Tuesday, February 12, 2013

This Just Out...Wolf Nip

Today is the release date for book six in Vivian Arend's Granite Lake Wolves series, Wolf Nip, and it is a delightful and hot tale of wolves and cats and love and lots of fun. Wolf Nip is the story of Tessa, the friend of the heroine in book five and one very hyper cat she is. I always enjoy Vivian's wolves, and this is no exception. Yes, I was privileged to get a copy before release, and I enjoyed it a lot. It has the same sassy females and hot and hunky males that all of Ms. Arend is known for, and there is humor, romance and lots of wooing on tap.

Cat got your tongue?

Granite Lake Wolves, Book 6

Tessa Williams is looking to make her mark outside the family business, and the unusual landlocked paddle wheeler she spots in Haines, Alaska, strikes her as the perfect location. Only the owner is being difficult, refusing to sell. Still, she’s sure that replacing her written queries with a little in-person charm is all she’ll need to shortly have her Eco-tour B&B on the road to success.

Local wolf-slash-owner of said vessel, Mark Weaver, isn’t hanging on to the landmark building out of spite. There are more reasons for holding back the sale than are easily explained on paper. A face-to-face meeting to resolve the matter only confounds it—when Mark recognizes Tessa as his mate.

But she’s a cat...and cats don’t do insta-mates.

The sexual attraction between them isn’t in question, just everything else. He wants her. She wants twue wuv. His wolf can’t figure out what the holdup is. Her cat thinks the entire situation, and the pack, are rather amusing.

Somewhere in here is the beginning of a beautiful relationship—if they don’t drive each other mad.

Product Warnings
One hyper cat, one laid-back wolf. Inappropriate use

of permanent markers, and a heaping side dish of 

cat/dog jokes. Shenanigans (read: nookie) in front of 

a roaring fire. Spiced liberally with sarcasm. Enjoy! 


What a warning! This is a fun look at how two opposites (and face it, wolf and cougar couldn't be more opposite, right?) discover that when love enters the mix, things aren't so different after all. 

Tessa Williams is the best friend of Keri, the wolf shifter from Wolf Line, and is a hyperactive cougar. What she has discovered is that she wants to make her mark in the world, and knows it isn't going to happen working for her family's successful cruise line. First of all, she gets seasick so cruises would be torture. And her dream is to operate an eco-friendly Bed and Breakfast for families, and she thinks she's found the perfect property for it. Too bad she doesn't know about the legal ties involved. When she meets the owner, Mark Weaver, she thinks he's cute, while Mark knows instantly that she is his mate. As he explains the legal situation, he comes up with an alternative to her outright purchase of the old paddle-wheel converted to a home that she wants. She agrees to his idea, sort of, but Mark realizes one thing; although wolves know instantly when they have met their mate, cats have no such instinct, and he has his work cut out wooing Tessa.

I love this one. There is so much sexual tension, I can almost see Mark clenching his fists through this one when he is around Tessa. Mark is strong, handsome and honest, and very determined to take things slowly to earn Tessa's love. As he spends more time around her, things get harder on him to not just grab her and mate (yes, the pun is intended here). I love Mark for being patient, and showing his love for Tessa in the little things; listening to her ideas, working to bring her dream to her, supporting her ideas without pushing for what he believes she isn't ready for.

And Tessa. She is such a dynamic and clueless cat. She tells Mark cats don't do the insta-mate thing, and she wants, to quote Tessa, 'twue wuv'. I wanted to smack her once it became obvious, by actions if not in words, that Mark was showing her every day how he felt, working so hard to fulfill her dream for the bed and breakfast, and never once pressuring her for more. I was delighted when Keri finally stepped up and gave her a verbal slap in the head about it.

There is a totally hilarious scene at the Granite Lake pack house gathering, when Tessa sort of claims Mark in front of a very aggressive female wolf (and the rest of the pack) without bloodshed or fighting. And I adore Mark's grandfather in this; he is just one more indication of Mark's caring nature. I love the way Ms. Arend builds the sexual tension in this one, and you know throughout the story, when these two finally do the deed, it will be explosive. 

Wolf Nip is the perfect addition to the Granite Lake series, and I recommend it to all those Granite Lake fans out there, and to those who have never read these...what are you waiting for?????



  1. Good review - will be getting my copy later today

  2. Great review! I've never read this series but it looks really good :)