Ranae is the youngest of the Buckleys and the only girl amongst three powerful male siblings. Her restlessness and dominant nature affected her every relationship within Willow Bend, not to mention testing the patience of her Alpha. Apprenticeship to the Hunters fed her desire for a purpose. When her Alpha and eldest brother ask her to undertake a mission to the Yukon territory, she’s thrilled at the opportunity to be useful. Clashing with the Alpha was the last thing she expected on the dangerous assignment.
The oldest Alpha in the U.S. packs lives a gray existence. The loss of his mate so many decades before wears away at him until he doesn’t give a damn about anything. The problems of the other packs are not his, and he prefers to be left to his isolation. The arrival of the Chief Enforcer annoys him, but it is the wolf traveling with him who wakes the predator in Diesel. The scent of mate clings to her, but she rejects his overtures and challenges him on every level.
War may be coming for the Yukon, but Diesel’s battle is very personal…Long, Heather. Snow Wolf: Wolves of Willow Bend . Heather Long. Kindle Edition.
After the Russian attempts at Hudson River and Sutter Butte had been rebuffed, Mason and the other Alpha’s conference together on computer. All but Diesel, that is. Fearing the worse, Mason decided to send a Hunter up to the Yukon pack to check on them. While A.J.’s suggestion of his sister initially startled him, careful thought on why she was suggested had him sending her on her way. He contacted her in Seattle to divert her to a small airfield to join up with Julian for the rest of the trip.
Tired of waiting for Diesel to come back to the homestead, Julian left Ranae in the guest cabin while he tracked down Diesel on the tundra. If it hadn’t been for the slight traces of a very interesting scent on Julian, Diesel would have sent Julian packing. So as it was, Diesel still blocked him from entering the inner room of the guest cabin ahead of him. The woman waiting inside was everything he could have wanted. She was enough to make his wolf sit up and howl.
Just a few days into her visit, the pack rebuffed an attack by Russian foot soldiers. Instinctively offering to help, Ranae spent hours assisting the pack healer, Chowder, as he cared for the injured. The wolf song that arose as several members died tore at her heart. She was surprised however, when Diesel offered to take her out on the tundra with him. That surprise turned into anger as a Russian Lieutenant attacked them both. They killed the intruder and Diesel pondered how best to respond to the attack.
While the earlier attackers were sent back in boxes, something more was needed at this point. Diesel’s stated intent to make his point in person has Ranae calling Mason. Even though it made Diesel angry with her, Ranae knew it was the right thing to do. The question is, will what Diesel has planned be enough to stop the attacks?