Past My Defenses (Taming the Pack series) [NOOK Book]

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Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only threat she can’t outrun is her allergies. After a feline dander-bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he’d trapped. But ooooh, he smells so good. Mine.
Dane hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. Her temper makes his pulse race, and he can’t escape ...
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Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only threat she can’t outrun is her allergies. After a feline dander-bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he’d trapped. But ooooh, he smells so good. Mine.
Dane hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. Her temper makes his pulse race, and he can’t escape the feeling they belong together.
They’re hot as a forest fire even before they scent-match, but Glacier Peak’s Alpha considers Dane a danger to the pack. 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?


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622667376
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/23/2014
  • Series: Taming the Pack
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 343
  • Sales rank: 200,260
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Writing is in Wendy’s blood…which is also about thirty percent Mountain Dew and twenty percent
chocolate brownies. Wendy has been telling tales since she was a child with varying amounts of
success. Her parents clearly anticipated her forays into the paranormal because she heard “The Boy
Who Cried Wolf” so many times she could have written the screenplay at age five. She lives with a
wonderful husband and two quirky kids and is active in Autism and OCD support networks. She can
usually be found on Twitter where she’ll talk to anyone who talks to her and occasionally just to
herself
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  • Posted September 24, 2014

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    I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for a

    I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.




    I’d like to start off by saying I wish this book had a different cover. There is something about the cover that didn’t click for me. I can’t put my finger on it, but I almost didn’t request it over at Net Galley. Then once I was approved for the title, that cover held me off again from starting it right away and it almost got pushed back in my to-read list. I double checked the release date and decided I needed to start irregardless of how drawn to it or not. The synopsis and cover just didn’t match up for me, I think. The description lead me to believe it was going to be a funny light-hearted read, and the cover was all dark and brooding.




    I’m so glad I decided to not judge a book by its cover and requested the title. It was a blast to read. Filled with a great mix of humor, witty come backs, great chemistry, a suspenseful mystery to be solved and a killer to be stopped. For those paranormal romance lovers out there what it wasn’t filled with was lots of sex. Plenty of teasing, but I don’t think I read one steamy scene in the whole book. To me that was fine. I read a lot of books classified as romance and perhaps I am getting tired of the sex scenes. (Gasp! Say it ain’t so! Calm down. I think I just need a break for a while.) Quite frankly I think the story didn’t need them. The build up and bringing together of these two was interesting and fun enough. I didn’t feel gypped by not reading about their time in the sack.




    This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I am definitely going to be checking into more of her titles. This was a fun ride. Interesting set up and world she has created. I am so glad that this is going to be part of a series. Much of the story centered around Vanessa and Dane, but there was almost but not really a love triangle with Jordan the Alpha. The story didn’t end so well for him and I would love to see him get his own book. The chemistry was not only good between the two love birds but with Dan and Jordan. Sure they were practically at each other’s throats the entire book, but I think there is a budding bromance in their future, especially if Jordan finds his own love.




    We don’t learn a lot about the Were world here, like Dane we were kept in the dark a bit. I hope that in future books we get to explore more of the pack structure and rules. I don’t need a lot of details, but it would be nice to see behind the curtain a bit more than we did.




    Only other complaint that I had was about Vanessa. I understand it was part of her character to be this way, but I wish she had not doubted herself so much. It got a bit annoying after a while. Most of the time she was this tough werewolf with a smart mouth, then she would get all wrapped up in her head and over think everything. I wish she would have had a bit more confidence at times. Then again it did give her room to grow, but man sometimes I just wanted to smack her upside the head and tell her to stop over thinking.




    This was a great read. Surprised me quite a bit. If you are a fan of Patricia Briggs, Molly Harper, Jacqueline Rhoades, Lynsay Sands, or Kerrelyn Sparks you might want to give this one a try too.

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    Vanessa may be a Lycan and the fastest one but she has issues wi

    Vanessa may be a Lycan and the fastest one but she has issues with her allergies. They bring her down quickly. She even has allergies in her Lycan form. When a cat make her flare up her allergies extremely bad she awakes to find herself locked in a kennel. Dane is surprised when the wolf he has in a cage turns into a beautiful woman. He hasn't seen anything like her before but he just knows he wants to get to know her better. Vanessa has one thought in her mind and that is mine. Seems she has found her mate even if she doesn't want to believe it. Now the two struggle to come to an understanding. They have to work on their issues, hers being ready to run at the site of danger and his is to understand how the pack works. If that wasn't enough a killer is also out their and seems to be targeting Vanessa. They have their hands full and keeping Vanessa's allergies under control is just the start.




    Dane is amazing to me. When he finds out their is Lycans, he takes it in stride really well and from the start does everything he can to protect Vanessa and become part of her world. He is also very sweet as he works to learn all her many allergies and help her. He is protective as well as he rushes into danger if he thinks it will save her. Vanessa is a funny character. She has problems not just a human with allergies but as a Lycan as well. It leads her into many problems. he is also a woman who is scared. She isn't used to facing her problems but used to running from them. She knows deep down Dane is her mate but tries to deny it and what she is many times.




    This book is packed full of many things that make it amazing. You get lots of laughs with Vanessa's allergy issues. She has more medicine than anyone I have seen and more allergies. You also get the sexual tension between he two as they try to wait to do anything. They are different as night and day but they both need each other. You also have an element of danger as there is a killer running wild. The have to figure out who it is before the killer gets Vanessa. I liked all of this book and how the author tied everything together. It flows very nicely and was a joy to read. I look forward to more books in this series.

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  • Posted July 24, 2014

    I loved this book. It was hilarious with the whole battle in Van

    I loved this book. It was hilarious with the whole battle in Vanessa's head between her human side and her wolf side, especially when it came to drooling over Dane. I really felt sorry for Jordan and what happens with him at the end of the book. Definitely went through the whole gamut of emotions over the course of this book. So glad I read it and that I have other Wendy Sparrow books to read!

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  • Posted July 20, 2014

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    This is a new author and new world to me. I have to say, I found

    This is a new author and new world to me. I have to say, I found it to be very cute. How can you not love a werewolf who is taken down by a house cat due to extreme allergies. She is allergic to everything under the sun; cats, pollen, even marshmallows. Evidently, marshmallow allergies are a thing, who know? I didn't.
     
    This is a world where lycans are mated, so you have the instant love. In this case, our female is mates with a human. He finds her as a wolf, near comatose in the woods. She wakes up in a cage as a human, much to his surprise. Vanessa is a strong and has all the traits to be alpha female. Our hero is a park ranger.
     
    Someone doesn't like this pairing and is trying to put a stop to it. There is quite the suspense story around this as not only is Vanessa attacked, but Dane is too. Werewolves are dying and there aren't many to begin wtih.
     
    This is a cute story with some great suspense. I will say I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this story. I thought it would be cute. I didn't realize that I would like the suspense as much as I did. I can't wait to see were this story goes next. According to the author's website, book two in this series is due out in the Fall. I will definitely be checking that out, plus looking at what else this author has available.

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  • Posted July 15, 2014

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    My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!! ***Rece

    My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!
    ***Received ebook from Entangled Publishing for an honest review

    The cover doesn’t do much for me, but the moon is cool.  The guy on the cover screams serial killer, and I think he is supposed to be Dane but maybe that is sexy to someone else, for me “Oh Hell No”…lol

    This a nice start to a series.  There were a few parts that I was bored, but I think it happens sometimes with new worlds when they are created.  There is lots of action, silliness, tension, and humor mixed throughout the book.  I think this series will get better as it goes along.  

    I loved the quirky interactions and miscommunications happening between Dane and Vanessa.  She is a strong alpha female, and I love that she is always herself.  Dane is an Alpha who isn’t wolfy, and he butts heads with Jordan who is an Alpha who does go wolfy.  Dane and Jordan are always humorous with their arrogance and competition.  I can’t wait to see where this series goes next :)

    Wendy does a great job pulling you into the story.  Her writing style is fun, and I love all the humor she mixes into the story.  

    I recommend this series to my shifter lovin’ friends.  I wonder how long until Book 2 comes out :)

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

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    I was unprepared for this book.  I figured it was just another i

    I was unprepared for this book.  I figured it was just another in a long line of shifter stories that I would read, enjoy and move on from.  Not so fast.  This book started out different and stayed there.  This fun story surprised me and kept me reading and up past my bedtime.  I’m not sure what I can say without spoilers so let me just say if you like a fun furry tale this book is for you.
    I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy by author/publisher for an honest review

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

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    Two hot alphas and a feisty female werewolf in heat, what more c

    Two hot alphas and a feisty female werewolf in heat, what more could you ask for!  This story has funny at times, sweet, hot and intriguing.  Vanessa and Dane really brought a whole new meaning of fun to arguing and allergies.  Their instant intense chemistry was hot and I wished we could have gotten a little more into that.  i loved their immediate protectiveness of each other and how they just knew the other was kt for them.  The suspense of the story behind who was trying to get to Vanessa was a good one.  I didn't figure it out until the end.  So I am glad it wasn't predictable.  I have a very suspicious mind so I was glad it wasn't who I had originally thought it was.  I loved Jordan's character.  He was a scene stealer and funny.  I always love great bantering in a book and this one had it in spades between all the main characters.  I do hope the author continues with this series as I would love to see the other characters get their own HEAs.

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

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    Wendy Sparrow has definitely written a werewolf (they go by lyca

    Wendy Sparrow has definitely written a werewolf (they go by lycan in this universe) story with a twist here. Our heroine does have super speed and fantastic hearing, but she also suffers from near-dibilitating alergies and has a relationship with her four(!) air purifiers that borders on unnatural.




    Seriously. She's taken down by a housecat in the first scene. (I was going to say "common housecat", but I'm not entirely convinced he is.) She's allergic to marshmallows. (According to the author's note, so is Ms. Sparrow. My condolences...) Though I do love the fact that Dane puts her list of allergens on the fridge. And memorizes it. And they put the list to good use...more than once.




    “What are you doing?” he asked, smiling against her skin.




    “Listing out my allergies so I can keep my hormones from taking over.”




    He shouldn’t keep going. They were meant to be paying attention to their environment. Plus, now “ragweed” had joined the list of words that couldn’t be said in mixed company. They should stop. He pulled back enough to drag his shirt off.




    “You stopped on sesame seeds,” he said.




    “Carrots, celery, cumin.” Cumin was said on a long moan. She made spices she couldn’t have sound even more forbidden.




    “You forgot coriander.” He groaned as she bit his collarbone.




    “I didn’t forget coriander. I just hadn’t gotten there yet.” It earned him another bite.




    Oh, hell, they should really stop. “You were listing the Cs in alphabetical order.”




    “I was just listing them.” She pressed herself closer to him. “Fennel, kiwi.” She tipped her head back and those nails scraped down his back again. “Coriander.”




    Coriander was on the list of inappropriate words now.








    Ms. Sparrow's sense of humor really shines in this novel. Even though I will readily admit that a simple conversation or two could have resolved most if not all of Vanessa and Dane's relationship woes in--oh, the second chapter maybe--I so thoroughly enjoyed reading the rest of the novel I didn't even care. Plus, the "whodunnit" at the end isn't completely obvious, which made it fun (though that individual was on my short list of suspects, I wasn't at all sure until the big reveal).




    Please tell me this is going to be a series! I need more from this universe. And I really, really want Jordan to get a HEA too.




    Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-




    I recieved a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

    Vanessa has allergies...major allergies and lots of them...espec

    Vanessa has allergies...major allergies and lots of them...especially to cats....and she's a werewolf.
    Dane is a park ranger and one night he finds a comatose wolf with his cat siting on its head. He takes it back to his home and puts it in one of the holding cages till he can get help for it. Except when he wakes up in the morning he has a gorgeous, naked woman sitting in the cage in desperate need of antihistamines, who denies everything.
    They've been scent matched and are crazy for each other..except he's human and someone is hunting members of her pride. The alpha of her pack wanted her for his mate so Dane and he clash constantly.
    This is a mystery and a shifter story and a lot of fun. I love Dane and Vanessa and would like to know what happens to Julian and Travis. Good story, great characters,...Highly recommend it.

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  • Posted June 26, 2014

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    A Wolf Love Affair. Rating: 4 1/2 stars I received a copy of t

    A Wolf Love Affair.

    Rating: 4 1/2 stars

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

    I loved how this author made her to be a woman who is less than perfect. It’s something that most people will not admit to but it does make her a little more human (kinda-sorta). Our author also makes this a fun tale to read – it will have you laughing (you just will not be able to help yourself). Some of you may be a little disappointed with the lack of sex but there are enough teasers that you can use your imagination to fill in the missing pieces - I certainly didn’t miss it. And if those scenes were added it might have extended the book so I find it was perfect just the way it was written. This is a contemporary paranormal that shouldn’t be missed.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

    New authors are given two things simultaneously when I read thei

    New authors are given two things simultaneously when I read their work. Firstly the opportunity to stumble or lose track of a world. And more often than not this pass is readily applied to a first book. The second and harder to achieve is the chance to just blow me away. Well, Ms. Sparrow blew me away with this book.

    There is something truly charming, witty and knee slapping hilarious when a shifter is allergic to EVERYTHING! Every time I thought I couldn't be more amused I was hit with another allergy that could not only take a wolf down but could kill it. And the first thing is the cat. I mean a house cat, not a tiger shifter or a cougar shifter but a run of the mill stay at home cat. I was in stitches and literally had to put my Kindle down because I was laughing so hard I was crying. And yes, I know how dangerous allergies are I have a weird one myself that causes me to get migraines. Not to mention a parent that can go into anaphylaxis by just smelling cooking onions. So I get the serious nature but this was handled in such a way that made it humorous and true delight to read rather than the horror of watching a loved one struggle for breathe because of onions being cooked on an open grill.

    But back to the story, the story was well told. There was a true mystery that was solved. And to be perfectly honest, I had no idea who did it until the great reveal. So well played Ms. Sparrow. But then again it might also be partly due to the fact that the other portions of the book were so engrossing I was not trying to figure out the "Whodunit" so much as being swept away by the story.

    Now our poor allergic heroine, Vanessa first meeting Dane Hansen, the new park ranger, after being attacked by a house cat and the cat winning. I love the fact that when Vanessa finally comes to in human form she mutters, "Oh, hell no," after seeing the cat in the same room with her. I'm still chuckling about that because I too am a cat magnet and I'm violently allergic to them as well. The fact that she not only evaluates the situation, grabs medication to calm the attack down and crashes is something I can completely not only say is true but I've experienced it myself. So for realism it is spot on. Well done, Ms. Sparrow.

    Now our poor confused and curious hero, Dane, knows he caged a wolf and yet she never admits that this is the case. However he acts as a gentleman removes the cat, finds medication for Vanessa and a clean room where she can crash to sleep the whole event away.

    However the stick in the situation is that Vanessa is "in heat" and not only does it impact Vanessa but Dane is also drawn to her as well. And she wakes to not only finding her mate but discovering it is the man that rescued her the night before eg Dane.

    She should really open her eyes.

    This was momentous.

    She'd found her mate.

    Open your eyes, Vanessa.

    She opend her eyes and tipped her head back, and the memory of the cat and the cage and the man-sweet heaven on two legs-all rushed back in an awful, grim reel of a "he's a human" horror flick. Dane. The guy she'd been planning to convince that he was crazy today. The guy with that cat.

    "Oh, hell no."

    How can you not love an introduction that has everything wrong with it. This is another reason this book just worked for me. I just loved this sense of playfulness and willingness to say what we would be thinking if we were in that situation. So thank you, Ms. Sparrow for keeping it real but Hilarious!

    But what you really want to know is what about Vanessa and Dane together. Best word to describe these two is Flammable. Neither of them want to give into the attraction or mating but they continue to pull towards each other through out the book. It was a true delight and joy to watch these two dance around each other and the obstacles that they had to overcome in order to sort out the mystery and find the killer.

    Final Thoughts: If you enjoy a great sense of humor and are looking for something in the same vein as Darynda Jones or Molly Harper books then I would say that this book will fit the bill. And both of these authors are some of my personal favorites. Ms. Sparrow has huge shoes to fill when it comes to writing another book in this series but I'm hopeful that will she be able to make another couple as interesting and unique as Dane and Vanessa. This book is joining my Must Reads of 2014 list because it is a work that deserves to be seen by as many romance fans as possible. Well done, Ms. Sparrow. I greatly anticipate book 2.

    Entangled Publishing Ignite provided me with a gifted copy of Past My Defenses but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

    Title: Past My Defenses Author: Wendy Spa

    Title: Past My Defenses
    Author: Wendy Sparrow
    Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC
    Published: 6-23-2014
    ISBN: 13-978-1-62266-737-6
    ASIN E-Book: B00KP8FDPY
    Pages: 271
    Genre: Paranormal Romance
    Tags: Suspense, Contemporary Romance, Shifters, Werewolves
    Sensual Rating: Sizzling
    Overall Rating: Great
    Reviewed For: Entangled Publishing
    Reviewer: DelAnne

    Dane Hansen, a Glacier Peak Park Ranger, stops on his way to investigate an abandoned car off the side of the road and part way into a ditch. Things don't add up as an accident, yet the sheriff's office seems to be acting as if it is an everyday event. Later that night his sister's cat, Lucifer gets out and attacks a beautiful silver wolf and amazingly seems to win. Dane brings the unconscious wolf home to treat it. He keeps an eye on it through the night and suddenly where once there was a wolf in the cage is unexpectedly a gorgeous woman, a gorgeous naked blond woman.

    Vanessa could not believe this had happened to her a homicidal house cat had brought her down. Even now it sat outside the cage trying to get to her. Her allergies were going to be the death of her yet, literally. She could barely breathe not to mention a human had found her and now knew about lycans. Jordan was going to be so mad, at best he might ask her to leave, at worst he would kill her and the human to protect the pack. Meds, she needed meds or Jordan wouldn't have to killer her. This was all Jordan's fault anyway for sending her out when he knew how her allergies were.

    Now someone was out to make the lycan species extinct, the alpha female was missing and Vanessa's mate was a human. Could life get any more complicated? Yes the killer decided Vanessa needs to be eliminated next.

    Humor runs throughout this story, as does suspense and romance. As unusual a paranormal romance Past My Defenses is I still found it to be an absorbing story I have read in a long time. I was laughing out loud as poor Vanessa and Dane got to know each other and Dane worked his way around the minefield of her numerous allergies. I especially thought it was hilarious how everyone keeps asking if he knows she is allergic to marshmallows like he is insane to get involved with someone so freakish. Dane even memorizes the two pages of allergies to ensure to avoid them. Now that is true love. I sincerely hope there will be more from Wendy Sparrow in her Taming the pack series. If so I hope Jordan will be next in line to find his pack, or if possible, maybe Travis. There is definitely more to these two than what meets the eye.

    Wendy Sparrow is a new author for me, but I can see her becoming an author I will be following closely. Pick up a copy of Past My Defenses and enjoy yourself beyond belief.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    This book is a great read. Vanessa and Dane story is when you fi

    This book is a great read. Vanessa and Dane story is when you find your other half, you will do anything to keep it.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    Meet Vanessa, she is a wolf shifter who is allergic to almost ev

    Meet Vanessa, she is a wolf shifter who is allergic to almost everything. She wakes up in a cage at Dane's house. Dane is a smexy forest ranger, they instantly bond. Vanessa is in heat and Dane resists her many advances. Throw in a cranky alpha and a mysterious coworker and you have a fun story.

    This was a funny, well paced book, but I felt a little cheated. The two main characters repeatedly get hot and heavy together, but don't actually follow through. I also became annoyed by how flighty vanessa was. Overall is was a entertaining story about true love, with plot twists that will shock the reader.

    I was given a free copy for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

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    Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only thre

    Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only threat she can’t outrun is her allergies. After a feline dander-bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he’d trapped. But ooooh, he smells so good. Mine.




    Dane hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. Her temper makes his pulse race, and he can’t escape the feeling they belong together.




    They’re hot as a forest fire even before they scent-match, but Glacier Peak’s Alpha considers Dane a danger to the pack. 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?




    Review:




    I enjoyed this paranormal romance by new to me Author Wendy Sparrow.




    With all her allergies, Vanessa needs to live in a plastic bubble...LOL  There were parts to Vanessa's character that I did not like and at times I wanted to tell Dane to run away from her, she is too much trouble but I guess that would not make a very good romance ;)  Vanessa seemed to get herself into trouble or put herself in harms way alot.  Dane has the patience of a saint in my book!  For being thrown into a world of shifters, finding out you are a mate to one and then trying to keep that mate from getting killed he really handles it well and tries to make this budding relationship work.




    Overall, I  enjoyed the story.  The Author's voice had the right mix of humor and snark that I like in books.  The ending was not all that surprising to me, I guessed who was behind the killings but I have to say I did not get why until the end.  I would definitely like to read more from this Author!




    3.5 Stars

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

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    Werewolf with allergies = Fun Read! ¿It¿s not that long of a li

    Werewolf with allergies = Fun Read!

    “It’s not that long of a list.” Well, it was, but it could be longer…in theory.
    He laughed in response. “I don’t even know what a couple of those things are.”
    “Like what?”
    “Annato seeds. And I don’t know anyone else who’s allergic to marshmallows.”

    It’s one thing to have a long list of allergies, but it’s quite another when you are a werewolf! And for Vanessa, nothing is more embarrassing than waking up in a cage after having her wolf form taken down by Lucifer…the devil…cat, all because of those allergies! And to make matters worse, Dane, the forest ranger who found her and caged her, turns out to be her mate…and he’s a human, and it’s not going to be easy to get him to believe that she wasn't the wolf in the cage. Talk about having a bad day! Oh, and the fact that she’s currently in heat and can’t seem to keep her hormones from taking over…well doesn't that just add some extra fun...

    For Vanessa, when things get difficult, she runs…except this time the lure of her mate has her rethinking her instinct to run. Throw into the mix the pack alpha who is thinking of making Vanessa the pack Alpha female, a poacher who his killed and has set his sights on Vanessa, and her mate who refuses to give in to desire because he wants to be sure that her attraction to him isn't just because she’s in heat…it’s a wonder why Vanessa hasn't already hit the other coast!

    “When she’d taken off, he’d practically pulled muscles trying to chase her. He was sure he’d really screwed up – and, okay, he had, but then she’d turned at the edge of the landscaped portion of the cabin’s yard, and the alarm in him settled. The rush of adrenaline had turned to arousal. His brain filled with what seemed like an arrogant and outrageous certainty: she was his.

    I just loved this fun read. Although there wasn't a lot of steam on the pages, the tension was off the charts as Vanessa and Dane battled their attraction to one another. The mystery of the poacher and who was behind the killings was great and, although I had a feeling I knew whodunit, there were still some twists that kept me surprised and turning the pages.

    I really enjoyed the world and characters that have been created, the human/lycan connection was a nice twist to the traditional werewolf lore. There were a lot of great characters introduced and I can’t wait to read more about the pack, especially Jordan and Travis.

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

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: *Copy gi

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
    *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

    --Actual rating 3.5 Skulls

    Past My Defenses, the first book in the TAMING THE PACK series by Wendy Sparrow was a cute read, and it had a GREAT surprise towards the end with the whodunit, but I didn't love the heroine. I spent too much time wanting to smack her and rolling my eyes and that took away from the overall enjoyment of the book for me personally. There are going to be readers who adore her though, she's quirky, utterly 'human' in her flaws, and makes her man work to win her...

    I really loved Dane though. He is one of those instantly trusting and accepting heroes and has a protective streak a mile wide. Wendy also does a great job of making him just alpha enough while reminding the reader that he's just human, he's not this uber powerful werewolf like the other guys of the tale. When he's thrown into a world he didn't even know existed and confronted with a woman who both infuriates and fascinates him, it's incredibly entertaining to get inside his head. 

    The overall storyline was decently paced. There were some areas where I felt myself losing interest, but those were primarily the spots where I wasn't feeling Vanessa, but as soon as the gears shifted I found myself sucked back in and loving the surprises that Wendy spun into the plot. I also loved the tension and interaction between the supporting characters of the entire book. I instantly found myself wanting more of several, and I can only hope that as the series continues we'll get their individual tales. 

    Bottom line: Past My Defenses was a good paranormal romance - quirkily, different, fun, and surprising, and as mentioned, while I didn't connect with the leading lady, there will be readers who will absolutely love her. Plus, why wouldn't you want to check out a book that started out as a joke on Twitter!? Such a great birth of an idea. :) 

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

    Vanessa has got to be the funniest Lycan I have ever read about.

    Vanessa has got to be the funniest Lycan I have ever read about. She is snarky, passionate and a hot mess. Vanessa is allergic to pretty much everything which makes it hard on her to track and do basic things in either form. She is sent out by her Alpha Jordan to track a member of the pack who has disappeared. Of course Vanessa tried to tell him she would be worthless with her allergies acting up but one cannot disobey an order form their alpha so off she goes. While she is on her tracking mission she is assaulted by a cat which brings her down and she is taken in by Dane who is a forest ranger to make sure she is ok. Dane gets the surprise of his life when he turns around to check on the wolf her brought home and comes face to face with a naked woman instead. Vanessa tries her hardest to convince Dane is nus but he is having none of that. TO top it off Vanessa realizes that Dane is her mate. While trying to figure out how she could possibly be mated to a human she finds out that the pack member she was sent to find hated her and wanted her dead. Elaborate plans were made to take her out. Jordan and Dane fight over who gets to protect her and of course being her she wants to protect everyone else. This is a wonderfully written story that will suck you in from the first paragraph. It is full of romance, sexy fights, and intrigue. Definite must read!

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

    The first in a new werewolf romance, this book is a riveting rea

    The first in a new werewolf romance, this book is a riveting read that keeps readers shivering in suspense.  When Vanessa wakes up naked in a cage and staring at a hot park ranger she has cause to worry, not only has Vanessa been targeted by poachers, but now she’s scent-matched to a human.  
    This fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers on their toes with action, suspense, drama and romance.  The author brings the story to life with well written scenes and details that capture the imagination and make it easy for the reader to picture the story as it happens and the well orchestrated intrigue and action scenes are exciting and believable. The characters are strong, compelling, easily related and draw the reader deeper into the story.
    The attraction between Vanessa and Dane radiates lots of heat from every page, but these two has some serious communication problems and emotional issues that keeps their romance spiraling in every direction, not to mention the fact the Dane is human and the Alpha thinks he is a danger to the pack.  Vanessa’s extreme allergies (which is a very interesting characteristic for a werewolf) adds some drama and spice to the story in addition to all the attempts on her life.  There is also quite a few chuckles from snarky dialogue and the two alpha males competing for who is top dog.
    The alpha has certainly created a fascinating shifter world with some interesting and captivating characters.  I found this story to be enjoyable and entertaining and the author kept me guessing with some surprising twists, although I do feel as if there is something missing from the whole poacher issue, surely there’s more to it, I guess I will just have to wait and see…hmmm… when is the next coming out?

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