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Can a wolf man find happiness in Los Angeles, at least Isabelle?

Cole St. Clair, sexy bad boy and sometimes wolf, returns to L.A. after learning to control his metamorphoses. He was hired to star in a reality television series that preys on the statistical probability of the stars crashing and burning into whatever vices that feed the blogosphere of the entertainment world. But he is also in pursuit of Isabelle, the ice princess who knows his secret, whom he loves. Cole faces ghosts of bad behavior past seemingly everywhere he goes in L.A. The good news, is that he learns to manipulate the reality crew quite expertly and successfully produces some great moments. Unfortunately, those did not contribute to the crash and burn goals of the executives. Not that Cole did not have horrible experiences, but he turned to wolfdom rather than drugs to deal with stress. His pursuit of Isabelle was mutual, with quite sensuous scenes in bathtubs and elsewhere. Maggie successfully illustrates the agonies of someone attempting to eradicate the addictions of their past,, and the possible triumph that anyone can have if they plow through the nastiness of people who doubt they can change. By far this is the best of the Shiver-related novels: great philosophical questions, wonderful characterization and believable plot and outcome.maggie_cute  This is a stand-alone novel and Maggie says that it is the last time that she will visit the world of wolves.

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Spoiler for those who have not read Shiver or Linger

Just as Sam is “cured” of warping into a wolf’s body, Grace becomes infected and changes at a dizzying rate, never knowing where she will show up as a scratched, naked teenage girl. Cole has thrown aside his passion for drugs and rock and rock and embraces research on himself for “the cure” to be perfected. But all is not well. A renegade wolf has just killed a new changelings and community leaders are outraged. Isabel’s father amasses state support for exterminating the wolf population. Coupling the werewolf phenomena with the controversy of wolf control in the United States is a great addition to this final, dramatic installment.

ENDERS’ Rating: *****

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KJ Carson lives in West End, Montana (a real location north of Yellowstone Park). She works in her dad’s hunting and fishing store or assists him as he guides fishermen or hunters or just plain annoying people. Grey wolves have been introduced to the park against the protests of ranchers, and to add to the controversy, a scientist studying the wolves appears, with her gorgeous, shaggy haired son, Virgil, who enrolls in KJ’s very small high school. Being on the newspaper staff, she ends up writing a column about wolves. Immediately angry “letters to the editor” begin. Lots of students and their parents are ranchers who are concerned about the loss of stock by maurading wolf packs. The hate escalates until people could be hurt. Virgil begins his own solution. KJ buys into it, but will it stop the ripening hatred? Good characterization, realistic situation, and a good plot made this a great read. You can tell that Kristen really knows this location, as the park is a popular “cabin” destination for Utahns.

ENDERS’ Rating: *****

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