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Friday, October 30, 2009

Wolf Flight: Granite Lake Wolves, Book 2 by Vivian Arend

Wolf Flight: Granite Lake Wolves, Book 2 by Vivian Arend
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Length: Short (87 Pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

An untriggered werewolf. A runaway Omega. It’s not easy fighting destiny.

Granite Lake Wolves, Book 2

Tad Maxwell’s workaholism serves to keep his bush-pilot company in the air, and his inner werewolf in check. In the two years since he discovered his heritage, he’s resisted the longing to test the power of his wolf side. It would mean compromising his human principles.

Then Missy Leason re-enters his life. Ten years ago, their teenage attraction never went beyond hand-holding. Now their chemistry is off the charts, pushing him closer to the step he’s not sure it’s safe to take, especially with a human.

But Missy is more like Tad than he realizes. She’s wolf too, and a wolf pack is a dangerous place to have secrets. Missy’s Alpha has sniffed out her carefully hidden Omega powers. Her first response: run from the corrupt Alpha’s plan to make her his mate. Step two: get to Tad, and hope like hell his untapped powers are strong enough to negate her own.

Every touch with Missy is hot, hot, hot, but even finding out she’s pure wolf doesn’t solve Tad’s dilemma. Is she using him, or are they truly destined mates? Only one thing is certain. He will defend her to his last breath—on his terms. Even if it means losing his life.

Tad Maxwell is a bush pilot with a secret. For two years, he’s known that he is a half-breed werewolf, but he can’t shift until he mates with a female wolf. Trouble is, he doesn’t really know any he would be willing to be with. When Missy Leason, his teenage fantasy crush, comes back into his life, he begins to think he’s willing to give up triggering his wolf in favor of life with a human woman. What he doesn’t know is that she is also a wolf; in fact she is an Omega, and she is just as interested in him as he is in her.

Unfortunately, she is a member of a pack with an unscrupulous alpha, and she is trying to escape him. This alpha plans to mate with her and use her to control the pack, and she has to find a way to stop him. Can Missy convince Tad that she wants him, not just as an escape, but as her true mate? And can two Omegas connect and defeat one very nasty alpha and find love and happiness together?

This is Vivian Arend’s second visit to Granite Lake and the wolves that live there. Having read the first book, I was intrigued to see where she would take me with this visit.

I love the richly detailed scenic areas that these stories are set in. And the character development is nothing short of superb. I love the gentle strength and determination that Missy displays when she is faced with trouble. She doesn’t back down, she just works toward her goals.

I giggled a bit when Tad was called to the Granite Lake pack and told there was someone willing to Firstmate with him and he was sure it was an older woman he had seen at gatherings. The surprise he showed when he learned Missy was the one offering was so genuinely portrayed, as was his relief. And the problems that arose when Tad tried to be noble and not force a bond on Missy thinking she had a chance to meet her true mate were kind of funny, although quite painful for Tad in the end. When the confrontation with the nasty alpha comes, it is an interesting situation.

Do Tad and Missy have their happy ever after? Of course--this is a romance, after all--but it is hard won and worth the journey. I would recommend this book for anyone who loves action, romance and a side order of humor along the way.