Tyler Buckley divides his time between fixing cars in his father’s shop and reclamation projects with his brothers. Losing his brother and his mate in the same year could have turned him into a surly, unapproachable wolf, but he kept his sights set on the wins in his life—his brothers, A.J.’s new mate and his family. The last thing he needs or wants is for Claire Webster to return home. Her arrival detonates an old rage inside the wolf, but he’s determined to stay as far away from her as possible.
When she was five years old, the wolf next door told her he was her mate and then ordered her not to play with one of her friends. From that day forward, Claire butted heads with Ty and his constant interferences. At sixteen, she caught the eye of a visiting Hunter, a wolf who treated her like a lady and not a possession. Wanting more than to be ordered around, she followed him away from Willow Bend, determined to never look back. Eight years later, she sends a request to the new Alpha of Willow Bend. She wants to come home and, when he allows her the opportunity, she’s both relieved and terrified. The first person she runs into is the last one who ever wanted to see her again. The wolf next door grew up, and Tyler Buckley’s frigid welcome leaves her out in the cold. Can she admit she made the wrong choice, and would he even listen if she could?
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional with Family Drama and Sizzle
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2018 Verified Purchase
Tyler had known Claire was his mate from a young age. Feeling stifled she had an opportunity to leave Toman's pack and she took it. Her parents were devastated, Tyler even more so.
Now she's requested to return to Willow Bend, Mason is a good Alpha but his concern is for the whole pack. Tyler will be a major factor in whether or not she gets to stay even though his mother has offered to sponsor her.
As Tyler slowly learns her reasons for leaving, he also knows he still loves her. He is also going to have to come to terms with his part in why she left.
Claire will also have to find her place within the pack, as well as figure out her relationship with Tyler. Much has changed under Mason all for the good but he will do what is best for the whole pack, not an individual.
3.0 out of 5 stars So much left out of this one
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2016 Verified Purchase
Enjoyed this one but I really wanted to know more about what went on in Sutter Bute. The little bit that was told wasn't enough to make you understand just what Claire went through. The stuff told on why she left was so bland it just took away from the story and left you feeling like you didn't get enough. With nothing going on in the story after the first little tiff with Linc, that really was nothing, you don't get the action like in other stories.
So basically, she up'd and left, up'd and came back, the siblings didn't want her there but after one talk he was good with her, willing to work it out. We find out just how close she was to Cassius but take us on the journey, even if it's a flashback of what she went through, even if it's just the mess that pushed her out. Or if that's Cassius story give an example of her first real day there or something. What happened with Justin, give us something. Watered down, no action but just enough to make you want to read the next one
S Wilgus 4.0 out of 5 stars A nice interlude to lead into Desert Wolf
Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2017Verified Purchase
I purchased books 1-3 together as an Amazon deal. I read them over the weekend. I liked the story development and the characters so much that over the last two weeks, I have read books 4 through 10. The characters were well developed, and although each book was a standalone, there was thread of continuity and overlapping characters throughout. The story came to life and the last book, although not a cliffie, makes you really want to read the next one (which is not out until March, 2017). Well worth your time and money to read the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tyler and Claire!
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2015Verified Purchase
I'm so in love with the Wolves of Willow Bend! Tyler and Claire were meant to be together....mates but Claire wasn't given any choice in the matter so she takes matters into her own hands and left Tyler. The time apart allowed them to grow and become the best person for each other. Claire realized that she made a mistake in leaving Tyler and Willow Bend but she redeems herself and they found themselves back to each other. Wonderful story of love and forgiveness. Can't wait for the next story in this series later this month