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Secret of the Wolf (Warriors of the Rift #2)

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Warriors of the Rift

Once a generation, the rift between the paranormal world and the human world opens, allowing supernatural entities to cross. Vampire, demon, or shapeshifter, they can save the world-or send it spiraling into chaos.

As a werewolf liaison to the Council of Preternaturals, Tori Joseph is used to straddling the world between humans and immortals. She plays b
Mass Market Paperback, 299 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Forever (first published January 1st 2012)
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Gah, I'm so disappointed :(.

I hate it when a good first book in a series is ruined by the sequel. I enjoyed the first book, Kiss of the Vampire. I waited for this one to be released because Dante charmed me so much. Unfortunately, this book is filled with a number of character's stupidity, that makes me want to bang my head and kick their ass.

Let's see ...

First, Dante and Tori have chemistry and they flirt. But Dante doesn't want to pursue the relationship because he has a sick sister (she is
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Aug 09, 2012 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: werewolves
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

The first book in this series was a little too Sci Fi-ish for my tastes but this installment does a much better job of staying on the paranormal side of the fence. Secret of the Wolf focuses on telling a good story rather than on explaining the intricacies of Garner's Warriors of the Rift universe. That being said, if you skip the first novel and dive right into this one you might end up feeling a little lost. Even though I didn't particularly enjoy Kiss of the Vampire, i
Jul 18, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I requested Secret Of The Wolf from Netgalley for review.

Victoria Joseph (Tori) is a 176 year old werewolf who has the hots for human detective Dante Macmillan (who feels the same about Tori) but although they flirt constantly he will never allow himself to get too close for fear of losing her. They end up spending a lot of time together to try and figure out about the device that was taken from the enemy & they get closer & closer & develop real feelings between them. Add in to the
Jun 23, 2012 Carlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tori is a werewolf and Dante is human but they are brought together when they have to investigate a rogue werewolf who is turning people into werewolf's without the council's permission. The sparks fly between them but with Dante's sister sick and Tori's brother reappearing in her life, their road to happiness is full of up's and down's.
This story was full of suspence, romance and mystery. I will definately be reading more in this series!
Viviana Izzo
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Let me begin by saying this is the second book in the series (the first is “Kiss of the Vampire”) and I did not read the first book. I do not believe this works as a “stand alone” book. However, the author does a great job in providing the reader with a recap of the story at the beginning and even throughout the book to further provide details, so I never felt “lost” about the main story plot. Talk about a unique, n
NL Gassert
Jun 20, 2012 NL Gassert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I didn’t read Cynthia Garner’s first book in this new paranormal series, but that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of her second book in the series, SECRET OF THE WOLF. In fact, enjoyment is a woeful understatement. I loved this book. Garner (a pen name for Sherrill Quinn) has earned a definite spot on my to-read and pre-order lists.

In SECRET OF THE WOLF, events set in motion in book one have consequences for sexy werewolf Tori and human detective Dante. Their professional relationshi
While I didn't like Secret of the Wolf as much as Kiss of the Vampire, the first book in the Warriors of the Rift series, it was still really good. Though the case the book focuses on was a bit predictable and I had it figured out early on, it didn't lessen the book's appeal for me. Dante and Tori are both very likeable characters and even though there were a couple of times I wanted to smack them upside the head for making stupid choices, I still enjoyed watching their story unfold.

The concept
I really liked that Tori was attracted to Dante from the start and pretty much didn't have an issue letting him know. It was funny to see Dante keep trying to think of excuses. At first I wondered if it was because she was a pret, but that was the least of his issues, it was more that he didn't really want any type of relationship. I was surprised that Tori kept trying after getting one brush off after another, I wouldn't have kept going.

I did like when finally, Dante, let things happen. However
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Fun characters but the story is a little predictable.

Opening Sentence: Hard muscles rippled beneath skin and fur.

The Review:

The Warriors of the Rift series features aliens that have been sent to Earth through a rift in space. The end result leaves these aliens transformed into what we know as the various supernatural species that dot the planet. Victoria Joseph is one such alien. Having gone through the rift over 150 years ago, she emerged
Dangerous Romance Book Reviews
Book blurb: As a werewolf liaison to the Council of Preternaturals, Tori Joseph is used to straddling the world between humans and immortals. She plays by the rules and always delivers justice, no matter the cost. But after a string of increasingly brutal attacks results in humans turning into werewolves, Tori doesn’t reveal her horrifying suspicion: Someone very close to her might be responsible.

Investigating the paranormal violence, no-nonsense detective Dante MacMillan believes Tori is hidin
Please note that Secret of the Wolf is the second book in the Warriors of the Rift series and this review will contain spoilers for the first book Kiss of the Vampire. If you're new to the series I would suggest not reading any further but it is definitely worth checking out reviews for the first book.

Every 73 years a Rift opens between dimensions that allows incorporeal beings to come to earth. These beings must take over the body of a human host or they are unable to survive, the body they tak
Stephanie  G
3.5 stars

Tori Joseph is a werewolf liaison to the Council of Preternaturals. She loves her job and working with a man who makes her wolf want to roll over and beg. Human Detective Dante MacMillan won't deny the growing attraction between him and Tori but personal troubles and the fact she's immortal has him hesitant to act. Turning to their case, Tori and Dante are working to find who is responsible for werewolf attacks against humans. When Tori has a troubling suspicion as to who is behind it a
Review originally posted here:

I love the concept of the Warriors of the Rift series, and when I found book two would be all about the wolves, I was even more excited. I do love me some werewolves!

Tori is a werewolf liaison, and loves her job dealing with both other wolves and humans. Although she is happy with her life, she also longs for a family of her own, so when her brother shows up after being apart for over a hundred years, she is so excited to hav
**Original review posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance**

I have been eagerly waiting for Dante and Tori's story after I was ensnared by Kiss of the Vampire. And their story goes something like this:

Dante MacMillanand Tori Joseph(one a smoking hot human detective, the other a sultry werewolf) work side by side trying to figure out what is going on with the preternaturals (vamps, weres, fey and the like) that are turning up dead. Meanwhile, they're not only dealing with the murders but
Kendell Jordan
Oct 25, 2012 Kendell Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cynthia Garner’s ‘Secret of the Wolf’ is an Urban Fantasy leaning heavily towards Romance and Crime. This is the second book in the Warriors of the Rift series, what will definitely turn out to be a Must Read Series. The basis of the Fantasy is that Vampires, Demons, Werewolves and other mystical creatures are actually beings from a different dimension.

These beings were sent to our dimension as a punishment for crimes committed in their own. Most are usi
Lizzy Lessard
This is the second book in the Warriors of the Rift series and though the author does a great job slipping in details from the first book into this one, I wouldn’t recommend reading Secret of the Wolf before the first book, Kiss of a Vampire. So much of the book is spent on telling the back-story, that the majority of the first half of the book is simply boring. It seems like everything either happens off screen or in the past. It becomes obvious very on in the book that there are two distinct p ...more
Cocktails and Books
I love this take on preternatural existence. Supernaturals are actually beings from another dimension sent to Earth as punishment.

A rogue werewolf is on the lose, attacking humans in what appears to be an attempt to change them. But soon the rogue's activity escalates to murder and Werewolf Liaison Tori Joseph has to wonder if the strange behavior of her newly found brother is connected. But not wanting to lose the only family she has, she hides her suspicions from the Council and her human par
First--Be aware Secret of the Wolf starts off shortly after where Kiss of the Vampire left off. In my opinion that means you need to read the books in order to understand the world and relationships Ms. Garner has created.

I really like the concept for this series. Yes, its filled with many of the usual paranormal's you'd expect but the idea they come from another dimension makes it totally fresh and new. It's mixed with romance and crimes, turning it into a unique urban fantasy I only anticipat
Heidi Gonzalez
Jul 18, 2012 Heidi Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is apparently the second book int his series but I don't think it really mattered. I didn't feel lost or like I was missing anything by reading this one first.

Apparently Werewolves, vampires and demons have crossed into our world from their planets and now inhabit the bodies of humans. This is an interesting twist and one I wish would be explored more because it seems that humans are worried that when the rift opens back up they may find themselves inhabited by one of these immortal creatur
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jul 08, 2012 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
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SECRET OF THE WOLF is the second book the Warriors of the Rift series which introduced an interesting concept to paranormal romance with werewolves, vampires, fey, and demons being beings who came over from a parallel dimension. In a way that makes them even more fantastical than they already are and puts a fun spin on creatures we are very familiar with. I kept wanting to actually go to this other dimension since it was described as very interesting though da
I took a break from most of the heavy reading I've done this year (i.e. of history, past wars, and memoirs and (auto)biographies) to read this book. By turns, a paranormal romance and a tale of horror and mystery, we are introduced to a world not unlike our own. Except that humans and "preternaturals" (beings from another dimension who entered Earth through periodic rifts or cosmic tears in the fabric of space and emerge as immortal shapeshifters, demons, and vampires with extraordinary powers) ...more
Jenni Ebba
I really liked this one better than the first. This series is about a league of beings who have come through a rift in space to inhabit humans. These aliens were sent through for many reasons from criminal activity to being related to a criminal. The beings come to form the various preternatural branches; demons, vampires, werewolves, and fairies. Romance and fantasy combine in this series to create a devastating combination.
Victoria Joseph is one such being- she's a werewolf. She had the misfor
Stephanie Collins
Interesting premise and a nice quick read.

Tori is the main female lead and a werewolf... but unlike the traditional sense of a werewolf she is actually a rift traveller who has been sent here as a form of banishment for a crime a relative did back in her home dimension. She is a strong female lead and has her own issues with family - she wants them to be this happy loving entity but her reality is a brother who is aloof at best and a cousin who isn't who she wants him to be. She has to go thru a
Aug 02, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy, series, romance, werewolves
Recommended to Angela by: netgalley
Shelves: ebook
I was a little apprehensive about this book when I stared it because while I liked the first book in the series, Kiss of the Vampire, I was confused about the rift plot. I was hoping this book would explain the concept a little more, it did....and didn't. I like the characters that are in the series and find myself really wanting to know more about them. I'm still not sure how the soul picks it's form (werewolf, vampire, demon, elf ect. ect.).

Dante and Tori are a great couple. There was a real f
Sep 08, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Werewolf liaison Tori Joseph has been alone for over a hundred years. When her brother and cousin show up in her life she is just glad to have family in her life again. But the timing could be so much better...a rogue wolf has been biting a turning unwilling humans. This infraction carries an immediate death sentence. Now the hunt is on. Representing the humans during this hunt is sexy Dante MacMillan a no nonsense detective with family issues of his own. When these two come together sexual tens ...more
SECRET OF THE WOLF is the second in a series, and I vaguely had that figured out before I read it. Even knowing that there was more to the story than was revealed in this volume, I had that nagging feeling that things had happened that I should know about. Some books bring the reader back to speed well, and some don't. This wasn't the best at it, but it's a shifter book, so I persevered. There are a lot of sexy werewolves and vampires and fae, with an interesting origin story, so I was happy to ...more
Kelly Moran
Sep 11, 2012 Kelly Moran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tori Joseph is the werewolf liaison to the Counsel of Preternaturals, and used to living among humans. But when a string of brutal attacks on humans hits close to home, she's finding her loyalties torn. Human Dante MacMillian knows Tori is hiding something, but they've worked together well for so long, he ignores his suspicions. With evil closing in, he needs her to trust him, or they'll both lose everything.

This was a very interesting premise with immortals and humans coexisting, but humans re
Aug 13, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tori the werewolf cop. Dante the human cop. The rift device from the first book.
Tori with her brother she hasn’t seen in over one hundred years.
Dante with his sister who is recovering from cancer and divorce.
Both have strong family loyalty. This is the wedge in their relationship. Which is a big reason that I’ve dropped book 2 a star. I don’t relate with the characters’ way of thinking at all. Having to take care of one’s sister is no reason to deny yourself a chance at love. And having a scumb
Jul 24, 2012 Cindyg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great addition to the Warriors of the Rift series.
I really enjoyed both the characters and the story.
The story line is easy to follow, the pace is fast and the heat is right on.
Tori is a werewolf who has been alone for a long time; until her brother shows up. Unfortunately he's a bad egg and damn near takes her down with him.
Dante is human and loyal thru and thru. He fights his feelings for Tori but that doesn't work out to well. He loves her. But his sister is recovering from breast cancer an
Mary (BookHounds)
Aug 18, 2012 Mary (BookHounds) rated it really liked it

I don't think I read the first book in the series, but it didn't seem to matter since I was quickly caught up in this story about vampires, demons and werewolves from another planet that now inhabit the human world. The story is part paranormal thriller about vicious murders allegedly by these demons, werewolves and vampires that are being investigated by detective Dante MacMillan and turns into a romance when he seeks out Tori, who is literally out of this world. This is a gr
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Cynthia Garner discovered her love for making up stories at the age of twelve when her teacher told her to write a story that started “It was a dark and stormy night…” But she didn’t think about making it a profession until 2005, when she began entering—and winning—writing contests.

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