Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Ever want to chuck your everyday routine for something completely different? Instead of the usual, boring work clothes, you slink around in flimsy clothing with only a tan to fully cover you? Of course, to go with this new, sexy façade there should be a man—as different from the ordinary as possible. An improbable fantasy. Or is it? In her book, Wolf in Cheap Clothing, Charlene Teglia unveils what happens when Louise Catrell gets a chance to walk on the wild side.
Bleached blonde hair, heavy makeup and barely-there clothing transforms the normal staid Louise Catrell into a slutty version of Malibu Barbie. A close brush with death jump starts Louise’s life on the untamed side. No more boring business suits and doing everything proper and right. Instead, she embraces life with gusto doing things she never imagined-- like walking into a bar barely dressed looking for a man. Not any man. A particularly dangerous one. Lou is hunting a murderer.
Dylan spots Louise across the smoky room. To the average bar patron, he looks like just another surfer, tanned, toned, and sun-kissed. Dylan knows what he is—the alpha male of the local pack. He is also the single, alpha human male and he likes what he sees at the bar. His wolf sense is on red alert because she is the one. There is an element of the unknown; she could be working for someone else to lure him out in the open. If that is the case then he’ll persuade her to switch sides. Among other talents, Dylan is well known for his persuasive skills.
Louise feels him. Her heightened senses allow her to pick out a wolf in a crowd of humans or at least she thinks it's her senses. All she knows is that a chill runs up her back as he slides closer. All she needs to do is lure him outside. A bold promise of sex on the beach is the only enticement she needs to tempt her wolf outside into the moonlit night. Unfortunately, her plans run aground when her wolf snaps handcuffs on her while murmuring promises in her ear. Certain death looms. If that isn’t bad enough, she finds herself intensely attracted to the big bad wolf. What is a girl to do?
The characters in Wolf in Cheap Clothing are exciting, strong, and interesting. They are the type of people you wouldn’t mind meeting on a dark and stormy night, but never do. The story is fast paced and suspenseful. Teglia tantalizes the reader with possible death and toe curling sex. Dylan is a sexy, mysterious man who makes leader of the pack a reality instead of a song title. Lou is funny, sharp-witted and sensual—a heroine most women pretend to be in their own fantasies.
A Wolf in Cheap Clothing is a fun, contemporary story that will have you howling at the moon for more. Keep up the good work, Charlene Teglia .
Reviewed by Morgan Wyatt
© September 2006