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ISBN-13: 9781250078605
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 548,401
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

EVE LANGLAIS is a New York Times bestselling Canadian author who loves to write hot romance. Her books include Delicate Freakn' Flower, Bunny and the Bear, and Defying Pack Law. She enjoys strong alpha male heroes, shifters, and a happily ever after.

KATE DOUGLAS lives in California and loves “happily ever after” endings. She is the author of the DemonSlayers and Wolf Tales series.

A.C. ARTHUR was born and raised in Baltimore, where she currently lives with her husband and three children. Determined to bring a new edge to romance, she continues to develop intriguing plots, sensual love scenes, racy characters, and fresh dialogue. She is the author of The Shadow Shifters series.

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Hunger


By Eve Langlais

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2017 St. Martin's Press
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-9107-4


CHAPTER 1

The fresh air presented a nice change after the time she'd spent getting bounced around in the confining, and somewhat stifling, trunk of the car. However, getting to vacate her vehicular coffin didn't mean her situation improved, as she found herself heaved over a shoulder with less care than a sack of potatoes. How rude, but then again, she really couldn't expect much manners given she was in the midst of a kidnapping, her own, to be exact.

Certainly not how I planned to spend my evening. But more exciting than the catching up on the DVR programming she had planned.

One tall lamppost lit the surroundings, but this was the only sign of civilization. The sounds of the city didn't penetrate the gravel-packed parking lot. Night had fallen, and the hum of crickets from the shadowy forest filled the air as opposed to the buzz of flies in dirty alleys. A city girl at heart, she didn't often find herself in such lush green places and, given the mosquito that buzzed looking for a spot to land, with good reason.

Logical deduction put her in some kind of conservation area, a guess she made because of the glimpse she got of a placard reading: PLEASE STICK TO THE MARKED TRAILS. And KEEP OUR PARKLANDS CLEAN. DON'T LITTER.

Does dumping bodies count? She idly wondered what kind of fine that would entail.

The jouncing journey on her kidnapper's shoulder proved short, her landing abrupt, the splintered, weathered wood planks she hit not providing the most cushiony of landings.

"Would it hurt you to be gentle?" she grumbled.

"Shut up."

She took that to mean yes, it would.

"Should we kill her now?" a gruff voice asked.

She frowned. That seemed kind of drastic, especially given she didn't even know these thugs, although they'd certainly targeted her. They'd lain in wait in the parking garage of the building where she worked. Like an idiot, she never even sensed them until they'd conked her on the head.

"How should we kill her? I'm not too keen on getting blood on these shoes. I just broke them in." The shoes in question were some type of patent leather. Not a great loss if he tossed them.

Thug Number Two replied, "We could strangle her, but I've heard them forensic folk can sometimes lift prints."

"So use gloves." Said with a duh-like sigh that she wanted to echo.

"Did you bring some?"

Judging by the silence, her kidnappers came ill prepared. Just her luck she'd gotten nabbed by incompetents. That boded well, for her at least.

"Fuck the gloves and killing her by hand. The river will take care of her for us."

Death by drowning? Uh no. This conversation about ways to bring about her demise needed to end. She cleared her throat. "Excuse me ..." Asshats? No, too aggressive. Gentlemen? Ha, say that with a straight face. "Guys, you really don't want to do this."

"A hundred Gs says we do," retorted the one who advocated drowning.

A hundred grand? Damn, for that money she'd want to kill herself, too. "Who's paying?"

"The guy who wants you dead."

Well, that wasn't the answer she hoped for. A name would have been nice since the list of people who disliked her was rather extensive. "Murder for money. Is that really something you want on your conscience?"

"Murder?" The one who had carried her snorted. "How is it murder if you fall in the river and drown? I hear this stretch has a pretty decent current. Not our fault if you can't swim."

As if she could swim given the way they had her bound. Not only were her hands tied in front of her, but her feet were tethered as well. Overkill if you asked her and not exactly an ideal scenario. It probably explained why her heart pounded, putting rumors to rest by those who said she had none.

"That's not very sporting. I mean the least you could do is untie me." She batted her lashes, but they didn't fall for it.

"Untie you? Not a chance. I am not risking our payment just in case you actually manage to get out of this alive."

"Maybe we should kill her before we dump the body in the water," the other one whined. "What if she doesn't drown?"

This discussion of her demise was really getting old. "Listen, gentlemen," she said, even if, to her mind, they were little better than petty thugs, "perhaps we can negotiate. If it's money you want then —"

"Shut your trap."

The open-handed cuff snapped her head. She bit her lip, hard enough to taste blood.

Instead of making her cower or zip her lips, it annoyed her. "Well, that wasn't very nice," she retorted.

"Like we give a damn," snarled the guy closest to her.

"Who are you?" Tell me your name so I know upon whom to exact my revenge.

"As if we're going to tell," Jerk Number Two said from behind her. She really should put a face to the voice for when she managed to escape and needed to find him again. She craned for a peek, only to receive another slap to her noggin.

Her head throbbed, and a hint of fear tried to weave its way around her confidence, attempting to strangle it.

Never. Giving up would cost her life. Since she didn't have it scheduled in her agenda, death would have to wait. She had too many appointments to keep, too much still to experience.

"Didn't your mother ever teach you to not hit girls?" she muttered.

"Yeah, and then our father told her to shut up with his fist." The pair of thugs snorted at their poor jest, entirely too pleased with themselves.

Since she couldn't seem to dissuade them, she tried to stall and gather other info as her fingers worked at the duct tape keeping her hands bound. Damn them for buying the good stuff. "Who hired you?" A hundred Gs wasn't chump change, but it was also kind of an insult. Surely my death is worth more.

And what was the ultimate plan? Why kill her here, in this spot? Which was where exactly?

A glance around showed her seated on some kind of weathered wooden dock that jutted out over a span of water where the occasional whitecap glinted as the current rolled past.

"You talk way too much," grumbled the hired killer.

"I told you we should have taped her mouth, too. But oh no, you said we had to keep her breathing until we got here because dead bodies stink up the car."

"Shut up or I'll slap you, too. Let's get this over with."

"You'll regret this," she threatened.

"Yada. Yada. Say hello to the underworld. I hear it's warm this time of the year."

A snort of laughter accompanied the rough hands that gripped her arms, and despite herself, fear swamped her confidence. She couldn't help but struggle, squirming and twisting in their grasp. She used everything she had, even her teeth, managing a satisfying chomp.

"Ow! The bitch bit me," complained the thug who dropped her.

A minor victory, and she used it to inchworm her way across the dock, not very far, though.

A booted foot made contact with her poor head, and she gasped in pain, then struggled for consciousness as dark spots made her blink.

And blink.

And —

The cold slap of the water stole her breath, and she sank, much like a rock. No amount of wiggling or thrashing stopped her descent. It didn't take long before her lungs burned, the pressure of holding her breath urgent.

She breathed out a few bubbles. It didn't change her situation. It just meant she lived a few seconds longer.

I'm going to die.

That totally blew.

She didn't want her life to end. She didn't want to feed the fishies.

Apparently, fate didn't want her to pollute the river either, because something caught hold of her.

It's a gator. It's a fish. It's a ... man?

She caught only a glimpse of his features, the scant starlight providing more shadow than illumination. Yet who cared about his looks? He'd saved her!

Their heads broke the surface of the water, and she drew in a much-needed lungful of air. As she fed her abused lungs, she caught a glimpse of her rescuer. Perhaps he was a merman. He certainly appeared as if he belonged to the water elements with his hair slicked back. However, his eyes, vivid even in the darkness, were lit as if from within with a golden fire that screamed, I am not human!

But he certainly was attractive. He held her with a dependable strength as he trod water for both of them. A savior from the shadows.

She couldn't help but whisper, "Who are you?" And then her brow creased as her mind hit a wall, a wall she could have sworn hadn't existed before, and she exclaimed, "Who am I?"

However, her identity issues would have to wait, because it seemed the splashes of water all around them weren't rocks falling from the sky. They were bullets.

Someone is shooting at us!

CHAPTER 2

Villains don't save damsels.

Hadn't Fabian written the memo? Didn't he preach the word? Then what the hell possessed him to play the part of hero?

What idiot dove, in the dark, in a river with a decent current, to save a bloody stranger?

Apparently, he was just such an idiot, and if he survived this stupidity, he'd give himself a proper reaming.

If he survived.

Splish. Splosh.

Those assholes are shooting at us!

Fabian could have kicked his own ass once the bullets began to fly, peppering the river's surface with their deadly impact. Yet, given the slight female in his arms would have surely drowned if he'd not acted, he couldn't completely say he wouldn't do it again.

Who would have thought a hero lurked beneath his jaded veneer?

A hero he'd deny existed if anyone remarked on it. He did have a reputation as a badass to maintain after all.

"Who's shooting at us?" the woman squeaked.

Answering a question at a time like this was stupid, so he did the only thing he could think of to shut her up. "Hold your breath."

Not much warning, but then again, they didn't have much time. He yanked them both under the water's surface that served a dual purpose. First, the murky river would act as camouflage, making it harder for the gunmen to spot them and, second, because the thick liquid would slow the impact of the bullets.

Not that he really cared if he got hit. He'd survive. As a werewolf, and a powerful one at that, he possessed an amazing constitution that mocked most injuries. But his amazing ability to heal didn't stop one crucial thing.

Getting shot sucked. He knew this from experience. He also knew another thing. The woman could get hurt. Humans were fragile that way.

We must protect her.

The altruistic thought didn't come from him. Pesky inner beast. It seemed his wolf half-harbored irritating concepts of honor and duty. It enjoyed helping others, even if it made Fabian's villainous reputation so hard to maintain.

Ignoring his Lycan side, which whined at the whole swimming-underwater thing — must find a patch of dirt to roll in — he kicked his feet while keeping his arms wrapped around the woman. The current helped move them away from the scene and out of reach of the gunmen.

While his lung capacity meant he could have swum a while longer underwater, he kept in mind the woman he held was human. She needed to breathe.

He popped their heads above the surface and heard her take in a gasping breath.

"Shh," he hastened to whisper before she could speak. "We have to remain quiet."

She nodded and didn't say a word. However, she might as well have shone a beacon given how noisily she sucked in air.

In the distance, he heard shouting.

"Where the hell did they go?"

"I'm pretty sure I hit them," boasted the other.

Wishful thinking, Fabian thought with a smirk.

The current took them farther downstream, deeper into his territory, and that meant it was less likely the thugs would continue their pursuit.

The gurgle and rush of the water as it carried their bobbing bodies, held aloft by his scissoring legs, filled the silence between them.

She was a woman, so of course it couldn't last forever.

"I'm cold," she said through chattering teeth.

"But alive, so stop complaining. We can't exit the river yet. We've not gone far enough."

"How would you know?"

"Because I own these lands." Said not without a little bit of pride. He'd worked hard to get where he was today.

"I want to go to shore."

"What part of 'not yet' did you not understand?"

"You can't tell me what to do. Let me go." She squirmed in his arms, not that it did her any good. He was much stronger than her.

"How about we first untie your hands? Or is this a new fashion statement?" What kind of coward tossed a bound woman into water? It was a cruel way to kill with no honor.

Given he held them both afloat, he had to quickly tear the sodden tape in two before she sank. But separating her hands wasn't enough, apparently. He had an irrational need to see the tape gone. "Hold on to me with one hand while I get it off."

She braced a hand on his shoulder while holding out the other to him.

As his feet trod water, he peeled the sticky binding from her wrist, swiftly, ignoring her gasped, "Ow! Couldn't you have been more gentle?"

"Don't whine. Tape is like a Band-Aid, best yanked off quick. Switch hands now so I can get the other."

While she might have protested at his methods, that didn't stop her from offering her other wrist to him.

She clenched her lips tight as he ripped the tape away.

"Done. Was that so hard?"

A glare was her reply.

He chuckled. "Your gratefulness is overwhelming me."

"Smart-ass."

"Will you stop whining if I kiss it better and promise to get you some ice cream?"

"I'd prefer if you freed my feet."

"I can do that if you float on your back so I can reach them."

Except she didn't know how to float very well, apparently, which meant he ended up ducking underwater for a second to tear at the tape holding her ankles together.

As soon as he broke the surface of the water, she started in on him again.

"Let me go. I want to go to shore."

"Can you swim?" he asked.

"Of course I can. I think." She said the last bit on a higher note.

"Suit yourself."

He released her and let her sink like a cement block a few feet underwater before reaching under and yanking her back up.

She spat out water and invectives: "Bloody hell, I can't swim."

"Just how many other things do you not remember being able to do?" He couldn't help a smug grin, his expression pure I told you so.

She glared at him, her evil stare visible even in the feeble starlight. It made him smile only wider.

"You are not funny," she stated.

"I wasn't trying to be a comedian, merely practical."

"Well, you suck," she wheezed, still trying to catch her breath.

Feisty. He kind of liked it. It wasn't often he came across people with the balls to talk back to him. Being a man of power meant most people feared him. As he was alpha of the wolves and a small contingent of cats, his position meant people obeyed him — and trembled if he turned his displeased mien their way — and women tended to simper in his presence and do their best to seduce him in the hopes of becoming Mrs. Garoux. They all wanted to become a powerful woman in the shifter underworld and beneficiary of his immense wealth.

He couldn't have said what prompted him to say, "Yes, I do suck. And lick. I'm also partial to nibbles. I'm a man of many talents, vixen."

"You can keep those talents to yourself."

"Such ingratitude for the man who saved you."

"You're right. I should show some manners. Thank you."

"That's it?" He said the words teasingly, and to his surprise, his prickly, waterlogged lady chuckled.

"How's thank you very much?"

"You forgot to add a cherry on top."

How about a kiss?

An odd thought to have, given he didn't know the woman and she was hardly attractive soaked in river water that proved quite odiferous.

"Cherries are overrated. I prefer ooey, gooey caramel."

Yes. Caramel, licked from her lips.

Bad wolf.

At least, he wanted to blame his wolf, and yet he was the one who pictured himself caressing her full, if slightly purple, lips.

Perhaps it is time to head for shore.

The temperature of the water truly affected her, much more than him.

If the thugs planned on pursuing, they'd have to enter his lands, and if they did ... Surprise, they wouldn't make it out alive.

And, no, he didn't exaggerate to maintain his reputation. Some things just weren't allowed in his world. Shooting at him was one of them.

Feet scissoring, he kicked them toward shore, aiming for the faint lights he glimpsed in the rising mist. Unless the landscape for his property had changed, that glow came from the solar lights bolted to the dock he maintained. Not that he boated. Wolves weren't sailors, but he did enjoy fishing.

And this time I caught the biggest prize of all.

Using the current and traversing at an angle, he managed to guide them to the dock, then past it, as it didn't have a ladder and he doubted she'd have the upper body strength needed to hoist herself up.


(Continues...)

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The Alpha’s Mate by Eve Langlais

Forbidden Passions by Kate Douglas

Bound to the Wolf by A.C. Arthur

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Hunger 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating read, you won't be able to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
400 pages
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I don't read a lot of anthologies anymore but when this book showed up at my house unexpectedly, I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised with the experience overall. This is a big book and each of the stories were fairly long. I would say that they were long novellas or even short books depending on how you look at it. Each of the stories really had a lot to them and it was nice to try out several new to me authors. I am glad that I decided to read this book. In the first story, The Alpha's Mate, things get off to an exciting start. Fabian rescues a woman who is being thrown to her death. I had a lot of fun reading this section of the book. Fabian and Vixen were great characters that had a lot of chemistry between them. It was a pretty intense story and the writing flowed well. I would definitely read more books set in this world. The second story, Dangerous Passions, ended up being my favorite of the group. The story revolved around two couples Evan & Darnell and Trak & Chelo. I loved this pack of werewolves and really enjoyed their sense of community. There were a lot of characters in this story but everything really worked well together. I liked that the story followed two different couples each having a different set of obstacles to tackle. I really liked the chemistry between each of the couples and liked how they worked together and communicated with each other. I would love to read more about this group of wolves. Unfortunately, Bound to the Wolf didn't as well for me as the other two parts of the book. I thought that the story started out strong with Marena's attack. I also really liked Phelan's character when we first met him. I just really never connected with the world this story was set in. I think I would have liked the book more if it had only focused on Lycans but with the addition of Zeus and other things just became too much. I didn't completely feel the chemistry between the characters and thought that the sex became the main focus of the story. Overall, this book was a win for me and I would recommend it to others. It was a nice way to sample some writing by a few new to me authors. I will definitely consider reading more from this group in the future. I received review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press.
carvanz More than 1 year ago
Alpha’s Mate – Eve Langlais 3 Stars Fabian is never going to settle down or allow a woman to collar him. As the alpha wolf of his pack he’s got a reputation to uphold and it’s a lot of work being the bad guy. When he rescues Vixen from the river after she was tied up and tossed in to drown, he realizes pretty quickly that she’s his mate. This is a fast, fun, humor filled read that has a little meat on its bones. Not my favorite by this author but still highly enjoyable. Dangerous Passions – Kate Douglas 3 Stars Chelo is hiding from her pack. Trak agrees to give her protection. Danelle can’t get Evan out of her mind and has returned in hopes he has thought of her as well. This is a story with two couples and their own issues. I enjoyed it but I felt like I might have enjoyed it more had I read the previous books. There was a lot of references to other couples that did not move this story along and I found myself skimming these parts. However, I did like the interactions between each of these couples. While the heroes were not alpha (not even Trak the pack alpha) they were kind and sweet and considerate of their mates. Bound to the Wolf – A.C. Arthur 4 Stars This was definitely my favorite of the three. Marena is on the run when Phelan finds her. He knows exactly what to do and she doesn’t have any other choice but to follow him. They both have someone in their life that’s out to do them harm and together they try to find a solution to the problem. This had a little mystery, suspense, secondary characters that helped the story, a couple that acted in a mature manner and along the way had some hot moments. Wish I had read the previous books because I think they must be pretty awesome. Trigger – (view spoiler) ARC received for honest review
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
I was surprised when I was granted NetGalley access to ARC review this excellent anthology. I enjoyed it immensely! I wanted to read Kate Pearce's story as I'm familiar with her other stories. I've never read Eve Langlais or A.C. Arthur before. I will be finding more of their stories, awesome, just awesome! Eve Langlais' The Alpha's Mate was smart, sassy and humorous at times. Loved it! Poor "vixen" get's kidnapped and left for dead in the river. Alpha Fabian finds himself acting the hero and saving her from drowning. She has lost her memory and we spend the story trying to figure out who she is and why someone is trying to kill her. We don't get the answer to that until the end of the story but I sure enjoyed the journey. They make a terrific team, both strong to guide his pack. Kate Douglas' Dangerous Passions is a series wrap up story, tying up loose ends and finding mates for the last two un-mated pack mates that run Feral Passions resort. They guys started the resort to find mates since they wen't meeting them in their daily life. Worked like a charm except for Alpha Tracker and his deputy Evan. Darnell Deya was at the resort earlier in the summer and couldn't get Evan out of her very erotic dreams so she takes a chance and goes back at the end of the season to see if he remembers her...Oh yeah, he did believe me! Then there's Chelo who's opened a flower shop in town trying to run away from her former mate's BFF Rube. Tracker finds himself drawn to Chelo who's obviously trying to hide from an abusive pack. This story twists with Chelo's crazy ex-pack. A.C. Arthur's Bound to the Wolf is about associate attorney Marena Panos who's been attacked by one of her firm's partners Davis who no one knows is a were-wolf after a big firm celebration party. He bites her while trying to rape her. She manages to shoot him while trying to defend herself. She passes out and awakens to him gone, blood on the carpet and the police standing over her. While trying to recover from her attack she ends up driving off in her car to escape after being warned by her secretary that they there is a warrant out for her arrest. Phelan, a cursed and loner enforcer for his Alpha, finds her sick from the effects of the bite and realizes he can ease her sickness by being close to her...real close if you catch my drift. I was captivated by this story wondering why Marena was attacked and watching them as they come to grips with the fact she is Phelan's mate. Neither one of them are happy about that thought. It takes the 3 weeks of her transition to wolf to get used to the idea. What a glorious journey!
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
This is a 3 book set by 3 different authors that are not connected to each other. However they are connected to previous books that each of these author's has written. I recommend reading the books before this one so you aren't confused. I didn't realize they were connected to other books and ended up going back and buying the previous books and reading those before restarting this one so I would understand the other characters and the story lines. That being said, I really enjoyed these books. I always love Eve Langlais so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed there, but I hadn't read the other 2 others before and I was pleasantly surprised that I really liked those stories as well! Book 1 is The Alpha's Mate by Eve Langlais. I really liked Fabian in this book. He seems like he should be this high profile gangster and he is really a softie underneath everything. And then he rescues his snarky mate! I always do love snarky women and Ms. Langlais loves to throw comedy into her books on top of everything else! This anthology was worth it just for this story! Book 2 is Dangerous Passions by Kate Douglas. I had never read any books by her and I really fell in love with her writing. To the point I went and bought a bunch of her books! This one is the last book in this series of werewolf men looking for their mates. They come up with the unusual idea of opening a resort for women only in the hopes of finding them, and it works! This one is about their alpha Trak and one of his lieutenants Evan along with their mates Chelo and Nellie. I can't recommend these books enough! There was danger, laughter, and just plain love! Definitely a must have! Book 3 is Bound to the Wolf by AC Arthur. This was another author I hadn't even heard of. But I really enjoyed this book and the ones in the previous books that tie together! This one is about Phelan and Marena. I really loved how they both had their own scars and found the answers to their life and happiness in each other. I especially love how even though they don't know much about each other they still stand for each other against all foes. All in all, I really liked this anthology. All 3 stories were great and I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Hunger' is a box set of Three Novella's totaling about 544 pages. With the following titles and authors: Alpha's Mate by Eve Langlais: Fabian saves Vivienne after she was kidnapped and thrown in the water to die. Fabian thinks of himself as not a hero and the whole time he is pulling her out of the water he keeps remind himself. But things change pretty quick and all he wants to do is keep her safe. This had some really funny parts! Alpha's in Dangerous Passion by Kate: Douglas Darnell and Evan which was a second chance at love type story Alpha in Bound to the Wolf by A.C. Arthur: Marena and Phelan story was had a lot more excitement in it. I have always said that box sets are nice so that you can learn about the different author's writing so that you can find out if she is author for you. In addition box set make it easier to read when you want a quick story before bed or while waiting. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
kJenn More than 1 year ago
**Received ARC from Netgalley for a fair and honest review** Overall I'd rate this book a 4. I really enjoyed The Alpha's Mate, rate it at 4.5 stars. Viviene was kidnapped so that she could be killed. Fabien was in the right place at the right time and saved her. But she has amnesia and doesn't know who she is and whoever was trying to kill her is not done. It takes an interesting twist at the end, though I wish it would have given just a little more story at the end. I love the humor that the author throws in her stories, I know that when I read her stories I will laugh and be entertained, yet will still get the romance and the hot steamy scenes. This was my favorite story in the compilation. The next book Dangerous Passions I would rate as 3.75 stars. It is supposed to be able to be read as a standalone, however I think it needed to be read in order to get more out of it. It started with an interesting premise, but I didn't like the concurrent love stories running side by side. The one fell flat, the other was a little better, felt like they started building it up and then it fell flat also. The characters didn't wow me overly much and it was missing a lot and at the end it ended leaving you wondering. It wasn't a bad story it just didn't wow me. The third and final book Bound to the Wolf, I would rate at 4 stars. It was a fun premise, I enjoyed the characters, plenty of hot steamy scenes, biggest issue was the ending ended, and leaves you wanting more information on the couple. I was thoroughly intrigued by the little bit of mythology thrown in and different types of characters. This was my first book by this author and will have to go check out more of her stuff. Happy Reading!!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
4.5 Overall Stars! What a great shifter combination of stories with these three authors. You get the silly and fun humor in Alpha's Mate by Eve Langlais; super sweet, protective Alpha's in Dangerous Passion by Kate Douglas; and the really intense, protective Alpha in Bound to the Wolf by A.C. Arthur. 3.75 Stars for Alpha's Mate by Eve Langlais Dominant hero, dominant heroine that has clashing personalities but in a humorous way. A bit of danger since someone is trying to kill Vivienne but Fabian goes all protective Alpha on her. This one was entertaining with the over-the-top humor that almost bordered on too much. It's not one you'll take seriously, but will definitely give you a good laugh. 4 Stars for Dangerous Passion by Kate Douglas. Normally I like the more dominant alpha's in my books but I can not complain about a man who is all about taking care of his woman. That's exactly what you get in Dangerous Passion. These shifters may be more of an omega males but they sure do know how to protect their females. This book is loaded with sugary sweetness. Plus you get two couples story in one book! 5 Stars for Bound to the Wolf. Bound to the wolf is almost the complete opposite. Talk about intense! You can't get more dominant than Phelan. I would best describe him as dominant, broody and commanding. It takes a very strong woman to handle Phelan and he certainly met his match with Marena. I had to bring out the fan for this book. Hot! Hot! Hot! All three books are a continuation in a series. While I think you could read them as a standalone, you will be missing some information on characters that were in previous books. ARC provided by NetGalley.