Wicked Cowboy Wolf

Wicked Cowboy Wolf

by Kait Ballenger

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Overview

"With action, tension, and heat...hits all the sweet spots of paranormal romance. Recommend to readers of Nalini Singh and Maria Vale."—Booklist for Cowboy in Wolf's Clothing

To his enemies, he's known as the Rogue. To her, he's her only chance at survival...

Years ago, Grey Wolf Jared Black was cast from the pack for a crime he didn't commit. Now, he's the mysterious criminal wolf known only as the Rogue, a name his former packmates won't soon forget. But when a vampire threat endangers the lives of their entire species, Jared must confront his former packmates again, even if that means betraying the only woman he's ever loved...

Ever since Maeve Gray escaped the pack's bloodsucking enemies, she's been determined to save her species—and fast. Each passing day risks the lives of her friends and family. But when a wicked cowboy wolf shows up on the Grey Wolf ranch, offering everything Maeve's heart desires, her eyes are opened to a whole new world beyond the packlands. For this cowgirl, sleeping with the enemy could prove as desirable as it is deadly...

Seven Range Shifters Series:
Cowboy Wolf Trouble (Book 1)
Cowboy in Wolf's Clothing (Book 2)
Wicked Cowboy Wolf (Book 3)

What People Are Saying About Kait Ballenger:
"This story has it all—a heroine with grit, and a hero who backs up his tough talk with action."—Fresh Fiction for Cowboy Wolf Trouble
"[A] mix of action and steamy sex... Crash-bang excitement."—Publishers Weekly for Cowboy Wolf Trouble
"High-voltage!"—Publishers Weekly STARRED review for Twilight Hunter, a PW Top 10 Romance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492670834
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Series: Seven Range Shifters , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 44,710
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Kait Ballenger hated reading when she was a child, because she was horrible at it. Then by chance she picked up the Harry Potter series, magically fell in love with reading, and never looked back. When she realized shortly after that she could tell her own stories, and they could be about falling in love, her fate was sealed.

She earned her B.A in English from Stetson University-like the Stetson cowboy hat-followed by an M.F.A in Writing from Spalding University. After stints working as a real vampire aka a phlebotomist, a bingo caller, a professional bellydancer, and an adjunct English professor, Kait finally decided that her eight-year-old self knew best: she's meant to be a romance writer.

When Kait's not preoccupied with writing captivating paranormal romance, page-turning suspense or love scenes that make even seasoned romance readers blush, she can usually be found spending time with her family, being an accidental crazy cat lady (she has 4 now-don't ask), or with her nose buried in a good book. She loves to travel, especially abroad, and experience new places. She lives in Florida with her doting librarian husband, her adorable young son, a loveable mangy mutt of a dog, and the four conniving felines.

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Wicked Cowboy Wolf 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Regina_Kiddy 14 days ago
Maeve and the Rogue go on an adventure to try to save their species against the vampires. During this adventure can the Rogue keep Maeve from finding out who he really is. Is a love that has existed over 20 years destined to be or to die? I voluntarily read and reviewed this advanced free complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley
BookloverUT 18 days ago
This was a great paranormal shifter romance that was filled with second chance romantic tension and intrigue. I loved the hero's character and how he protected the downtrodden and was tender at times. I loved the heroine because she was independent and sassy. The secondary characters were a great comic relief. I received an advanced reader's copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
LindaTownsend 19 days ago
A second chance at love… Wicked Cowboy Wolf is the third exciting installment in Kait Ballenger’s fabulous Seven Range Shifters series. It can be read as a stand alone if that is your preference. However, reading the series in order would increase your enjoyment. This series revolves around the seven shifter clans that call the Montana Mountains their home. I was drawn by Jared “The Rogue” Black’s and Maeve “Mae” Gray’s story from the beginning. Jared is the mysterious, clandestine leader of the rogue shifters who has been mentioned before in the previous books. It’s a perfect time for his story as the last book ended with Maeve Gray being rescued from the vampires by him. While he is known and feared by many names, he’s actually a good man at heart - a miracle considering the horrendous hand he has been dealt in life. Maeve is the beautiful, vegetarian princess of the Grey Wolves pack. Her brother, Maverick, is the pack’s alpha and her place is to support him without question. She is expected to marry well to benefit the pack even as she still mourns for Jared, her childhood friend. Her elusive dream is of living her own life and making her own choices. Dreams aside, of necessity, her focus is on eliciting the other clans’ support to save shifters from the vampires. In desperation, Maeve enters a dubious alliance with a dangerous criminal, the Rogue, to find the antidote to the lethal serum developed by the vamps. Jared and Maeve were inseparable childhood besties. When Jared was just fifteen, he took the fall for a crime he didn’t commit to protect Maeve, sacrificing his life for her. Jared was cast out from his pack while Maeve was told that he died. In truth, Jared did not die though he was badly disfigured. His life reminded me of a famous quote: “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” He believes himself to be a villain and unworthy. He disavows being a hero as he protects the weak, gives hope to society’s misfits and doesn’t allow women and children to be hurt on his watch. Believing Jared to be dead, Maeve never considers that The Rogue is he while Jared hides his true identity from her. I wanted to shake them both. Supporting characters include Tucker, a teacup pig, and Bee – short for Beelzebub, Jared’s “gentle giant” mustang. I have been a fan of Kait’s since she shared a release, After Dark, with Gena Showalter. Kait’s contribution to the anthology was Shadow Hunter - a page-turner that introduced her fabulous Execution Underground series. Her Seven Range Shifters series is set in that same complex world populated with a variety of supernaturals. No worries. It’s not necessary to be familiar with that series to fully enjoy Wicked Cowboy Wolf. Wicked Cowboy Wolf is a fast-paced, steamy adventure. It’s action-packed and peppered with horrible betrayals and dangerous battles. The characters are well-written and the ramifications from the tragic circumstances that split them asunder as teenagers will break your heart. All is not dark as there’s plenty of witty banter to provide comic relief. Wicked Cowboy Wolf is a wonderful addition to this series and I can’t wait to see where Kait takes us next.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 19 days ago
WICKED COWBOY WOLF is the third instalment in Kait Ballenger’s contemporary, adult SEVEN RANGE SHIFTERS erotic, paranormal, romance series- a spin off from the author’s EXECUTION UNDERGROUND series. This is rogue Grey wolf leader Jared Black, and Maeve Gray’s story line. WICKED COWBOY WOLF can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. SOME BACKGROUND: Shifters have been targeted by a group of vampires in an effort to procure a ‘pure blood’ donor in their plans to develop an injectable serum that would allow vampires to feed from shifters, a feeding that would make the vampires ten times stronger. The vampires’ latest victim is Maeve Gray, a pure bred wolf princess whose blood can also be used to develop an antidote making Maeve Gray a threat to their own success. Told from dual third person perspectives (Jared and Maeve) WICKED COWBOY WOLF follows the building but tempestuous relationship between rogue leader/ Grey Wolf Jared ‘Rogue’ Black, and Maeve Gray. Twenty years earlier Jared Black was banished from the Grey Wolves, taking the fall for a murder he did not commit. Fast forward to present day wherein, following the rescue of Grey Wolf princess Maeve Gray, Jared aka Rogue, takes Maeve to the rogue wolf compound in an effort to procure a cure for the vampire serum. But Maeve is unaware of Rogue’s true identity, an identity with links to the Grey Wolf past. What ensues is the building but acrimonious relationship between Maeve and Rogue, and the potential fall-out when the truth is revealed. Jared ‘Rogue’ Black has never stopped loving our story line heroine but a past mired in secrets and lies, and the death of an alpha finds Jared Black a rogue wolf whose reputation as a fighter and killer is known to all. Maeve Gray keeps the memories of the wolf she once loved, close to her heart, but her attraction to Rogue brings with it the familiarity of years before. The relationship between Rogue and Maeve is one of immediate attraction but Rogue believes he is not worthy of love especially from the woman that has always called to his heart. A twenty-year secret threatens any sense of peace between our leading couple but Maeve believes she has fallen in love with a man whose is scarred both inside and out. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Maeve’s brother and the Grey Wolf Alpha Maverick Gray; Wes Calhoun (Cowboy Wolf Trouble #1), as well as a number of elite Grey Wolf warriors. We are introduced to Rogue’s team: Murtagh, Frenchie, Sterling and Boone; casino owner and rogue wolf Walker Solomon; and Sophia, a woman whose struggling under the control of Solomon. WICKED COWBOY WOLF is a story of second chances; of secrets, lies, betrayal and loss; of enduring love and happily ever after. The character driven premise is action packed and engaging; the characters are colorful and energetic; the slow building romance is heart breaking and edgy.
MJHughes12 19 days ago
Full of action and an anti-hero with nothing to lose, this enemies to lovers/second chance romance was a great read. This is the third book in this series (easily read as a standalone) and my favorite to date. I am a huge fan of Maeve Gray. She’s tough and loyal, but also bound to a life that has been set out for her simply by the fact that she is the alpha’s sister…and inside she’s always wanted more. It was no surprise that when opportunity knocked on her door (well, broke into her home), she was ready to do what she had to for her pack, which also offered her a chance to experience some of the freedom that she has always desired. Rogue has always been considered an outlaw, but at his core he is honest and decent, something that Maeve quickly begins to see. These two together definitely had chemistry, which was no surprise since they also have a past. I did find myself getting aggravated with Rogue for not being truthful with Maeve, but after the life he has led, it wasn’t totally surprising that he didn’t feel he was worthy of redemption…or her love, so I did understand why he hesitated with the truth. The supporting characters were great. You can feel the loyalty and bonds between all the lone wolves, and I loved how it was so clear that this group truly embodied what a pack should be – even if they are not seen that way by anyone on the outside. Maeve’s brother, on the other hand, is going to need quite a bit of redemption, so I look forward to seeing if/how that will happen, perhaps in another book? There were also appearances of other characters from the series, and it’s always nice to see a familiar face on the page, as well as the addition of some new ones that really helped this story and the overall story arc of the series along and hopefully be the subject of a future book…perhaps for Sophia? There is plenty of action and at times the scenes can be a bit on the dark side, but there is also romance, a pet pot-bellied pig named Tucker, and some horses that tie that knot, which help add a lightness and additional emotional depth to the story. Things get a bit intense at the end, but the ending pulled things together nicely with a hard-worked for happily-ever-after. This one is definitely worth checking out.
ReadingInPajamas 19 days ago
✦Review: WICKED COWBOY WOLF by Kait Ballenger Publication Date: January 28, 2020 Genre: Paranormal Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 4 Stars I enjoyed this installment in the Seven Range Shifter Series. In large part to the Rogue and his group. They had a great bond and camaraderie that made me like them all instantly. They were fun to read about and showed what a good man Rogue/Jared was. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Mae but came to realize that is because she was kept in the dark about so much in the past. Despite being kept in a gilded cage for so long, she showed inner strength when needed. For me, the story was all about Rogue. His tortured past and wounded heart grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. It was fun watching their relationship grow - despite their best efforts – into a passionate romance. The story was nicely written and flowed nicely from one scene to the next. I had a problem with some things being glossed over. Especially obtaining the main driving force of the story. Poof, it was there, leaving me feeling a little cheated. A fun read. I can’t wait to see what comes next. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
lynguy1 19 days ago
WICKED COWBOY WOLF by Kait Ballenger is the third book in the Seven Range Shifters series. The novel takes place mainly in Montana and Idaho and the first chapter drew me into the story of Jared Black and Maeve Gray. In this story the wolf shifters work as ranchers. Jared was cast out of his pack for a crime he did not commit. Now he is known as Rogue, a shifter known to be a criminal. Maeve wants to save her species from the vampires. The two enter into an uneasy alliance. This book has plenty of action as well as some humor to offset some of the darker scenes. It also has several steamy and passionate scenes. The attraction between Rogue and Maeve was front and center throughout the book. However, there is also suspense, deception, adventure, battles and much more. The characters are compelling and someone you can root for. They felt real and three-dimensional with believable motivations. Additionally, they reacted to events in a plausible manner. The descriptions were vivid and gave a clear sense of time and place. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written novel and recommend this fast-paced book to those that enjoy paranormal romance with some suspense and adventure. I look forward to reading other books in this series. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca and Kait Ballenger for a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
LisaB95 19 days ago
I really enjoyed this book. It’s the third one in a series, however, it can be read as a stand alone. In fact, it’s the first I’ve read of the series. I understood perfectly what was going on. There were some references to the vampires capturing the heroine from a past book so it made me want to read the previous ones. I loved all the characters and everything with the story. But there were a few times I would get a tiny bit bored. Not enough to be taken from the story. I guess I just felt like it was moving a little to slowly. I loved the little pot bellied pig! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher and author for the voluntary review copy.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 3 months ago
Wicked Cowboy Wolf is a wonderful tale of lost love. Pack princess Maeve Gray may have escaped the pack's bloodsucking enemies with some help from the outlaw wolf known only as the Rogue. Now he needs her for her blood to develop an antidote to the serum the bloodsuckers made from her blood; but he needs her for so much more. Mae is strong, smart and sassy with a heart as big as Texas. Watching her tame the Rogue will have you laughing and sighing. Though this is part of a series it can be read standalone.