|Daphne Simmons was raised by her great-uncle after her parents were killed in a car accident. Her great-uncle George was good friends with Donald Carruthers and the two of them arranged for her to be hired as a nanny on the Carruthers estate with the hopes she would marry Donald's older grandson, Rupert. In the meantime, Kurt is the groundskeeper for the property. He went there in hopes to either find his mother or at least learn more about her people. He was almost destroyed when his mother disappeared. His father is a werewolf and since Kurt is half-werewolf and half-human, we not only get our book title we also find out part of Kurt's emotional angst. So, now that I have introduced key players of this story, it begins with our girl, Daphne, having a fight in the car on night with her fiancé Rupert. A few accidents happen, witnessed by our wolf, Kurt, who ends up saving her.
Daphne is very naive and inexperienced. She thinks she's in love with Rupert so even when he mistreats her, she gives him another chance. She loves the young twins she cares for (they are Rupert's half siblings) and she finds she now has feelings for Kurt. I had a hard time getting through the passages with Rupert in them. He was spoiled, uncaring, selfish, egocentric, egomaniacal, egotistic, greedy, mean, mercenary, narrow-minded, prejudiced, and mostly spoke about getting his allowance raised. Ms. Rockwood did her job well in that I couldn't stand him at all. He especially showed his colors when he kicked a kitten in the head and yet denied it to the witnesses of the deed itself.
Still, Daphne tried to defend him in her mind which only semi-worked until she walked into the pantry and found him in flagrante delicto with another servant. He defended himself, of course, and said all the men of his family did that, it was their right. Luckily, Daphne grew a spine, asking if she would be allowed the same rights. That is so completely when it all hit the fan. I realize I only really spoke about how much I dislike Rupert, but I have to say that I just loved Kurt. He was kind, caring, honest and hardworking. He treated Daphne with respect and care and proved his love for her. She was finally freed of whatever had been holding her to Rupert and told him she didn't want to lose him. It really did have a happy ending!
Reviewer: Teresa T.
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