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Most Lone Wolves have a story—a pack they left behind, a love they lost, or worse, one they buried. Some leave their packs to roam because they crave freedom, and independence. Some leave because in their hearts, they can’t bear to stay. Some leave because they see no way to go back…
Most wolves will roam at some point in their lives, fledgling adults leave to explore the world while more senior wolves may undertake a journey they always wanted. Many come home again, Mitch Jackson didn’t. He thrilled to living life on the road, first as a roadie for a rock band, traveling from city to city then later as an animal trainer at a circus. He’s had a lot of jobs, and all of them fun. His years as an Enforcer hasn’t curbed his smile, but a rogue invasion of Russian wolves are enough to put a damper on anyone’s party especially when they set their sights on the packs’ more vulnerable members…
Amelia Sullivan couldn’t stay in Willow Bend, not after her sister embraced the life she’d always wanted. It aggravated her that Shiloh’s defiance earned her a free pass from their parents, parents who’d raised them all to reject the idea of going wolf. Having always put their family first, Amelia needs a breather from wolves, their politics, and their play. Taking the first excuse she can to go to a cooking school on the west coast, she flees. The last thing she expected was an order to return home within three months of her getting away. She wasn’t a wolf, she doesn’t have to obey…of course, not following the rules proves even more costly than she can imagine when she finds herself a prisoner and the change she always thought she wanted forced upon her…
Rescuing Amelia seemed a straightforward job until Mitch realizes what they’ve done, then saving her life proves to be the easier task as she undergoes her first transformation far from any alpha. Can a happy go lucky Enforcer find the strength to keep her sane?
We first met Mitch although very briefly in ‘Snow Wolf’ when he met Renae in Seattle. Then we got to know him a bit in ‘Wolf on Board’ as he checked in on and then worked with Mimi and Jake. That is the starting point for this book.
Amelia is a Willow Bend human and she’s missing. Mimi was able to track her and identify where she might be held. Now it’s up to Mitch to get her away safely and back home.
Amelia couldn’t stay in Willow Bend, not after her sister Shiloh mated and took the bite. She’s in California taking classes and working, she has no intention of ever returning, and when she’s grabbed she figures it’s over. She’s not a wolf, no one will care that she’s gone.
Mitch finds Amelia in a horrible state, injured and delirious. Unfortunately he has to leave her in a hallway to take out a couple of wolves before he could get her out.
That wasn’t the end of it either, another attack leaves Mitch wounded but he manages to get them to his cabin before he shifted and passed out.
This is a favorite scene when he wakens after multiple healing shifts.
He carried her inside the huge cabin. The ceiling was vaulted all the way up to the second floor with a hand-constructed railing surrounding the loft area. Huge picture windows looked out through the gray rain and fog and she could just barely made out the hint of mountains.
I’m so damn cold.
“I’ll get us upstairs, and we can get you into a hot bath and get those feet cleaned out. We also need to get you out of this clothing and into something warmer.”
If he said so. “I’m not really sure I’m up for a bath right now.”
“You won’t have to do anything. I’ll take care of it all. Once I get you cleaned up, I’ll bandage your feet and get you tucked in. While you get some sleep, I’ll reach out to the pack. Does that sound good?”
“I mean, I don’t have anything to wear. I’m not really sure you should be seeing me naked.”
Another soft chuckle, but he didn’t slow his pace, striding right through the house and up the stairs as though he owned it. On the landing, he made his way past the bedroom—a beautiful bedroom, overlooking the living room area. No privacy whatsoever. From there, he walked over into a bathroom that looked nearly as large as the bedroom itself. There was a huge shower stall and an equally huge tub.
“Oh, it’s claw footed.” The very idea delighted her. They were deeper and longer and she always wanted to take a proper bath in such a tub. She hadn’t showered for so long, how could even stand to be around her? She had to reek.
“Maybe if you put me in, I could take a bath. I’ll just hold on to the side so I don’t drown.”
“Little sister, let’s just make it one thing clear. You’re in pain, and you’re sick. You also need to be clean, and the only person here who can do this is going to be me. So, I’m going to see you naked. I promise I won’t look too closely, except at your injuries. We’re even, as you’ve also seen me naked, so it’s all good. Work to set aside all of society’s polite niceties, and we’ll get this done. Sound good?”
“Not really, but I don’t really feel like I have a choice.”
Another tear slipped out, and she tried to wipe it away with her hand angrily. But her angel stopped, then she realized he was staring at her, and finally she forced her head up to meet his gaze.
“They took away your choices. I’m here to make sure you get them back. You need to be cleaned up. I need to make sure you’re not seriously hurt, and I need to clean out your feet. I can put you in another shirt as soon as we get this off of you, but it will be your choice.”
Wow. He really did have the prettiest eyes. “I believe you. I think I forgot your name, though.” She wanted to cry. She was such a horrible person. He was going to all this trouble for her, and she couldn’t even remember his name.
“My name is Mitch, Amelia, and it’s okay. If you forget it again, I’ll tell you again. Deal?”
She nodded slowly. “I’m really cold, and I really want that bath.”
“Then let’s get you taken care of, shall we?”
For just a few minutes, Amelia promised herself she would do everything he asked and let him take care of her. Then, once he’d finished, she’d go back to being independent, and she’d get away from the wolves. Oddly enough, Mitch was the nicest wolf she’d ever met.
And she wasn’t just saying that because he rescued her from the bad ones. He really did seem nice.
“By the way, there’s mud on the carpet.”
“Don’t worry, there’s always mud on the carpet somewhere…” He set her down in the bathtub. The porcelain was cold against her skin, but all of a sudden warmth began to envelop her.
“Mitch? I think there’s something really wrong with me.”
He let out a deep sigh and said, “I think there is too, little sister. But I’ll take care of you, I promise.” Clinging to that promise, she sank into the hot water.
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As Mitch examines her injuries he sees multiple bites. His worst fears are confirmed when he starts cleaning glass out of her feet. Amelia is turning, and he is the only one who can help her.
The storm becomes ice and knocks out the power, with his cellphone gone, and the landline dead, Mitch has no way to contact Julian or Mason. He is on his own to do for Amelia what her Alpha would normally do.
Alone and sheltered, these two discover a lot about each other and things rapidly heat up in more ways than one. While Mitch is pretty sure they’re mates, as an enforcer he can do nothing about it. They had to get off the mountain, and get her to Mason and Willow Bend.
Action, excitement, nail-biting, lots of sizzle and a surprising conclusion. Do not miss this book!
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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.