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Wild About You (Love at Stake #13)

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Handsome Howard...
Hunky Howard...
Hot Howard...

It's not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he'd like to lick...

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Mass Market Paperback, 1, 370 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Avon
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Hunky Howard, Handsome Howard, Hot Howard, He-Man Howard, Hard-as-rock Howard, Hesitant Howard, Happy Howard....

Continued after the previous book,Wanted: Undead or Alive. Howard Barr, a were bear and employer of MacKay S & I realized that his arc enemy Rhett Bledynn, that somewhat responsible for his banisment is still alive. Rhett who killed Howard's girlfriend twenty years ago is a ambitious and evil werewolf. So Howard decide to get his revenge toward Rhett.

In t
~After reading~

This was amazing!! I loved Howard's book!! I must say that this is my second favorite. Conner and Howard are my top favorite in the series. The flame of burning passion forming and the blazing fire of revenge dance perfectly together. Like a two lives in one that can be hard to handle but will fall in line. The perfect spices to create this amazing sizzling delicious book. Wonder who will be next :)

~Before reading~

OMG!!! Howard's Book!!! Here is the review I have read on the websi
I CANNOT wait for this book. Ms. Sparks usually puts the hero in the next book in the previous book (at least that is what I have observed). Howard is mentioned in most of the books but has actually played supporting rolls in the last two. I've always loved Howard - I WANT A DONUT!!!


Very good. Like Shanna, I expected Howard to be shy. I wanted a bear claw the entire time I was reading.... LOL I did like how Ms. Sparks explained how he went from the balding, bear of a man to th
I enjoyed this book. It has Ms. Spark's usual light touch and humor as well as a visit with some old friends from previous books in the Love At Stake series. This story centers around Howard Barr, a bear shifter with an addiction to donuts and a generally genial personality. I believe this is the first story that takes place almost entirely at the Dragon Nest Academy, which has featured in some of the previous books - but only briefly.

I'm not entirely sure why, but this book did not hold my inte
If you ever need to find the definition of a filler book in a series, then look no further because this is the definition of such a book. This book is #13 in the ‘Love at Stake’ series and nothing happens in the war against the Malcontents, this book is all about Howard and his mate, Elsa.

We’ve all loved Howard, but we’ve also all been used to Howard being chubby and semi-bald, and trust me, this is not a Howard who is chubby and semi-bald in any way, if you know what I’m sayin..

It took me a whi
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Kitty's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

5 Stars

Ahhh, classic Kerrelyn Sparks! Fun, fast, sexy and romantic with a little bit of mystery. “Home Improvement” meets “Yogi The Bear” is the best way to describe it. And, if that description put’s a smile on your face, then be prepared to have sore cheek-bones for a few hours.

The 13th installment of the Draganesti series is wonderful! We have all met and fell in love with Howard our were-bear. He’s fierce, protective and just an all-aroun
Aly is so frigging bored

I wasn’t too interested in Howard’s story but KS wrote it marvelously! Ms. Sparks has a great writing style and humor. I always love reading her books, she manages to make them all so different and fresh. The way she blends the Norse myths in this story is very appealing(it also makes me wanna research more about them).

The start of the book was a bit abrupt, with Howard so bent on revenge and not fallowing Angus’ orders, so different than the Howard we used to know in the other books. I am r
Like so many of Sparks' novels I instantly fell in love with the latest installment of The Love at Stake series, Wild About You. Shy, quiet Howard transforms in his starring role into Handsome, hunky Howard and I loved every second of it!

Wild About You read a bit different than previous installments in the series. Not in a bad way, but there was just more of a serious tone and less laugh out loud moments than I'm used to in a Sparks book. We get an insider look at how Shanna Draganesti (How to M
loving howard and his bear claws!!
Lucy Dosch
In the Wanted: Undead or Alive, we last saw Howard chasing after werewolf packmaster of Alaska, Rhett Bleddyn, who disappeared with some vampire help. We find our why in Wild About You. Rhett Bleddyn like Howard is from Alaska. We learn right away that twenty years ago, on the night of the senior prom, Rhett was responsible for the death of Howard’s first love and during the ensuing fight it was believed that Howard killed Rhett. Howard was then banished from Alaska. Now Howard knows that Rhett ...more
Douglas Meeks
Wild About You (Love at Stake, #13)Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all this is the Love at Stake series, it is not meant to be Masterpiece Theater, it is simple and fun, plots that while many times intricate they are always enjoyable and keep moving along a consistent timeline that makes the series easy to follow but does assume you read most if not all of the preceding books. Reading this series in order makes it a lot more fun. This book is the story of Howard the were-bear that has been in eve
Im a big fan of this series. I look forward to reading simply because I know that it is a light hearted series that never fails to make me laugh. But for whatever reason this one didn't live up to that. I barely laughed and then there wasn't as much action as usual. But I did love Howard. I have been dying for his book. Howard was sweet and kind. Patient and understanding. Possessive and yet at times shy. Now Elsa at times just got on my nerves.Yes she was built just for him. 6'2 and 170 pounds. ...more
Wickedly Early Review

Wild About You (Love at Stake, #13) by Kerrelyn Sparks
Book 13 in the Love at Stake series
by Kerrelyn Sparks
Avon/Harper Collins Books 11/27/2012
Paperback (384 pages) and E-book
Book provided by publisher via No Remuneration exchanged and all opinions herein are my own unless otherwise noted.


The thirteenth book in the Love at Stake series features Howard Barr, the were-bear!
Handsome Howard…Hunky Howard… Hot Howard…
It’s not every d
Wild About You
Kerrelyn Sparks

My "in a nutshell" summary...

Howard loves Elsa. Howard is a man who can change into a bear. Howard s a protector. Elsa...might be a guardian. Their paths cross!

My thoughts after reading this book...

Hmmm...this book is not a genre that I normally read and at first I really wanted to stop reading it. But it slowly captured my interest. Howard is sort of a protector who can turn into a huge bear...he has secrets but almost everyone in this book has secrets. He yearns
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
Dec 29, 2012 t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of Bearshifters and Kerrelyn Sparks
Recommended to t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ by: PA
Shelves: 4-star-read
Howard was everything I wanted him to be and more. His story is enthralling and I hope we see even more of him in further 'Love at Stake' books.


Handsome Howard...
Hunky Howard...
Hot Howard...

It's not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he'd
Sara Strand
Real talk- a were bear is just weird for me. And it's not like it's a turn off, it's just really hard to picture in my head. So in my head, I envisioned him to being like Alcide in the Sookie Stackhouse. Wrong? Maybe. Also when Elsa is first introduced in the book, she felt like (an God help me but I can't help it), a special needs/carnival showpiece. You know, that person that has something wrong with them but yet that's what makes them a star quality? Because picturing a gorgeous, very tall wo ...more
Patricia Lynne
Wild About You is Kerrelyn's 13th Love At Stake book. Book 11 disappointed me a little, but book 12 made up it for it, so I wasn't sure how to approach 13. All I knew was this series is one of my must read as soon as released. I wasn't disappointed.

But I also wasn't super impressed. I enjoyed the story like I have the rest of the series, but it lacked a little Spark (haha, that's the author's name.) It seemed to bounce between Howard getting revenge on Rhett and the love story of Elsa and Howard
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Kerrelyn Sparks is always a pleasure to read. With her ability to create such relatable and endearing characters, it's so easy to fall in love with every one of them. Howard turned out to be more than I expected. A darkly seductive side of him is revealed as he becomes possessive of Elsa. This is new for Elsa because as a tall and built woman, she doesn't feel dainty or helpless often. But under the intense gaze of Howard, excitement and anxiety lace through her.

WILD ABOUT YOU is a book with bit
Sandra ~aka vamp gal~
Love... Love... Loved it!!!

Awww.... Such a wonderful story... Having waited so long for Howard's story, getting to know him a little in each book, and falling in love with his character... It was worth the wait.
Having so much pain and heart ache in his life, it was wonderful to take this journey with him... Watching a side of Howard that I haven't previously seen, watching him fall in love with a girl who was part of a curse that was placed on his family a long time ago... The struggle to get t
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Snagged via Edelweiss.

I love shifter romances and I have a definite soft spot for stories that deviate from the normal wolves or cats. I especially enjoy heroes that have a quirky flaw or two. A werebear with an addiction for pastries definitely fits the bill. Howard's focus on strategy made him an interesting hero and I liked how he was determined to 'woo' Elsa. His celebrity crush on Elsa was also very cute.

There were some problems with this book, repetitiveness, for example. I'm not entirely
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
I have been anticipating this book ever since Howard walked onto the scene with his big box of bear claws. Who can resist a guy who loves a good donut?

Seems that Howard has a secret love, home remodeling and Elsa. Elsa is the Amazon-ish host of Howard's favorite show. He keeps copies of the show under his bed and Shanna mistakes them for porn. Too funny. When she finds out the truth she sets things in motion to get them together. Elsa and Howard are a good match. Howard needs someone who won't
This book was OK. Being a tall girl myself (though at 6 feet, not as tall as Elsa) I would have liked more internal dialogue from Elsa about how she felt petite or feminine with Howard. And conversely from Howard about how Elsa is the perfect size for him. I know from experience that being bigger than most guys makes it so much more enjoyable and special when you finally feel smaller and feminine and not like a giant who is going to squash the guy you are with.

Howard's height was not mentioned
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Jan) This book should have taken me no more than two days to read and it took me almost a week. I kept picking it up and putting it down due to extreme boredom. I like this series - it's easy, it's fun, it's sweet (so many pnr books are dark and heavy and intense, it's nice to sometimes read something a bit more lighthearted). Howard Barr (a bear shifter) has been a favorite of mine throughout the series so I was looking forward to reading his book. But - it felt so rushed, like KS had written ...more
Book 13 in the Love at Stake series

Finally!! We get to read Howard Barr’s story!! Like most other fans, I have been waiting to read Howard’s story for a long time, and this one did not disappoint! I read in the Acknowledgements that Ms. Sparks had a hard time writing this book and I have to say that it doesn’t show. There is a perfect balance of “bad guy” plot with steamy chemistry between Howard and Elsa. And throw an ancient curse in and you have the perfect story.

Howard has had a crush on Els
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
I will admit I am a total fan of the Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks. So when I saw that she had a new book coming out and it was going to be about Howard the bear shifter, I squealed! I just loved Howard and I knew his story would be a good one!

I was right! It is a sweet and quirky story that makes for such an enjoyable read. There were a couple of slow spots but overall the plot was very interesting and entertaining. I really love Howard and was so happy we could get to know more about
Kitty Felone
Okay, I will admit it took me a while to get into this story. It wasn't easy. At first, I thought it was because of all the description and lack of dialogue in the beginning, and then I thought it was because we didn't hear about Elsa until Chapter Five (was it five?). I think the reason I couldn't jump right in was because Shanna's not the same. True, she's changed after so many years, and has changed after having two kids, but she's lacking the sarcasm she showed in How to Marry a Millionaire. ...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
3.5 stars

Keep in mind that this will be the lightest romance (only at the end of nearly 400 pages) in this entire series.

This is Howards Bear shifter story, which was pretty good, sweet. What made it better was the huge print, so at almost 400 pages, it read like a 250 book. His cousins who come up in the end are funny & I wish they were in more of it.

Not much specific comments to make, except that if you've read this story, this is a must read. It was much better than the last book, but th
For me Wild About Youwas on the pretty good side - it was cute and light, but I guess in my current mood cute and light didn't quite do it for me - though it's probably not a actually a problem with the book, but with the reader instead...sigh. I did like Howard, even though Spark's rebooted him from what he was at the start of the series, and really, except for all the cameos, you could probably read this latest Love at Stake book (it's number 13) without reading the other books since Howard's ...more
A very sweet read. I loved Howard in this book, and I was so happy that he finally got his HEA.

I love this humour in this series, and this book was no exception. The plot was very interesting and the romance between Howard and Elsa was very hot. I must say Howard is really very wild in the bedroom, and Elsa is a lucky woman…

Another great addition to the series.
Story was okay. I liked that this was a bear shifter story, although to look at the cover, you wouldn't have known it. There were some scenes that didn't ring true for me, but overall it was a decent read.

This series has been hit or miss for me. And they're starting to blur together now; too many characters, continued story arcs and too pat endings. I enjoyed this book, but I'm beginning to feel about this series like I do about Leigh's breeds and Feehan's Carpathians: ready for to end. They've
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