It seems 2017 will be the year of boxed sets for me. Seriously, I think this one is my second, and there’s one more on the way – and I don’t regret it at all! Especially when it comes to hot wolves and awesome stories!
Taming the Pack tells the stories of a certain wolf pack, and their interractions with humans, ending up in hilarious situations and amazing romance. First, we have Dane, a ranger who finds a hurt wolf and takes it home to help it heal. Little does he know, the wolf is actually a shifter named Vanessa, who’s allergic to almost anything, but most of all cats – and his sister’s pet makes her go into allergic shock evety time. Then, we have Vanessa’s Alpha, Jordan, who wanted Vanessa for his mate but ended up giving her away to his human love rival – only to meet said rival’s sister and discover she’s more compatible than any female wolf has ever been with him. Too bad Christa is not exactly the epitome of health and yet she’s a small package fully capable of bringing the big bad wolf to his knees. And finally, we have an ex-colleague of Dane’s, sheriff Travis, who was once a member of Jordan’s pack but now leads another pack as their new Alpha. He’s in trouble trying to find a suitable mate for himself AND a murderer, and the trouble only intensifies when he finds what he’s looking for in the form of LeeAnn, whose brother had once tried to harm the pack – and who claims that no matter how much she smells like a wolf, she can’t shift.
All three of those stories were full of witty dialogues, some of them too funny for words – at some points I had to pause mid-sentence to hold my stomach while guffawing and shrieking with laughter – and while they showed plenty of sexual tension, there was no actual love scene to help alleviate it. Now, as anyone who has bothered reading my reviews would tell you, I hate sex behind closed doors. I feel like it’s the book’s way of keeping the fun all to itself. BUT! While still a pet peeve, this particular detail did not take away the quality of the story – and surprisingly, it didn’t lower the hot factor, either. There’s something to be said for an author when they prove capable of doing that, so, bravo, Mrs. Sparrow!
The characters were all well-thought, and deep, and while some of them had me reaching for my hair to pull in frustration at times, they still managed to grow and develop – Jordan was a good example of that! The males were strong, and funny, and going all Alpha on each other – not so amusing in real life, but in books, hell, it sure makes me swoon. The females, on the other hand were a bit difficult to compromise and get used to the changes in their lives at first – minus Christa, which is why I loved her the most – but in the end they came through and showed their backbone and how strong they could be for their men. (Btw, my favorite couple may have been Jordan and Christa – mainly because I enjoy it when the female is so much smaller than the male -, but my number one guy in the series was Travis. Gotta love a genius who acts like a fool to get others to lower their guard.)
One more thing I really liked was the suspense. See, when you’ve read so many books, it’s hard to not notice immediately who’s the culprit in fictional murders and stuff. But in this case, I stood corrected throughout the whole set! Mrs. Sparrow kept throwing me off tracks, and the villains were true masters in deception and manipulation, so they could fool even the reader. It was truly a very adrenaline-inducing read.
***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***