What a Wolf Wants (Black Hills Wolves #2) by Heather Long


January 16, 2015
Decadent Publishing
Paranormal Romance
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Saja’s car broke down in the middle of nowhere in the Black Hills just a storm is about to hit. She could freeze to death before she gets help, but she gets lucky when someone walks but then she has to go a point a gun at him.

Ryker lives apart from his pack, he felt it was needed to save his pack from the punishment of his old dead Alpha. The new Alpha had untied his hands and thankfully wasn’t a sadistic ass hat like his father. His new Alpha was fighting to rebuild the pack. When Ryker here’s hears a car break down he goes to investigate only to have his mate pull a gun on him and mating with humans is against the law.

So far almost every book I have read in this series has started out slow and boring and then picks up near the middle and this book was no different. I liked that more characters were introduced and that the Alpha had his part but I wish there was more to the story. I wish I could find something that stood out but to be honest the book was just ok with nothing standing out to recommend it except that it had very few edits and the cover which rocks.

Book’s Blurb
He runs alone…

Ryker Grey is used to being on the outside looking in. For more than fifty years, he has worked as Pack Enforcer for the Black Hills Wolves, rising to his rank swiftly. Compelled by duty and devotion to his people, he fought to keep them protected from within and without—earning a few enemies and fewer friends. Drew’s return has sparked healing in the fraying pack, but Ryker remains vigilant.

She needs a place to call her own…

Saja Lyons has spent her life studying cultures, but never really being a part of them. Completing a double specialty in psychology and sociology, she decides to take the three months after her graduation to find herself on a cross-country drive. She embraces the nomadic road trip until her car breaks down on a deserted stretch of road in the middle of nowhere South Dakota.

Two lonely lives collide in the cold…

Ryker catches Saja’s scent from a mile away, loneliness edged in fear, frustration, and utter femininity. He approaches her in order to lend her a hand and get her out of the pack’s way…the sooner she’s gone from Los Lobos, the safer the pack will be. When their gazes meet, her playful hostility arouses the hunter in him, and for the first time in fifty years, the enforcer tastes what it’s like to not be alone…

But what if the best thing that ever happened to him is a danger to the Black Hills Wolves?

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Wolf’s Return (Black Hills Wolves #1) by Rebecca Royce


January 9th 2015
Decadent Publishing
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Wolf’s Return was given to me for an honest review by Manic Readers

Drew returns home after receiving a text informing him his sadistic ass of father is dyeing by poisoning. What he finds when he get home is a practically decimated pack and a mate who wishes he was dead. He has a huge list of things to do:

1) Challenge his father for leadership
2) Reclaim Betty
3) Rebuild his home
4) Save what is left of his pack and recall those that have left.

The list is daunting and Betty may take longer to win back than the rebuilding of the pack they both love.

Given how far behind I am on my reading I am truly surprised that I got Wolf’s Return done on time, even with it being as short as it is and the fact is took me two and half days to read a book that would normally take me half a day to complete. Then there was the fact that I had opened Wolf’s Return twice since I got it and then closed it after the first two pages. Please, don’t think I didn’t like the book because I did like it but I had a hard time getting into it. I think I expected more intensity and tension in the characters, especially Ryker and Drew, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I think the story between Drew and Betty could have been longer because I sensed there was more to tell but Rebecca Royce seemed rushed in telling the couples story, at least it seemed that way with all the missing words. Yep that’s right; I would be reading along and BAMB!!! a missing word.

I want to give Wolf’s Return a four star review because it has the potential to be a great book if Miss Rebecca ever edits and expands the story line. But with all the missing words I am going to have to with a three star review.

Book Cover Rating
The cover is kind of cool in that it makes Wolf’s Return seem more ominous than it really is.

Book’s Blurb
A hidden wolf pack. Lies. Intrigue. And reluctant heroes. Get to know the Black Hills…

Drew Tao left the Black Hills in disgrace, banished by his father. He has spent the last ten years a lone wolf, living on his own. Called back home, he finally gets the chance to set things right. If such a thing is possible….

Betty Holden has hated her mate every day for the last ten years for abandoning her and their pack. She’s been running things in Los Lobos, and she has no intention of letting Drew Tao slip back into her life like nothing has changed-even if she has never been able to resist him.

Can there be forgiveness? And can he protect her when another enemy arrives?

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A Wolf’s Promise (Black Hills Wolves #10) by Cara Carnes


March 13, 2015
Decadent Publishing
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I was given A Wolf’s Promise for an honest review by Manic Readers

Drayce was doing a job his Alpha requested when he visited the Jago Pack when he met a woman that he spent an earth-shattering night with. The next morning, he was gone, he had no room in his life now for a mate no matter how much he wanted it. How was he to know that his nameless mate would know about mating and feel the same connection he had felt then follow him to see if it was real?

He is too busy trying to keep his promise to his pack mate and will sacrifice his own mate to do just that, if he has too. So, Kinsey’s appearance just makes doing the right thing harder but then she surprises him at every turn and he has no choice but finally accepts that he can have his mate and keep his promise.

Kinsey is a quirky human who probably knows more about shifters than she should be allowed to know, granted most of her knowledge is about the Jaguars her family has protected for generations but that doesn’t mean she is going to give up on her one chance at true happiness. You go Kinsey!!

I have been seeing this series on the net for weeks and had been meaning to check it out for some time and when I notice A Wolf’s Promise was part of the Black Hills Wolves series I jumped at the chance to finally read one of the books and meet my reading quota for Manic readers at the same time. Now this is book ten and I really prefer to read a series in order so that I have a basic understanding of all the back stories that generally come into play during a series and that didn’t seem to be an issue here as A Wolf’s Promise didn’t delve to deeply into the other characters but only focused on Drayce, who lives on pack land but outside of the pack, Kinsey, whose family has spent generations protecting a Jaguar pack and of course Drayce’s two charges and the reason he can’t promise his mate a future because to protect his charges he may have to mate another. Good thing Drayce has a level headed, super smart mate to see through the maze of issues so they can be together. Being that there was that much focus on the couple in question I think there could have been some steamier bedroom scenes with a lot more detail. Other than that, A Wolf’s Promise is very creatively well written with practically no editing issues, and deserves the five-star rating it is receiving from me and I will surely be reading it again.

Favorite Quote
So, for the record there were other quotes I could have used but this one had me laughing loud enough for my husband to ask me about what I was reading and so deserved the honorable mention it is receiving.

“Excuse me? I think you’ve been dipping too far into the catnip, bucko.”—Kinsey

Thank you, Cara Carnes, for the awesome read and I look forward to reading more of your books 🙂

Book’s Blurb
A woman does what’s necessary to get her man…

When Drayce Freeman rocked Kinsey Jamison’s world one passionate night and then turned tail and ran the morning after, she did the only thing a self-respecting woman would. Chase him down and prove they had the zing. Fortunately her BFF, a jaguar shifter, gave her the 411 on wolves—or most of it, that is. She’s ready to do whatever it takes to get her man—even if it means taking on the whole pack.

The last thing Drayce needs right now is the sexy human his inner wolf wants to claim showing up in Los Lobos. The headstrong, goofy female refuses to take no for an answer. Living on the fringes of a rebuilding pack is hard enough, but now he has the widow of his pack mate and a rugrat to deal with. Adding a human to the mix would be a mistake. Duty sucks.

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