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Long before Mason left Willow Bend, Ryan met his mate and brought her home…this is the prequel to the Wolves of Willow Bend and the story of Ryan and Tiffany.
Ryan Huston serves the pack in all their public financial dealings. Connected politically and personally, he possesses a unique ability to segue into and out of human life. He’s never been afraid to use his animal’s dominance to his advantage and, though he and Toman—the Alpha of Willow Bend—are often at odds, his loyalty to the pack has never truly been tested. Not until he meets Tiffany.
Tiffany Anderson grew up hard in a world defined by its uncertainties. Meeting Giles Taglioni seemed like a happy accident turned fairy tale. Five years into the abusive marriage, Tiffany wants out. Tiffany knows Taglioni will never let go of his daughter—he’d kill her before he lets her take Alexis away from him. A desperate woman with no options until a chance encounter changes everything.
Ryan is like no one Tiffany’s ever met, but she doesn’t dare believe him when he offers to help her. Long ago made familiar with the monsters in the dark, she doesn’t dream of princes on white horses sweeping her away. She also never imagined a big, bad wolf was exactly what she needed.
The Wolves of Willow Bend Series is one of my all time favorites. I’ve recently started re-reading and decided to be sure I have reviewed all of them so others can find them too.
This is the prequel to the series, originally I went back to read this after I read Wolf Bite, the first book. I am going in order this time around.
Ryan is in Chicago on pack business, buying more land abutting Willow Bend. While he’s there he’s approached by a pack mate there for a tech conference, Will needs to send his daughter Margo to boarding school. Far away from their Alpha Toman.
It’s after this meeting that he learns of a plot to foil his purchase in favor of a man named Taglioni. He moves to greet these men discussing what they shouldn’t know and hopefully squash their plotting.
Ryan first sees Tiffany and her daughter Alexa on the train platform on his way back to his hotel, He’s immediately taken with her. Then he sees the bruising on her face and decides to follow her. Maybe he could stop the abuse.
Tiffany is looking for a lawyer, she wants a divorce and sole custody of her daughter. Only she can’t find one that’s not afraid to go up against her husband Giles Taglioni.
This is a favorite scene as Ryan approaches her as a lawyer.
“Ryan.” He smiled and the seductive invitation charmed and irritated her.
Enough was enough. She smacked her hand onto the table and met his gaze. She had to take the abuse from her husband, she would not take it from anyone else, no matter how attractively delivered or sweetly packaged. “Mr. Huston.”
He raised his brows. “Tiffany?”
“You’re very kind to offer to buy me food, even kinder to ask what I actually wanted before making the order, but I don’t know you—” When he opened his mouth, she raised her hand, and he snapped it shut. “I also don’t want to know you. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll take my previous coffee and head out.”
“I’d prefer you stay and eat,” he said, then leaned away from her slightly, settling into his chair. “I would apologize for inviting myself, but you look like someone who doesn’t ask for help easily.”
Saying nothing seemed her best option.
“You’re fierce and stubborn, both qualities I admire. So, let me give you a reason to stay if the coffee and food aren’t enough.” He slid his hand into his coat pocket, telegraphing every move and the slow deliberateness of the action soothed her. Drawing a card out, he slid it across the table and let it rest in front of her.
The crisp white paper held no artifice, merely a simple name and a number.
She memorized the numbers without thinking about them too hard, not that she planned to call him.
“You need a lawyer, Tiffany.” Ryan was still talking. She focused on him, on the breaths between his words and the way his voice rolled around her, lulling her, enticing her to believe him. “I’m a lawyer. What can I do for you?”
Kiss me. Shaking her head, she tried to clear away the highly inappropriate thought. “I don’t know you.”
“I know, and you have no reason to believe me, but I promise you—I will do everything I can to make what you want to have happen, happen. Tell me what you need.”
Oh, she wanted to believe him. If it were only her, she’d throw caution to the wind and leap. “I have a daughter,” she said, pushing away any reckless urges. “And like I said, I don’t know you.”
The waitress chose that moment to deliver the food, and Ryan tapped his plate. “Box mine up. I’ll let the lady eat in peace.” He handed over several bills before standing.
Was he seriously going to leave because she’d told him to? The last time anyone really listened to her had been never. Not true. Giles listened, and look where I ended up? Twisting her fingers together, she watched Ryan as he continued to study her. They waited in silence for the waitress to return with his sacked up food. “Keep the card,” Ryan said. “When you’re ready to trust me, call. I will come, no matter where you are.”
“Who are you?” The question escaped, riding a whisper, but he smiled gently.
“Someone who believes in you. Also, I’m a very good attorney. If I go into the fight, I will win it. For you.” The last two words seemed utterly unnecessary and yet they stoked her imagination, burrowing deep into her psyche. “Eat, Tiffany. Don’t be afraid anymore.”
Easy for him to say. He stepped around the table and walked away. Just like that, no more arguments or pressing. The world seemed darker with his absence. I’m losing my mind. Heroes don’t exist in the real world, nor do knights in shining armor.
After several minutes, Ryan still hadn’t returned. She finally relented, ate the food he’d paid for and drank the coffee. It was a little bit of hedonism, a forbidden treat because he’d given it as a gift. Maybe she should have listened to him. Maybe he could help.
Long, Heather. Wolf at Law: Wolves of Willow Bend (Prequel) (Kindle Locations 300-329). Kindle Edition.
I totally love Ryan! His interactions with Alexis and his love for Tiffany shine through even as he works to free her from her abusive marriage.
I laughed and cried and loved every single wolf we meet. From Mason and his parents to Margo and hers this story is the perfect beginning to the Willow Bend Saga.
5 Contented Purrs for Heather!
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USA Today bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.
From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.
When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.