by Ronda Thompson

December 2006
ISBN: 0-312-93575-7
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Gabriel Wulf is headed home to Wulfglen. He has spent months hunting his brother, Jackson, finally tracing him to a small village. When he stopped there to speak to the villagers, he was attacked by an angry mob and shot in the leg before he managed to escape. He hopes to trade his winded horse for a fresh mount at his friendís home before continuing his journey. There is something strange going on at the Collingsworth house. There are no grooms in the stable, and the grounds are eerily silent. And then, a womanís scream sends Gabriel running toward the house.

Lady Amelia Sinclair has bowed to family pressure and married Robert Collingsworth. It appears that this was a grave error in judgment. Whoever she thought Robert was, it is certainly not the madman looming over her in the darkness, his claw-like hands wrapped around her throat. Surely he was not going to kill her on their wedding night? As she fights for survival, her new husband seems more like an animal than human, and she will not meekly submit to her fate. Just as she wounds him, Lord Gabriel Wulf appears in the doorway, like an avenging angel.

With all if this action in the very first chapter, readers can just imagine the wild ride ahead in The Cursed One. Author Ronda Thompson has given us a fantastic series about The Wild Wulfs of London and their legendary curse. Gabriel is not the only shapeshifter in these woods, it seems, and he must figure out a way to get Amelia and the remaining house maid, Mora, safely to Wulfglen before he falls prey to the curse himself.

Ms. Thompson devised a difficult journey for her characters in this book. They both learn a great deal about themselves as they rely on their wits and courage to survive. There were a couple of brief slow spots, but for the most part, The Cursed One was a satisfying, entertaining read.

Reviewed in November 2006 by Paula.

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