Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Lone Wolfe (The Wolfes) - Kate Hewitt

Who better to write the last book in the series than the magnificent Kate Hewitt.  She didn't disappoint, she gave Jacob Wolfe and the gardener's daughter, Mollie Parker a magical happy ending.

In each book we've learned what a nightmare of a childhood each Wolfe child suffered at the hand of their drunk father.  William Wolfe had been abusive both physically and verbally.  So much so, he had beaten and left scars on their sister  Annabelle.  It was Jacob, the eldest on that fateful night who in the end, defended their sister, hit his father with the ending result, their father's death.  His siblings understood why Jacob put a stop to the beating but they didn't understand why their brother left them.  For over twenty years, he had no contact with them.  It was only until he heard some of his brothers were getting married that he returned home. Jacob also moved back to Wolfe Manor with his goal to restore it. 

Mollie Parker lived in a cottage on Wolfe Manor.  Her father had been the gardener until he passed away.  Annabelle Wolfe and Mollie had been friends and had been in communication and Annabelle told Molly she could live there.  However, Jacob didn't know about the cottage nor about Mollie.  At nights when he couldn't sleep from his bad dreams, he liked to clear his head and take a stroll in the gardens.  Part of his project was to restore them.  However on this particular evening he saw a light, followed it and in the end thought it to be a trespasser and kicked in the door.  When Mollie told him who she was, Jacob remembered how she had followed his family and he also learned some things about her.  Her father had worked at the manor for fifty years and she was a landscape designer.  On the spot, he hired her to design Wolfe Manor grounds.

This was quite interesting Mollie's and Jacob's learning about each other.  Mollie was curious, asked questions but Jacob guarded his answers.  It began somewhat, as an odd friendship and in the end passion. However, not before he presented her with a rose he found in his father's office, a rose from her father's prized rose garden.  It was a sweet gesture but then things turn on both of them, he touched her but she knew she couldn't get involved with this wounded man.  At first she refused the job but in the end after he told her restoring the grounds would have pleased her father and his memory.  He also told her he was an architect, quite a famous one and invited her to London to a design expo which would also feature landscapes.

Oh, oh......London, staying at a Wolfe property with a sexy, handsome man like Jacob and I wondered if this beginning could be the end for Mollie.  Yes everything changed after a series of events beginning with Jacob's nightmares, how he resisted to share, an accident, a birthday and it became extremely complicated.  However, one thing was for sure, Mollie loved him and showed it in so many ways.  Still Jacob couldn't get past the fact that he'd let his brother's and sisters down, even though they had all made peace.  He punished himself for everything that had happened in the past.  How could this man who cared so much for his family, who as a young man had made birthday lists, the cake they wanted and their choice of presents not deserve happiness?  And what about Mollie, the invisible young woman, the woman who had loved her parents and being a landscape designer.  Would Jacob wake up and realize they had a chance at happiness?

First of all, if you haven't read the Mills and Boon Modern Bad Blood/Harlequin Presents The Natorious Wolfes, you need to, each and everyone has been incredible.  Bravo to to Sarah Morgan, Caitlin Crews, Abby Green, Robyn Grady, Lynn Raye Harris, Janette Kenny, Jennie Lucas and especially Kate for tying everything together.  This ending Kate Hewitt gave the series was incredible, it was coming home for both of them and healing the Wolfe family.  Yes, his tortured side was shown but so was his tenderness.  Oh to have that in ones life, the protection, the caring from a sibling.  Jacob and Mollie's happiness came when he could realize they could have something better and he for the most part, could leave the past behind.

Kate Hewitt, this was a lovely story I will long remember!  Thank you Mills and Boon and Harlequin for the series, even though at times it was hard to read the Wolfe siblings stories.  To all of the authors who wrote these incredible books ......you know I'm a fan and you touched my heart xxoo

Kate talks about the book at I(Heart)Presents

Back of the Book

After years lying neglected, the walls of Wolfe Manor tremble as Jacob Wolfe returns—the master is back!

Gardener's daughter Mollie Parker has lived amidst the secret, overgrown garden in her little cottage—waiting…for what, she wasn't sure…until now.

Reputation in tatters, Jacob licks his wounds alone in the shadows. Mollie knows his ferocious bark is worse than his bite and as she takes her tentative steps across the threshold, she brings with her the light missing from his darkened soul. The lone Wolfe will never be tamed—but she knows that once he loves, he loves for life.

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