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Wolves Triad by Lauren Dane

Youngest Warden sibling, Tracy, is over her mom bringing wolves over as potential mates. Eager to stem that tide, Tracy agrees to help with Cascadia’s part in the mediation set near Pacifica pack territory. While guy watching with her sister and sister-in-law, Tracy’s taken with the Pacifica second, Nick as well as the mediator, Gabe. Both males scent Tracy as a potential mate.

A rare tri-mate bond is formed when Nick and Tracy mate and Gabe acts as her anchor, making the trio mates. Tracy isn’t welcomed into Pacifica pack leading to confrontations with her new alphas and aggravated when the tri-mate bond is recognized. Pellini’s insidious claws have reached the National leadership pack giving remote packs few alternatives.

This messy outing didn’t hold together very well for my taste, the pieces were present but abruptly sacrificed to accommodate the next sex scene. The contrast of Nick, Gabe and Tracy’s styles and personalities was a great touch. This reader’s favorites updated the overall arc of Pellini, the ‘wolf mafia’ and the formula, also the conflict with the Pacifica alphas spiced up their characters.
Rating: 3.5stars

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Pack Enforcer by Lauren Dane

Though florist Nina Reyes was living life on the straight and narrow these days, when her brother came to her in fear for his life, she couldn’t say no. Looking at Nina, Cascadia enforcer Lex Warden saw what he was expected to see when he went to her house looking for her brother. With a criminal past and the desire to protect her brother the last thing she would do was tell the sexy wolf anything.

Sneaking out to help her brother, he and Nina are caught by Rogues but she’s saved by Lex and his brother, Cascadia alpha, Cade. With her brother dead and her home destroyed, Nina goes for the protection Lex offers though they’re both doing their best to ignore the attraction between them but it’s not working.

Nina breaks through the computer her brother had hidden and uncovers theft and a plot against humans and werewolves which concerns both Cade and Lex since it means they’ve been betrayed. As they try to find the person responsible for the deaths and the information, Nina convinces the brothers to use her street rat savvy to help them. The plan works like a charm until she slaps the Third.

While this reader started the series at novel 6, I was intrigued with this world and wanted to read from the beginning as the Wardens, first family of the Cascadia pack find their mates. The foundation tale is a fast paced and clear explanation of the major arc, pack and family dynamics plus the fairly good and sexy romance of two control freaks, snarky, abrasive Nina and laid-back, powerful, overprotective Lex.
Rating:4stars

Reluctant Mate by Lauren Dane

Successful Financial Planner Layla Warden’s determined to live life her way, good times with none of that mate stuff despite the pack and her influential, loving and boisterous family. Visiting his cousin, tattooed artist Sid Rosario, wanted more than dinner when he saw the red-headed beauty seated too far away for his taste. Layla and Sid both knew how the evening would end when he sat at her table.

Their eventful one night stand took a detour when the pair they discovered they were mates. Sid was happy with the hand Fate had dealt and try as she might, it wasn’t something Layla could ignore or walk away from. The scorching heat of tri-bond this series introduces was extremely erotically sensuous. Enjoyable but extremely short, this reader wanted much more.
Rating:4.25stars

Alpha’s Challenge by Lauren Dane

***A complimentary copy of this read was furnished by Carina Press through NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review***

Dr. Grace Pellini is living in constant fear. She can’t trust her co-workers, her family or the rest of her pack, she can’t let herself be discovered neither can she hide, hinder the project or stay much longer. Her brother, Warren, is close to perfecting a bio-weapon dangerous to humans and shifters, he’s also suspicious of her and has begun to ship samples away so she can’t follow his progress.

Cascadia wolf alpha Cade Warren is resigned to waiting until after the war to search for his mate. In the meantime it’s good for him to be seen in Chicago especially with an insider willing to give info about the new bio-weapon. When Grace walked into the meeting, every wolf knew there was now a female alpha in Cascadia. Warren was furious when he found out and demanded Grace’s return.

Cade refuses Warren’s request and continues his work with the regional Alpha’s on their war efforts while Grace earns her way into the pack and continues her work on combating Warren’s weapon. Annoyed that his sister would dare to mate his enemy, Warren increases attacks on both populations and when that doesn’t work according to plan, he makes a challenge that can’t be ignored.

This quick, fun read was easy to get into, though this was a new to me series, there was no problem following the stories (and I’ve already got the others on my reader). There was much appeal for my taste in this outing, shifters, a bit of romance, good sex and a strong enough conflict to intrigue me to dig into TBR-land for more of this series.
Rating:4.25stars

Midnight Unbound by Lara Adrian

Breed Hunter Scythe fell hard for widowed breedmate Chiara Genova when he sheltered and defended her family six weeks ago. Since then he’s thought of little else. Hearing from a fellow Breed that he was needed to keep Chiara safe, Scythe was on his way almost before the call ended. While thankful for Scythe’s help previously, Chiara wasn’t keen to leave her son or to be alone with Scythe.

Determined not to give in to his growing blood and sexual frustration for Chiara, Scythe became more surly and broody. Chiara couldn’t stop thinking of the swirling emotions or the heat that zinged through her body when he was near. Soon the storm outside matches the one raging between them. Chiara’s vengeful stalker arrives in time to spoil their coupled afterglow and aims true when he shoots.
Rating:4stars

Against the Storm by Kat Martin

Former army ranger turned private investigator Trace Rawlins knew photographer Maggie O’Connell was trouble the moment he saw the red hair. But that didn’t stop either of them from looking and admiring. Trace wasted no time or extra energy protecting his client. Maggie and her friend, Roxy, saw and admired that, too. Roxy suggested Maggie hire Trace to find out who’s stalking and harassing her.

Three days later, another note on her car at her new apartment terrifies Maggie. The local police don’t believe her and aren’t helpful, they haven’t forgotten she filed a false report as a teenager, against a policeman’s son. Maggie hires Trace but doesn’t tell him about the issues the police. When he finds out, he quits her case. Trace answers Maggie’s frantic call when her stalker steps up his actions.

Back on the case, neither Trace nor Maggie can resist their feelings so they’re soon mixing business with pleasure. In the time Trace was off the case Maggie’s sister, Ashley moved in with an infant son. Trace’s wealthy client Jason Sommerset moves quickly to show his interest in Ashley when Trace introduces them and offers to help protect the sisters.

Maggie’s fear is ratcheted up a few notches when her stalker seems to step up the terror physically. With a higher and physical threat level, Ashley and the baby to worry about and her feelings for Trace growing stronger Maggie finds it hard to concentrate and decides she has to be ready get back to her life as answers for her case begin to fall in place.

The major and secondary characters were likeable, well fleshed and had great chemistry with each other. This reader enjoyed having two romances to invest in and the red herrings, not being able to easily identify the villain was also appreciated but seemed odd. Overall there was enough romance, mystery and suspense for a perfect rainy day read.
Rating: 4.25stars

Styx’s Storm by Lora Leigh

Storme Montague is on the run from the Breeds & the Council after her scientist family is killed by a Coyote Breed as she looked on in terror. Now she’s trapped and her only escape is accepting help from her mortal enemy in the form of charming Scottish coyote enforcer Styx Mackenzie. Storme knows accepting help from Styx doesn’t mean she has to trust him or fall for his charms as she holds onto a secret that could shatter the entire Breed community.

For this readers taste, 75-80% of the read wasn’t enjoyable and felt like a betrayal with the lack of continuity; leaps of logic; bigotry; snits & mediocre storytelling. I found Storme more exhausting than dislikable and Styx’s smarm – I mean charm got to be wearing within four pages (I swear I got that he had blue eyes and liked chocolate the first 50 times I was told in this poor outing).

***SPOILER ALERT***
reasons this outing even made Storme dizzy.

Luckily I learned survival skills at 14 (driving a car, fighting & shooting, etc.) that have helped me elude the Breed and Council people looking for me over the last 10 years. During my time on the run, I’ve joined a pure-blood/breed hate group but I don’t know if my enemy is Breed or Council.

I’ve also learned to hack computers so I can find all the Breed and Council secrets, even the ones my Council buddies don’t tell me. I even have the names of the spies at Sanctuary but I haven’t had time to learn to read this pesky chip from Dad. Dad did always like Breeds best but I’m traumatized by witnessing his death at the hands a Coyote Breed.

My father was afraid of the council people he worked for and his last wish was to free breeds. With his last breath, he gave me a chip to give to someone and said they’ll have a code phrase so I’ll know he sent them.

More headscratchers? My inept past lovers didn’t do a good job and Styx will know I’m still a virgin. What braintrust knows the phrase and led a team chasing me for 10 years thinks the only way to gain my cooperation is either bully or screw it out of me? (WTF?)
Rating: 2.75stars

Lion’s Heat by Lora Leigh

Lion Breed Jonas Wyatt wasn’t certain if Merinus had brought him heaven or hell when she hired her pregnant best friend, Rachel Broen as his assistant of Breed Affairs. Merinus knew Jonas was treading a very fine line to being eliminated even though he didn’t and brought Rachel onboard to stop it. Grudgingly, Jonah accepts Rachel and tries to ignore the signs of mating heat.

Months later, Brandenmore goes too far to get what he wants by beating Rachel and taking her daughter hostage in exchange for files in Jonas’ possession. What Brandenmore didn’t know was although Jonas had not claimed Rachel as his mate he’d claimed her daughter while Amber was still in the womb and put their lives ahead of his own.

Cocky in his scheme Brandenmore proves to be as manipulative and diabolical as his adversary. Hhe uses Amber to bring Jonas to heel and takes a path of no return that alters lives. Brandenmore escapes to ground unaware he has a traitor in his midst. Still a man of many secrets, Jonas calls in his ultra lethal and secret Ghost team, the elite of breed guards and assassins, to protect his mate and child.

With the revelation of Rachel as Jonas’ mate, Sanctuary shifts priorities while they await the inevitable spy to surface. Unknowingly identified as a breed mate and being held prison gives Rachel reason to be irate as she continued to fight the attraction that bloomed for Jonas the moment they met. Soon the effects of Brandenmore’s elixir affect Amber fueling Jonas with an unprecedented urge to kill.
Rating:4stars

Bengal’s Heart by Lora Leigh

Someone’s framing Breeds for a series of murders and they seem heavily invested in keeping Breed advocate and investigative reporter Cassa Hawkins (I so want to say cub reporter) involved. Cassa’s source regularly feeds evidence that the original dirty dozen of mastermind breed creators and torturers are dying using their own perfected methods used on the breeds..

Cassa knows what lines she can’t cross without losing her coveted access. Jonas is well aware her investigation threatens to spill a few secrets that cannot be aired in public. But her most closely guarded secret is one that notorious Bengal Tiger playboy, Cabal St. Laurents shares as well, that they’ve been unclaimed and unacknowledged mates for over ten years.

Though eavesdropping Carra heard enough to know it was a great story and when corroboration landed in her laptop, she knew she had to follow the lead of a lifetime to shape the story for the Breeds if nothing else. But Jonas is wily, bored and determined, he got the information as well, albeit not as straightforwardly and sent Cabal to keep his mate in line by whatever means were necessary.

For this reader’s taste, neither Cabal nor Lois Lane Cassa did well under the pressure of a star turn and it’s possible a cape on him wouldn’t have been out of place. This couple took the traditional “F***” or Fight method of communication to the extreme. It was both tedious and exhausting! This pair has an HFN not a HEA and will snipe until one is so exhausted they’ll murder the other to stop it.

Also, for my taste the romance piece would’ve been better appreciated as a novella or a secondary romance rather than the main event. He was uncharacteristically tame and she was insufferable! The mystery piece of the assassin’s identity, visits from a few recurring coyotes, a huge hint to Jonas’ comeuppance and if enforcing doesn’t work out the comedy duo of Rule Breaker & Lawe Justice can get an agent.
Rating:3.5stars

Garrison’s Creed by Cristin Harber

Peering through his sniper scope Titan agent Cash Garrison is stunned to see a dead woman on the arm of his intended target. He was certain no one could replace her in his heart and he’d had to hide his desolation when they buried her ten years ago. Nicola had to find out who blew her op to hell and if she’d been made but no way in hell could she get ready for Cash to blast from her past.

After nearly losing her life twice in one night and seeing Cash Nic was an emotional wreck when she landed in the road in front of a jeep. The surreal circumstances put the CIA agent face to face with her lost love and his best friend Roman, her overprotective big brother. Unaware Nic and Cash left the platonic realm years ago Roman missed a few signals as the pair bombarded her with questions.

When Nic gives an explanation the men are unhappy and sheltering Nic is the only thing Roman and Cash seem to agree on. But the op that reunited the trio led the CIA to lay a trap for a mole and invited Titan to catch while Nic played bait. As much as he didn’t want Nic to take the assignment, Cash wasn’t going to sit back and trust another man to take care of her. He just got her back. He couldn’t let go.

The reader got a complete and fun ride in this outing with bold characters sharing fairly good chemistry. The romance sparks, plus the suspense and action thrill the reader making it easy to invest in whatever is happening on the page. All that being said for this reader’s taste the reason behind Nic’s absence was too contrived and I wasn’t a fan of so much inner dialog.
Rating: 4stars

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