“He s got bite. She bites back.
Rue Gray lives by three rules:
1. Fake it til you make it.
2. Never give up.
3. Don t fall in love.
The first two are easy, but the third is a problem named Ian Somers. Feral werewolf, wine aficionado, (wolf)bane of Rue s existence.
Ian easily lived as a wolf for two years until he just had to have a cinnamon bun. With pecans. It s not his fault Rue found him, groomed him, and convinced him to impersonate a missing vineyard heir (otherwise known as himself).
Once Rue scores the job of sommelier at Somerfield Vineyards new flagship Wine Bistro, she wants Mr. Impersonator to get lost. She won t think about the sexy Indiana Jones scar on his gorgeous chin. She will not. She has things to do.
Ian figures if she s going to be in LuPines, North Carolina, for a while, he might as well tag along and return home to his family. Even if that means facing the woman who crushed his heart and the man who stole his pack.
Warning: Contains a feral werewolf millionaire who has a smile like foreplay, and a woman who annoys him like crazy who he s fast becoming crazy about. May cause temperature spikes and heart flutters. Hey, if you can tempt him, you can tame him.
Book three in the Seven Brides for Seven Shifters series, How to Take a Werewolf follows Ian Sommers after he left the family because Lennox left him at the alter and married Garret. Ian allowed his werewolf take over and lived on the land as a wolf while trying to forget the hurt.
Rue’s family fell apart when her brother died. She blames herself and so does her father. She has spent all of her adult life trying to make her father proud of her and for him to remember the happy times. The happiest time was when they spent time on a vineyard learning how wine is made. The vineyard is owned by Ian’s family.
Ian’s family issued a reward for his return. Rue wants the sommelier job at the new tasting facility, but doesn’t have the qualifications for the application process. She sees a homeless man and thinks he looks like the missing son and asks him to play along with her. He agrees, for a price, and they get to the airport. She had hoped that knowing Ian would get her the credentials for the job, but changes her mind at the last minute and leaves him alone at the airport. Imagine her surprise when he shows up during her interview and is welcomed by his mother and grandfather because he IS the REAL Ian. His mother sees that Rue and Ian are mates (something neither of them believe or want) and begins planning their mating ceremony.
Like the two books before this, the book features a strong heroine and alpha male. While they are indeed soul mates, neither of them wants a serious relationship. Ian wants to be back in the Alpha’s spot of the pack and Rue just wants to bring happiness to her family. I found it sad and torturous to see how far she would go to be accepted by her father. She, eventually, realizes that family is what you make of it and you can find happiness in other ways. But, the struggle for her to get there was a tough one.
Ian and Rue’s chemistry is undeniable. Their love scenes are hot! But, that is the best part of their coupling and story. I didn’t love this tale, but I didn’t hate it. It was a good book, but I could not connect with the characters and therefore did not care how things went for them.