After years on the road conning wealthy nobles out of their gold, Kiera is ready to give up her life of crime and return to her childhood home of Cearbhall. She's got one last job in mind, one that will see her set for life. What harm could come from impersonating a country princess to marry a prince and live wealthily ever after? Except her childhood home is nothing like she remembered. The king has gone senile, his younger sons rule with terror, and the crown prince is missing. The prince she's to wed is only interested in siring an heir, and her future brother-in-law wants to get into her skirts. Deciding the grifter's life wasn't so bad after all, Kiera plots her escape. Before she can steal away, she's discovered and thrown into the dungeon with a crazed wolfborn to die.
Lachlan never thought that he'd see his childhood sweetheart once his wolfborn affliction set in. Nor did he expect to ever see daylight. Imprisoned in the dungeon since adolescence, his brothers have usurped the throne and leave a trail of evil in their wake. When Kiera lands in the dungeon with him, he recovers his will to put things right. Kiera may not remember him, but he remembers her, and Lachlan vows to save her from his brothers and their schemes.
Except Kiera wields a power unlike any other, and she doesn't need saving. But the people of Cearbhall do. As Kiera and Lachlan fight the evil princes, they uncover a greater magic in the world around them, and a powerful magic between them that can't be denied...
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Oh yes, I would, in fact I back-tracked immediately to the start of my first favorite moment and re-listened. No spoilers here!
My favorite character is a toss up between her cousin, Brogan and her wolf prince, Lachlan. Brogan, while I did not like him in the beginning, is one of those characters that just works his way into your heart; and, Lachlan because he's all that a prince should be plus he's a wolf!
Her inflections of emotion. They helped build up to the crescendo of the story.
As far as emotional reactions, I was quite worried about everyone I had come to like making it through the brother's plans. However, my sigh of contentment at the end made me certain this would be one story I would be listening to again.
'Stealing the Wolf Prince' by Elle Clouse was amazing. I have only listened to a few audio books to date and I can only hope future audio books will be as good as this one. The narration pulled me into the story, kept me focused on the adventure of Kiera and Lachlan, and ended on the perfect sigh of contentment for a well told HEA. Applause to both the Elle Clouse and the Holly Jackson, narrator!
- J. Rials