Monthly Archives: September 2013

Amazing Review for Desired by Wolves, Call of the Wolf Book 2

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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Desired by WolvesDesired by Wolves by Diane Leyne Series: Call of the Wolf #2 Published by Siren Genres: Paranormal Romance Pages: 104 Format: eBook Buy the Book five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars

Veterinarian Lena Windsor grew up expecting to be mated to shape-shifter Alex James and his brothers, Joe and Will, when she finished university, but when military vet Alex leaves the three of them behind to re-enlist, she builds a new life for herself, eventually coming home to take over her fathers’ practice in Harmony, where she reconciles with Joe and Will. One day, Lena begins to suspect that someone has been prowling around her house while she’s at work and uses a nanny cam to find the culprit. She’s shocked to see a very changed Alex, who is dealing with a severe war injury by bonding, in wolf-dog form, with the stray dog she adopted who has a similar injury. She’d never turn away an injured animal, not even when he’s also the man who broke her heart. Can she help him to heal without falling in love with him again? Note: There is no sexual relationship or touching for titillation between or among siblings.

I was so excited to be asked to review Desired by Wolves, the second book in Diane Leyne’s  Call of the Wolf series. I loved the first book in the series, Claimed by Wolves. It was a sweet story with a lot of humor and I was expecting more of the same in Desired by Wolves. Boy was I wrong and I’ve never been happier to be wrong. Desired by Wolves pulled at my heartstrings almost from page one. I was so moved by the story that I caught myself shedding a few tears – both in sadness and happiness.

Lena and brothers, Alex, Will and Joe grew up together. Their hometown of Harmony is a community of werewolves where ménage is the norm. Lena always knew that the James brothers were her fated mates. She was willing to give up anything, including her dreams of veterinary school, to be with her men. But before they could officially mate, Alex disappeared. He didn’t want Lena to give up her dreams and he felt they were all too young to make a lifelong commitment. Alex re-enlists in the Army and disappears leaving the others to move on with their lives.

Fast forward ten years later and Alex is back in Harmony. A lot has changed in that time, especially Alex. He has suffered a devastating war injury that has severely impacted his self-confidence. He believes that Lena could never love him in this condition and he is determined to keep his return a secret. But secrets always have a way of being discovered, and now Lena has to learn to forgive Alex and help him heal without losing her heart again.

Desired by Wolves took me on an emotional journey with highs and lows. It broke my heart to see the emotional and mental damage that Alex suffered. I shed a few tears at seeing this once strong and confident Alpha be afraid of loud noises, suffer panic attacks, and basically become a shadow of his former life. Ms. Leyne painted such a realistic picture of a soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and my mind couldn’t help but go to the thousands of our American soldiers who must be facing the same problems everyday. I was amazed at Ms. Leyne’s ability to describe Alex’s new demeanor in such a detailed way that I was just as saddened by the changes as Lena was despite never knowing the pre-war Alex.

Lena was a strong heroine who was able to move on from heartbreak and follow her dreams to become a vet. It was her compassion and empathy that not only made her a great vet, but also be the perfect person to help Alex deal with his PTSD. Her loving and caring way helped heal him and I hope that our returning soldiers are lucky enough to have their own “Lena” in their lives. Lena reminded me of myself in that she loved Alex but still held onto her anger and his autocratic decision all those years ago. While I understand that Alex thought he was doing the right thing by holding off on their mating since he was going off to war and could potentially be killed, I understood Lena’s anger and frustration.  It can be so frustrating when a man makes a decision that he thinks is in his woman’s best interest without consulting her.

I truly appreciated that Ms. Layne talked about the work that Alex had to do in order to deal with his PTSD. She painted a realistic picture of the steps needed to recover emotionally from such a horrific experience. Alex saw a therapist and attended a support group and opened his heart and soul to the people who loved him.

Desired by Wolves was not your traditional ménage. Though Will and Joe were a part of Lena’s life, the main focus of the story was the relationship between Lena and Alex. Yet I didn’t feel anything was missing because I was engrossed in Lena and Alex’s story. Will and Joe were there to support their brother and their mate and their dedication and love was apparent even without being the main focus. That is a testament to Ms. Leyne’s strong story-telling abilities.

While Desired by Wolves can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading Claimed by Wolves because it’s a great book. And once you have read both books, I believe you will become a Ms. Leyne fan like I am.

Sneak Peak – Cover of “The Picture of Submission”, Libertine Island 4

Libertine Island 4, “The Picture of Submission” tells Maggie’s story, but it won’t be out until October 21st, but here’s a sneak peak at the cover:

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The Romance Reviews Blog Hop – Sept 13-21st

Be sure to stop by if you get a chance – and participate in their Q&A for a chance to win!

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2 books on Amazon and a new book being published!

Libertine Island 1 and 2 (Sex on the Beach and Sun, Sand and Submission) are now on sale at Amazon!

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Good news!  Call of the Wolf 3, Loved by Wolves, has been accepted by Siren for publication in November.  It is Penelope’s story!

And now back to work on Call of the Wolf 4, Ginger and the Anderson Triplets’ story

Claimed by Wolves – Now available as a Trade Paperback

Samantha was spending the summer in Harmony at the request of her grandmother. She didn’t expect to be pursued by five shape-shifting wolf-dog brothers who recognize her as their mate. Alpha Gabe is concerned because Sam’s human and doesn’t want to reveal their secret until he learns more about her, so he decides to spy on her his wolf-dog form, to hilarious results as Sam puts him on a leash, feeds him kibble and takes him to the vet.

For those who prefer traditional books to eBooks, Claimed by Wolves is now available as a Trade Paperback at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/qac5u8t  and at Bookstrand:  www.bookstrand.com/claimed-by-wolves

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Submission 101 (Club Libertine 8) Available September 29th

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Abby is working on her degree by day and writing erotic romance by night, but she’s got two problems:  1) money is tight and 2) she’s never actually experienced what she’s writing about.

Professors Dex Maplethorpe and Pat McGrath have the solution to both her problems.

On sale:  September 29th!

Check out this great 5 * review for Claimed by Wolves!

Check out this great review from the Romance Studio:

Samantha Anderson’s grandmother knows that she missed out on learning about an important part of her family and herself while her mom and grandfather were alive. But she’s determined to make up for it, and makes it her last wish that Samantha go and spend at least the summer in a small town called Harmony.

Pack alpha and eldest brother, Gabe McAllister, had planned to convince the new owner of the Daniels property to sell the land to him and find a different spot to vacation, but as soon as he sees and smells her, he knows that he’ll be working to get her to stay instead. The only problem is she’s human and has no idea about shape-shifters. Samantha finds herself surprisingly drawn to the small town and her new friends, but maybe most surprising is her instant attractions to all five of the hunky McAllister brothers. Maybe this is her chance for a summer fling. The brothers know that they have found the mate for all of them, they just need to find a way to convince Samantha.

This was a really good book. It was fast-paced, funny, and sexy as all get out. Man, do those McAllister brothers heat up the pages. They are definitely your dominant alpha men, who have met their match with Samantha. I think what makes this book believable is the sense of humor that is woven throughout the story just as much as the heat between them. It somehow pokes just enough fun at the situation they all find themselves in that you could see it happening just that fast. Plus oh my goodness the sex scenes. This was a great book to read and by the end you find yourself really wanting that happy ending for Samantha and her men. It’s also listed at the first book in the Call of the Wolves series and I can’t wait to read more.

Overall rating: 5hearts
Sensuality rating: Explicit
Revier: Amy Hopkins

http://reviews.theromancestudio.info/2013/09/04/claimed-by-wolves-by-diane-leyne/