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Heart of the Wolf

(Heart of the Wolf #1)

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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  3,559 ratings  ·  283 reviews
Danger, intrigue, and forbidden love in a wolf shifter world so compelling, you'll swear it's real life...

Bella, a female red werewolf, was adopted by a pack of gray wolves as a pup. Now grown up, the alpha of the pack tries to make her his mate against her will--Bella knows she has no choice but to run away.

She makes her way as a lone wolf until childhood friend, Devlyn
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Mass Market Paperback, 10th anniversary edition, 512 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published April 1st 2008)
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Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-»
Mar 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again

RATING: 0.5 HEART for the Initial Intrigue + 0.5 HEART for the Cover. :(

I’ve always enjoyed the PNR genre, especially its subdivision of werewolves. But, I am very close to giving up on finding an actual good werewolf book to read. All the ones I seem to pick just don’t do it for me. Unfortunately (and sadly), Heart of The Wolf is that book.

This starts out well enough, with much potential and an interesting enough storyline to keep curious. We are introduced to Bella and Devlyn, our protagonist
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Jess the Romanceaholic
What worked for me:
*Lone wolf being forced back into the pack, and being too stubborn/alpha to come back like a good little puppy.
*The whole bittersweet "I love you but we can't be together" thing that lasted over 100 years.

What didn't work for me:
*Too much sex. Yes, you heard me. Too much sex. It seemed like once they got in bed that first time, that's ALL THEY DID for like 8 chapters or something. It was obnoxious.

*The neighbor was obnoxious, Henry or Harry or whateverhisname is was TOTALLY u
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Monique
Apr 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Series: 2.5 stars
This book: 1 star
There are two kinds of paranormal romance books. You have Kim Harrison, Ilona Andrews, Faith Hunter and Kelley Armstrong that make up my favorite group: action packed with strong female characters that drive the series. They may have a romantic element but are more "action" than "romance."

Then you have the second group: fluffy, borderline book porn that have strong male leads and wishy-washy females that follow them. The second group has an obstacle to overcome
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Dee
I am not sure exactly what I thought of this one. To begin with I liked it, but then I started to get bored as it seemed to go on and I wished Devlyn & Bella would just get on with it and get together but pushed myself to carry on but then I started to like it again.

I think one of the main things I didn't like was that at the start Devlyn was a young wolf so there was definitely nothing Alpha about him!. I understood why he wouldn't fight the Alpha male of the pack for Bella - he wouldn't ha
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◊♦ Naomi
I don't have the courage to keep reading this one. I've stopped reading it a while ago and now, I just don't feel like continuing, unfortunately. Maybe when I'll be in the mood for a simple, light and hot but not-really-consistent book, I'll get back to this one!
Hannah
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC REVIEW

Heart of the Wolf is the first book of the series of the same name. It was published ten years ago and to celebrate the awesomeness of the series the publishers re-released this one. When I found I could review this book I jumped at the chance to read it, having read and enjoyed the more current subsequent spin-off series, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I loved everything about his book except for two things Bella's lack of belief that Devlyn can defeat Volan and Devlyn, I just d
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Rhianna
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bella won't be forced to be Volan's mate. He might be the pack's alpha male but she's chosen the male worthy of her love and loyalty. The trouble is that she believes Volan will kill Devlyn if the beta chooses to fight for her. Fleeing the pack of grays that took her in when her pack of red wolves was killed she lives a solo life in Oregon now. When she left them she was still very much a child in the werewolf world but one hundred and fifty years later she has come into her maturity and longs f ...more
Kelly
Dec 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Oh, guys. I don't like giving bad reviews. I feel that when I find a book that I don't connect with that the fault lies with me somehow. Especially when it's book about werewolves, which I have a particular fondness for. After finishing this book and jumping online to read some reviews, I really do think I'm in the minority here because there are plenty of good reviews out there for it. Unfortunately the book never grabbed me and I actually thought I wasn't going to be able to finish it at sever ...more
Karen
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A New Werewolf Legacy"

Bella Wilder, a red werewolf must flee from her adoptive gray werewolf pack or be mated to the alpha male, Volan. Bella's heart belongs to Devlyn Greystoke, a beta male werewolf, who saved her from a fire that claimed her pack. Devlyn would fight for her, but he is still young. Bella fears Volan will kill Devlyn. Bella for years lives alone, avoiding all werewolves. One evening on her run in the woods, she comes across another red werewolf. So stunned that another of her ki
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Amy
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I gave this 2 stars instead of 1 is because I read book 5 of this series not knowing it was book 5 and really liked it. I thought since it was so good I should start with the first in the series. To all readers thinking the same: save yourself the time and Don't read this book. You won't miss anything by skipping the first book. If you insist on knowing what happened, I will summarize. Stupid girl werewolf likes a boy werewolf but the leader of the pack wants her. She is afraid d ...more
Janice Bolick
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love it. Loved Bella & Devlyn, Henry & Chrissie, and noble Argos. Really loved Serena & Tanner, as well as Tanner's brothers, and hope the brothers will try their mates, soon. Loved the excerpt to Flight of the White Wolf --and the irony of the title-- and can hardly wait to read it. Gavin found a fitting match, in his future mate.
Golden
Mar 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author of this book is a nice lady with whom I shared a book signing table several months ago. But as much as I wanted to like it, I just didn't. The writing was good, but the driving plot was too erotic for me. I prefer my romance with more finesses than I found in this book.
Amanda
I gave up! I could not get through another page, I tried. I guess I could best summarize the book as amateurish and boring.

Main chick - I've already forgotten her name couldnt make up her damn mind, one minute she wants her true mate the next she wants a human. then she wants her mate again, but isnt willing to let him to fight for her. I mean come on chick. Your over a 100 years old and you are acting like a 13 year girl. I wanted to smack her every time she started whining. No thanks

The dude
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Delta
2.5 stars

03-12-13
Heart of the Wolf has an engaging enough plot and explains some paranormal lupine lore. I purchased this book after reading #7 in the series (Heart of the Highland Wolf). #7 was much better...

07-04-15
Rereading the series...This is the first PNR series that I ever read. Thank you, Terry Spears, for beginning my love of PNR. This particular book is not her best, and it is the least of the series; however, you would not want to skip it completely because it introduces Henry Thomps
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Paraphrodite
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3 stars. A promising start but there isn't anything radical in this first book about wolf shifters.
Jane Stewart
Mostly solving a mystery which dragged too much. Some unanswered questions at the end. I enjoyed the wolf fight scenes.

STORY BRIEF:
Bella is a red wolf in Colorado who was adopted into a pack of gray wolves after her pack was killed in a fire. The alpha male Volan wanted her as his mate and repeatedly tried to rape her. She loved beta male Devlin, but Volan would kill Devlin if Volan knew. So Bella ran away to avoid Volan and save Devlin. She has been living alone in Oregon until Henry captures h
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Mrs.Vishous-Kattalakis-Belikov :::Para Itch Reviews:::
Devlyn a gray lupus garou saved Bella a red lupus garou from a wildfire that claimed the life of her entire family. Devlyn's pack takes Bella in and treats her like their own. The leader of the pack Volan wants Bella as his mate and Bella hates his guts. She also is in love with Devlyn and wants to mate with him. One day she decides she no longer wants to deal with Volan's aggressive advances at her and decides to run away from the pack. One-hundred and fifty years later and Bella's still on the ...more
Lexie
When this first came out I wasn't much into werewolves. Or any other kind of Shifter either. Part of it was lack of caring about them and the other part was the irrational dislike I have taken towards canines of any breed. Maybe because I'm so horrifically allergic to them. At any rate I ignored this book in favor of other paranormals even though I was rather interested in it.

As my tastes have changed I've begun to reach out and look at books and authors I overlooked. Patricia Briggs for instanc
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Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
After years of running from Volan (the gray pack's alpha), Bella has been found. The werewolf she wants to claim as her mate, is after her to return her to the pack. Devlyn wants to claim Bella as his mate once their worlds collide again after many years of separation. Bella has found herself in a very precarious position and needs to be saved before the secret that werewolves is revealed to the human world. The reconnection of Bella and Devlyn creates a heated reunion. As the story unravels, th ...more
Julianna
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Heart of the Wolf was my first read by Terry Spear and the first in her werewolf series of the same name. I'd been looking forward to reading this book for a while but in the end, was rather disappointed by it. The characters were lacking in depth, and the heroine tended to frustrate me at times. While there was some decent action and mystery to the plot, I felt that the denouements to both aspects were too brief and easy. The sexual tension is high throughout, but the lo
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Aly
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bella was a red wolf in a pack of gray wolves. She lost her family when she was six in a wildfire. Young Devlyn save her and she was adopted by the gray pack. Bella loves Devlyn. Devlyn loves Bella. But Volan, the leader, wants Bella. And what the alpha wants, the alpha gets. Except if the girl run away at sixteen to escape him and avoid becoming his forced mate.

150 years later (lupus garou age one year for every thirty human years), Devlyn finally found Bella but must rescue her again when she
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Heather
Her family was killed and this lil red "werewolf" they call or something different was saved by a grey and adopted into the pack. After the pack leader decides he wants her as a mate she runs.

Years go by she finally matures and is ready for the grey who saved her. However while running as a wild she is hit with a trans and wakes up to find herself trapped in the zoo with a real male wolf wanting to mate her.

And that's where the story takes off. Her old pack leader finds her, her grey savior is b
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Books In Brogan
The first one in the Heart of the Wolf series is being re-released but this was one I had never read before since I started somewhere in the middle of the series and never read the previous books but still a great read.This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan
Christina
2.5 Stars - 3 Flames

Well...I have to admit that I was really struggling with what to say for this review. That is until I realized that I wasn't alone in my views and opinions about this book. (sigh)

As someone who loves to read PNR and shifter books, I was 100% intrigued by the blurb, wanting to get my hands on this as fast as I could. But once I started reading, it became pretty clear that this was going to be a difficult book. Why? I had a hard time buying in to it. Why? (Sigh)

The Prologue st
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Lisa
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice start to a series. Okay characters and world building. Shows potential to be a good series.

- - Received copy through NetGalley - -
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Karen
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
ARC REVIEW
Overall, it was a good story, I think it could have been better but I enjoyed it. What I really liked was the bonus novella Night Wolf at the back, that was a great story
Shera (Book Whispers)
Thoughts:

To be honest, I didn't have high expectations for this book. One of the main reasons I bought it was because one of my favorite reviewers had read the latest one in the series and stated it basically rocked. Still leery I decided to check on it while I was in the book store. It was only 2 cents to buy, definitely worth the price to see if I liked it.

Even pressed for time I almost finished the whole book in one day. Spear writes a romance with characters I can connect with. Even if I di
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sparklyunikorn
Hero baka te lembik aja. Beta wolf. Nadai chemistry gik seduai ia heroine.
LynnMarie
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yadkny’s Review

Bella is a red wolf shifter and a rare one at that. After a fire destroyed her home and killed her family, her saving grace came in the form of a gray wolf shifter by the name of Devlyn. They became instant friends and she was subsequently welcomed into the family the current Alpha, but her adoption into the gray wolf pack did not come without it's challenges. Repeated attempted rapes, the stepping down of the old Alpha leader, her best friend backing away from her, and now attemp
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PepperP0t
First my recap of the synopsis. Bella, a red wolf raised within a pack of grays caught the eye of the brutal Alpha who has decreed she will become his mate. Bella realizes she must leave the pack to save the life of the gray, Devlyn that once rescued her and she has grown to love. The re-united couple must overcome several obstacles before they can rejoin their pack. Each as dangerous as the last, including battling through the red wolf territory whose Alpha has also decided Bella is his mate; s ...more
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