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…
Most wolves will roam at some point in their lives, fledgling adults leave to explore the world while more senior wolves may undertake a journey they always wanted. Many come home again, Mitch Jackson didn’t. He thrilled to living life on the road, first as a roadie for a rock band, traveling from city to city then later as an animal trainer at a circus. He’s had a lot of jobs, and all of them fun. His years as an Enforcer hasn’t curbed his smile, but a rogue invasion of Russian wolves are enough to put a damper on anyone’s party especially when they set their sights on the packs’ more vulnerable members…
Amelia Sullivan couldn’t stay in Willow Bend, not after her sister embraced the life she’d always wanted. It aggravated her that Shiloh’s defiance earned her a free pass from their parents, parents who’d raised them all to reject the idea of going wolf. Having always put their family first, Amelia needs a breather from wolves, their politics, and their play. Taking the first excuse she can to go to a cooking school on the west coast, she flees. The last thing she expected was an order to return home within three months of her getting away. She wasn’t a wolf, she doesn’t have to obey…of course, not following the rules proves even more costly than she can imagine when she finds herself a prisoner and the change she always thought she wanted forced upon her…
Rescuing Amelia seemed a straightforward job until Mitch realizes what they’ve done, then saving her life proves to be the easier task as she undergoes her first transformation far from any alpha. Can a happy go lucky Enforcer find the strength to keep her sane?
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2017Verified Purchase
This is a great read, beginning an arc within the series featuring the Enforcers, "Guardians of the Wolves". It begins with the kidnapping of one of the Willow Bend pack humans, Amelia Sullivan, whose sister Shiloh was lead in a previous book. Amelia, angry with her little sister's defiance of the rules and being rewarded for it, moved to Los Angeles to attend culinary school. She's snatched off the street only a few weeks after her arrival, tortured, starved and near death when she's found by Enforcer Mitch Jackson.
Mitch is a lone wolf groomed and recruited by Julian for the Enforcers, where he works with military precision and dedication. With help from a tracker he locates where Amelia is being held and enters the abandoned warehouse to find the bodies of humans from the various packs, and a barely alive Amelia. Injured in the battle with her guards, he takes her to his cabin in the Sierras to recover as an ice storm hits, isolating them without electricity or phone service. It doesn't take long for Mitch to realize Amelia has been given "the bite" and that away from her alpha and without a mate her chances of surviving the change are slim. There is a good chance she will go mad and he will have to put her down. But Mitch is determined to get 'little sister" through to the other side, alive and well, and back home safely to her pack. Hopefully, that's what she wants, too.
Their journey is one I will reread over and over again.
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2017Verified Purchase
Words fail me. I cannot express how much I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Okay the cover isn’t the best one of the series but the pages after left me breathless. Shadow Wolf is the start of a new arc and the author refers to events and places that take place in prior books that you really should read, that being said you could probably enjoy it without having read them just not as much.
Neither Amelia nor Mitch are perfect but they are perfect for each other. Amelia is a strong young woman who comes off as a bit whiney at first. Mitch comes off as a bit condescending and work focused but as he helps her through her first change and Amelia discovers just how strong she is they discover each other as well. Their journey is one I will reread over and over again.
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely LOVED Shadow Wolf
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2017Verified Purchase
I absolutely LOVED Shadow Wolf. Like, seriously. ❤
I have skipped around through the series as each book has come out, mostly because I read from a short first then had to find my way to the beginning.
With that said, this book gave more than I expected. Heather wove a wonderful tale, that all of it could be considered spoilers. But, I will say I love Mitch, and I love Amelia. For everything that happens to her, she's so freaking strong. Her will to survive when most would have given up, is a breath of fresh air. I love the fact that she will put all of the men in her life, in their places without compunction. I also love that she is vulnerable. So much has happened to her, and to see her grow into her own after all the pressure she'd been under, I found myself cheering her on.
However, I would have loved to see some closure with her parents. (They are a nasty bunch) For everything that happened between them and for why she left, I think that part of the story should have been given a little more face time.
Also, I can't wait to see where this is all headed with the Russian wolves, the clues they figured out at the end, left me shocked and a little dumbfounded, but I could also understand it.
I cannot wait for Thunder Wolf to see where this is going and how everything will turn out!
5.0 out of 5 stars So sad but also fierce and hopeful
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2019Verified Purchase
This story was so sad, but also full of hope and fight. Amelia was one of my least favorite characters in the series, so it was interesting to see her side of the story. Her struggles and traumas turned her into a character full of fierce fire and life. She is so STRONG. And independent Mitch was a perfect match for her. The addition information and advancement in the overarching storyline really makes me glad I binging this series right now! If I had to WAIT for the next book, I might go mad. Lol