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Maddie has fallen in love with Conor, but knows her father will never approve the match. For one, Conor is below her station. Plus, he's a werewolf.
Dublin, Ireland 1746
Maddie crept through the forest with a careful step and a watchful eye. She had been raised in these hills, a true born and bred Irish beauty. And even though she had less to fear from the woods than most, she remained mindful of her surroundings.
Her grandmother had reveled in the telling of the ancient ones that lived in the forests of Dublin, fearful creatures that came out at dusk to capture the souls of the living. Maddie shivered, wrapping the thin shawl around her shoulders as she settled next to the base of a large ash tree to wait. She dimly wondered what her grandmother would think of her now and more importantly, what she would think of Conor.
Would she have been able to see beyond the exterior? Or would she look at him and see nothing more than an abomination devoid of the most basic humanity? The crunch of dried leaves to her right signaled his arrival. Hard-packed ground shook as the animal leapt into the small clearing to stop only mere inches from Maddie. Her wolf.
“Conor, I was afraid you weren’t coming.”
The animal snorted, pawing the ground in a response that spoke volumes to Maddie. “It is getting rather late,” she pointed out. The wolf lowered into a crouch.
“Where are we going?” Maddie adjusted her skirt around her thighs and climbed onto his back. She knew he couldn’t answer her, of course. Not yet, at least. But he heard her, and that was what really mattered most. Her wolf pawed the dirt once more, tensing powerful muscles beneath her. “I know to hold on tight, so don’t worry.” She leaned forward to wrap her arms around his neck. In the next instant, they were all but flying through the thick green of the forest, his strides eating up the miles like forbidden candy.
Moonlight caught the white that laced through his fur, reflecting silver in the dark of night. Her own personal treasure. Maddie closed her eyes against the brilliance; her insides churned in a conflicting mix of security and heart-pounding anticipation.
She didn’t have to wait long to find out where he was taking her. The lake lay calm and clear under the high moon, and Maddie hurriedly climbed down and rushed to the water, marveling at the beauty of the scene that spread before her. The trees were tall to the water’s edge, forming a natural barrier, effectively shutting them out from the rest of the world and she marveled at the beauty of the scene which spread before her.
“How did you ever find this place, Conor?” She glanced back in time to catch the last vestiges of his transformation. Secretly, she was not sorry she missed the process, for the twisting of muscle and form that took him from animal to man looked truly painful.
“I came across this spot several days ago. I thought you might like it.” He shrugged, the picture of casual.
Maddie wasn’t fooled. The look of hope in his stare was impossible to miss. “You try too hard.” Her teasing was done with a smile.
“Do you think it’s too cold for a swim?”
“Let’s find out.” He shoved her into the lake, laughing heartily when she came up gasping for air.
“How’s the water?”
“Come closer, and you’ll find out for yourself,” Maddie threatened in a tone laced with mischief as she grasped handfuls of muddy earth and pulled herself from the water.
“I don’t know,” he hedged as she advanced on him. “I don’t want to get my-”
Maddie pounced, sending them both sprawling into the dark cool water.
“-clothes wet,” he finished lamely when he finally surfaced. “Come here!”
They were both out of breath by the time he caught up with her near the furthest edge of the pool.
“Did you really think I would let you get away?” His voice was husky in her ear.
Ireland - 1746
Maddie has fallen in love with Conor, but knows her father will never approve the match. For one, Conor is below her station. Plus, he's a werewolf. She tries convicing Conor to run away with her, but he's determined to do the right thing and ask for her hand in marriage. Fate, it seems, has other plans, leaving Conor dead by Maddie's father and Maddie dead by her own hand.
America - Present Day
Conor has been given three chances to find Maddie's reincarnation and convince her they belong together. The catch? He has only three days from the anniversary of their death to do so, and he can only appear to her in his wolf form. This is his last chance. Will he be able to prove to her his love, or will they both fade away to nothing?
This was a short but sweet story of two lovers cursed by fate, their souls separated but crying out for one another. Conor has an almost impossible task trying to woo Maddie's reincarnations as a wolf. I would have liked to see this story a bit longer, because the end felt too short to me. Otherwise, it was an enjoyable read.
Originally posted at: longandshortreviews.com/bo...
Maddie and Conor were sweethearts back in a past life in Dublin. Returning home to ask for her hand in marriage, they're both terrified when Conor's shapeshifting secret was discovered and a mob greeted them at her doorstep. Star-crossed, unknowing fear and an accident cuts short their potential life together. In the present day, Trinity lives out in her grandparent's old cabin in the woods. One afternoon when she's attacked by a bear, a silver wolf rescues her. Conor only has this one last shot to right the wrongs done to them, and he hopes to show Trinity/Maddie just how much he loves her.
A really interesting story, this is quite a different take on your average werewolf/shape changer kind of story. With a dash of angst and plenty of twists the author takes you on a wild ride full of adventure and passionate romance. The is plenty of unresolved sexual tension, but not a lot of explicit romance in this book - so those wanting to only dabble on the spicier side may find this a wonderful place to start. There were a few sub-plots that, while they felt a little tacked on, definitely added a depth and more dimension to Conor and Trinity's reuniting. This short story was definitely a unique look on not just a tale of lovers finding their right time and place, but also the mythology of werewolves.
A fun and different read, this short story is definitely worth reading. -LAS Review
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