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review 2018-02-24 09:28
Book Review for Wolf Tales 12 by Kate Douglas
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  • Wolf Tale 12 Exposed by Kate Douglas
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  • Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Beyond the Page (January 23, 2018)
  • Publication Date: January 23, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B078YYDG29
  • Gene:Paranormal Romance,Erotica,Menage
  • Reviewed by Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
  • Arc copy provided from Netgallery
  • 5 stars from us
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Blurb
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The final thrilling installment in the groundbreaking Wolf Tales series that captivated the world of erotic romance!

Even as their numbers have grown and they’ve spread out across the country, the Chanku have remained deeply connected by their mutual need for erotic pleasure and their unique shapeshifting abilities. Content to pursue their sensual way of life in relative anonymity, they’re stunned when their extraordinary nature is unavoidably revealed to the world at large—and fearful of the dangers they face from those who fear their differentness.

Realizing that the distance between them makes them vulnerable, they answer the silent call for all Chanku to come together at their pack alpha’s home in Montana. And in that setting, as they struggle to understand their new place in the world and defend themselves against suspicious and violent adversaries, they will discover a shocking revelation about their origins and their legacy. 

As the pack adapts to these new realities and reclaims their primal past, they will embark on a journey that will take them into uncharted territory and open up a spectacular, unimagined future . . .
 
 
 
 
Wow ! What an ending to a enjoyable series.The author did an amazing job ending her Wolf Tales series and we are going to miss so many of her amazing characters.
 
It;s been sometime since I read anything from this author but, somehow I lost track of this book series and after reading this current book I need to revisit the series and start from the beginning again and finish up the books I missed as I forgot how much I enjoyed this series.
Although, when reading the ending of this story I pretty much new most of the characters that I had loved in the previous books in the series and it was nice to get reacquainted with them.
 
I always pick a favorite character in a story that I rave about but, this time around it was just to hard to just pick one so I am going to tell you all about the ones I loved the most.
 
Anton is the pack Alpha leader and just an amazing man who is filled with a abundance of love for all,caring,kind,smart,daring,sharp minded,sexy devious, an a planner but, most of all I loved the closeness and the amazing relationship he had with his his daughter Lily and his children.He melted my heart...I loved the amazing relationship he had with his wife Keisha and longtime lover Stephan.I loved how each and every night how he seeks out his pack mates and their children to make sure they were all safe and sound.If I wasn't a bit in love with him before I was totally in love with him when he took part in the birth of Liana and Adams third child being born.I was in total awe....
 
Adam & Logan just blew me away with their amazing healing abilities and what they can accomplish.They save lives of their pack mates,tried to heal a women who had been in a wheelchair their whole life as well as healing injured animals .All these men are affectionate,kind,loving,protective,sexual,caring and will do anything to protect their women and children above all else.Although, they a deadly as hell when the need arises.
 
Lily Antons daughter stole the show this time around.I loved this little girl from the onset of the story.Lily's abilities are astounding for just a little girl of six but when she sets out on a quest to save her people all on her own traveling between dimensions she just blew me away with her braveness and determination.I was on pins and needles just like her parents awaiting her return praying she was safe a sound.How could I not love her she was so sweet and a amazing little girl.This little girl made her fall in love with her character from the very first pages and she just broke my heart when she when missing.What a brave little girl she turned out to be!
 
I have to mention that these men of this pack would be lost without their women and their children.Their mates are their whole world.They make them the amazing men they are.Their women are strong,protective and as deadly as their men.I love these men and women and the love they had for everyone in their pack as it was so amazing to see as you actually feel the love they have for one another.You know in your heart they would give their life to protect and save one another.
 
We have to mention Sunny a new member to the pack who was lost to them and now saved.Sunny amazed me at every turn first for everything she had to overcome and accepted and grew in just a short amount of time adapting to her new life and surroundings.Overall though we loved all the characters with all of what they all have had to overcome as well as the capacity to love with their whole hearts and how each of them had some sort of amazing ability making them unique.And lets not forget the mind sharing which is totally awesome.
 
To sum up everything this story was an amazing read from cover to cover and once I started I could not put it down until I was finished with it.I loved how the author tied up any lose ends that we might of had on how the Chanku evolved over the years and how they originated and came to be.The story line was interesting and it had so many new things coming to light about their members and their children and as a race as a whole that just kept you glued to the pages to see what was going to happen next.
 
I have to say that we will be sorry to see these characters go but, that is what is so great about reading about them in books as you can revisit them anytime you want.We loved it !
 
I will be revisiting this series soon enough and catching up on a few stories we missed in this series.
 
Recommended real to all but , I would suggest you read the series in order though.
 
5 stars from us
 
 
 
 
 
Series order here !
 
 
Some people just seem to know they are meant to write, but it can still take a while to figure out exactly what their career will entail. Kate Douglas started out writing radio copy for a country western radio station in 1972, wrote and illustrated an educational cartoon strip for the American Mosquito Control Association for a number of years, was a newspaper reporter for a small town weekly where she covered everything from high school sports to drug busts, and then, in the mid-1980s, decided to write her first romance. 

Many submissions and rejections followed.

In 1998, she sold to a small ebook publisher before anyone knew what an ebook was, but it wasn't until 2005, a full twenty years after finishing that first romance, that she signed with a New York publisher.

In January 2006, Kensington Publishing launched their Aphrodisia imprint of erotic romance with Kate's Wolf Tales, a sexy paranormal series about a lost race of shapeshifters. She went on to write 21 novels and novellas in that series, then wrote three other series for Kensington before moving to St. Martin's Press.

She has two series with SMP--The Intimate Relations series complete with three novels and one novella of romantic suspense set in California's wine country, and an erotic paranormal series, Feral Passions, set in California's Trinity Alps.

She is also continuing her Spirit Wild series, the sequel to Wolf Tales, independently.

Kate and her husband of over forty-five years have two adult children and six grandchildren. They live in the small town of Healdsburg, California, in the heart of the beautiful Sonoma County wine country. 

www.katedouglas.com and www.katedouglas.com/eroticromance for full chapter excerpts of all of Kate's books. 

You can find Kate on Facebook at www.facebook.com/katedouglas.authorpage or on Twitter @wolftales
 
 
 
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review 2018-02-24 03:09
Twice Shy (Shelter #3)
Twice Shy: Book Three in the Shelter Series - Kate Sherwood

Since Micah has spent most of the previous two books in a constant drug haze, it was nice to get to know him once he's free of the drugs. He's smart and philosophical, and he's realistic about his situation and the people he hurt with his drug habit. He knows he's got to keep working the program, even the parts that seem silly to him, and he doesn't get defensive when he's called out for veering off the rules. He knows he's got a lot of bridges to rebuild and relationships to mention, especially with his found family who he betrayed in the previous book. So getting know the real him was great.

 

I also liked that he was just miraculously clean after a stint in rehab. He's still tempted, and he's aware of his triggers and his pitfalls. Being idle is bad for him, so when his fellow rehab friend Austin gets his brother to offer Micah a job, he jumps at it.

 

Jake, Austin's brother, is a down-to-earth guy trying to grow his landscaping business, but he also has to take care of his younger brother, whose recovery is not going as well as Micah's. And with all his issues with Austin, I really couldn't buy it that he'd jump so quickly into a relationship with Micah. Yes, he questions the wisdom of it several times, and this is one of the few times the mid-book breakup actually makes sense. And even though this relationship develops over a few weeks, as opposed to the first two books which were both over a handful of days, this felt more rushed somehow. Maybe because I didn't really feel the connection, because I kept wondering why Jake, or even Micah, would risk a relationship at this point in their lives, and Austin's just another complication.

Really, this is a massive spoiler. You've been warned.

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And I kind of felt that killing Austin off was just a little too "easy" for getting rid of that complication. Obviously, not easy emotionally for the characters, but easy narratively for the author.

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I'm not sure what to make of the gentrification plot that's introduced here and which will be resolved somehow in the next book, which makes this kind of a cliffhanger. I guess I'll wait and see that resolution before deciding on it - though reading the blurb for the next book, I can already guess where that's going to go.

 

The three little snippets or interludes at the end were more like teasers for the next book than anything else, fun to read but not necessary.

 

Oh, and no way is that African violet surviving. They're way too picky and finicky to grow under the best of circumstances.

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text 2018-02-19 09:23
Reading progress update: I've read 53%.
Embers - Kate Sherwood

“Why’d you really come by here tonight?” Jericho asked, trying to keep his voice level.
Wade’s smile was a horrible mix of sweetness, regret, and ironic detachment. “I can have multiple motivations, Jay.”
The knock at the front door was the only thing that kept Jericho from punching the duplicitous bastard in the face.

 


 
Too bad. Time to stop being a f.... doormat!

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review 2018-02-19 00:50
Helping Her Remember (Crawford Falls) by Kate Carley
Helping Her Remember (The Crawford Falls Series Book 1) - Kate Carley

 

The key to learning from mistakes is forgiving yourself for making them. For Dylan and Kelly it's a long road and a high price to a new beginning.What began with promise spun out of control, ending in pain. Now years later and older fate may be giving these former lovebirds a second chance, but not before the secrets hit the fan. Helping Her Remember sets course for redemption. Ms. Charley stirs up emotions with a romance that is as intoxicating as it  is heartbreaking and even at the most wrenching of moments, never is it not captivating.

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review 2018-02-14 19:57
A Mother Like Mine: Updated Review!
A Mother Like Mine (A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel) - Kate Hewitt

Got a kick out of the third book in this series. Kate Hewitt looks at an estranged mother/daughter named Abby and Laura Rhodes. I was more intrigued with the chapters that featured Laura, but Abby was compelling in her own way. I think that Hewitt smartly didn't have everything end up hearts and flowers since her books take a realistic look at things, while still simmering with a bit of romance in the background. The characters/relationships between 6 sets of women through the past 3 books is what is most important. Having a guy in your life is just gravy.

"A Mother Like Mine" has Abby and Laura Rhodes trying their best to have some sort of relationship with each other after Laura has left Abby's care to Laura's mother. Laura had Abby when she was 16 and two years after that moved to Manchester to work in a night club, eventually ending up in America (New York). After being fired from her job for being too old, (she's 42 people) Laura returns to Hartley-by-the-Sea realizing that if she never tries to have a relationship with Abby, all of her sacrifices she did will mean nothing. Abby rightfully so is angry her mother has returned, and her home life has turned upside down. Abby has a young son named Nath that she is trying to raise solo while also running her grandmother's shop. It's not what she dreamed of doing with her her life, but she's content, or so she thinks.

I am not going to lie. I did not care for Laura at all when she swanned in. She demands that Abby sleep with her young son so she gets a bedroom and seems reluctant to even talk to her. If you don't get her side of things via her chapter POV you wouldn't even know how much pain she is in at times. What I loved the most about Laura is she owns the mistakes she made and what she has done. There is no trying to make excuses or anything else. But she's not a saint, she gets frustrated with Abby and seems quite perplexed by children as a whole. 

Abby has some issues with being abandoned by her mother and dealing with a boyfriend who died while she was pregnant with their child. It's not said out right, but the boyfriend's parents just left her to her own devices and wanted to pretend their precious son had nothing to do with her. Abby is reluctant to move forward at times and it's great that Laura is there to push her along the way. When Laura is genuinely happy she is now able to read her daughter at times, it will make you smile.

There's a hint of a romance for Laura in this one which I am curious if it will be discussed in the next book (if there is one). And though Abby has a crush on someone, it's not the most important thing in the world. For both women, the business the run, and Abby's son is important. 

I loved we got to see updated on previous characters and there's a shocking reveal about someone close to one of our characters too. We do get a wedding (no spoilers) that made me happy to see as well.

Hartley-by-the-Sea has grown on me through three books and I can't wait to see what Hewitt has up her sleeves next.

 

Going to count this towards The Mostly Dead Writers Society 52 week challenge: Romance.

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