Pack & Coven

Pack & Coven

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by Jody Wallace
     
 

Harry Smith is a lone wolf, and he likes it that way. When he's targeted to be co-alpha of the local pack, there is only one thing he can do to maintain his freedom: flee. But it'll take a miracle to stay a step ahead of shifters in their own territory.

June Travis has been in love with Harry for years, but he doesn't know her real identity. He sees her as

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Harry Smith is a lone wolf, and he likes it that way. When he's targeted to be co-alpha of the local pack, there is only one thing he can do to maintain his freedom: flee. But it'll take a miracle to stay a step ahead of shifters in their own territory.

June Travis has been in love with Harry for years, but he doesn't know her real identity. He sees her as the sweet owner of the local tearoom—the facade June presents to humans and werewolves to keep them from finding out she's a witch. She may not be able to offer Harry a miracle, but she can help him escape.

Harry is drawn to this new side of June, and not just because he's grateful for her help. With her magic temporarily hiding Harry from his pursuers, the witch and the wolf explore their mutual attraction. But there are consequences for witches who bed down with wolves...

81,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426896965
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
07/15/2013
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
379,857
File size:
409 KB

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"Sorry, sweetie, we're out of porterhouses." Harry's gray-haired waitress slid a stemmed water glass onto the table in front of him and flipped her receipt book to the next page.

Out of porterhouses? How could Miss Sandie's Tea Room run out of steaks when he was the only customer who ordered them?

Harry stared at the frilly, blue-checkered menu as if another werewolf-friendly item were going to appear among the scones and scotch eggs. Miss Sandie's was his customary lunch spot, but he'd rather fire up the grill himself than settle for a fruit plate.

Which was saying a lot. Harry hadn't gotten a culinary gene, just a furry one.

"Are you sure, Annette? Did Sandie order T-bones?" He sniffed the air but couldn't detect much beyond the fresh flowers on his table and apple-pie odor that saturated the dining room. He didn't have the greatest nose in wolfdom, but it wasn't as dull as a human's.

"Your friends from earlier cleaned us out." Annette slipped into the chair across from him, clearly intent on a chat. The café wasn't busy at this hour. "Sandie doesn't mind keeping you in steaks, Harry, but this isn't a greasy spoon."

"Which friends?" He peered around the pastry cabinet next to his chair, but a table of female diners blocked his view of the café.

"Your lady friends." Annette smoothed a wrinkle out of the tablecloth. "I use the term lady loosely, you understand. No ladies I know behave like that."

He didn't like the sound of that. Harry had a number of lady friends, and none would give Annette a sour face. Or order steak at a tea room. He liked his women sweet, talented in the kitchen and one hundred percent human. He also liked them roughly his own age, which left Miss Sandie and her staff out of the running. Too bad. Miss Sandie in particular had a great sense of humor, an open mind, a big heart, and was one of the best cooks he'd ever known.

The question was, why would Annette connect some random, steak-eating women to him? "My friends, huh. Did they mention me by name or something?"

Annette tapped her pen on her receipt book. "They said they knew you. They looked familiar, but I haven't met every single person in town."

"Maybe they weren't from around here." Millington, West Virginia, wasn't big, but it was close enough to Wheeling that they did get tourist traffic. It was possible some of the independent shifters he'd known in New York City were visiting.

"Could be." She leaned toward him. "I certainly don't know anyone in Millington who thinks dog collars make good fashion accessories."

"Not even pink ones?"

Annette rolled her eyes, so Harry changed the subject. He'd been in Wheeling all morning buying supplies for his garage, and he was starving. "What are the specials today?"

"Same as every Thursday, kiddo," Annette teased, but she told him anyway.

While she talked, Harry cursed inwardly. These "friends" sounded like local pack members. He frequented the tea room and befriended humans as part of his strategy of pack avoidance. If the pack invaded his sanctuary, he'd be severely put out. It had taken years to cultivate Sandie and her staff, trading discounted automotive repairs for steaks cooked the way he liked them, friendly faces and the occasional heated bunco session.

This was his place. His. Why did they have to ruin it? Couldn't they just leave him alone?

He could just hear the alpha female, Bianca's, coaxing tones—Bert agreed to accept you, Harry. Wolves aren't made to live by themselves, Harry. Join the pack, Harry.

The pack could kiss his hairy butt. Contrary to popular werewolf belief, shifters could be as human as the next human if they wanted. Pack life was a choice, not a necessity.

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Meet the Author

Jody Wallace grew up in the South in a rural area. She went to school forever and ended up with a Masters in Creative Writing. Her resume includes English instructor, documents editor, web designer, and all around pain in the butt. She likes to amass vintage clothing, books, crochet hooks, gnomes and other items that threaten to force her family out of the house. She also likes cats. A lot. For more info: http://www.jodywallace.com

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Pack & Coven 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: B+ hot I really loved this book. It was so different from everything out there on the market today and, on top of that, it was completely entertaining. Harry is a lone wolf. He has no desire to become part of a pack after an incredibly horrible pack event ended in the death of his mother when he was ten. But he is still a wolf, and as such, he is drawn to people. As a result, he has formed a small group of friends in town with the towns elderly women. He plays bunco with them, goes to movie nights with them, etc. What he doesn't realize is that the elderly facades are disguising the town's coven...who are actually young and attractive women. When the town pack tries to force him into being part of the pack, the truth starts to come out. June has been friends with Harry for eight years...in fact, they have been best friends. But she has been hiding under the 80 year old facade of Sandie who runs the local tea shop. When she realizes what is happening with the local pack and what they are trying to force Harry into, she knows that it's time for June, her real, young, attractive persona to come out and work to save him. She's a witch, although he has no idea, even though she has known that he is a werewolf throughout their entire friendship. There is a whole new world here that I simply loved. Within the Covens and the Packs are a TON of politics. Ultimately, it is all to help maintain their anonymity, but that doesn't mean that the Covens and Packs understand or want to understand and work together, which leaves Harry and June smack dab in the middle of a HUGE mess. I really liked how all of this was handled in the book. It's complex, but was never confusing. There is also a huge cast of characters, but they were so much fun within the small town setting. For me, though, the character that made this book is Harry. I loved his character. He's a lone wolf, but he's a natural alpha. Actually, June is a natural alpha too (as a witch? I know what you are thinking...some great twists to this world!!) I loved the scenes where June and Harry pitch their alphas against each other...so much fun. Every single time....I didn't know which one of them was going to come out on top. From beginning to end, I was completely immersed and mesmerized by the story. It's fabulous and entertaining. Just a fun, fabulous read!
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No idea.....he left the minute i joined
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hello little one" *he stands and picks up the pup and brings it in*
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Cleans
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the light brown she wolf padded in...
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Im back
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far this is my worst purchase yet. I've never given up on a book but this is simply awful. Maybe I'll pick it up again later but i only made it to the two characters meeting and can't handle reading on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harry the loner is the worst alpha i have ever read about. & his mate/witch is even weaker. What a waste of money