Saturday, September 5, 2015

Review - River Wolf by Heather Long

River Wolf
by Heather Long
Series: Wolves of River Bend, #7
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 25, 2015

Brett Dalton, Alpha of Hudson River, isolated himself from his pack mates after one betrayed him. The once, easygoing Alpha has become taciturn, remote and unforgiving. His pack worries for him, but they too have suffered a devastating blow. When several members leave to join Three Rivers, the pack faces the threat of dissolution until Brett's best friend and Lone Wolf, Luc Danes returns to Hudson River accompanied by a beautiful young human—or is she? Something about the woman consumes Brett. Has Luc come home to help or to take the pack from Brett?

Colby Jenson wrapped up thousands of hours of community service working at the hospital in Maine when an injured Luc Danes rolled through the door. The impossible patient drove the nurses crazy, but when Danes offered her money no strings attached to drive him to New York, she agreed. The last thing she expected was to arrive in the small Westchester County town and to meet the craziest collection of residents—especially the devastatingly sexy Brett Dalton. Part of her wants to hit the road, the rest wants to make him smile and he keeps making excuses for her to stay.

Then she sees the wolves...and is exposed to a world she can barely imagine. When Brett discovers a secret about her, nothing will be the same again. Now she will find herself torn between a world she isn't sure she can understand and the man who has taken her heart hostage...

This was such a fantastic read! It was well written and I just love the world that Heather Long has created. This is the first book in this series that I have read, and although it worked well as a standalone, I can’t wait to go back and start this series from the beginning.

Brett was an awesome Alpha. He’s had a bit of misfortune that centered on a betrayal in his pack and he has been hit very hard by it. He also carries the physical scars from that betrayal, a constant reminder to him that he failed to protect his pack. When Brett meets Colby there is no denying that he wants her, he just needs to find a way to keep her in town so he can have the time he needs to convince her to stay.

Colby has had some bad luck in her past and has paid the price for it. Having finished serving her community service time by working in a local hospital, she knows she needs to get away and start her life over. She agrees to drive one of her patients to his home town, which will give her some extra money to start her new life…what she doesn’t anticipate is meeting Brett Dalton and being drawn into his world.

Brett and Colby were just awesome together. Through Colby, Brett begins to heal emotionally and become the alpha that his pack needs. Through Brett, Colby learns to trust and learn things about herself and her past that will change her world. I loved the fact that Colby was not afraid to go toe to toe with Brett and call him out when needed, which of course led to some great reactions from his pack. I also loved watching both Brett and Colby with the pack – watching Brett reconnect with his pack and seeing Colby begin to forge relationships.

There were many things going on this book, from the question of Luc’s motives by returning to the pack, the alpha challenges that Brett faces, the inter-pack dynamics, and of course the love story. The plot was well-developed and moved along at the perfect pace to have all of these things unfold seamlessly. And even though I have not read the previous books in this series, the author does a fabulous job giving enough background, history, and information to understand the dynamics at play. The writing was wonderful and the author managed to capture the personality of each of her characters in their dialogue and actions.

Everything about this book was a win for me and I can’t wait to delve into the previous books in this series as well as see what is next for the Wolves of Willow Bend.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

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