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Oh My!! Bitten Under Fire – Bravo Team Wolf Book 2 by Heather Long



Bitten Under Fire
Bravo Team Wolf Book 2
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Heather Long

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Bianca Devlin’s work is her life. Now, she’s finally taking a vacation…and guerillas hit her resort to kidnap a diplomat’s son. She does the only thing that makes sense—intervene to save the child’s life. Being dragged into the jungle with a scared kid she’s determined to protect was definitely not how she saw this trip ending.

After she returns to Texas, the last person Bianca expected to see was Sergeant Carlos “Cage” Castillo, the member of Bravo Team WOLF that helped rescue her. Nevertheless, there he is, living across the street from the house she just bought. The coincidence is alarming, but she has to admit, his presence isn’t entirely unwanted.

But there’s something off about Cage—the way he can move without a sound or the weird way his eyes seem to almost glow at times. And how can Bianca manage her growing attraction, when everything she knows about him and his reason for being there, turns out to be a lie?

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Something I can depend on in every Heather Long book is  a strong woman and an Alpha male who isn’t afraid to give in to her. In this book our heroine takes strength and courage to a whole new level.

Bianca isn’t a soldier, she’s an aid worker on her first vacation in years. Lounging by the pool enjoying the tropical sun, her relaxation is interrupted by a bunch of armed men grabbing a young boy. Without thinking she attempts to thwart them and ends up taken with the boy.

As Bravo Team WOLF moves in to extract them, something unexpected happens, a nick, a bite, something. Did Bianca imagine a huge wolf releasing her from her captor?

Carlos ‘Cage’ stays by her side as much as possible during her initial recovery. He has to stay close, he has to find out if he has changed her life forever. A mistake his father, his Alpha will never forgive.

Now the fun begins as he takes up residence in a house across the street from her and worms his way to friendship even as he tried to verify if he bit her.

A favorite scene is when Cage follows her while she walks, he is concerned for her well-being as it’s not even dawn.

Leaving, she moved slowly and deliberately down the steps, favoring her right leg. Her feet had been scratched, bruised and damaged. Even last evening when she sat on her deck, bare feet stretched out to rest on the rail, he’d seen the angry marks on them.

As she reached the sidewalk, she paused, hands on her hips and looked left then right. Her gaze swept back and forth, and it was then he realized her lips were moving. Even with night vision, he couldn’t read what she said. Finally, she turned toward the uphill rise on her right and began walking.

At four in the morning.

In a city she didn’t know.

A neighborhood she’d just moved to.

Cage growled, then hurried to throw on shorts, a t-shirt, and running shoes. In less than three minutes, he’d dressed, descended the stairs and let himself out of the front. Jogging, he followed her scent easily. Even at her limping walk, she’d made it to the end of the block and continued around the curve.

He’d almost caught up to her when it occurred to him that running at her in the dark might not be the wisest course. Slowing, he opened his mouth to warn her he was there, when she spun and slammed a taser into his side. The voltage sent a cascade through his nervous system. One minute he was standing, the next he lay on the ground staring at her dumbly.

“Oh shit!” Bianca cursed, then turned off the flickering taser. Kneeling, she grimaced and touched his arm. “Are you okay?”

“No,” he said, slowly, not sure he trusted his voice. His wolf felt as stunned as he was. The shocks rioting along his nerve endings zapped him in lessening increments. Tingles spread throughout his limbs. His tongue seemed permanently rooted to the roof of his mouth. “No.”

The weight of her hand on his arm riveted him, helping to ground out the solid scrambling she’d sent through his system. Wolves were hardy beings, and they could take a solid beating. Most minor injuries they could heal in a short time. More serious wounds—bullet wounds, knife stabs, even claw rips—they could heal by shifting.

Electricity ripping through them? That hurt on multiple levels, and not even a wolf could recover from the stunning effect swiftly. Maybe it had something to do with the disconnect he felt with his wolf right now. The animal seemed dazed, and distant.

“Cage?”

He’d almost forgotten Bianca was there; her fingers traced over his arm.

“I’m really sorry, I just heard someone coming at me and it’s dark and…”

And she took his ass out with a taser.

“No problem,” he managed to grunt around the pain. Sitting up cost him some dignity as his synapses still seemed to be short firing.

“What can I do?” She’d gone to one knee, and strain showed in the tightness of her mouth. Sitting brought him eye to eye with her, and her luscious lips she slicked with her tongue as she licked them in. Concern radiated in her scent, along with embarrassment. She grasped his arm, as though she planned to help him to his feet.

“Gimme a minute,” he managed after loosening his jaw. His teeth had been grinding and it took him a moment to recognize the sensation. How much voltage had been in that little device?

“I so sorry,” she apologized again. “I didn’t know it was you.”

“I know, you did fine.” His wolf seemed to stumble into awareness within him. The animal felt drunk. Yeah, tasers were definitely not their friend. Forcing himself to stand, he suffered the indignity of Bianca bracing him, though it did allow him to wrap an arm around her. She fit perfectly beneath the curve of his arm, even as she pressed her hands against his chest and back to complete her effort. The contact of her body alongside his sent a fresh wave of electricity through him.

She was close enough to kiss. To taste. To…

Flashing lights sliced through the darkness, and Cage growled as he turned to face the newcomers. Shaky or not, he could still protect Bianca. Next to him, she stiffened a fraction as the black and white rolled up to pause next to them.

“You folks all right?” The officer in the driver’s seat gave him a long, studying look. His manner was warily cordial. Then his gaze went to Bianca.

“Ma’am?” The officer slid out of the driver’s seat and stood.

“We’re fine, officer,” Bianca spoke before Cage could say anything. A growl rumbled in his chest, then Bianca rubbed a slow circle with her palm against the center of his sternum. The agitation settled immediately. “Don’t let the bruise fool you, I was involved in an incident in Costa Rica a few days ago. I’m still healing.”

“And you?” The officer didn’t seem to doubt her story, though his attention returned to Cage. “Are you drunk son?”

Was he drunk? What the hell kind of question was that? Straightening, he forced himself not to lean on Bianca, but she didn’t let him go. A good thing, he still staggered a little on his feet and not leaning on her, he could straighten. Then he met the officer’s gaze and held it. The cop was doing his job, good man. But Bianca was his to protect, not the cop’s.

The man began to sweat under the weight of his stare, though he fought to hold it. Finally his gaze cut away.

“Not drunk, took a misstep in the dark.” It chaffed his pride to admit to clumsiness. Approaching Bianca at speed in the dark, had definitely been a misstep. He had the taser burn to prove it.

“Well if you’re both fine, I’ll leave you to it.” The officer didn’t sound certain.

“We are. We’re new to the neighborhood, just out for a morning walk–well he’s going for a run. I was just going to walk to Bonnie’s Donut House. I heard it’s down this way.”

“It’s about six or seven blocks, not an easy walk…” Fresh skepticism rifled his tone.

“I like long walks. It lets me get to know the area,” Bianca slid her response in before Cage could just tell the officer to fuck off and leave them alone. Arguing with law enforcement wasn’t a good idea. Cops in Austin were decent, but better not to give them cause to detain him, much less Bianca.

“Well you’re headed in the right direction. She’ll be open by five.” The cop gave them another long, measuring look before he slid back into the driver’s seat. The flashing lights ceased, then he gave them a small wave and pulled away.

“Whew,” Bianca blew out a breath, then her attention was on him again. “How are you feeling?”

“Positively electric.” He couldn’t take the worry in her eyes or her manner. Better to take the burden away. The fact she’d tased him had been his own damn fault. He shouldn’t have charged at her.
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Okay so maybe I laughed a little harder than I should have, but damn she tased him!

Plenty of tension as he waits for signs she might be turning. I loved his conversations with his abuela, she pulls no punches. Lots of little things snuck in that had me giggling or reminiscing and there were definitely some tears as well.

So we have some family drama, a possible bite that could change Bianca’s life forever, and a growing attraction that cannot be denied.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

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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.

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Release Day Tour & Giveaway! The Irish Prince – The Billionaire Dynasties Book 2 by Virginia Nelson


With a little luck, they may find love…
💖The Irish Prince💖

The Irish Prince
The Billionaire Dynasties Book 2
By
Virginia Nelson

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CEO Aiden Kelley’s life of billionaire extravagance is flipped upside down when his ex shows up with a ten-year-old she claims is his. Totally out of his element and losing the control so integral to his success, he needs help. To top it all off, the only constant woman in his life, his executive assistant, has given notice just when he needs her help to survive his newfound fatherhood.

Chelsea Houston is an executive assistant, not a nanny. The only person more clueless about kids is her boss. Helping him on a daddy-daughter road trip is her last task before he’ll accept her two weeks’ notice and she can be free of the infuriating man she’s had a crush on for longer than she’d admit.

Aiden’s carefully ordered life has never been so disorganized, and he’s suddenly tempted by the things he thought he could never have. Things like love and family. Who knew chaos could be so damn fun?

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For Chelsea finding feminine lingerie scattered in her office is the last straw. She is giving her two weeks notice today and will not be talked out of it. For too many years she has been the best executive assistant she can be, and falling for her boss is very unprofessional.

Aiden has his world upended when Margo,his ex from ten years ago, shows up with a surprise. He has a daughter and she has kept her away from him all this time. Not an easy feat when she is as much in the public eye as he is.

In order to get to know his daughter Waverly, a trip to the Grand Canyon is agreed upon. Now he has to convince Chelsea to go with them.

Mind you it’s not so much his words that convince Chelsea, it’s his actions, as shown in on of my favorite scenes.

Not me, she decided. No way in hell am I signing up for that job.

There were about a hundred reasons she should back away quickly from the whole situation. For one, Aiden was her boss, but she’d told him she was quitting. And even if she wasn’t on her way out the door, mixing business with pleasure was always a bad idea. In this case, her time remaining with the company would be far better spent interviewing possible candidates for her job and then training the new hire. Not gallivanting off on a personal trip with her soon-to-be- former boss.

For two, she was already attracted to the man. She knew that and recognized the weakness it represented. Spending alone time with him, intimate time when the line between boss and employee blurred…unwise, to say the least. It would be one giant mind game with herself to continue to recognize that Aiden was not the man for her.

Even if he did have one of the best asses she’d ever seen in a suit. She couldn’t begin to imagine what those broad shoulders of his would look like out of said suit. Well, hell, that was a lie. She could imagine and had spent many a bored hour between meetings doing just that.

Further, if she agreed to this trip, who would keep things going in the office? Just the day-to-day stuff in the interim would be enough reason for her not to leave the office, especially if he was out and off the map for the duration of his little adventure.

That last one seemed rather feeble, even to herself. But the one reason she couldn’t deny? Even if she removed every single reason why dating him was a bad idea, she was gone in two weeks. And as much as she’d love to taste his body as many times as she could before she left, she wasn’t about to rock a ship that had just taken on board his newfound daughter.

So, as she rested her hand on her office door, she braced herself to go inside. The answer was a no, plain and simple, nothing more to think about. She simply couldn’t afford to cave and agree to go on this trip with Aiden and Waverley.

She opened the door and saw Waverley looking at her father like he was nuts and him pouring the kid a cappuccino. The scone in front of Waverley sat untouched, and the child gazed at Chelsea as if she was a savior—come to rescue her from the inept handling of her well-meaning father.

“Whatcha doing, Aiden?” Chelsea asked, although it looked pretty clear. He was trying to offer his ten-year-old daughter coffee and a scone for lunch. Although that same lunch would’ve been top ten on Chelsea’s list of lunch favorites, she somehow doubted— both from the kid’s expression and logic—that it was typically served to her at home or elsewhere.

“We’re about to have lunch. I was hoping you’d join us so we could revisit the Grand Canyon discussion.” He looked so damned adorable and unaware as he was fumbling that a piece of her heart melted, just a little.

I know I’m going to regret this.

“I’ve decided I’ll go on the trip.” Picking up her office phone, she glanced at Waverley. “What kind of pizza do you like, kid?”

Waverley smiled at her, placing the coffee cup carefully on Chelsea’s desk and only sloshing a little onto the shining, ass print-free mahogany. “Pepperoni.”
Nelson,Virgina. The Irish Prince(Kindle Locations 276-310). Kindle Edition.

I laughed so hard at the antics on this trip. The assumptions Aiden makes are hysterical and the way they are handled… priceless.

Waverly is a joy to get to know and is snarky and adorable as she plots and plans.

We get to see Camden and Jeanie from ‘The Penthouse Prince’ in this one as well. I love the dynamic of this couple and the spin it puts on this book.

Plenty of heat and lots of laughs.

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Virginia Nelson believed them when they said, “Write what you know.” Small town girl writing small town romance, her characters are as full of flaws, misunderstandings, and flat out mistakes as Virginia herself.

When she’s not writing or plotting to take over the world, she likes to hang out with the greatest kids in history, play in the mud, drive far too fast, and scream at inanimate objects.

Virginia likes knights in rusted and dinged up armor, heroes that snarl instead of croon, and heroines who can’t remember to say the right thing even with an author writing their dialogue.

Her books are full of snark, sex, and random acts of ineptitude—not always in that order.

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My Review of Virginia Nelson’s The Penthouse Prince – The Billionaire Dynasties Book 1


The Penthouse Prince
The Billionaire Dynasties Book 1
By
Virginia Nelson

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Single mom Jeanie Long was trying to save her butt at work by reporting her manager to the company owner. Instead, she finds herself greeted warmly by gorgeous company CEO Camden James…and introduced to his father as his fiancée. Now she’s been hired—complete with a hefty pay raise—to be the fake fiancée of the infamous “Penthouse Prince.”

Camden doesn’t believe in love. He believes in mutually beneficial business arrangements. With his real fiancée off cheating on him, Camden needs someone to help him prove to his father that he’s definitely ready to marry. Yet Jeanie’s combination of beauty and bluntness act like an aphrodisiac, and their “for the press” kisses look incredibly real. So real that Jeanie and Camden are either really convincing actors…or they’ve fallen for their own charade.

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Camden James is a wealthy playboy who regularly hits the gossip pages. Dubbed by the press as the Penthouse Prince, women come and go from his life like discarded toys. When he finally has a fiancé she goes off and cheats on him, he needs a solution quickly. One that comes in the form of an employee sneaking her way up to his domain in order to report her manager and hopefully avoid being fired.

Jeanie didn’t have an appointment, she followed at just the right interval a group of men headed for a conference room. She doesn’t get the chance to escape to an office though as they usher her into the room. The next thing she knows she is being introduced by Camden James to his father, the CEO as his fiancé.

Much negotiation ensues as Camden hastily draws up a contract for his fake fiancé. A slight complication is her child, one he embraces as he further plans their engagement period.

A favorite scene is once he has her ensconced in his penthouse and she has met his bestfriend and lawyer Lowe.

Camden clenched the frame of the door, and Lowe poured a drink at the bar.

“She’s beautiful,” Lowe said. “You didn’t mention that.”

“You’re right. I didn’t.”

Sleep. He really needed to get some sleep. Exhaustion left him jagged, oversensitive, like some walking exposed nerve. He wouldn’t be bothered, if he wasn’t so tired, at the tension in the room between his fake fiancée and his best friend. She was a pawn on the chessboard, and he was positioning her to pretend to be his queen—nothing more.

“She’s attractive enough,” he said. But he knew the truth. She wasn’t beautiful in the stereotypical sense, not like the supermodels he normally dated. She wasn’t just attractive enough. She was more than enough. His lips were still on fire from the last kiss they’d shared.

“Hmm…I can understand why you didn’t mention it. A gorgeous woman like that, no wonder you felt she was right for the job.”

Lowe didn’t seem to notice a muscle twitched in Camden’s jaw—a good thing since he didn’t understand his response and couldn’t explain it if his friend asked.

“I’m going to need your help to pull this off. Even if it doesn’t last long, this is going to be tricky. Also, I need you to make sure the lawyers are working double time since I bought breathing room, but not much of it.” He joined Lowe at the bar, then poured two fingers of whiskey and slung it back.

“Understood.” Swirling his drink around, Lowe seemed lost in thought.

“What? Say it. I can tell you’re thinking something so hard, you’re just bursting to say it.”

“You like her.”

Snorting, Camden slammed his glass back down on the polished wood a bit harder than he needed to. “Right place, right time. We discussed this.”

“Any number of women might have fit the bill. You picked her.”

Camden shrugged and paced the room. “I picked her, and now we work with it.”

“You picked her.”

Facing him, Camden risked eye contact. “So? I picked her.”

“You’ve never picked any of the women of your life. Either they were handy, offered themselves up, or you knew they would piss off your father, so you dated them…or he picked them and you danced like a puppet. Her? You picked this one. You didn’t have to jump at that moment, you could have planned this out better, but you didn’t. That’s a choice, even if it was a rash one.” Lowe arched one brow, a characteristic expression. “I think it means something.”

“Hardly.” The denial tasted like a lie.

“Rumor has it your actual fiancée boarded a plane the minute the news of your new fiancée broke, heading back home. She hasn’t released a statement yet.”

“Waste of her time. I’m not going to meet with her while I’ve got Jeanie installed in this position. And I don’t like Jeanie. I just met her.” He realized going back to the topic would show vulnerability…moments after the words escaped.

“Ah, and it bugs you, liking her. Cam, I’ve known you far too long for you to lie to me. Lie to the press, lie to your Dad, do what you have to do…but you can’t bullshit a bullshitter.” Lowe toasted him before swallowing the whiskey and placing his glass on the bar.

“I find her interesting.” Admitting it hurt nothing, he rationalized. “She’s not like anyone I’ve ever met, not so far. I’m sure it’s just the puzzle. Once I figure her out, she’ll become less interesting.”

Lowe’s laughter rang out. “Hey, man, whatever helps you sleep at night.”

Nothing helped him sleep at night. Insomnia was his worst enemy. Not even Lowe knew that little truth. “I want you to stay away from her.” The request surprised him, as did the vehemence in his tone, but he meant it, so he rounded on Lowe to fix him with a stare. “I mean that.”

Adjusting his tie, Lowe smirked. “As long as she’s your fiancée, I’ll keep my distance.”

Relief flooded Camden, but he refused to consider the whys of it right then.

Following Lowe out of the room, Camden breathed a little easier.

As Lowe stopped, waited, and finally turned, Camden recognized his expression and knew his relief would be short-lived before Lowe even spoke. “The minute you’re split, though, she becomes fair game.”

Camden didn’t have a response, so he didn’t answer.
Nelson, Virginia. Penthouse Prince (Entangled Indulgence) (Kindle Locations 469-505). Entangled Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.

A world where deceit is the name of the game and finding love is not the norm. These two hit it off from the beginning but Camden doesn’t believe love exists.

Just doing the job becomes increasingly more difficult as Jeanie finds herself falling for the Penthouse Prince.

A delightful read as Jeanie is transformed, not without snark, into the Penthouse Princess and drama ensues from blackmail to sizzling sex. You will be guessing as to how these two can ever stay together.

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Virginia Nelson believed them when they said, “Write what you know.” Small town girl writing small town romance, her characters are as full of flaws, misunderstandings, and flat out mistakes as Virginia herself.

When she’s not writing or plotting to take over the world, she likes to hang out with the greatest kids in history, play in the mud, drive far too fast, and scream at inanimate objects.

Virginia likes knights in rusted and dinged up armor, heroes that snarl instead of croon, and heroines who can’t remember to say the right thing even with an author writing their dialogue.

Her books are full of snark, sex, and random acts of ineptitude—not always in that order.

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Introducing a New Series from Heather Long Plus a Guest Post From Heather! When Danger Bites – Bravo Team Wolf Book 1


They’re weapons of lethal force—
wild, clawed, and dangerous.

When Danger Bites
Bravo Team Wolf Book 1
By
Heather Long

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I wondered about the process of creating wolf shifter marines and Heather replied with

A Behind the Scenes of  Bravo Team Wolf.

When Danger Bites, Bravo Team WOLF Book 1, introduces us all to the wolves of Bravo Team. Though I envisioned it as the first book, as I wrote it, I began to wonder if I should have made it later in the series in part because I had so much world-building to do, and in part because maintaining character integrity consistent with military service while building out the passionate wolves proved a fine tight rope to walk!

The Characters

First on the board was Corporal Kaitlyn Amador human, dedicated to the Marines, the daughter of a Marine and an intelligence specialist. I knew she had to not only possess the physical chops to excel in the field, but also the discipline and intelligence to recognize what the hell was going on. Inspirations for Kaitlyn included 1st Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Griest who were the first female Army Ranger graduates from Fort Benning, GA in 2015.

She’s a badass, driven to excel and under pressure from her superior officer to follow orders and find out what makes Bravo Team WOLF so damn special. This presented a serious conflict for Kaitlyn. She’s a Marine. She wants to support her fellow Marines and digging into their history of success feels like questioning their honor and she hates it.

Which brings us to Jasper Raymond, Captain and the lead for Bravo Team WOLF. He’s a shifter, yes. And he volunteered for this gig to help protect his pack. The leadership of the Bravo Team is determined by the strongest among those sent by the various packs, so he’s earned this position. When his human CO hands him the assignment to wash Kaitlyn out, he’s frustrated because a) she’s human and b) she’s a tough cookie that he met before finding out she was assigned to his team.

There isn’t anything Jax wouldn’t do to protect the secrecy of the wolves, but screwing Kaitlyn over impinges on his sense of fair play and honor.

The Story

So where did all of this come from? Several years ago, I kicked off a very popular series called Always a Marine focusing on the healing Marines needed whether it was emotional, mental, or physical. The series remains one of my all time favorites, and I keep thinking I need to go back and visit my peeps at Mike’s Place (more on that later). In 2014, I launched my Wolves of Willow Bend series with wolf shifters.

I can honestly say I’ve loved all the characters in these books, and enjoyed weaving those stories. Several times while writing Always a Marine, readers asked if I’d ever add a paranormal/supernatural element, but I felt that didn’t have a place in the very contemporary grounded setting. Similarly, in Wolves of Willow Bend we met characters with a military background or who volunteered to serve during great wars, but their service was never the focus.

Marrying these two notions allowed me to create Bravo Team WOLF.  Kind of cool, right?

My Favorite Scene

Choosing my favorite scene is a lot like choosing my favorite book or character, to be honest I love them all and I kind of have to, you know? That’s how I write the books and finish them.  That said, I did have a couple of favorites.

The first scene is the opening one when Kat and Jax first meet on the side of the road. They are both minding their own business when her flat tire attracts his attention riding by. He can’t not help and she’s perfectly capable of doing the job. From the get go, these two were stubborn, charming, and determined not only to do their jobs but to excel. Just how do they get passed this wild attraction they feel for each other?

The second scene is a minor one, but it made me laugh is when Kat encounters Silver in the communal showers. His playfulness combined with gentle ribbing set a tone for what would make Silver a great ally for Kat later in the book, and at the same time, left me hungry to write more Silver!

Biggest Change from beginning to published

The characters pretty much remain exactly who they were except the team went from eleven wolves to eight. That meant three wolves Sullivan, Sawyer, and Chaney were removed and their scenes/traits blended into the other wolves. It makes sense in part because Silver, Sullivan and Sawyer all sound similar when read.

In the early drafts, we had a lot of training scenes I mean a lot. We could have called Kaitlyn, GI Kat, and we wouldn’t have been far off. Part of writing those scenes helped me determine Kat’s true character so massaging some out and adding in new scenes to display her more playful side going to Abel’s for the first time with Jax and discovering the guys were gone in the middle of the night. Not to mention a strange encounter with a wolf on base?

It made the story stronger and tightened the connection between Jax and Kat’s attraction and the conflict of their goals.

When Danger Bites kicks off a whole new series, with a host of characters, history, and tales just waiting to be told. So grab your copy and brace yourself we’re going to have a lot of fun.

Oorah.

Buttoned-up Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is dangerous on every level. As a human, she poses a threat to Marine Captain Jax Raymond’s special Force Recon unit. Though the team has a reputation among the other recon units, only their commanding officer knows their secret. As a woman, the danger posed is entirely different. Jax can survive the temptation for only so long before his wolf takes over and pursues what it wants.

Military intelligence specialist Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is the first woman in the Marines to be assigned to a recon team. And everyone’s watching her. Her mission? Not only prove herself worthy of her place in the group, but uncover the mystery of why Bravo Team is so successful. A mission that gets more difficult every time she’s near Jax…

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As many of you know I am a big fan of Shifter and Military romance. So when the two were combined I started drooling even before I read the book. It takes talent to merge these two with a purpose none can argue. Heather does this brilliantly.

Now the Military has rules, but so do the Wolves. In this tale we have wolves representing different packs to satisfy the pact made with the government. The only problem is wolves don’t fail, they succeed where others fail and injuries are quickly healed. Bravo Team is a recon unit and they excel at what they do, thus leading to suspicion as to why they have an impeccable track record.

Corporal Kaitlin Amador has worked hard for her chance at recon, unfortunately her boss in military intelligence has made this a mission to find out their secret.

Jax isn’t happy about having a human join his team, worse it’s a woman. A woman he finds himself attracted to on many levels.

This is a favorite scene when she has dinner with the team for the first time.

The family talk turned to talk of women and mates. Since none of the current team were mated, Patterson and Silver compared notes on their current conquests. Keeping score in many areas promoted healthy competition. Keeping score of the number of women they bedded during their leave bordered on the insensitive.

Amador didn’t appear all that impressed, however. In fact, she snorted when Patterson detailed three women in one night.

“No way you had them all together. No man has that kind of stamina.” Interestingly, she didn’t seem remotely offended by the sex talk. If anything, she sounded more bemused. “Before you tell me you had three women in three separate times in one night, I don’t know that I would own up to that in public.”

Despite the sound of knives and forks scraping against plates, the laughter in the room dwindled. Amador earned their attention. Jax met Kurt’s questioning gaze and shook his head. Part of being on the team meant interacting with the others, and he trusted his wolves to a point.

“I don’t only own up to it, lady, I’m proud of my accomplishment.” From a Wyoming pack, Patterson had been one of the shyest wolves during his first few weeks assigned to the team. The man didn’t like to say much, unless he had something to actually say. A wonderful habit, one they could probably all benefit from. “Since you seem so curious, let me be clear. The first time around it was one woman. When we were done, I went back to the bar. Couple of hours later, it was two women. Three women, one night.”

Turning her fork in her mashed potatoes, Amador met Patterson’s proud gaze with a considering look. “Let me guess.” She elongated the words, but something in her tone called to Jax, beckoned him to pay attention. A hint of knowledge, like she had a secret none of them did. His was not the only focus she’d gained. “It was a threesome, but you weren’t the one in the middle.”

Sharp shock rippled through Patterson’s scent, too piquant to be anything but honesty. Kat had nailed him to the wall. The other wolves didn’t even wait for him to respond before their laughter roared to life.

“How the hell did you know?” Genuine curiosity, not anger marked his words.

“Unlike some of you boys, I don’t kiss and tell.” On that note, Amador took another bite of her mashed potatoes. The quick call-out earned her a measure of goodwill amongst his men. If not for the fact that he was supposed to be making her want to leave, Jax’s would’ve been cheering her on.

“You do kiss, right?” Butler asked from directly across the table. He made sure not to meet Jax’s gaze when he asked the question.

“Wouldn’t you like to know,” Amador responded, the verbal riposte eliciting another round of laughter.

Yes, I would. He shouldn’t. Jax recognized the irony of wanting to know more about her—especially her kissing habits. Irony didn’t quench his thirst.

“Tell us about you,” said Troy Norton, Lance Corporal and the only wolf in the unit with a touch of a healing gift, turning the tables and the focus back on Amador.

“Not much to tell. I’m here because the rulebooks are changing and since women are now allowed in combat and in combat roles, we have to make the attempt at honoring not only the spirit of the law but also in following orders.” Direct, to the point, and respectful to boot. The woman really did nothing to make him dislike her, dammit. If he could find fault with her, it would make his life easier.

“I doubt that.” Norton had finished his second plate and, out of deference to their human tablemate, seemed to be fighting the urge to go get thirds. An act not shared by either Sawyer or Jeremiah. They were already working on their fourth plates. “Just saying women are allowed in combat doesn’t automatically qualify every woman for a chance to run with us.”

“I’ve run with the big dogs before.” Her quick quip sent a bolt of electricity through the men. More curious than concerned, Jax let her take the lead on this one. “I’ve been a Marine long enough to understand the difference. Don’t get me wrong, I plan to kick all of your asses and look good while doing it. The final say on my status belongs to Captain Raymond.”

The final say actually belong to the colonel, but Jax didn’t bother to correct her on that one. Bravo Team consisted of wolves, and she wasn’t one of them. It didn’t matter how fast she could go or how well she performed, she wasn’t a wolf and never would be.
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Lots of quick wit, snark and sexual tension all with the intense training for Bravo Team.

Kat is one of my favorite Heather heroines, she is snarky, brave and above all loyal.

I almost felt sorry for Jax, he is in soooo much trouble with her.

A page turner with plenty of laughter, heat and action. I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!

 

Heather Long  Heather Long

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.

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