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Scent of Passion (Rutledge Werewolves #1)

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  1,017 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews

Rutledge Werewolves - Scent of Passion By Elizabeth Lapthorne Book 1 in the Rutledge Werewolves series

Sophie Briggs threw caution to the wind for one night, and found herself six weeks later staring at a scary line on her positive home pregnancy test. Now the biggest problem she has to face is whether or not to contact the father, a man she hardly knows. He may not know ab

Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 24th 2004 by Ellora's Cave Publishing, Incorporated (first published June 2004)
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Apr 06, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Alpha Artemais Rutledge has not been able to put the one night he spent with human Sophie Briggs out of his mind. He has spent years searching for his mate, wishing it was Sophie but a true mate is the only one he can conceive a child with and he wants to spare her feelings in the future. Instead he invades her dreams filled with erotic thoughts of all the wonderful things he would like to do to her body, until he realizes she is pregnant.

Sophie can't stop staring at the blue line she is wonderi
Julie (jjmachshev)
Feb 26, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads, erotica
This Alpha finally found his mate. Now all he has to do is convince her that: a-he loves her, b-she loves him, c-she should accept him, his brothers, and his pack, AND d-he really is a werewolf...

Medium heat, warm story, all around feel-good book!
Sep 02, 2009 Kathryn rated it did not like it
O no, no, no. There went my streak of choosing good books. Nearly every single thing I dislike about romances/eroticas is in this book. I'm severely disappointed.
but what was the book meant to be about? I kept reading it to see if something interesting would happen...and was sorely disappointed when I finished it.
Every few chapters, a whole 8 pages of sex. It kinda got annoying after a while. Was hoping maybe Roland would be some bad guy or something might happen to Sophie or something interesting. But nope, nothing. Dont pick it up if you want to read something that holds your attention other than sex.
Im sorry, I really enjoy reading books but thi
2.5 Stars for good writing. However, I wasn't a fan of the plot.

I didn't enjoy the romance or the erotica.
Why? There wasn't any.

An argument could be made that there was an element of erotica. Although the story included crotchless underwear...there was no real detail/foreplay/sizzle to me.
And lets be honest....why else would you read this type of book?

The story was of Artemais & Sophie. Artemais is the eldest of his brothers and is eagerly trying to find his mate. He will know his mate be
Oct 17, 2012 Randi rated it it was ok
The story is about this shapeshifter (werewolf) who had an one-night stand with this woman who he KNEW to be his mate. She got pregnant - whoops! But this man was really happy because it meant that she was definitely his mate as only true mates can get pregnant. They face it together, much to the woman's dismay, who wasn't ready for him to show up out of blue. She met his family who consisted of 3 big, macho brothers. They argued about the gender of their baby and decided to keep it a surprise. ...more
Feb 07, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-booklist
Summary:Sophie Briggs threw caution to the wind for one night, and found herself six weeks later staring at a scary line on her positive home pregnancy test. Now the biggest problem she has to face is whether or not to contact the father, a man she hardly knows. He may not know about her and the baby, but she is learning lots about him. Her nightly dreams are hot enough to ignite the bed sheets!

Artemais Rutledge, as Alpha Werewolf for his Pack, had been searching for his True Mate for more years
Aug 31, 2016 Keilene rated it it was ok
Okay where to start.....i was sooo disappointed in this book. I had such high hopes for it after reading the blurb and downloaded it immediately. It started really interesting and i was starting to get into it but the it just kept getting worse and worse while i was waiting for something ANYTHING to happen. This book is why majority of people think that paranormal romances are just porn for us women. Don't get me wrong i love a good sex scene every now and then but that's all this book consists ...more
Jan 30, 2012 Kelly rated it did not like it
I was sadly disappointed in this book. I kept expecting some sort of bloody external conflict to pop up and instead there was a lot of internal soul searching and little to no action. As someone who enjoys werewolves to an embarrassing degree, this saddened me. I'm also unclear as to whether Roland's inclusion in the book is supposed to be setup for a later book or just a plot line that wasn't fully explored.
Mar 23, 2015 Kate rated it did not like it
Rutledge Werewolves - Scent of Passion By Elizabeth Lapthorne Book 1 in the Rutledge Werewolves series

Sophie Briggs threw caution to the wind for one night, and found herself six weeks later staring at a scary line on her positive home pregnancy test. Now the biggest problem she has to face is whether or not to contact the father, a man she hardly knows. He may not know about her and the baby, but she is learning lots about him. Her nightly dreams are hot enough to ignite the bed sheets!

After a one night stand Sophia is stunned to find out she is pregnant. Artemais is sure Sophia is his mate so when he see's in her dreams she is pregnant he goes and finds her. Once Artemais finds Sophia he knows he needs to convince her that they are destined to be together and that he is a werewolf. Sophia is shocked to see Artemias and more shocked to find out that he wants to be with her and his child so she agrees to go to his home and get to know each other, as their relationship continues ...more
Feb 28, 2012 Cat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really would have preferred to give this 2.5 stars, but rounded up because I like the relationship between the brothers.

Plot moves pretty quickly, and the main character Sophie has a decent amount of back story. The author tried to weave in another storyline about a half werewolf that is just finding out who he is and what happened to his mom, however I don't think this was done particularly well. In fact, it seems like it was added to make the story seem like it had more depth.

The four brothe
A.R. Von
Mar 03, 2012 A.R. Von rated it it was amazing
Such a fun read! Really do not understand why anyone would complain that there is not enough sex in it. I felt it was a perfect amount to go with the story. I enjoyed each character and the humor that accompanies each one of them.

Everything was perfectly paced and it was very refreshing to read a book that does not have a horrific, crazed or violent criminal (type) in it and still hold intense curiosity of what will happen next. Loved, loved, loved and loved all of the brothers and their sexy pe
Mollie *scoutrmom*
This was an OK story with not enough conflict in the plot to hold my interest. The characters were shallowly drawn and pleasant enough folks. There was a light humor throughout.

I think the heroine, when told that the father of her child is a werewolf, came too easily to accept that this could be so. I'd have been shitting bricks.

The subplot was too divorced from the main plot, it should have been in a separate book.

The sex scenes were good but not great, and did not serve to forward the plot.

I t
Jan 16, 2012 Abby rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenges
I really liked this book...It caught me from the beginning and I didn't put it down until I was done.... She's a relatively new author to me and the series is brand new to me as well... There were aspects of it that were iffy at times such as the Ronald character... I thought he was going to be trouble for Sophie and the pack but I'm glad I was wrong. I LOVED Artemais's brothers... A lot of the stuff they said and pulled gave me a few LOL moments. It has the potential of being a really great ...more
Technically there wasn't anything wrong with the writing but I had trouble with the story keeping my interest. Truthfully, I found myself skimming in places and I hated doing that. I like the concept of the four brothers being left after a portion of their family and pack being culled years before. And the personalities of the brothers was interesting and I liked their bantering but their wasn't any conflict, making the overall plot a little dull.
Sep 06, 2016 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: Kindle/Amazon
Interesting introduction to this author's world of werewolves . . . reminded me of my favorite Sherrilyn Kenyon book, which is Night Play, although this does not come up to the standard of the Dark Hunter series.

I enjoyed it enough that I will probably try to get the stories of the other brothers--this story featured Artemais, the oldest brother in the family who finds his mate, Sophie, when she comes to hear The Howlers play at a local bar.

Mar 20, 2012 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok book all around... The characters were likeable but not very complex. The story line went along but did not have any twists or surprises. I felt like at the end of the book nothing had happened. Problems were solved with little or no effort from the characters. Often things that were discussed as a possible story twist were just magically solved within a few pages. Erotica was ok.
Jan 31, 2012 Mara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, freebies
As one other reviewer noticed nothing ever happens in this story. Adding a werewolf to the mix doesn't make my neighbors more interesting.
Stories are driven by conflict: here there's nothing. But sex of course. Plenty boring. Why introducing some twist and plot elements if they do not move the story forward? What is the point of Roland?

Even in erotica there's better.
Feb 02, 2012 E.L. rated it it was amazing
Despite what i read on the first couple reviews of this book i really enjoyed it. It was a sweet story and though it didnt have any big drama, besides the baby and him being a werewolf, not all stories have to be action packed or in this case packed with sex either. It was a good read and will probably read it again in the future when i need a simple good story.
Jun 23, 2014 Edylin rated it really liked it

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Kate Mckeever
Feb 05, 2012 Kate Mckeever rated it liked it
This is a relaxing, good weekend read. The alpha in the book is an oddity in the world of alpha weres, a guy that admits his feelings with little urging and one who will give up some control. The heroine is a bit much for my taste but I really enjoyed the book and will buy the others in the Rutledge series.
I liked the characters a lot but the storyline didn't make it a 200 page book.....maybe 100 and I'd have rated it higher. Just not much substance for 200 pages. Really liked the main and supporting characters though.
Alice Saunders
Aug 07, 2012 Alice Saunders rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The beginning hooked me early on and the building plot and ending resolution keep me interested in the book from start to finish. It had a great balance of romance and suspense. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good paranormal romance novel.
Sep 06, 2016 SandraE rated it liked it
In some ways this story was too fast. The female character was hesitant at first and then bam all accepting of everything. It is a short story so obviously the issues have to be resolved but I just cannot help but feel that things could have been handled better.
Sep 19, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I know I've read a Rutledge tale before (that special clothing store in the village is unforgettable) but I couldn't remember what one. When I found this hiding at the local Salvation Army I couldn't resist it. Now I want to cry because I don't have more of the series to read.
Feb 17, 2012 Shaineinok rated it liked it
Picked up as a freebie...
Cute storyline but faster pased than I like.
Found myself skimming along to get through it in places where i was bored.
That said it was an easy afternoon read and enjoyable for the most part.
Mya A.
Jul 25, 2012 Mya A. rated it it was amazing
There is only a few words needed to be said about this book. AWESOME is one of them Heart-wrenching is the next is read. It's an Awesome Heart-wrenching read. Oh and it has a little exciting parts in it too. ;)
Apr 19, 2013 C.J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-shifters
Lovely story. Though not overly dramatic it was still a really nice read. Would recommend for lazy afternoon!
Mar 27, 2012 Dana rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was upbeat and lighthearted, and full of love and romance, just a great read....
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Elizabeth Lapthorne has been writing professionally since 2002. She has been astonished by the sucess of her Rutledge Werewolf series, and finds immense pleasure in hearing from her fans. To date she has more than ten books out, a few of those even in paperback.

Elizabeth regularly goes to the gym to chew over her ideas; many a book has begun or been worked through while cycling on the bikes. She a
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