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"snappy dialogue that crackles and pulls the reader into the suspense"

How far and to what lengths would you go to keep a promise to a friend? In WOLFSONG Ms. Raffin shows exactly to what lengths schoolteacher Madison Montgomery would go to seek justice for and reclaim her best and closest friend, Laurel's honor.

Madison pulls every string she can in order to secure a position as the cook for several men working out in the woods on a wolf re-population project. She has pulled together a sketchy profile of Laurel's rapist and is determined to find the man responsible for her friend's suicide among the gentlemen working on the project. But from the minute she gets off the bus and meets her host and boss, Walker Armstrong, she is shown exactly how unwanted she is. His greeting is barely a grunt as he takes her bags to put them in his truck and drive her to the super market to stock up the cabin.

Undeterred by Walker's disdain and gruff manner, Madison is determined to fit in and make herself as useful as possible in her position as cook. Unobtrusive is another matter altogether when Madison shows up at the local bar, appearing drunk and seeming to come onto every fair-haired boy in sight. She has ulterior motives. The man who raped Laurel was fair-haired and had a distinctive tattoo on his chest.

Walker, witnessing Madison in action sees another hot-to- trot city girl on the make, especially when he notices Madison's total lack of discrimination. Or should he consider it discrimination, against men dark and Native American such as he? He tells himself that he is not hurt by her choices, that her preferences in men mean nothing to him. This would all be fine and dandy if he could get her cute little heart-shaped ass and her fake-green eyed gaze out of his mind.

Walker watches Madison methodically work her way through each and every man on the project -- all fair-haired, and at least one rich boy among the group. He is initially convinced that, like his ex-fiancée who slept with his best friend before jilting him, Madison is only out for a good time and to get her hooks into a rich boy in the bargain. He believes that everything about her -- from the green contacts she's wearing to her shy innocent virgin act -- is faked and doesn't care if she's the greatest and prettiest cook he and his men have seen in a long time. Walker doesn't trust Madison Montgomery, but he wants her.

Madison thought her plan to catch a rapist a perfectly viable one until she goes through and discounts every suspect on the wolf project. And the one man, who couldn't have committed the attack on Laurel, is the one man that Madison wish would attack her in the most sensual and stimulating ways. But can she allow herself even that small measure of pleasure, when she hasn't succeeded in reconciling her friend's death and bringing a rapist to justice?

Walker takes the decision out of her hands when he makes a move on Madison. Driven part by jealousy and part by lust, he is out to prove that he is just as good as any fair- haired boy to whom Madison Montgomery has so far been attracted. But Madison is not a wilting flower, or a fast city-girl, despite all Walker's misconceptions, but most of all, she is not an easy woman on the make, but a woman with a mission. And the last thing Madison wants is to be the transition woman for a man on the rebound, no matter how virile or how attracted to him she is.

Convincing Walker of her integrity and intentions is at first a hard sale. But Madison gradually brings him around to trusting her. Helping him accept his parents' death and confiding in him about the loss of her own parents opens up an entire new world of trust for both Walker and Madison, and takes their relationship to a new level.

Consummation soon follows, but not without some pitfalls as Madison discovers that Walker has made a bet with Dalton, the resident rich boy, on whom would sleep with Madison first between them.

Ms. Raffin has a gift for the rustic setting and her depiction of the alpha he- and she-wolf's mating ritual as a metaphor of the carnal desires simmering between Walker and Madison in one particular scene in the book is well done and shows the growth and acceptance of the characters. The characters themselves are well-written and true-to-life, with snappy dialogue that crackles with realism and pulls the reader into the sexual tension and suspense of the story, all complimenting the unfolding mystery. Gracie McKeever, Author
For ParaNormal Romance Reviews

Reviewed by Gracie McKeever
Posted May 21, 2003

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Wolfsong
by Barbara Raffin

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November 1, 2001
ISBN #1587490528
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