Desert Wolf

Desert Wolf

by Heather Long


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Cassius, Alpha of Sutter Butte, leads the most ruthless and dangerous pack in the United States. Misfits, castoffs, and forgotten wolves, they rose to create a pack more than a century ago in utter defiance of the order of the day. Seen as pitiless and cruel, Cassius wants more for his people than a yearly bloodbath as they fight for a better spot in the pecking order. To change his pack means to change himself, and he will find rebellion on all sides, not to mention from his own defiant heart.

Sovvan Stark, Omega of Delta Crescent, lives a cherished, beloved life in the center of her pack-a delicate and hard won balance. Though she is not the only Omega, she is the most experienced with the tremors of pack upset when power shifts from Alpha to Alpha. When her Alpha approaches her about Sutter Butte's request, Sovvan considers the matter for several months. While she might hold within her the key to helping the Sutter Butte Alpha, the undertaking could very well kill her.

Accompanied by a single Hound, Sovvan begins a journey to help Cassius rebuild the foundation of his pack, but first she will have to transform him...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517315795
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/21/2015
Series: Wolves of Willow Bend Series , #8
Pages: 406
Sales rank: 1,304,424
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Desert Wolf 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so good, but heart wrenching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real Reader. Went into this one not expecting much because the Alpha was not very likable. THIS WAS THE BEST ONE. Enjoyed a great deal
CD1966 More than 1 year ago
When the book starts you don't like Caussis very much but then he redeems himself and the story is wonderful. Loved how it tied in to all the other packs
KristyHeinicke More than 1 year ago
Asking so much from her...... I received an ARC of 'Desert Wolf' from the author, in return for an honest review. Oh WOW, that was an intense installment of the "Wolves of Willow Bend" series. I'm actually a little sad when I finsihed reading 'Desert Wolf', I could have kept on reading about Cassius & Sovvan. 'Desert Wolf' is the 8th book in Heather's "Wolves of Willow Bend" series, you don't have to read this series in order to understand what's going on, I've only read about half of the series so far but plan to get the rest read once I'm able. Cassius wants more for his pack, he wants the end of the yearly bloodbaths that have become a tradition, he wants what other packs have for his own. He asks the Alpha of Delta Cresent for the help he requires, in the form of one of her packs Omega's. Sovvan has thought hard for the past few months about what to do with the Alpha from Sutter Butte's request, with her Hound & protector in towe she makes the journey.... 'Desert Wolf' was different in so many ways compared to the previous books I've read in the series, where before you could see the change within the couple towards one-another... between Cassius & Sovvan it took a little more time, well maybe not for Sovvan. Their interractions with one-another had more to do with understanding just why Sovvan was called in to help. Even though Sovvan is an Omega, she has sass, she arose to the challenge that Cassius asked of her. Hmmmm I can't say too much about Cassius without giving away too much, you really need to read it & have it unravell to apreciated this alpha. Heather weaved such a thrilling tale of suspense, action, passion, sassyness & love.... I found myself drawn into the story & unable to stop until I'd finished. I NEED to read the series ASAP & can't wait to read what comes next in the series...
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Cassius is a wolf shifter and alpha of Sutter Butte. Another wolf, Sovian, from another pack, comes to help him as he had a lot of descent in his pack and wanted to shape it up. Cassius had no friends and was known to be cold. The book was really good. I did really enjoy it. The twists and turns Cassius had to go through, the loss of a lot of his wolves, plus the betrayals, he did change for the best. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
NPNowlin More than 1 year ago
Desert Wolf describes a world running side by side with human civilization, unseen. While this may sound typical of many werewolf story lines, what sets it apart is the unique world built in the pack structure. The ubiquitous alpha is all powerful of course, but the Omega, oft described as a lowly member, is extremely special in this world. It was a fascinating position in the werewolf life. Hunters and Hounds also have an interesting purpose, but the Omega was especially unique compared to other reads. Ultimately the story is violent (on purpose, due to the nature of the pack needing the omega) and the romance rushed. Perhaps the romance is truly secondary to the overall story in this case. It feels a bit borderline horror versus fantasy werewolf with a dash of romance.
hazelstar721 More than 1 year ago
I should start off by saying I'm a huge fan of Heather Long and was super excited when this book appeared on Netgalley. Now with that being said I knew writing this review would be a little rough as I would only want to normally sing glowing praise. Now don't get me wrong and think that the book was bad and that I did not enjoy it like I have the others. I did enjoy Desert Wolf it just took awhile for me to get into it. The beginning couple chapters just seemed to drag for me and I had to really stay dedicated to reading it as I knew it would get better. Heather Long didn't disappoint once the book did pick up pace and grab me into the story. Maybe it was just me and I was having an off day but if not just hang in there and it will get AWESOME and Cassius will make you wish he was your alpha. I got really wrapped up in the storyline and shed some tears at parts. It was amazing to see the journey not only for Cassius but the Sutter Butte pack. I highly recommend reading this book and series if you haven't started yet. I am really looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series!
Gina_D More than 1 year ago
n7kk7br00ks More than 1 year ago
Cassius is the Alpha of Sutter Butte, is a tough nut to crack! He is equal measures mean and tough and downright kind and willing to die for his packs future. When he puts out a call to an alpha asking for her assistance and her Omega, he knows that his mean and menacing personality is enough to make her automatically say no. But if his pack is to survive he needs her help, loathe as he is to ask for it. Sovvan Stark, Omega of Delta Crescent is Cassius last hope for changing his decimated pack. It's been ruined by years of harsh treatment by previous Alphas and the dreaded Reaping! She's an integral part of his plan but the plan could just mean the death of him..or her! She can reflect a wolf's inner being and she could wreck Cassius pack. Anger, jealousy and deceit could lay waste and leave no one untainted. Fantastic story, full of twists and turns. I never quite knew if I loved Cassius or wanted to belt him one on the jaw!!! He is a deep well of tightly bound emotion, making him actually appear as unfeeling jerk at times. Desert Wolf is part of a series but can easily be read as standalone. Fantastic story and can't wait to see what happens next!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a great addition to the series! I was intrigued to learn more about the history of the Sutter Butte pack – it explained so much about their attitudes and interactions. Cassius is their Alpha and really wants things to change for all of them, to give peace and harmonious living a chance but to achieve that he’ll have to change so much in himself and his pack. As he sets out to do this he uncovers dissension in the ranks and has problems knowing just who to trust. Add in his feelings for Sovvan Stark, the Omega of the Delta Crescent pack who has agreed to help him and nothing is going to be simple for any of them! Whilst this is the eighth book in the series, it still works well as a standalone. However, if you’ve read any of the earlier stories, you’ll recognise some of the secondary characters in this story. It has well developed, complex characters who it is easy to empathise with because the author paints such vivid images of people, places, events and emotions, making it feel as though the reader is witnessing the events first hand rather than just reading about them. The story is fast paced with many convoluted twists that you’re never quite certain how things will work out in the end. A real page turner, an enthralling read, this is a brilliant shifter story that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys paranormal shifter adventures with wolves that have complex relationships, danger, rebellion and, of course, romance! Many thanks to the author, publisher, Barclay Publicity and NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Intense. That’s my word for this story. Really, really good story and it kept me on the edge of my seat! I’ve read others in this series and they had just as much depth but this one truly had more intensity for me. Cassius is the Sutter Butte Alpha. He is trying to change the very dynamics of his pack and asks a rival pack (but not a slice-your-throat rival) to borrow their Omega, Delta Crescent Omega Sovvan. At times, these two made me laugh, smile, smirk, sniffle – it really is a great relationship to read and follow. Much ups and downs, much strife, and also much growth between and within the packs as they learn to live together, work together, and still maintain their own places in life/pack. Very sexy but a lot of back and forth to help the relationship grow and make trust bloom. I really liked it but be warned. It was not a “light” read, at least for me.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
This book is the EIGHTH in the series, although I was unaware of that when I started reading it. As such, there is an awful lot of past history and backstory that I was - and remain - completely unaware of. However, that being said, you can read this by itself so long as you don't mind being in the dark when they talk about other couples, and how the different packs interact with each other. The story between Cassius and Sovvan is interesting and carries you along nicely. It is steamy in places, and rough around the edges, a bit like Cassius himself. He has plans for the Sutter Butte pack, plans that he needs Sovvan for, but making it succeed will be a difficult, and possibly deadly, game. Well written and smoothly paced, there were few editing or grammatical errors that I noticed. With the hint of mystery and pack politics to keep you intrigued, you will be swept up into the harsh terrain of pack life within the Sutter Butte. * I received this book from Barclay Publicity / NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Desert Wolf (Wolves of Willow Bend #8) by Heather Long 4 1/2 of 5 Stars Sutter Butte Pack Alpha, Cassius Lucera, is determined to change the culture of his pack. He will need the help of Sovvan Stark, Omega of Delta Crescent Pack, to achieve his goal that might put both their lives in jeopardy. I really like Cassius. Yes, he is a lethal killer but not because he wants to be. He is a great leader who cares about the overall well-being of his pack. He is afraid to become close to anyone because trust does not come easy for him. I love Sovvan’s insights and intelligence. She is a deep character that got you thinking. I appreciate that she does what she feels is right and is not influenced by her pack mates. I like the setting of the story. It seems like most wolf shapeshifter novels take place in the woods and/or mountains. The desert was an interesting location. Heather Long did a great job describing the different obstacles a desert pack would face. I really enjoyed the plot. It had a lot of depth, drama, and twist. This is actually the first book that I have read in the Wolves of Willow Bend series. I had no problem following the novels and enjoyed the characters. I am definitely interested in back tracking and reading the previous books to hear their stories. After reading the epilogue, I am also, intent in reading the next book in the series. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
AnyTime_ReaderSF More than 1 year ago
I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review by author Heather Long. This is book 8 of the series Wolves of Willow Bend by the author. Cassius Lucera del Alba, the alpha needs help so he contacts another alpha and wants their omega to come to him. Sovvan Stark is the omega for her pack but when she learn the nature of what Cassius wants things and she must learn his faults and build from there. This book has a great story line and wonderful characters for any reader to enjoy. The author gave the characters very good interaction.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Cassius, Alpha of Sutter Butte, is snarly and mean and rough and tuff and buff and stuff but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel, doesn’t want, doesn’t hope. What he wants is to take his pack into a less violent less fearful future. To do that he needs help; Sovvan Stark, Omega of Delta Crescent is the help Cassius feels it will take. He doesn’t expect who she is and what she does to him personally but isn’t crazy enough to look fate in the mouth. He just doesn’t know if he is going to live long enough to enjoy her. Sovvan is an Omega. A special type of wolf. She isn’t immediately cowed by any Alpha and so stands outside pack structure. Her gift is reflection. She can reflect your weakness back at you. She can discover a packs weakness. She can also it seems borrow your fear, anger, grief or intense emotion and use it. She responded to Cassius’s need to improve the lot of his pack she didn’t expect to fall for him. Heather Long is a fantastic story teller and this may be her best story yet. Desert Wolf can be read standalone but will be better enjoyed if you’ve read the rest of the series. I loved everything about Sovvan except for her name (for which I had to use a dofer cause I couldn’t figure out how to pronounce it) and Cassius turned out to be deeper than he’s let anyone know. This book will leave you feeling good and hopeful for the future of the Sutter Butte pack. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review but I bought my own copy as well.
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
I was once again drawn into the world that Heather Long has created and found it hard to put this one down. This book was a bit darker than the others in the series that I have read, but that wasn’t a surprise since the Sutter Butte pack itself is dark. Even though this the eighth book in the series you can definitely read this as a standalone, but of course starting from the beginning will give a bit more insight into the dynamics between the packs and the alphas. Cassius rules his pack with little tolerance for disobedience or challenge, using the threat of violence and consequence to keep everyone in line. His cold and ruthless rule results from the discord in his pack, but he wants to change that by finding a way to change how his pack operates and, if necessary, eliminating those who will stand in his way. As the story unfolds and we get to learn about Cassius’s past and his rise to alpha, it’s easy to see why most fear him. But it was also easy to understand why he would want more for his pack – a better way of life that will allow the pack more freedom and less bloodshed. And even though he can be ruthless, he also cares for his pack and takes care of them. Sovvan was just perfect for Cassius. Her being an Omega was a critical part of Cassius’s plan to change his pack, but she didn’t let him push her around or force her into a decision she needed to make for herself. I loved that she was fierce and able to take care of herself and she wasn’t afraid to stand up for what she wanted. You could sense the need in her from the beginning to find herself, and it was clear the trip from her pack to Sutter Butte was her own journey of self-discovery. I loved her loyalty to her pack, but also her ability to see the bigger picture and do the right thing. Cassius and Sovvan together were fun to watch and from their first encounter I knew these two would match up well. Sovvan never backed down from Cassius, yet she knew when to give just enough to soothe his alpha side. From the first moment they meet you could feel the chemistry between them, and I loved how their relationship evolved with the story and played into the events that unfolded. You could definitely feel the darkness in the pack and the tension that always seemed to be present whenever the pack was around. There were many things happening in this book, from all of the pieces that Cassius had to put in place for his plan, to the internal issues of the pack. Heather Long did a fabulous job weaving all of the parts together to create a story that came together to leave me totally satisfied but wanting to know what is going to happen to next. Even though this can be read as a standalone, there is an overall story arc that seems to be coming to head and I can’t wait to see where the next book takes us. I just love the world that Heather Long has created and find it so easy to get wrapped up in her characters and their emotions. Another great read by Heather Long that I would highly recommend. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.