannes, brother to DARK DESIRES's character "Charlie". Like his brother, Lannes hides in plain sight, casting illusion to cover his sky-at-dusk skin and his wings. Wings! (Kudos to Marjorie Liu for taking into account mass differences and rememebering that invis...more
Renee Sweet
One of my very favorites.

Lannes Hannelore, ladies and gentlemen, is a gargoyle. And Ms. Liu has a fabulous take on them. Lannes is the brother of Charlie, main character of the novella A Dream of Stone and Shadow featured in the anthology Dark Dreamers. It's not necessary to have read A Dream of Stone and Shadow prior to THE WILD ROAD, though the story serves as the backdrop for an important aspect of Lannes' character. But really, that's such a great story, too, that you should read it anyway....more
D.B.
A shy, retiring gargolye who hides his true face from humanity gets in touch with his inner alpha protector when he comes to the aid of a woman in distress - but this heroine is no shrinking violet.

'The Woman,' who later takes on the name Lethe, wakes up in a hotel room full of dead men, blood, and guns. She has no memory of how she came to be there, and no memory of who she is. Her only clue is a note instructing her to run. Lannes, the gargolye in disguise, catches her breaking into his car a...more
Wendy
Lannes Hannelore is a gargoyle, one of a dying race that has protected man for centuries. But he's being hiding in Maine for years now, isolated from everyone else, lonely and scarred from a horrible experience that he suffered at the hand of a witch who wanted him as a slave. He lives under an illusion, whenever someone looks at him, all they see is a tall, beautiful man. What they don't see is his wings and his pronounced bone structure which certainly marks him as other than human.

He is call...more
Yodamom
Done 3.5 stars-
A woman, wakes up to find herself in a room, filled with smoke, she is covered in blood and there are three dead men on the floor, she has a gun and a note pinned to her shirt that says 'RUN". She does and on her run she meets a man, who is not exactly like other men, he is a gargoyle, with a damaged soul. She does not remember anything before the moment she woke, but somebody is hunting her. These two lost people start a journey of death, fear, mystery and discovery.
More story b...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
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Kim~Fantasy~
OK so this one had a few twists I didn't expect...but getting into another gargoyle brother wasn't bad. There was some deep dark stuff that surfaced in this one(unfortunately I can't say anything or it will spoil it) But yea the whole memory loss would have sucked alot! And I like the name Lannes gave her it suited her well! And I would Die to be in that car with Koni for however many hours I could get...Rictor being there too would just be a bonus...MMMMM!!!! But I enjoyed getting more of my se...more
Caitlyn
Though I didn't like this particular Dirk & Steele Novel as much as the others in the series, I still liked it. While it isn't necessary to have read the others in the series to enjoy The Wild Road, it might be helpful to the reader to have a little foundation first to get the full impact of this story and the world the author has excellently built. Everything's connected in The Wild Road and then tied up very neatly in the end. However, you will still be wanting more afterward...about the s...more
July
As a Marjorie Liu, Dirk & Steele fan I was happy to see this on the bookshelves on my local bookseller. I swooped in bought it, carried it home and happily read it.
This book Wow #8 was about one of the Hannelore brothers who happen to be gargoyle.
Lannes Hannelore sees a woman breaking into his car. When he attempts to stop her he realizes that she is covered in blood. He offers to help her. She tells him that she doesn't have any memory at all. One of Lannes gift is to read minds. And she t...more
Jill Dunlop
I really enjoy this series. Not sure how I would feel about a gargoyle hero, but Lannes was really awesome. I was annoyed at how often the word "craggy" was used to describe him. If I was playing a drinking game where everytime I read the word "craggy" I had a sip of alcohol, by the third chapter I would have been waisted!!

The plot had all kinds of twists and turns, some of it hard to follow, but by the end of the book everything wraps up nicely.

I don't recommend starting with this book if you h...more
E.
Dirk & Steele book, Lannes Hannelore is one of the gargoyles that survived but is emotionally scarred by the evil witch who tortured him and his brothers. An encounter with an amnesiac woman with blood on her leads to a journey that requires assistance from the Dirk & Steele agency and a reorganization of his own life and views. Lannes and the woman must battle enemies who attack both externally and within the mind if they are going to survive long enough to explore their mutual attracti...more
Patrice
While I was a little disappointed that this one didn't feature one of the primary characters, it did draw on and develop side characters introduced in previous books and it did help me connect the short story written in the Dirk & Steele verse to the rest of the events and places. Also, I found the story and characters in this one endearing.
Theresa
This was a disappointing entry in to the series. It reminded me a lot of Soul Song (Book 5 in this series) in that I just didn't get engaged with the story or the characters.

I did like that Koni and Rictor were in the story quite a bit. They are two of my favorite characters that Liu has created.
L.C.
This was the first book I read of Marjorie's. Hands down one of my favourite authors. I absolutely love her voice and prose. She has a unique way of making the dark and dangerous beautiful.
Marina
I was so thrilled when I read this. It is so rare to find a story with a gargoyle! I hope Ms. Liu writes stories for the other two single brothers. Gargoyle are awesome.
Aparna
Liked the flow of the story and was quite interesting .... I think i would read more of her books.
Lindig
Deathless love! Ah! Not as good as Iron Hunt, not as complex.
Stephanie Pulley
I like the Dirk & Steele series.
Christie
"Tell me," Lethe said.
"I want you here," he rasped. "I want you with me. I want to care for you and love you and have you with me every moment, every day, for as long as we live. I want to be the one to protect you. Not them, not anyone else, ever. And all those...handsome doctors and tennis players and men who know their wine can just...go away. Because I may not be as handsome as them, and I may not even be as human as them, but they will never believe in you the way I do, and they will never...more
Ellyn
As a gargoyle hiding in plain sight, Lannes uses illusion and avoidance to fit in the human world. While visiting an old friend in Chicago, Lannes discovers a woman trying to break into his car. She's amnesiac, covered in blood, and not sure whether she's a victim or a criminal. As he vows to help her, he discovers, as with most Dirk & Steele novels, her history and his are amazingly entwined.

I liked this entry much better than the last one. It's interesting that I tend to prefer the novels...more
Lyndi
Ok, I usually don't read gargoyle stories because it's so difficult for me to get the typical gothic statue image out of my head. I can't force myself to disassociate, so I just avoid them. In this story, Marjorie M. Liu used the word "craggy" to describe Lannes' face like a hundred times. Which always brings to mind Clint Eastwood.

Yeah, it was weird for me.

But I still enjoyed it. I couldn't picture Lannes' face at all, really. I just knew he wasn't baby faced. *shrug*

Originally, I only kept rea...more
Siria
Total fluff, but it passed the time while I was waiting for the tax workshop to open this morning—I mean, it's a romance novel in which the hero is a gargoyle! Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning? Said hero—Lannes—makes the kind of deeply stupid choices that one normally expects of a heroine in a romance novel, but he's quite likeable and pretty well-adjusted despite that. (Trin: I'm sure you'll be glad to know that he drives a vintage 60s black Impala.) The plot is even mo...more
Michele bookloverforever
another Dirk & Steele novel. a woman wakes up covered in blood, 3 dead men in the room and no memory of who she is or what happened and the hotel is on fire. there is only a note with one word: RUN. So, she does meeting a young man, Lannes on the way. Lannes saves her from an attack and brings her to a safe place, the home of his friend. Lannes is also a gargoyle and his brother is an agent of Dirk &Steele, a private investigation firm specializing in mysteries involving the paranormal s...more
Yvonne Boag
Imagine waking up in a hotel room with three dead bodies and your hands covered in blood. Then imagine having no memory of what took place there or who you are. This is how The Wild Road begins, all the woman finds is a note saying Run so she does. This takes her to trying to break into a car when the owner suddenly discovers her but instead of calling the cops he takes her to his friend's house and cleans her up. Lannes is a gargoyle who hides his face (and wings) from the world. And from the s...more
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