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Force of Nature by Peggy Webb
(Silh. Sp. Ed. #1461, $4.50, R) ISBN 0373-24461-4
Talk about a Force of Nature…continual animal lust interspersed with a mom’s diary about her lustful relationship with her husband, and a few concerns about where the couple will live …that pretty much sums up Peggy Webb’s newest entry in her Westmoreland Diaries series. The only thing that saves this from a 1 heart review is the compelling and bizarre nature of the story. I kept reading out of pure fascination to see what could happen next.

Hunter Wolfe is a wolfman…yes, a real live man raised by wolves in the Alaskan wilderness. When Hunter was nine, the family plane crashed, killing his parents and leaving him alive. I won’t spoil the suspense, but suffice it to say, the wolves raised him for 20 years. He is a former child prodigy who has genius intellect. He quickly picks up the language again in a realistic manner. That is about all that is realistic about this.

Hannah Westmoreland, a freelance photojournalist, is doing a series on the Alaskan wolves. She quickly discovers that one of the wolves is a man in clothes made from bearskin. There is animal magnetism, er…rather, an immediate attraction. She follows him and he saves her when she falls down into a ravine. She decides to bring him home, but when her conscience gets the better of her, she takes him home to her land on the Mississippi River rather than turn him over to the press hounds.

Once there, they admit that they want to “mate”, so they do…over and over and over. This man-wolf has more stamina that anyone I have ever seen. I wish I was exaggerating…but every time they enter a room, they mate. Every time they see each other without clothes (which is a lot since Hunter finds the clothing constricting), they mate. They never talk…they just mate. Hunter discovers he has a hidden talent for drawing and he starts drawing erotic pictures of Hannah, and a few of his wolves too. Hannah decides he should have a showing at a New York Art Gallery. And then she invites her family to the showing…and is not even embarrassed!

Hunter is approached about having an article written to tell his story, and he insists Hannah write it. He trusts her. Hunter goes to meet his family, who welcome him with open arms and even offer to split the inheritance with him. Okay, accepting him I can buy…but giving up money too?

In the course of writing the article, Hannah discovers she loves Hunter, and since wolves mate for life, Hunter decides he loves Hannah. Now the mystery of how they will survive in their two worlds is all that is left.

There are characters from the other stories in the diary series that do not really add to the story, but don’t detract either. The diary entries by Anne, Hannah’s mother, are odd. I am not sure of their purpose. They start off describing the coma that Hannah’s dad, Michael, is in due to a mountain climbing accident. Once he wakes up, it is nothing more than the erotic adventures of Anne and Michael. I guess it is nice to know older people still have it…but the amount and number of interludes is way too much for me.

If a continual series of erotic scenes in the midst of a unique plot is your thing…then here you go. For me, Force of Nature is one of those books that leave me feeling cold.

--Shirley Lyons

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