Thursday, May 31, 2018

Hunt For An Alpha Blog Tour and Bitten Under Fire Review

You guys know how much I love Shifter Romances, right? This tour features TWO of them. The more sexy werewolves the better, I say. Keep reading to find out more about Bitten Under Fire and Wolf of Her Own.


Bitten Under Fire
(Bravo Team Alpha #2)
Heather Long
Release: May 28, 2018
Goodreads Amazon
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
Bianca Devlin’s work is her life. Now, she’s finally taking a vacation…and guerillas hit her resort to kidnap a diplomat’s son. She does the only thing that makes sense—intervene to save the child’s life. Being dragged into the jungle with a scared kid she’s determined to protect was definitely not how she saw this trip ending. 

After she returns to Texas, the last person Bianca expected to see was Sergeant Carlos “Cage” Castillo, the member of Bravo Team WOLF that helped rescue her. Nevertheless, there he is, living across the street from the house she just bought. The coincidence is alarming, but she has to admit, his presence isn’t entirely unwanted. 

But there’s something off about Cage—the way he can move without a sound or the weird way his eyes seem to almost glow at times. And how can Bianca manage her growing attraction, when everything she knows about him and his reason for being there, turns out to be a lie? 

Unlike a lot of romantic suspense stories, Bitten Under Fire opens up in the middle of the big action scene. Cage and Bianca meet when his unit rescues her from kidnappers in the Costa Rican jungle. I thought it was interesting how the story seemed to be flipped, but I found myself skimming during some of that rescue mission. I didn't really get into the story until they got back home to the suburbs.

The tension in Cage and Bianca's relationship, on the other hand, is exactly what you'd expect. How many shifter stories have you seen where the hero doesn't tell that the heroine that he's a werewolf, or werecat or werewhatever, and fears he'll lose her when she finds out? But I was sucked in by the chemistry between Cage and Bianca. They're just so charming I couldn't help but be happy for them.

One thing I thought was so novel about the previous book, When Danger Bites, was that the external conflict came from the military chain of command rather than the pack politics that you expect in a shifter romance. That's not the case in Bitten Under Fire. The threat of pack drama is there, but it never really manifests. In fact there's no true external conflict at all, just things they worry about momentarily. That should be a problem, but Cage and Bianca were just so cute together that I didn't really care.

We also get to see a little bit of Kat and Jax, the couple from the first book, and Silver who's that one easygoing pack member that everyone loves. Most of the other wolves aren't around much, which is another big difference from book one.

As much as I want to say there's nothing special about this story, I really enjoyed it. It's a pretty straightforward romance, but it made me happy. And there's nothing wrong with that.


My reviews of other books in this series:
When Danger Bites

About Heather Long

USA Today bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. 

From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family.

She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

Heather's other fantasy romance series include the paranormal westerns Fevered Hearts starting with Marshal of Hel Dorado, Black Hill Wolves which start with What a Wolf Wants, Witches of Mane Street, Mongrels, and the Bravo Team WOLF series. 

Her contemporary romance series include: Always a Marine, Going Royal, Elite Warriors, The Love Thieves, beginning with Catch Me and Lone Star Leathernecks, beginning with Semper Fi Cowboy.

Heather is well-represented in fantasy with her her superhero series Boomers, a sci-fi western called Space Cowboy Survival Guide, an urban fantasy series called the Chance Monroe Adventures, and a stand-alone ghost novel titled Haunt Me.

Wolf of Her Own
(Salvation #9)
N.J. Walters
Release: May 28, 2018
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Mikhail Matheson came to Salvation for his sister, but he stayed for Elise LaForge. She’s the alpha’s mother and the most fascinating woman he’s ever laid his eyes on. He’s wanted her from the first moment he saw her. He may feel like an outsider in the pack, but there’s no way he can leave when he’s sure Elise is his mate.

Elise’s made a home in North Carolina with her adult sons and their pack. It’s taken her a long time to get over the years she spent with her abusive mate, and while she’s content now, she can’t help but feel there’s something missing in her life. Mikhail stirs emotions in her she never expected to feel, and the attraction between them is off the charts. But Elise’s not sure how her sons and the pack will react, not to mention the danger the pack is facing.

I'm intrigued by the fact that the heroine in this book is a mother with grown children. But I haven't started the Salvation series yet, so I'm going to share an excerpt from A Wolf of Her Own rather than a review. Check it out!


"You’re a very sensual woman, whether you realize it or not”
“I really don’t know how to respond to that.”
“You don’t need to. It was an observation. I like watching you.”
“I know. That’s what caused the problem at lunchtime.” The reminder brought them both back to reality, and she pulled away.
Mikhail pushed to his feet and sat on the sofa next to her. “I’ll try to control myself in public. How about that?”
She rubbed her hand over the sofa, roughing and then smoothing the fabric. “That’s not fair to you.”
“Okay, then, how about I control myself in public until you’re more used to me, more able to handle me.”
She snorted. “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to handle you.”
Her teasing delighted him. “What can I say? I’m more than a handful.” The sexual innuendo wasn’t lost on Elise. Her cheeks turned the most delicate shade of pink, and he could see a teasing glint in her eyes.
“I wouldn’t know anything about that.”
He sat back against the sofa and spread his arms wide across the back. “Want to find out?”
Mikhail held his breath, wondering if he was pushing her too hard, too fast. He thought she might be a lot more ready than she thought she was. Of course, that could be pure wishful thinking on his part.
“No pressure,” he assured her. “What do you want to do?”
Elise had never had the opportunity to discover herself as a woman. He had a feeling that once she’d embraced the sensual, sexual side of her personality, he was the one who was going to have his hands full.
He couldn’t wait to face the challenge.
“I can touch you. You can touch me. Whatever you want. And it only goes as far as you’re comfortable. It’s all up to you, baby.”
Elise came up on the sofa beside him. His heart pounded in his ears, and he locked his hands around the top of the sofa to keep from reaching for her.
She studied him with her direct golden gaze so reminiscent of her older son’s. “You really mean that, don’t you?”
“I do.” Even if it kills me. He hadn’t felt this out of control since he was a young man.
Then she shocked him by swinging her leg over his lap so she was sitting facing him. “Then touch me.”

About N.J. Walters

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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