Decanted: Tangled Vines #2

He only has plans to eradicate the Hunters…until he must chase down his fated mate.

The Hunters are becoming bold. Damian Steel has called a summit of all wolf packs along the Pacific Coast. When Hudson Rhodes arrives on the same motorcycle Steve McQueen once rode, he is expecting nothing more than to come up with a plan to eradicate the Hunters… turning predators into prey.

The last thing he expected to feel was the call of his fated mate. Shasta Warren, the bad girl of the Sonoma Pack, is only willing to be the mistress of her own destiny. But when the Hunters attack and Hudson sends her away to save herself, Shasta can’t help but come to the brooding alpha’s aid.

As Hudson recovers from his wounds, Shasta slips away to begin a secret new life in the Crescent City. But she won’t be able to hide forever. The Alpha of New Orleans is known as an incurable romantic and jumps at the chance to help his old friend, Hudson, bring his fated mate to heel.

The Reviews!

	Redrabbitt
TOP 1000 REVIEWER
5.0 out of 5 stars HUDSON AND SHASTA
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2021
As a fan of Ms. Delta James' Wayward Mates series, there are many similarities in the storyline, two wolf shifters meeting, realizing they are fated mates, which she will fight, but never wins. But then, beyond how they come together, accept fate, and the relationship, the story is new. This new series, Tangled Vines, will also revolve around vineyards.

Shasta Warren, daughter of Artemis Warren, sent her to Sonoma Pack because he was tired of dealing with her. She has earned a reputation of being difficult, but Xander Charles, from Sonoma, shows her kindness compared to her father's Beta. When she goes to the Sonoma Pack, she is a bitter she-wolf, uncooperative, but she isn't mistreated.

Hudson Rhodes has recently ended his military time as a Navy SEAL and is ready to take his rightful place as Alpha of Coronado—removing his older brother, Miles, and his mate, Chelsea. After he sets things right again, he will be going to Damian's for a meeting of other Alphas to discuss the issues with the hunters. What a surprise when he arrives and can smell her—his fated mate.

"Hudson had finally found her. His fated mate was here."

The plot begins with a group of Alphas coming together at Sonoma Pack and having Shasta use their businesses to attempt to make her escape. She may get away on Zeus, Damian's stallion, but once Hudson catches her sent, he is in pursuit, going a different route provided to claim his fated mate. The story has plenty of angst, action, adventure, mystery, suspense, and danger. Before Hudson can claim Shasta, they will come under attack by Hunters, and he is injured helping her escape. Shasta will direct others to his location, and while she might be able to slip away, she doesn't; she waits for Hudson—for the medics—and then must decide her future.

"I’m not afraid of the big bad wolf because I am one.”
“I won’t be playing. When being punished, your likes are not high on my list of concerns. I’m going to take fiendish delight in the way I deliciously discipline you.”
“But who will save you from me? And will I be safe there”
“Always, my fierce, beautiful, courageous fated mate. Always.”

The good, the bad, and the ugly play their roles. While Shasta would rather be by herself, a lone she-wolf, especially with the danger of the Hunters, is foolish. There is something about Hudson that calls to her, she watched him risk his life to save hers, and he treats her well. But that isn’t enough for her to slip away while he is recovering—or him to come to NOLA and find her. The Hunters are becoming more brazen, and the risk is high—but maybe, just maybe, Shasta will be able to convince one of them that they are being played.

“I once thought I wanted no wolf at all. But a wise friend once told me that when happiness with your fated mate presents itself, you are a fool to turn away.” –Darby

“Shasta, I want you to know that not only do I recognize the gift you gave me, but I will cherish it always.”
“I’m thankful to have a mate who knows me so well, but still chooses to be with me.”
“I have no choice, but even if I did, I would always choose to love you and call you mine.”

The story does have power exchange, male dominance, feisty females, who eventually learn submission is powerful. There are explicit scenes and discipline. While this story does not end on a cliffhanger, several people mentioned in it will have their own story next.
Ashley A. Carr
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Hudson and Shasta
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2021
Another wonderful read by this author! Hudson and Shasta balance each other out perfectly. He is an alpha and protective and dominant whilst she is sassy, bratty and willful. Shasta has been a thorn in the side of her Alpha. When Hudson shows up at her pack wanting to discuss the Coronado Vineyard he declares her his mate and let the games begin. The Hunters are becoming more and more bold, what will happen when Hudson is attacked by said Hunters? Will Shasta come to his aide? After she disappears will Hudson track his wayward mate down?
Aunt G
TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Tension, steam and danger
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2021
This book easily swept me up into its captivating storyline. The combination of emotion, drama and action is potent and consuming. Shasta and Hudson were amazing characters that really deliver a rock solid one-two punch right to your heart. Shasta was feisty and so easy to feel for and Hunter will have you swooning with his hot intensity and alpha tendencies. Tension, steam and danger keep you on the edge of your seat while being bombarded with heat and excitement. This is my elective, candid review.
Brina
5.0 out of 5 stars Decanted
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2021
Another fantastic and amazing story! Each book features the same storyline, but highlights different characters. It is all highly entertaining and engaging.
I am voluntarily leaving a review after receiving an ARC.

Wolves of Willow Bend Book 14: Wolf Unleashed

With this book, we start to get more of glimpse at the Second-in-Commands for the packs. There is much for them to do, and they need all the help they can get!

Change swept through the packs of North America, leaving in its wake seven packs where once only five stood. Old enemies still lurk, past hatreds fester, and the shadow of invaders linger. The challenge of diplomacy, evaluating the old laws, and instituting the new ones falls squarely on the shoulders of the pack Seconds. It’s a whole new world, and what took so long to construct…remains vulnerable.

Luc Danes is Second, and best friend, to Brett Dalton the Alpha of Hudson River. He has his hands full training healer and alpha’s mate Colby in how to defend herself as well as hone her wolf senses. It’s not a bad life for a bachelor wolf, not really—except lately, all the eligible females have turned him down. No dates. No playing. Nothing. He’s untouchable. Turns out no one wants to lay a finger on what rumors have labeled the Alpha’s property as the third to the alpha’s pairing leaving Luc one shocked and frustrated wolf.

Just the position he wants to be in when paired with the stunning Charlie who doesn’t know him at all and is unlike any other wolf he’s known. So why can’t he even earn a second look?

Charlotte “Charlie” Miller works in the city, an urban wolf, she rarely sheds her skin for fur. As an executive handling day-to-day meetings for her alpha in New York and around the world, she knows how to handle even the most difficult of individuals. But changes in pack structures across the country require a different kind of handling, and Brett calls in his chief negotiator to back up his Second, and to give him a crash course in diplomacy.

Unfortunately, Charlie has dealt with wolves and humans just like Luc before and it doesn’t matter how sexy he is, she refuses to be impressed.

The Reviews!

Michelle Chantler
5.0 out of 5 stars To be different is a huge bonus.
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2019
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I am a reviewer, so get to read many book's in the genré paranormal, some are good, other's great, but a few fall into that special category of absolutely brilliant.
Heather Long is an Author who naturally falls into that category, whether writing paranormal or about heroes or historical romance, no matter her choice of genré they all have superb descriptive narration developed by an extremely vivid imagination.
"Wolf Unleashed" brought another distinction into the numerous level's and hierarchy within the wolf pack, that is rarely heard of but a very challenging position to be in if born with this complex diversity within their wolf.
This book helps you to see and understand how vicious both people and wolves can be to those who are a little different, plus in this storyline how gossiping can have such a negative effect upon both those being talked about and how far removed that information can be.
A beautiful example of how one is able to see past the barriers that can be detected, for their protection, while showing in reality what acceptance from other's can do to those previously crucified.
Heather Long has that uncanny ability to write intricate details of her character's personalities, while including all the information surrounding those characters within the pack that are part of this inticing novel, giving it many scenario's that give the reader's different ways to look at where this fascinating story maybe going.
I was enthralled by the quality of the emotional depth found within the characters especially our two central characters "Charlie and Luc" as they stumble to work out exactly what they mean to each other, while being battered by the interference of other's.
A terrific storyline, full of fascinating challenges and opportunities for many of those involved.
The author Heather Long will keep you totally captivated with the world she has created, as we wonder at the possible outcome.
I highly recommend anyone who enjoys paranormal activity to grab a copy of this intriguing book, and be aware it's a book very difficult to put down.
D. Antonio
5.0 out of 5 stars This story will suck you in and won’t let go till way after the last page.
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2019
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Welcome back to the Wolves of Willow Bend. Change is never easy but the only constant is change. Luc is assigned to help facilitate new treaties and his partner in this endeavor is Charlotte “Charlie” Miller. Charlie is a “special wolf” who hides in the urban jungle of New York rather than deal with a pack of wolves and her mother. She is smart and driven and will drive Luc to distraction. I really enjoyed getting to know Charlie and Luc impressed me with his patience and understanding (not something alpha wolves are known for). This story will suck you in and won’t let go till way after the last page.
R. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Been waiting for this
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2019
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I've been waiting a long time for Luc's story and this didn't disappoint. I was intrigued by Charlie and her wolf. I was pleased that she was strong, but still filled Luc's need to take care of his mate. I'm looking forward to getting to know more about the other Seconds in this new arc. I love Heather Longs wolves.
Stacy Gragg
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucus Danes finally gets his mate!
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2019
I was gifted an advanced Reader Copy from the Author and my review is completely voluntary.

Now that the legal stuff is out of the way let's talk about Wolf Unleashed and all that is Lucus Danes.

Luc was once a lone wolf now he is second to the pack Alpha and his best friend Brett Dalton. Luc and Brett don't have a traditional Alpha, second relationship so when Luc shows up at the Alphas home and announces "I can't get paid and it's all your fault" Brett just looks at him and asks "Why is it my fault"? (That was one of the funniest parts and classic Heather Long)
We meet Charlotte “Charlie” Miller she is the Hudson River Pack chief negotiator and Heads up Dalton International in New York City. Charlie is the youngest of five she has four annoying older brothers. Charlie is also hiding a secret about herself. When their Alpha has them working together Luc finds himself wanting to learn more of the sexy wolf.
With Heather Long's signature sassy, sweet and sarcastic female characters Charlie had quickly became one of my favorite from the series. If you haven't read the series yet you really should, although you don't have to I highly recommend the series.

Healing of the Wolf (The Wild Hunt Legacy Book 5)

This is why I read romances – to escape into a world that is magical and where good triumphs over evil.” ~ BookAddict Reviews

A decade in captivity tore away all hope.

But Margery never lost her resolve to help the sick. The village she’d hoped to serve as banfasa, caring for the ill and injured, is long gone. Humans captured the young shifters and killed the adults. Finally rescued, she has a chance at her dreams—at least for meaningful work. With her leg crippled and her face scarred, she knows she has no hope of ever finding love.

Tynan is ready to find their mate.

After years away from his littermate as a police officer among humans, Tynan is finally home, a beta in the wolf pack, and serving his people as a law officer. Assigned as Margery’s mentor in the pack, he patiently works to earn the skittish little wolf’s trust. Her captivity has left her with problems, including a fear of uniforms. But he’s a fixer at heart—and he’s starting to want more from the gentle female than just friendship.

Donal has no intention of making a family.

Separated from his littermate for years, Donal has remained unmated, devoting his energies to healing. Believing ugly rumors about their new neighbor—a banfasa—he won’t have her in his clinic or his life—no matter what his newly returned brother wants.

But a feral shifter’s attack on Tynan shows Margery in a whole different light. She’s levelheaded, compassionate, sweet—and far too appealing. What male could resist her?

But even as the brothers work to win their mate, cruel forces move to crush their entire clan.

The Reviews !

Gentle Rains
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Every Book Can Be the Favorite
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2020
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I was surprised to see this book but surprised in the best way. This series is an automatic buy.

While the author plays in the paranormal, the reader enjoys the familiar concepts of shifterdom with twists unique to Cherise Sinclair. I have read the entire series, and this was a quicker read than some of the other books.

I like that two of my series favorites found a forever woman. I liked the female character. I didn't come to love her. The warm fuzzies of the female bonding and cub love hit perfectly, but some of the long time characters felt flat in places.

I was thrilled to see the Murphy brothers show up and I was thrilled to see more world building. I was thrilled to see Darcy's brothers and the previous beloved characters (all in the proper moderation, meaning glimpses instead of embedded novellas to previous star characters). I was thrilled with most of the plot. It just missed something...

There is a lot of plot work in this book. I felt several characters and Consantir areas are revealed to the reader which will lead into future books. I feel that plot opportunities abound in the series and I look forward to the next installment.

Four stars from a tough critic. Cherise Sinclair is a remarkable talent. I read all her series but one. This will not be my favorite, but not every book can be the favorite...

A few minor editing issues but the issues rarely disturbed the natural flow while reading.
	Susie
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an Awesome Series!
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2020
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Cherise Sinclair is one of my favorite authors. I've never read a bad book of hers. The Wild Hunt Legacy series is such a fun shifter romance series that is outside of her more often written about contemporary BDSM subjects, but that doesn't make it any less phenomenal. I re-read this series often.

A shifter world based off a unique shifter history in which they descend from the Fae and follow the God of the Hunt, Hern and Goddess (spelling and names may be wrong on that). Shifters are one of three things: wolves, bears, or large cats and their society is run by God determined leaders. Many are also God-touched and serve purposes such as protectors, healers, and more. They have low birthrates so follow a monthly practice of requiring Gatherings, where females go into heat and all unmated shifters attend a massive party that, hopefully, leads to many gather-bred babies.

Margery has recovered from her time as a captive as much as can be expected, but when she learns that the leader of her current home is purposely not compensating her for her services as a Banfasa so she can't leave, she is ready to find a home that will allow her freedom and appreciate her. With the help of an unexpected, new friend Margery finds herself in Cold Creek with a new job and a new start on life.

Littermates Tynan and Donal are settling into their relationship again after many years of separation due to Tynan's God-given task to stay in Seattle until he's needed. Rescuing the captured shifters ended his assignment and now he's ready to create a life alongside his brother, possibly finding a mate for them, and settling into life poking at his cantankerous healer-brother Donal. When Margery moves in next door, he enjoys interacting with the little wolf and after being assigned her mentor by their pack Alpha, he drags Donal with him in their interactions. But Donal has another idea for where their lives will go. Can they all find a way towards happiness together? Finding out is fun, entertaining, and full of thrills!
	Jilly Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% perfection!
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2020
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I have been waiting for Donal's story since the very first time he was introduced! It was worth the wait!

The very best part of picking up a book by Cherise Sinclair is knowing that you are going to have fully developed characters that you feel you know personally. There wasn't a single part of this book I didn't love.

Healing of the Wolf was a well-written, sometimes sexy, sometimes suspenseful, and all the time enjoyable, story of three people finding their true place in the world. My heart ached for their internal struggles, especially Margery) and seeing them overcome so much to form their bond was beautiful. I pray this isn't the end of the series and Cherise Sinclair continues to add to this fantastic world that she has created for all of us to enjoy.

Rebel Wolf (Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire Book 4)

Wild wolf shifter meets shy, retiring bookworm. Has he learned enough about human ways to win over his destined mate?

Sophie Wilkins — bookworm and smoothie chef extraordinaire — has moved to Maui for a reminder of all the beauty and love in the world. And love is what she gets from shy, retiring, and utterly gorgeous man she meets. Chase is everything her lonely heart has ever yearned for. He’s mysterious too, with a raw, animal intensity that appeals to a wild side she never knew she had.

Chase Hoving is a wolf shifter born and bred in the wild — a secret he must protect at all costs. After a decade in an elite Special Forces unit, he’s tempted to turn his back on the human world and return to that quieter, simpler life. Then destiny brings him Sophie, who fills his soul with hope and light.

But danger lurks everywhere, from the private estate Chase protects, to the wilds of his homeland, and even in the seaside park where Sophie works. Worse, evil forces from Sophie’s past are ruthlessly hunting her down. Has Chase learned enough about human ways to win over his destined mate — and protect her from a terrible fate?

The Reviews!

Marsha @ Keeper Bookshelf
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, Sexy and totally satisfying - love this series
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2018
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I think most of us who have loved and followed the Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire series have been eagerly awaiting Chase’s story… and he was well worth the wait. Chase is an unusual man, even in the world of shifters he stands out as far from the norm. His mother was a full natural wolf, his father a hybrid shifter (one who could shift into different animals)… so to say there aren’t too many like Chase in the world would be an understatement. Parts of his life have been spent with his natural wolf pack, other parts in the military and with his other half- brothers. Now he has a pack full of various animals, brothers and brother of the heart but what is keeping him on the island isn’t loyalty to those he loves as family but to the sweet, innocent Sophie, his mate… and the girl he just barely has asked out on a date.

Rebel Wolf has a distinctly different feel to it, although if asked to pin down how I couldn’t do it. It’s Chase’s different heritage, his laid back attitude, the sense that he straddles two far different worlds and is barely holding on to either except for the knowledge of his mate. On the surface Sophie seems as normal as is humanly possible, but we all have secrets and Sophie’s just may get her killed. Watching two shy, quiet people fall in love, work their way through danger and threats and still hold on tight to each other was a delightful journey.

We’ll run into enemies both known and new, catch up with all of our old friends and find another pearl of desire in a most unusual place. Chase and Sophie were simply amazing together, they’re believable in their reactions to each other and to the danger. I loved every moment spent in this world once again. I promised myself to make this review shorter… because, frankly, I love to talk about this world… that’s about the shortest I can get.

Rebel Wolf is a story that you’ll easily get caught up in, danger you can sense and people to cheer with, laugh with and even cry with… and sexy as possible as well. I’d highly recommend this story and the entire series to any Paranormal Romance or Shifter Romance reader. I can’t wait to start on Rebel Heart to learn Cynthia’s back story, I’ve got it pre-ordered to drop on my Kindle on November 8th — I cannot wait.

I own a Kindle edition of this story
Sandy Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars So sweet!!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2018
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I loved Chase's story so much! And Lowe wrote him perfectly!! With his background, he had to have a Sophie!!! I was moved to tears more than once. And definitely when I realized there's only a short novella about Cynthia's background, before the final book, Cynthia's. Please, Anna Lowe, say it ain't so!!! I have LOVED SO MUCH both of these series, Pearls of Desire, and the first series, Jewels of the Heart. Aloha Shifters is in my top 3 favorite series of all time. Yeah, they're that good. Damn, I hope some long lost brother or sister decides to show up and demand their own story!!! That's be awesome!!! Can't wait to see what this amazing writer does next. As long as it's Paranormal, cuz that's all I read anymore.
Raven777Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars I cried and smiled and cheered (quietly, inside my head)
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2018
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I got it this morning. I just finished it. I have this whole series....to date. The love, caring and strength depicted by these characters make me wish they were real in this version of the world. I totally enjoy this series and am eagerly awaiting the next one. I've just preordered it. I also have two other complete sets of Ms. Lowe's books. I highly recommend them to anyone who believes love can conquer all. Enjoy
Sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars A soft spot for Chase
Reviewed in Germany on September 28, 2018
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Every time I start reading another of Anna Lowe’s Aloha Shifter books, I want to pack my things and move half-way across the world to Hawaii. Granted the shifters and the heroines in her books have to deal with some dangerous situations and power-hungry dragons, but it doesn’t diminish the beautiful setting and the romantic chemistry between the characters.
Chase is a little wilder, than the other shifters that life on the plantation, he basically spent his childhood and teenage years as a wolf and first joined the human world with his half-brothers, Tim and Connor. Most of the shifter’s have a soft spot for the quiet wolf shifter and who can blame them? He finds his mate Sophia in the local smoothie bar, she’s quiet, loves to read and loves to save dogs from the local shelter. A series of strange events bring the two of them closer than they have been before and what Chase doesn’t know about Sophie’s history is coming to get her and he needs to protect his mate.
The big silent type is so fitting for Chase and Sophie, the two of them have a wonderful love story that leaves me wanting more. I am looking forward to Cynthia’s story and to see where the it leads the aloha shifter family. Another great read from Anna Lowe!

Wolves of Willow Bend Book 13: Outlaw Wolves

Return to the world of the Wolves of Willow Bend. Join us as we take a look at how the former Lone Wolves are banding together to form a 6th pack. Can Luciana and Rayne work together and save their people?

She doesn’t seem to be anyone’s favorite wolf…

Luciana Esposito Barrows never imagined her dream of uniting the Lone Wolves and giving them a home could go so terribly awry. First, her brother rejected her, repudiating her from Seven Hills and leaving her without a powerful ally. Then the U.S. packs put her on notice, monitoring their movements, keeping them contained…then the Russians came. The last person in the world she expected to turn on her, was her own mate.

She was everything to him…

Rayne Barrows never thought of himself as much of a romantic. In his heart, he was a soldier and had always risen to the task where he was needed. Born in the heart of the Delta Crescent pack, he’d grown up alongside a future Alpha and willingly served her father as a faithful Hound. When the battles for ascension began, he couldn’t face those he loved in combat. He chose a solitary path instead. Journeying around the world, he found himself in Italy…and discovered a wolf he could love. Luciana Esposito captured his heart and he followed her—even when he didn’t believe in her cause. Now with a pack in tatters around them and their enemies closing in, Rayne faces his most brutal challenge.

To save the woman he loves and the pack they formed, he challenged her and took her position as alpha. Can their mate bond survive such a betrayal?

The Reviews!

Carol LaGatta
5.0 out of 5 stars Tension, Revelations, Heart-break and So Much More! Don't Miss This Book!
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2019
I've waited a long time for this story, and it was totally worth the wait.

This book opens with a visit from Julian and Dallas, the goal to have Three Rivers operate as the other packs do, through trade. Rayne is skeptical at first but has to agree with the benefits.

Now Luciana has done some pretty dumb things but she did it for love. Unfortunately Rayne took the reins from her in Alpha Challenge. Took the pack from her in what she considers the ultimate betrayal.

What she doesn't realize or even understand for that matter, is the fact that American packs are far different from the one she was raised in. So she keeps failing at least in her own eyes.

Rayne did what he had to do and has been giving her the space she says she needs. It is putting a strain on the pack and their mate bond. He loves her and now he has to win her back.

However the appearance of a Seven Hills Centurion, Rodrigo complicates matters.

A rather horrible twist of fate lands Luciana severely injured and near death. It's Rayne and the pack that keep her alive until the healer can arrive.

The healer was a pleasant surprise, as was all the visitors that come to aid the pack that needs help in a unique way. You'll love who shows up as much as I did.

All I can tell you folks, is have your tissues handy, and keep hydrated.

Plenty of tension, revelations, heart-breaking scenes, and the simmer to sizzle is worth every page. Yes, Luciana and Rayne win me over, eventually.
Netta
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait!
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2019
OUTLAW WOLVES is author Heather Long at her best. I have to admit that I was not particularly fond of Luciana in her other appearances, so for a writer to be able to take that person and turn them into someone likable, even sympathetic is rather amazing;

Luciana and her husband Rayne had gathered up lone wolves and gave them a pack, setting up in Seven Hills. This wasn't something that was easily accepted by the other pack alphas. Cool heads prevailed and the new pack was watched closely. Then Luciana made a mistake and allowed the Russian wolves free passage through her territory. That itself is a different story, but to protect her Rayne challenges her and wins. She feels betrayed though she had admitted, though only to herself, that she had missed some things a good alpha should have known about her people

Communication is usually the root of all problems and this is evidently one of those times. So a little work in that field is necessary and a bit of cleaning up a problem that arises from her brothers pack and then they will be able to work together. That's what Rayne wants after all.
ilianag
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2019
She doesn't seem to be anyone's favorite wolf...

Luciana Esposito Barrows never imagined her dream of uniting the Lone Wolves and giving them a home could go so terribly awry. First, her brother rejected her, repudiating her from Seven Hills and leaving her without a powerful ally. Then the U.S. packs put her on notice, monitoring their movements, keeping them contained…then the Russians came. The last person in the world she expected to turn on her, was her own mate.

She was everything to him...

Rayne Barrows never thought of himself as much of a romantic. In his heart, he was a soldier and had always risen to the task where he was needed. Born in the heart of the Delta Crescent pack, he’d grown up alongside a future Alpha and willingly served her father as a faithful Hound. When the battles for ascension began, he couldn’t face those he loved in combat. He chose a solitary path instead. Journeying around the world, he found himself in Italy…and discovered a wolf he could love. Luciana Esposito captured his heart and he followed her—even when he didn’t believe in her cause. Now with a pack in tatters around them and their enemies closing in, Rayne faces his most brutal challenge.

To save the woman he loves and the pack they formed, he challenged her and took her position as alpha. Can their mate bond survive such a betrayal?

OHHHH MYYY GOOOOD!!!!
It still amazes me how this series just keeps getting better and better.
Heather Long is a Godess of the pen!
I so enjoyed visiting all the packs and i really enjoyed seeing how the Pack of Luciana and Rayne is going.
Miscommunication .hurt,danger,love,loss are few of the emotions this wild emotional rollercoaster goes to.
We've been waiting a long time for this book and it was soooo worth the waiting!
An excellent job by Heather Long!
gds
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars A lotta great story rolled into one...
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2019
Whoa. I wasn’t expecting an edge-of-your-seat read but Outlaw Wolves delivers drama and intrigue and infighting and a story of deep love, with a touch of self-loathing thrown in for good measure!

Luciana and Rayne start their story with a war raging, between the two of them. I won’t be giving away any spoilers by saying that Rayne had challenged Luciana to be alpha of Three Rivers…and she is his mate. That should give you some idea of the road these two travel!

On top of everything else that is going on between Rayne and Luciana, there is a sinister “air” in Three Rivers, one that puts Luciana right back in the crosshairs. Rayne is feeling the heat from the other Alphas in the US region and all of it kept my blood pumping thru the book.

Great to read about these wolves again. Suffice it to say that Outlaw Wolves is a bit ‘dark’ but will keep you reading, just to figure out what will happen next. It took me a while to warm up to Luciana but I did love Rayne. It was fun to visit with the rest of the wolves in Three Rivers, too. Really enjoyed the story.

USA Today and Amazon Bestselling author Anna Lowe loves putting the “hero” back into heroine and letting location ignite a passionate romance. She loves dogs, sports, and travel – and letting the later inspire her fiction. If she’s not hunched over her laptop, working on her latest story, you’ll find her hiking in the mountains or biking country roads. Either way, the day will end with a chunk of dark chocolate and a good read.

The Sunday Post #21-16

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Book Reviews from Last Week

Resurrecting Her Dragon By Julia Mills

One dragon on the brink of death…

One extraordinary woman who is so much more than she seems…

ONE PROPHECY THAT COULD RUIN THEM ALL…

This one’s for all the marbles.

Fate Will Not Be Denied but that was before the Sun got involved…

Rebel Bear by Anna Lowe

Up-and-coming supermodel Hailey Crewe can’t wait to escape the limelight and return to the modest, anonymous lifestyle she once led. Escaping literally? That was never part of her plan. But when an unwanted suitor — and her scheming mother/manager — go a step too far with a surprise Hawaii wedding, Hailey becomes a bride on the run. Before she knows it, she’s not only being hunted by a greedy oil tycoon, but by his creepy security force too. A good thing she bumps into her very own Lancelot at exactly the right time.

Eventide of the Bear by Cherise Sinclair

All her life, Emma longed for someone to love. Instead, disaster sees the brand-new bard banished from her people for long lonely years. Injured saving a child, the werebear has to steal food from humans, breaking shifter Law. The territory’s Cosantir and his lethal grizzly warrior catch her in the act. To her surprise, she’s healed and welcomed. Obviously, they don’t know her past. But oh, she can’t resist being around other shifters—especially the captivatingly powerful warrior. Maybe she can stay…just a little while.

The Commanders’ Mate by Grace Goodwin

Commander Karter is a Prillon Warrior. His first duty is to protect his people, to defend the Coalition worlds from a fate too terrible to comprehend. Battle is his life. His heart. He fights. He has never once been selfish enough to believe he deserved an Interstellar Bride. Until he’s matched at the worst possible time.

Ghost Wolf by Heather Long

Julian has been juggling the conflict without a real target for months, they always seem to be just one step behind the Volchitsa and even the wolves they’ve captured can’t tell them enough. With the fate of the packs resting squarely on his shoulders, Julian, the Chief Enforcer, will swallow his pride to seek out the one wolf he knows can help them all, the one who seems to know all the players, who can think like them…if anyone can find the Volchitsa it’s the ghost he’s hunted for decades…

Don’t Let Your Guard Down Just Yet!!!

Case in Point:

Yes, folks in many states the age limits for getting a COVID-19 Vaccination is tumbling. But, please don’t let your guard down yet, there’s more to the story that you may not be aware of.

My oldest daughter lives in PA with her husband and the bright 2 1/2 year old daughter they adopted a year ago. They have faithfully taken every precaution recommended. She works from home most days, while he works on construction wearing appropriate gear. Riley wears a mask at her daycare center. Until recently, they have avoided gatherings with people they didn’t know.

Easter weekend, they attended a small family gathering. Sandra didn’t say, but it was undoubtedly outdoors. You would think that everyone would be safe. The older adults were getting their vaccinations as soon as possible, so they were covered.

Two days later one young man who was there tested positive. A week later my daughter started feeling poorly. She skipped church on Sunday because she didn’t feel good. Thinking she needed something for a sinus infection, she called her doctor. The doctor sent her to get a Covid test to rule that out. She stopped by CVS for a 3 day test. During this timeframe, she found herself not being able to taste things.

The three days went by, and she checked in with the pharmacy. They had no record of her having a test done! So she went to the local Urgent Care clinic for a Rapid Covid test. In no time at all, she found herself speaking to their doctor with a positive result!

The next day, her husband went for a test, while they took the baby in later in the evening when it would be quieter. At this point, neither adult has had a vaccination. The county where they live isn’t giving them to people in their 40’s yet. The surrounding counties have just now dropped the age requirement down to that level but are understandably swamped with calls. No appointments are available.

Now she, at least, will have to wait until she recovers from the virus to get her shots. People, remember that just because the state government has lowered the age limit to the next bracket, doesn’t mean every county falls in line. They want to, I’m sure, but they have to take supplies into consideration. It may take a few weeks or more, for your local area to start giving vaccinations to your age group. In the meantime, keep following all the precautions!

Wolves of Willow Bend Book 12: Ghost Wolf

Finally! We get to hear the story of Julian and Dallas.

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… 

Packs attacked. Humans forced to turn. Enforcers murdered.

Julian has been juggling the conflict without a real target for months, they always seem to be just one step behind the Volchitsa and even the wolves they’ve captured can’t tell them enough. With the fate of the packs resting squarely on his shoulders, Julian, the Chief Enforcer, will swallow his pride to seek out the one wolf he knows can help them all, the one who seems to know all the players, who can think like them…if anyone can find the Volchitsa it’s the ghost he’s hunted for decades…

The Reviews!

	D. Antonio
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2017
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WOW! We have watched from afar throughout the series Chief Enforcer Julian and the complicated dance he weaves with the rogue wolf Dallas Dalton. A romance in the past had been hinted at and now we get the whole story. And what a story it is. Dallas is fire and Julian is ice but when they get together it gets really steamy. This story took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride that I have yet to recover from. This is a fantastic story and although it can be read standalone I recommend reading the rest of this fantastic series first.
Carol LaGatta
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2017
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I received an ARC of this book, I am reviewing of my own volition.

Oh what a tangled web! This book takes us on a journey through past and present. Written with glimpses of history woven into the lives of Julian and Dallas starting in 1971 and progressing to the present.
Now Julian has always been a bit mysterious, and no one really knows much about him outside his chief enforcer role. This book changes all that and more.

We've seen glimpses of Dallas especially where Chrystal is concerned and we've seen her with Julian on one memorable occasion. Now a truce needs to be formed and a solution found to the Volchitsa problem, for which it appears Dallas may hold the key.

The pressure is on and this book is one OMG after another. However it is the past that truly engages me. A young Dallas and an enforcer named Julian.

I expected this book to be hot in more ways than one and trust me it surpasses all expectations. There is shock and surprise as Julian and Dallas spar verbally and physically.

Truths beyond games, a trial, an Alpha Conclave and more send this book to the top of my all time favorites.
Avid Book Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this story of Julian and Dallas Dalton
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2017
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I loved this story of Julian and Dallas Dalton. Julian and Dallas hid their romance very well from everyone because if they were discovered then one or both of them would have been killed as it was against the rules of Lone Wolves and Enforcers. This was a well developed story with each characters back story. I liked the way the author gave a running commentary on their past history and where they are now. Discovering that he has a child, who is not only the Willow Bend Omega but also mated to a Hunter was a total surprise. It was nice to also catch up with Margo and the other Enforcers.
My favorite series. Looking forward to continue reading more about the Willow Bend Wolves.
	Tanielle
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn’t want this one to end…
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2018
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Didn’t want this one to end but overall, I was a bit disappointed in the ending and the reasoning behind what all has taken place. For him to spend all that time and go at them so successfully just for him to be that foolish to end it by himself was silly. The way the last fight was going I just knew we were going to see what all the alphas could do together, so I was a little let down. The story behind what really happened with them I really enjoyed but after reading Chrystal’s story I knew what the outcome was going to be.

He took to her way better than I thought necessary from the beginning and with what happened when he she took off in China or wherever they were I knew it was more to the story. I wanted to know more about him and his connection to his pack, finding out who he was related to was good. I’m still wanting something to go down in Delta Crescent though, it seems like they have been left out of the stories. Hopefully this isn’t coming to an end because I really enjoy the reads

Wolves of Willow Bend Book 11: Thunder Wolf

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 as was his typical pattern or at least it was 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?

The Reviews!


Karli

5.0 out of 5 stars Guardians
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2017 Verified Purchase
This is the second book in the Guardians of the Wolves arc within the Wolves of Willow Bend series. It is another great read, one that I enjoyed a lot. The Russian Volchista continues to strike at the packs and now the Enforcers. They seem to operate two steps ahead of the Enforcers, striking out in a big/small pattern. Hadley, a former Willow Bend pack member and long time Enforcer, calls her lone wolves together to the Lodge for safety after several lone wolves are killed as a lure for their assigned Enforcer, who was then captured and killed. Hadley is taking no chances, especially when a storm takes out their power and she has no way of communicating with the outside world. Then the Volchista come and, in the aftermath, Hadley and her wolves flee.

John Nelson is an Enforcer with special abilities, and something is telling him Hadley is in trouble. Defying Julian's direct orders to stay in Willow Bend following a Volchista attack there, he drives three days to get to the Lodge, where he finds evidence of a battle and a quick clean-up of the scene. But he also finds a hidden message...Hadley is alive and on her way to Oregon. Which is now John's destination as well, because Hadley is his friend. And she's also his to protect.

D. Antonio

5.0 out of 5 stars This book reads like a paranormal James Bond novel with humor and love. I loved it and can’t wait for the next.
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2017 Verified Purchase
Thunder Wolf is a terrific story that I probably rushed through hoping to get to the next book which is the story I’ve been waiting for. Julians book is coming! But enough of that. Thunder Wolf is pretty heavy. There is a lot going on in the enforcers attempt to avoid all out war with the Russian Volchitsa. Enforcer Hadley Sexton is doing her job when she and her charges are attacked by members of the Volchitsa. One of her wolves is killed and two are seriously wounded. She is pissed off. She moves her charges to safe locations and hopes to lure the Volchitsa away from the others by using herself as bait. It works but just as she is pinning a Volchitsa to question Enforcer John Nelson comes in and kills it thinking he is saving Hadley. John and Hadley work together to discover the Volchitsa’s plans. In doing so they discover each other as well. We learn a lot more about Chief Enforcer Julian as well. This book reads like a paranormal James Bond novel with humor and love. I loved it and can’t wait for the next.
Tanielle
4.0 out of 5 stars Ready for the next one...
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2018 Verified Purchase
Can’t wait for the next one I’ve been waiting on those two to finally meet up and hash it out. I’m hoping the father of the omega is not who we thought it was. Then again I want to get back to Delta Crescent and maybe even Diesel, those two really stand out and seeing that we didn’t get to see Serafina’s pack in action on home turf I don’t want it to be over before we can.

With so much interest put on Peter I’m wondering if he was in Three Rivers and who gave him a drawer. Hopefully he ties into what’s happening seeing he just so happened to take off before the attack. Great read, just adds to the suspense of wanting to know what’s going to happen next.
Colorado Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Change is a necessity of success.
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2017 Verified Purchase
Two enforcers break all the rules and break the puzzle of the Russian outcasts who have been terrorizing the packs. Ms. Long continues her brilliantly-plotted tale in amazing fashion. The Enforcers are hunted, tortured and killed. The result is to make the remaining Enforcers rabid about eradicating the marauding Russians. Hadley makes a fantastic break in tracking down the Russians. She and John take care of all of them and capture one who helps them understand the motivation behind the actions happening in the packs. Much remains to be done, but things are changing, both with the Enforcers and within the packs. Lots of action moving the plot forward makes this a riveting read. Can't wait to read the last book in the series.

Uncorked: Tangled Vines

Tangled Vines is a follow up series to Wayward Mates. All of the packs involved operate vineyards on the West Coast. There are quite a few references made to people and situations from Wayward Mates. The prequel, Harvest, is available for free by signing up for her newsletter.

When Hunters strike at the wrong prey, Damian Steele will stop at nothing to claim the ultimate prize… his fated mate.

On the backroads of Italy, a fatal accident takes the lives of three of the four people in the car. The only survivor is an unconscious Kinzie Edwards, who is mistakenly identified as her twin sister. In a targeted act of violence, Kinzie loses her sister, Kayla and her humanity.

Damian is the brooding Alpha of the Sonoma Pack and the head of the Luna de Lobo Vineyard on the California coast. When Hunters strike at his people, Damian rushes to Italy to care for the mate to his omega. Except it isn’t Kayla he brings home.

While Kinzie hovers between life and death, a powerful change within her DNA occurs and she wakes as a wolf. Kinzie knows nothing about wolf-shifters or fated mates, unlike her sister who had been a wolf-shifter.

Thirsting for answers and revenge, Kinzie leaves the safety of Damian’s embrace to confront those who murdered her sister. Can Damian reach her before the Hunters claim her as another trophy?.

The Reviews!

Bookworm555
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Karter and Ronan
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2019
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After seeing Commander Karter in several books and watching him interact with Dara (Chloe, Seth, and Dorian's daughter), we have begged Grace for him to get a mate and she answered us with this great story.

(To understand my review, I just want to put it out there, I read for story and could care less about the sexy times)

This story drops us right into the middle of the Hive war, as mentioned in the previous books, the Battlegroup Karter is actively holding back the Hive in sector 437. Karter was tested years and years ago and has been too busy to have any thoughts of a bride. Ronan is also a Commander and is just as intense as Karter due to the heavy weight of responsibility demanded by their positions. Erica has always loved the stars and jumped at her chance to be among them, especially after her testing as part of a Prillon sandwich (her words, not mine).

This story is told from all three POV and we get to see just how tortured Karter is and how much weight is on his very broad shoulders. I really loved Karter and Ronan and even though Erica is just a feisty as the other Interstellar Brides, I guess I just wasn't as impressed with her as I was with the other brides - she does love both of them and fights for a true mating but that's about it. BUT, Karter and Ronan make up for any deficiencies I felt Erica had. The new development in the war is a major game changer and the Coalition is going to have their hands full dealing with it.

I love this series and while I have received advanced copies of these books (yes, I joined Grace's review team to get my hands on these books as soon as possible), I have purchased every single one. Purchasing these books and writing reviews so that others have a chance to discover this talented author's work is my way of supporting her and my habit 🙂
Sue B
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great read, impossible to put down once I started reading
Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2021
Kinzi had been waiting to see her identical twin sister Kayla and husband Evan for some time and now they were all together again the limo that had been sent to collect them and drive the around. Who would have thought that the laughter and the love she had seen and heard in her sister and the love of her life Evan’s eyes would be permanently changed and there was not a damn thing she could do to stop it from happening?
When Damian had heard of the attack by the hunters and the death of his two packmates his vintner assistant and Kenzi and his Beta Evan. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that the woman, he found was Kinzi and that she is his Fated mate, unfortunately being close to death and already undergoing the change to wolf he has a lot of explaining to do if she survives the transgression fully.
Damián has never been happier he has discovered his fated mate and now he has to explain to Kinzi what is happening to her body and also explain why her sister and her mate were killed as they were all travelling in Italy, unfortunately she has other ideas.
When Damian discovers that his recently marked mate has made a run for it he is furious and also frustrated, when he discovers she is on the way to Italy he knows she is looking for the hunters and for retribution he knows her life is at risk.
This is a wonderful read and it is simply wonderful to meet up again with Marco and Catherine in Italy along with Damian’s brother and his recently turned mate.
This is a wonderful read and I guarantee that once you start reading you will not be able to put this book down until you reach the very last page.
I voluntarily received and review an Advanced Reader Copy
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading any future publications; keep up all the great writing.
  • “A fantastic paranormal shifter romance to lose yourself in: hot Alphas, strong Women, and some throw-me-a-towel-and-give-me-some-water fiery sex.” – Amazon reviewer Suzy.
  • “With a new ensemble of headstrong, spunky ladies and hot alpha men, Tangled Vines will give Wayward Mates a run for its money.” Goodreads reviewer Dana
  • “Their story is absolutely jammed pack with twist and turns to keep you reading till the very end then wanting more.” Goodreads reviewer Liz
  •  “A sensually woven story that you can’t put down.” Bookbub reviewer

Wolves of Willow Bend 10.5: His Moonstruck Wolf

When a matchmaker gets toasted at the after party, she finds the perfect wolf for her in the most unlikely of places. Of course, the last thing he wants is a mate, much less a matchmaking one.

Hugo Ferrar is one busy Hound. Acting as a messenger for his alpha, he spends more time out of New Orleans than in it. Home in the Big Easy for only three days, Hugo has a strict schedule to adhere to—celebrate his brother’s mating, eat and drink his fill, and find a lovely wolf at the masquerade for a fling.

Lesley-Anne Saucier is drunk on life and one too many hurricanes. Her masquerade is just the kind of party Delta Crescent needs, especially since they are celebrating the mating of a popular couple—a match she helped to make. Avoiding her eager fans, Lesley-Anne is bowled over by a wolf in the garden—a stunning, male, perfect for her. The moon is full, the masquerade is in full swing, can the matchmaker find her own perfect mate?

The Reviews!

Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2017Verified Purchase
The Wolves of Willow Bend series is my absolute favorite, and this novella does not disappoint. I originally read this in an anthology, but when I saw it by itself I had to have it for my collection. This was a wonderful and vibrant glimpse into the world of Delta Crescent, which we have not yet had the pleasure to see previously. The story is relatively simple, yet magical. It felt full and not at all rushed. I absolutely loved the MCs and I cannot wait to continue the series.

Carol LaGatta

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Snarky with Lots of Heat!
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2018
While this is actually set at Valentine's Day, it is a Masquerade so hypothetically it goes with Halloween as well. Okay so maybe not, but this is where the book fell in my re-read. *SMILE*

With the packs currently in turmoil this was a welcome reprive for everyone in the Delta Crescent pack.

A Voodoo Valentine’s Ball celebrating the mating of Christopher and Rachel Ferrar done up as only their Alpha Serafina could do. One of the guests celebrating the mating of is Lesley-Anne Saucier the pack matchmaker. Now it's not what you might think. The matchmaker only scents whether a couple is a possible mate match. It's really up to them to make the choice.

As this celebration floats around her Lesley-Anne is approached by a male. Not just any male but by his scent a possible mate for her. That is until he removes his mask.

Hugo Ferrar the brother of the groom is one of Sarina's Hounds. The last thing Lesley-Anne wants is a mate who is never around and is in constant danger.

It seems Hugo is very opinionated about matchmakers and the fact his brother had gone to one.

Hugo will have to do more than just apologize for putting his foot in his mouth if he is to claim his mate.

Sweet, snarky, fun and sizzling hot. You won't want to put this one down.
Denise Van Plew
5.0 out of 5 stars Get struck
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2017
This one was the perfect read for when I needed something warm and quick. I love the wolves from Hollow Bend with feeling almost like dear friends each one I get to know closer through this author with the way they are brought to life. Just cause her gift is match making does not mean it is something to be made fun of or taken lightly by others. One such Hound will make the mistake after the fact which brings chuckles when he does. This one centers around Hugo and Lesley-Anne with them also providing some heat of their own. Of course it cruised to fast and soon I was finishing with it seeming I had only just begun.