Triplets, the Buckley brothers were inseparable until everything went wrong one violent, bloody night. A.J. Buckley, the eldest of the trio, faced a human trial for a brutal murder. Found guilty, he was sentenced to twenty-five to life. Without argument or regret, he accepted the sentence. After six years in prison, A.J.’s conviction is overturned on a technicality and he returns to Willow Bend to face a new Alpha and fresh charges.
Vivian Knox was the only witness to the murder. She refused to testify in the human courtroom and spent a year in prison on contempt charges. Once released, she worked tirelessly to free A.J., finally locating a loophole in the case against him. Satisfied with his freedom, the last thing she expected was to be kidnapped to the back of beyond where another judge demands she testify to what she saw that night. This time, contempt is the least of her problems.
Only four people know exactly what happened that night and none are talking. When pack law threatens Vivian, A.J. must stake his claim, but his wolf might be too damaged to help him…
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Romance at Its Best! Shifters with a high romance, a Great Read!
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2014Verified Purchase
(Original Rating 4.5/5)
Caged Wolf by Heather Long is the second book in her Paranormal Romance series, Wolves of Willow Bend. Although I believe this book could probably be read as a stand alone. I am going to say that I think reading book 1 will likely add more depth to this second installment.
Caged Wolf did not disappoint. A great Paranormal Romance through and through with shifters, love, and fun reading! I truly enjoy this type of paranormal romance - a story that doesn't drag you down and leave you feeling like you are on overload. The high chemistry and intense multi-layered conflict had me flipping pages until late at night and sneaking paragraphs at any opportunity.
I was a little reluctant at first to read A.J.'s story. I felt it might be too intense emotionally since he was imprisoned for years, unable to shift, away from his pack, abandoned by the previous Alpha, and outcast (by force) by his family. I am thrilled to say that Long didn't bog us down with self-loathing and pain. Reading A.J.'s story was more about the freedom and happiness than it was the pain of the past. I LOVE THIS!
The relationship between A.J. and Vivian is a very different and unique story. I loved the dynamic his brothers added to the story and I fell in love with all of A.J.'s family and Vivian. The entire story put a smile on my face and l would certainly recommend this book to any paranormal romance fan!
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great read!!
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2020Verified Purchase
AJ and Vivian had my heart from the very beginning.
This is a series of standalones but I'm all about reading in order so I can have the backstory of each couple and of course follow along the larger plot line.
The twist and turns of this book kept me on the edge of my seat.
AJ has just served a prison sentence that wasn't his to serve in the first place, and we finally find out why. It seriously made me squeal we they realized they were meant to be together. With everything this couple has been through it was nice to finally see them figure it all out.
Especially AJ. We love a good hard headed man who doesn't see what's right in front of him.
I don't know if the two other triplets get a book BUT I'm hoping at some point they do!
Really excited to keep reading the series. Cause Wolf Shifters have my heart
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Two: Vivian and AJ
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2014Verified Purchase
AJ has served six years in prison when evidence is presented that leads to his release. Both he and his wolf are battered and broken and he is emotionally unresponsive, until he scents Vivian. It was an attack on Vivian by a human that led to AJ' s arrest. But AJ has forbidden her to talk about the event. He believes Toman is still Alpha and that his release is a ploy to get him back home to kill him. Then he learns Vivian has been injured by a Guardian sent to bring her to pack land for questioning. And he is told she is the one who gathered the information that set him free. His wolf begins to surface for the first time in years and even crippled by prison, he is a force to be reckoned with. With their lives on the line, it is now up to AJ to protect them both.
I loved the first book in the series, Wolf Bite, and this book is a great follow-up. Heather Long has become one of my favorite authors, especially with her Fevered series. She is on my auto-buy list and I highly recommend this book, which can be read as a standalone. But to fully understand the backstory, it is best to read book one first