Tempting the Wolf is the second in Ms. Greiman’s Men in the Mist trilogy. This story is about the Irish Hound, Sir Nair O’Banyon. We met him in Taming the Barbarian.
O’Banyon is a flirt. He flirts with anyone in a skirt and does so with aplomb. Only one problem, the curse. Flirting is all he can do otherwise the beast will be released, if he goes beyond that. The beast is also released when he is angry and he has to be careful. It is his secret and he wants to keep it that way. The curse will be released once he accomplishes whatever feat he has to perform. He doesn’t know what it is so he continues on the way he has been, attending parties and flirting.
He catches sight of Antoinette Desbonnet, Countess of Colline, also known as the White Countess. Because she always dresses in white, with gloves that go almost to her shoulders. Antoinette is hiding a secret of her own and only a select few know what it is.
O’Banyon is captivated by Antoinette. She is all he can think about, he wants to learn as much about her as he can. And the only way to do that is to talk to her. It is funny as she doesn’t want anything to do with him, always calling him everything but Irish Hound and he is always correcting her. Because of her secret she can’t get close to anyone, can’t touch them without the gloves and her past no one must know about.
It seems that bad things are happening whenever Antoinette is around and it is starting to cause people to talk and whisper about her. Antoinette is a kind and compassionate woman and she is out to protect herself and those few that she feels need to be taken care of.
O’Banyon lets nothing stop him from his quest of finding out information about Antoinette, not even her. He even feels it is necessary to talk to the Black Celt about her and it is a great scene between the two of them and of course Fleur, the Black Celt's wife.
Tempting the Wolf is exactly what Antoinette does, only she doesn’t know exactly what she is doing and she, of course, doesn’t know his secret. He almost has hers figured out but not quite sure. It seems they are both made for each other; they compliment the other in each and everyway possible. One can be dark and the other light or it can be reversed as well, depending on what the situation is. The story is about finding the one that makes your heart sing and your skin to sizzle with the feelings for each other. There is danger following Antoinette and it takes the Irish Hound to protect her and set her straight.