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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.
I’ve loved Luc since we met him in River Wolf, he’s the perfect second to Brett.
He was the one who brought Colby to Hudson River and it turned out that she was Brett’s mate and a latent wolf until Trent ‘fixed’ her.
Now Luc has an unusual situation going on, he’s been one many dates but not one of the wolves would let it go further than a drink or a meal. When he finds out why he’s outraged and bursts into his Alpha’s home.
This is a favorite scene.
He pulled right up to the garage and parked off to the side. Lights were on at the healer’s house, but so were they at Brett’s. It was mid-week, and still early, and while Brett rose before dawn most days, he rarely went to bed before midnight. Letting himself in, Luc followed his nose right to the kitchen where Brett was pouring coffee.
“I can’t get laid,” he announced, probably louder than he intended, but he couldn’t help it. It was so fucking ridiculous. “And it’s all your fault.”
Brett paused in mid-reach for a third mug, and studied him as if he’d grown a second head. His best friend pursed his lips before sliding the carafe back into the coffee maker and opening a cupboard where a bottle of whiskey hid. Unscrewing the cap, he filled a tumbler with a couple of fingers and slid it over toward Luc.
“Okay,” Brett said slowly. “I’ll bite. How is it my fault?”
Grateful for the whiskey, Luc tossed the whole glass back and let it burn its way through his system before saying. “Because some damn fool has decided that dating me would be tantamount to stepping on your property, and no one will cross the line with you.”
A frown gathered between Brett’s brows, and he squinted at Luc. “Come again?”
“Yeah, sounded fucking ridiculous to me, too, but apparently— I’m off-limits, the secret third of the Alpha pairing, and no one will step on your toes.” He shook his head. Patrick had repeated it to him twice, and Patrick wasn’t a wolf prone to practical jokes. He was too sober by half. The fact he’d been practically squirming verbally over sharing what was probably the juiciest gossip in Hudson River— Luc was going to kill his mother— lent the whole idea that wolves believed that crap more weight.
Brett hadn’t said a word, but had instead, unscrewed the bottle of whiskey and poured another two fingers into Luc’s now empty glass.
“For weeks, I’ve been asking out a few of the ladies, you know— dinner date or drinks, and most of them find excuses or just turn me down. Can’t get them to look at me twice. Got Sabra to have drinks with me, but she pretty much finished her drink, patted me on the head, and told me to tell you hi before she took off.” Luc shook his head, at the time it hadn’t seemed anything more than a genuine comment— but now… “Not an hour ago, Amanda and I are out to dinner for steak… Amanda, the gorgeous brunette who works over in Reeves End…”
“Crazy crystal shop,” Brett said with a nod. “Colby loves her stuff.”
“Exactly. I’ve wanted her to go out with me for months, and we’re sitting there, having a good time— or at least I thought we were— and in the middle of our steak, she just says, to be clear at the end of the evening, there will be absolutely no sex for you, Luc Danes.” He tossed back the whiskey, then pinched the bridge of his nose. The burn was helping with the knots in his shoulders, but he’d need to drink the whole bottle, and maybe most of a second for it to do any good. “Fucking ridiculous, I mean sex would have been great, but that wasn’t why I took her out to dinner.”
“Clearly, that’s why it’s my fault you can’t get laid.” The dry delivery pulled Luc up short, and he glared at his best friend. Brett picked up his mug and took a sip of coffee. “But why don’t we get to the part where it’s my fault…”
“I told you— the word through the pack is I’m off-limits, no one will touch your property.” Even saying the words made him want to spit.
Another slow blink. “Because you’re the secret third to my mating with Colby?”
“Right?” It was fucking stupid.
Then Brett did the very last thing he thought he would do.
“Man,” Luc exhaled, hands braced on the countertop. “Not funny.”
“Depends on your point of view,” Brett said, amusement filling his eyes. “From over here in the expensive seats, it’s pretty hilarious.”
Luc groaned. “I hate you.”
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Just the thought of Luc being in a Triad with Brett had me laughing hysterically. That is sooo not happening.
Then to make matters worse, Brett assigns him to work with Charlotte aka Charlie on negotiations with the other packs.
Charlie is almost Luc’s exact opposite, she lives and works in the city. She’s the pack’s attorney and Chief Executive as well as running the day to day operations of Hudson River International.
There’s a lot more to Charlie than that and Luc discovers it almost right away. She’s a very special kind of wolf and those close to her are very protective. Although she can hold her own in more ways than one.
This is a page turning read as Luc falls, I loved Charlie’s brothers and the interactions with Adler an enforcer. I love Luc’s mom Babette and she definitely won my heart after a confrontation with Adele, Charlie’s mom.
I’m sure we will be seeing more these two as they work on contracts with the other packs. It appears Trask may be the next of the Seconds to fall in love.
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, I hope it’s out soon!
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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.