Wolf shifter and park ranger Eric Silver is committed to his job policing spectacular San Isabel National Forest, and he’s hot on the scent of some mysterious wolves who are up to no good. When Eric’s investigation leads him to cross paths with forester Pepper Grayling, he’s fascinated to learn this she-wolf is her pack’s leader — strong, independent, and definitely not looking for a mate.

With unknown dangers on the prowl, Pepper is tempted to give in to her attraction to Eric and align her pack with his. But Pepper’s been pursued by many alpha males–all out to take over her pack and gain her hard-won territory–and Eric is a born leader. How does Eric earn the trust of a she-wolf who’s been betrayed so often in the past?

Titles in the Silver Town Wolf series include:  Destiny of the Wolf – Wolf Fever – Dreaming of the Wolf – Silence of the Wolf – A Silver Wolf Christmas –  Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply – 

 

Title:  Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply
Series:  Silver Town Wolf #6, Heart of the Wolf #19
Author:  Terry Spear
Published:  May 3, 2016
My Rating:  4.5 stars

There were plants growing in Eric’s forest that did not naturally belong here.  Ever.  Now he’s on a mission to take down the wolves growing illegal drugs where they have no business being.  In the course of his investigation he comes across the perfect woman for him – his mate.  Too bad that she’s not looking for what he can offer… security, protection and a strong mate at her side while she leads the pack.  But the path to success is not always the fast track, and Eric knows how to use slow determination to get the job done and win the wolf he needs as his mate forever.

Pepper is a strong Alpha.  She’s led her pack with determination, strength and intelligence.  She has no need for a mate.  Alpha wolves who come nipping at her heels thinking they’ve found the perfect pack to take over are soon understanding the folly of their assumptions.  Eric, he’s different and she’s not really sure what to make of his actions.  Oh, she feels his attraction, one that she returns with caution, but he’s not pushing, he’s not taking over and that’s out of the ordinary for Pepper.  Maybe she’s finally come across a wolf that knows how to let a woman do what she does best without trying to take it all away from her.  But first they have some bad guys or bad wolves to catch.    Danger always puts a little extra pressure on any emotions, but when things quiet down… maybe she’s found her mate, at last.

I completely enjoyed Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply on several levels.  First, of course, was going back to the Silver Town wolf pack – love those guys.  And it’s always a treat to run into old friends once more, even if it’s a short visit.  The action parts of this story kept me glued to the pages, and with a few twists and turns was very enjoyable.  Yet the best part of this story was the slow development of Eric and Pepper’s relationship.  Eric was an Alpha who had made the choice not to have his own pack, he was content under his cousin’s leadership.  He didn’t need to be Alpha to know his own worth.  Pepper has known the betrayal and cunning of other Alpha wolves looking to take over her pack through mating her.  And she’s successfully tossed each one of then out on their butt, so to speak.  She’s attracted to Eric, she feels the mate pull toward him but she certainly doesn’t trust him …yet  That he’s going to have to earn.  Watching their interaction and slow, believable advancement through their need for each other was nicely done.  Not everything has to be instant and a slow but surely romance worked well with these two characters.

I would recommend Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply for any Paranormal Romance reader, especially if you love Shifter Romance.  While this story is part of two series, it could be read on its own.  Any mention of the other series’ characters are fully explained within dialog if needed.

This review post originally appeared on my Keeper Bookshelf site.  I’m slowly moving my Shifter reviews over to Shifter Haven to have all the Shifter genre reviews among friends.  🙂

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