Taming the Pack by Wendy Sparrow

April 5, 2017 Book Review 0 ★★★★

Taming the Pack by Wendy Sparrowfour-stars
Taming the Pack Boxed Set by Wendy Sparrow
Series: Taming the Pack
Also in this series: This Weakness For You
Published by Entangled Publishing on March 27th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Suspense
Pages: 838
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Sometimes a wolf is all you need.
What do you get when you mix Alphas and sheriffs and park rangers? Three sexy tales of wolf shifter romance from the talented Wendy Sparrow sure to keep you up past your bedtime! With one click, immerse yourself in a rich world of danger, intrigue, a little humor, and more than a little heat.
Past My Defenses
After a feline danderbomb takes Vanessa down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who has no idea what he’d trapped. Dane Hansen had hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. They’re hot as a forest fire even before they scent-match. Meanwhile, Lycans are being poached, and Vanessa has been targeted. Dane will have to keep her close to protect her, but with Vanessa in heat and mad to mate, who will protect him?
This Weakness for You
Jordan Hill is his pack’s Alpha wolf, and after his last breakup, he’s opting to be the lone wolf, too. But when his rival’s little sister—a human—comes to his door, what should be a tasty snack turns out to be something more than Jordan could ever imagine. Christa Hansen is simply looking for a place to stay. Yet the dark shifter smells irresistibly like forever. But getting involved with the wolf who tried to kill her brother—twice—is lunacy. Falling for her family’s enemy won’t just be her downfall…it will be his, too.
Crazy Over You
Waking up with a naked woman holding a knife at his throat is just about the last thing Sheriff Travis Flynn expected. And the brother she’s looking for? A murderer. And dead. Probably. But the real shock comes when she insists she’s not a Lycan. Once LeAnn Wilcox finds her brother, she’ll get out of the pack’s territory and go back to her regular, nonfurry life. But LeAnn’s life is at stake if she won’t claim her place in the pack, especially once Travis’s control over the pack is challenged and her brother’s fate is questioned.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.


 

By SparklesIf you enjoy well-paced, funny, action packed, suspenseful paranormal romances filled with sexy alpha males and quirky and strong women, Taming the Pack box set is a must. While each story is about a different couple and can be read as a standalone (I did read This Weakness for you first some time ago) after reading them in order this time, I can tell you that there’s a background story line that will be better enjoyed if read as suggested.

These three great stories by Wendy Sparrow all share the same traits: an uber-alpha male, a crazy kick-ass heroine with a side of sass and a scent match that is the last thing the Lycan in question needs at the time but turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to them.

I do need to warn everyone that all these are CLEAN ROMANCES, meaning there’s zero cock/fuck/pussy count and there’s no sex to be seen. There are a lot of steamy kisses and scorching hot chemistry, but alas! We don’t get to see these possessive alphas seal the deal… totally our loss. Ms. Sparrow, throw a girl a bone and let us enjoy those fine male specimens you write about.

Past My Defenses 

The first story is one I don’t usually go for as far as werewolf romances go and it’s a she-wolf mating with a human. I sometimes feel that the male not being physically stronger than the girl kinda sucks, but in Past My Defenses this works really, really well.

Dane is a park ranger who just happens to find a wolf in his back yard. You can imagine his surprise when there’s a hot naked chick inside the kennel instead of a wolf the next morning. Something in her calls to him, and he is soon planning how to keep her close to him.

Vanessa doesn’t need to be scent-matched to a skinny (what lycans call humans), it’s enough that she is allergic to everything, she doesn’t need the complication of a human mate. But a scent match is undeniable and no matter how hard she fights it she just can’t stay away from Dane.

Vanessa was insane, hilarious and feisty. Her allergies were just the cherry on top of all her craziness. Dane reminded me of Shay’s former SEAL father from Carnal Secrets. In other words: he rocks. He was a bossy, possessive alpha, protective of his woman and a match to any alpha wolf out there.

Outside forces keep them on their toes as a threat to the pack looms over them. Action, crazy shenanigans and the best banter make this a fantastic read.

Rating: 4 Stars

This Weakness for You 

I’ve previously read this one as a standalone, and while I loved it at the time, there were a lot more details I was able to enjoy this time around. The animosity between Jordan (this book’s H) and Dane makes a lot more sense now, as does Jordan’s reluctance to accept a scent match to his baby sister Christa. But a scent match is not to be denied and soon he is a totally obsessed alpha devoted to making his mate happy.

Jordan is the epitome of the alpha wolf, sexy, moody, and all yummy bossiness. His devotion to keeping his pack safe and his clear affection to his tiny mate were adorable.

Christa was a fantastic leading lady. A force to be reckoned with in spite of her suffering from MS and being pint-sized, she takes the big bad wolf down. She was caring, sweet and incredibly badass, I loved her.

The action and suspense that’s directly related to the events of the previous book escalates to an all new high making this another page turner I loved.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Crazy Over You

By this point in the series, I was hoping that Travis would be next. And who better to drive this high-IQ control freak out of his mind than a crazy chick with violent tendencies and an affinity to breaking the law?

Of the three this seemed to be the most mismatched pairing, and their respective backgrounds and personalities couldn’t be more opposite. Though in this case, opposites do attract…like crazy.

Travis’ experience with scent-matching was probably the most hilarious of all, as he puts his foot so far in his mouth he could probably walk around inside out. He was extra-bossy, super alpha and amusingly inept when it came to females.

LeAnn was bat-shit crazy. She was a thief by trade but had a heart of gold. In search of her half-brother and the only family she had left, she stumbled into Travis and all hell broke loose when she gets in the middle of a conspiracy against both Travis’ and Jordan’s packs.

With the culmination of the series background plotline, this was a really great read too. There’s still lots of action but the suspense and mystery behind all these packs problems were predominant. I enjoyed how much the other couples are included and wished for a little bit more.

Rating: 4 Stars

What I enjoyed most of all these books is that besides the action, suspense and hilarity, there are some serious subjects that our characters must deal with. I think this was extremely well done. Also, I must confess that I was left wanting more from all three couples, and hope that these packs get a few more stories. Or at least get a novella with extended HEAs as I’m not sure the epilogues we got here were up to my exacting standards. This is a series for everyone who enjoys a good PNR story with action and suspense and doesn’t mind any hanky-panky going on.

Overall rating: 4 “Super hot alpha males, fantastic kick-ass women” Stars

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