Most Lone Wolves have a story—a pack they left behind, a love they lost, or worse, one they buried. Some leave their packs to roam because they crave freedom, and independence. Some leave because in their hearts, they can’t bear to stay. Some leave because they see no way to go back…
Enforcer John Nelson has pulled double duty for months, keeping an eye on the Lone Wolves who are his charges as well as those that once answered to Margo Montgomery. More of a loner than most, he doesn’t mind going months at a time without seeing another Enforcer—until the formation of the Three Rivers pack disrupted lives everywhere. Now, he must divide his time between watching the upstarts and checking on his charges while working with the other Enforcers to anticipate the next move by the Russian Volchitsa. No Enforcer expected to find themselves among the hunted, but when they target the one wolf he can tolerate, John defies orders to go after her.
Hadley Sexton is a bit of a wild card, even for an Enforcer, and she loves being unpredictable. More of a mother hen than she likes to admit, she keeps an eye on her Lone Wolves, and treats them more like family than charges. But when three Enforcers are brutally murdered over the course of three weeks, Hadley discovers someone has been shadowing her trail and they aren’t alone. It is a dangerous game with a brutal enemy, one willing to kill the wolves she’s sworn to protect to draw her out.
For Hadley, John will break every rule, but will he be in time?Long, Heather. Thunder Wolf (Wolves of Willow Bend Book 11) . Heather Long. Kindle Edition.
With the brutal murder of the Enforcers, the word goes out to all Enforcers. Gather up the Lone Wolves. Now undoubtedly Julian probably meant to have them gather in pairs or trios, but that wasn’t how Hadley interpreted it. She gathered all of her Lone Wolves and took them to a remote lodge where they could all be together. Dealing with all the disparate personalities isn’t easy, but she’s not going to let any of her charges get hurt if she can help it.
John is working with Julian and Mason to find out what the Russians are doing. It takes him using a special talent he inherited from his grandfather to force the truth, but they get it. The problem is they don’t like it! At this point, Julian sends the word out to all Enforcers to ditch current electronics and get burner phones. Also, all Lone Wolves are to be strongly encouraged to head for pack territories, either their original pack, or the closest one. Willow Bend and Delta Cresent have both agreed to accept these wolves on a temporary basis. Hudson River is on a case by case basis, while Sutter Butte is a no-go. John’s biggest problem is that no one has been in touch with Hadley for entirely too long. When Julian orders him to stay at Willow Bend to assist, John balks. With the help of Mason and AJ, he heads to the one place he figures Hadley went to.
When the snowstorm finally lets up, Hadley’s wolves want to leave. She relucantly agrees, but requests that they leave in packs of two or three. A newly mated pair decide to head for Yukon, another trio head for Hudson River, agreeing to shepherd the most timid wolf in the group until they can get to Brett. Everything seemed to be okay, until the entire group is attacked as they leave the lodge. One wolf is killed, but the others band together to kill the attackers. Hadley has to make decisions and make them fast. Can she get her remaining Lone Wolves to safety? Will John reach her in time to help her?
This is such an action-filled story. You really feel the frustration mounting as the American wolves try to figure out what the Russians are planning and how they are communicating. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I’m looking forward to reading more!
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