Bayou Wolf (Wolves of Willow Bend #5)

“You’re going to be Sera’s liaison. I need you to protect her at all times. She won’t want it and, frankly, in a physical fight, you don’t want to face her. She is a vicious combatant, and she doesn’t hold back…but she will get some flack from the other Alphas. They’ll all want to coddle her and test their dominance against hers. Unfair perhaps, but not unexpected. I’ll deal with the other Alphas, if she doesn’t slap them down first. What I need you to protect her from is Alexis.”

Long, Heather. Bayou Wolf (Wolves of Willow Bend Book 5) (p. 25). Heather Long. Kindle Edition.

After Margo Montgomery reported the status of the group of Rogue Wolves, Mason Clayborn takes the unprecedented step of calling all the Alphas together at Willow Bend to discuss what to do with them. He truly doesn’t want to have to slaughter 200+ wolves. In preparing for this Summit, he has his wolves build small cabins on his land that will be used to house the alphas. All are equal distance from his home, and steps are take to ensure that there are no wolf scents inside the cabins.

Lincoln Buckley is the middle triplet, and the lead carpenter on the project. While he has trained with the Hunters, he prefers to work in other areas. When Mason tasks him with being the liaison for Serafina Andre, the Alpha of Delta Crescent Pack, he is hesitant but agrees. Mason, however, also tasks him with guarding her incase of any problems with Alexis, Mason’s mate.

Serafina is supremely confident in her abilities as an Alpha, and her appeal as a woman. When dealing with others, she tends to use every weapon in her arsenal to ensure that things benefit her pack. When she sights the long, tall drink of wolf waiting to welcome her to Willow Bend, her wolf sits up and takes notice.

Linc is more than a little confused when Ms. Andre invites him to survey the cabin with her before she allows her healer to enter. Sera insists and so he comes to follow her. The cabin is lovely but holds no welcoming scents as of yet. Linc is more than a little confused by the confident Alpha, but tries to hold the temper that he has fought all his life in.

Talks among the Alphas regarding the upstarts is not exactly productive. Two Alphas want to simply kill them all, while two want to give them a chance to work things out. Sera is not willing to make a decision either way without assessing the situation for herself. She convinces Linc to take her to meet with the newly forming pack and their alpha. Along the way, things between Linc and Sera come to a head (so to speak!) What happens next is nothing either of them could have anticipated.

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Desert Hunt (Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch 0.5)

They swept toward him, lowing and huffing, kicking up a cloud of dust that threatened to consume a figure in front of him. It was the new girl—woman, he corrected himself; despite her tomboy look, everything about her screamed hot-blooded woman—moving out of their path. Step by step, she backed up to the line of sheds. Another step, and she was right in front of Zack, still blind to his presence. One more, and his hands went up in warning just as she pressed into him, her back to his front. Warm, was all his mind registered at first.Tight, his fingers added, feeling the muscles wrapped around her middle like a corset.Sweet, his body hummed, picking up her scent. Mine, his wolf growled, starting to pace inside the mental cage Zack had constructed around that side of his being. Because the scent that had him on tenterhooks all morning wasn’t washing in from the open desert. It was coming from her. It was her.

Lowe, Anna. Desert Hunt (WOLVES OF TWIN MOON RANCH) (pp. 12-14). Twin Moon Press. Kindle Edition.

Zack was that half breed boy from the wrong side of the ranch. Rae, the female with a secret to hide. Fate is determined to bring them together in the desert. A prequel set two years before Desert Moon.

If there was one thing that Rae knew for certain, men could not be trusted. Especially not Alphas. Given her hunts, she could not risk being mated. It would mean the end of her bloodline and their purpose. She took a huge chance and requested to transfer to another pack.

Zack knew what the old Alpha thought of him, half white man wolf, and half Navajo coyote, he was considered “trash”. But there was one thing he could do better than anyone else, tracking. So he spent his time on the edge of the ranch doing just that. That is, until he was ordered to ensure that no one bothered Rae.

It seems that the old Alpha had brought Rae with the intention of her mating his son. He just neglected to tell anyone! What happens when Rae follows the Earth Spirit’s leadings on the New Moon will change everything.

Rogue Wolf (Wolves of Willow Bend #4)

“Salvatore, I understand you want to find your sister, but if she is mated to this guy, he has no options. He’s broken the laws. He either enters a pack with his mate or the Enforcers are going to execute him.” Margo would execute him. If he was mated to Salvatore’s sister, Rayne’s death could kill her. She cut a look to him. “This is why I do not want them involved.” The Italian Alpha rose. “I will handle him. I will retrieve her. They are not mated, not truly.”

Long, Heather. Rogue Wolf (Wolves of Willow Bend Book 4) (pp. 77-78). Kindle Edition.

Lone Wolves are one thing, missing wolves are something else. These wolves are not just missing, they have totally vanished! It started with a report from Hudson River that they had 3 wolves missing. As the Enforcers begin to investigate, things take an unexpected twist.

Margo is more than a little ticked off when she is pulled off the investigation to pick up an Alpha and escort him to Willow Bend. Not just any Alpha, Salvatore is the Alpha of Alphas in Italy. Talk about stubborn!

Salvatore is in search of two people, his sister and the American male who visited their pack for 6 months before he and Lucians vanished. He’s trying to be polite but he just doesn’t get “Lone Wolves.” There’s no such thing in Europe.

As Margo and Salvatore drive to Willow Bend, she begins to notice something odd. Besides all accounts being closed, the houses have been thoroughly cleaned and bleached! Not something a wolf would do.

As Mason gives Salvatore permission to continue his search, a very scary thought comes to Margo. These disappearances are starting to look too organized to be random…

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Desert Blood (The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch #2)

They both knew that there were bats and there were… Well, call them bad bats, even if the latter hadn’t been spotted in Arizona for decades. Cody studied the creature’s eyes, the quivering tongue. It looked so fragile in his brother’s big hand, yet somehow menacing, too. “A scout?” Cody asked, keeping his voice low. Why, he wasn’t sure.

Lowe, Anna. Desert Blood (The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch Book 2) (p. 13). Twin Moon Press. Kindle Edition.

Up until a few weeks ago, Heather had never heard of Vampires, let alone seen one. Then she went out to a club with her girlfriend and met her new beau. Something about him absolutely gave her the creeps. When he followed her out of the club, she ducked into a group of chattering girls to get away.

After finding her girlfriend dead the next morning, Heather grabbed her thing and fled the area. With nothing to guide her, she headed into the setting sun. Miles and days later, she reaches the desert Southwest. Needing to earn some cash without using a bank card, she decided to stop and find a place to stay and job. Luckily she found both at Twin Moon Ranch.

Cody was the second son of the Alpha, Tyrone. Never the favorite son, long ago he adopted the persona of the class clown. Later as he grew up, his blonde, surfer looks led to a playboy reputation. No one ever believed that he would amount to anything. And for the most part, he didn’t fight it. All that changed when he met Heather.

When a bat flies into the classroom, the children all panic. Heather grabs a towel and prepares to try catch or at least shoo the bat out. When Cody steps in, she willing leaves the task to him. Between Cody and his brother Ty, they catch the bat and take it outside. Just by looking at it, neither one can tell if it’s just a natural bat (unlikely during the day!) or a scout for a specis that hasn’t been seen in Twin Moon’s area for years. On their way to the Alpha Tyrone, they are jostled by a she-wolf and the bat escapes.

Heather and Cody are drawn together. Unfortunately with Heather being human, anything more between them is forbidden by his father. However fate has different plans for them. Can Heather accept all that Cody is, or will her past catch up to them?

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Wolf Next Door (Wolves of Willow Bend #3.5)

Leaping the fence, he stalked around the house to disabuse the youths of their indiscretion. At the corner, a familiar scent ambushed him and every muscle in his body went rigid. His wolf’s head came up and they both studied the car waiting with the door open. An old Pinto, rusted and dilapidated the damn thing leaked fuel and coolant—he could smell both—but it wasn’t those acrid and sickly sweet scents aggravating him. No, it was…the screen door slammed and she walked out of the house. Her head whipped to the side as she spun to face him. Her eyes held the faint glow of her wolf. Always long-legged and tall, she’d blossomed into a beautiful, curvaceous woman. Her feet were bare and her shorts revealed deeply tanned legs. A man’s shirt fit her awkwardly, and she’d tied the ends together into a makeshift tank and rolled the sleeves to reveal her equally tan arms. Long hair—she’d always had the most beautiful long hair, satiny and shimmery under the sun. How he craved the sight of that hair, and he’d ordered her never to cut it, but it was gone. Her hair barely fell below her ears, chopped to what his sister would call a bob, and revealed the slender column of her vulnerable throat. Claire Webster was home.

Long, Heather. Wolf Next Door (Wolves of Willow Bend Book 5) (p. 9). Heather Long. Kindle Edition.

Second chances are something that everyone deserves. The really nice thing is that second chances are not just for the old. Sometime, even the young need a second chance.

Tyler Buckley was born the youngest of the Buckley triplets. At the ripe old age of 5, he looked across a playground and saw his mate. As he understood it, that meant it was up to him to keep her safe. Unfortunately, in his mind, keeping her safe meant only letting her be friends with others that he approved of.

Claire Webster grew up in the house next door to the Buckley’s. Which could have been nice except for Tyler. When they were both children, Tyler declared that he was her mate and started to try to run her life. When a Hunter from Sutter Butte came to visit on business from his Alpha, he offered Claire something Tyler never had, a choice.

Years later, Tyler is startled to hear noises coming from the empty Webster house. He can’t believe what he finds there. Mason has granted Claire the opportunity to rejoin the pack. Will these two take advantage of their second chance?

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Desert Moon (The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch #1)

The phantom. It happened years ago, after he’d been away from the ranch on business. The minute he got back, it hit like a heat wave in the height of summer. A scent. A female scent carried on the wind touched him—no, kneed him right in the gut—then vanished. Overcome by the need to claim, he’d roamed all over the desert. He spent weeks searching, every keen wolf sense tuned in to tracking the source. But she was gone—or she never existed, except as a hint on the wind that teased him to ruin. He would never love, never want anyone again.

Lowe, Anna. Desert Moon (The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch Book 1) (p. 17). Twin Moon Press. Kindle Edition.

Anna freely admits on her website that she envisions Packs as having the same type of structure as a feudal society. I can clearly see that in this series. Ty is the strong, silent, brooding type. Lana is not!

Romeo and Juliette have nothing on the feud between the Hawthornes and the Dixon’s. Things are so bad that Ty’s father declared that he would kill any Dixon found on his ranch.

Twelve years ago Ty Hawthorn caughet the scent of a woman in the wind over his Ranch. Despite searching for her every where, he never found the woman his pack began to call “The Phantom “.

Lana Dixon visited Arizona once years ago with her aunt. There she caught a hint of a male that she wanted to get to know. All too soon, she had to return to her home in New England.

As Lana returns to Arizona to help her aunt retire to her friend’s home, she scents that same male once again. This time the only things standing in her way is a pack of rogues, a bitter Alpha, and the knowledge of what happened all those years ago.

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Wolf Claim (Wolves of Willow Bend #3)

“Brett Dalton, Alpha of Hudson River, called me this morning.” With that statement, Mason had their undivided attention. Owen narrowed his gaze, studying his Alpha’s body language and scent. Concern tightened the corners of Mason’s eyes, and his shoulders set in a hard line. “They’ve suffered some losses over the last several months. One or two in separate incidences, nothing to tie them together, and no real pattern that aroused suspicion, except for his healer. Three days ago, Brett found his healer dead.”

Long, Heather. Wolf Claim: Wolves of Willow Bend (pp. 10-11). Heather Long. Kindle Edition.

In an unprecedented move, Brett, the Alpha of Hudson River, has requested to borrow a healer from Willow Bend. There’s been a string of unexplained deaths in his pack, the last one being his healer. At this point, Brett needs to know how the deaths are occurring almost as much as he needs to know who’s doing it and why. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the deaths.

Gillian is a young journeyman healer in Willow Bend. She is apprenticed to Willow Bend’s healer Emma. Sweet tempered, she calms the dominants in the pack with just a touch. As a young woman, it would make more sense to send her as opposed to the older, mated, Emma.

Owen is senior Hunter and advisor to Mason. He loves Gillian but believes that she deserves better than he. His father was a Hunter, his mother a Teacher and they never seemed to be able to live together. Not that they didn’t get along with each other. But his father’s circuits around the pack territory kept him gone for long periods at a time. Owen saw what was happening there as a reason for him not to mate.

When Mason broaches the subject with his advisors, Owen is dead set against it. He even goes so far as to challenge Mason over it. A short scuffle later, Mason declares that Gillian will go with Owen as her guard. But, since healers can get caught up in their healing, Mason has also authorized Owen to forcible remove her if her life is threatened.

As they come near to where Brett is to meet them, they are startled at a rest stop to see him coming over the hill to them. He apologizes to them but informs them that anothe wolf has been found dead. They quickly drive there where Gillian starts to examine the scene.

Leaving there, they travel to the deceased healers home. Gillian briefly touches the old healer before dawning gloves for her work. Something keeps demanding her attention about the whole situation. Just as the explanation for “how” comes to her, she passes out while stripping off her gloves and washing her hands.

Thanks to the help of Brett and Mason, Gillian survives the experience. They now have the answer to how the wolves are dying. All that’s left is to figure out who and why…

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