Touch of the Wolf

Susan Krinard, Author Bantam Books $7.99 (416p) ISBN 978-0-553-58018-1

Braden Forster, Earl of Greyburn, promises his fierce grandfather that he won't allow their family--werewolves who are ""a breed apart from mankind, but living among humanity""--to become extinct. In 1860, Forster's grandfather charges him to restore the purity of his clan's blood through shrewd intermarriages. Fifteen years later, Cassidy Holt, the Forster family's distant cousin, travels from the deserts of New Mexico to the earl's secluded estate in the north of England in search of her mother's mysterious past. Unable to transform into a werewolf at will, Cassidy disappoints her new-found family--especially Forster, who has arranged for her to marry his younger brother. However, despite his well-laid plans for the family, Forster finds he cannot resist Cassidy's impressive beauty and courageous will. Cassidy, too, falls for the earl, whose intense passion brings her to the realization that she is also capable of transformation. Krinard's (Prince of Wolves; Body and Soul) readers will be captivated by this first in a trilogy of historical werewolf romances. (Oct.)