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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Running With the Pack by Beverly Rae

Running With the Pack by Beverly Rae
Cannon Pack Book Three
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (170 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

When hunter becomes hostage, the only question is: Death by bite, or by bullet?

Cannon Pack, Book 3

At night, Lauren Kade trades her white coat and dental drill for a black uniform and a gun. But not to hunt the shifters she once swore to eliminate. Driven by lingering guilt for killing a female shifter a year ago, she covertly throws other hunters off the trail. She’s good at it, too…until she’s taken hostage by a sexy werewolf whose thirst for revenge is even bigger and badder than his attitude.

Daniel Cannon tried everything to outrun the pain of his mate’s murder, but when hunters take down another pack member, it’s more than he can stand. Now that he’s got one of them at his mercy, though, something strange is happening. Her day job may set his teeth on edge, but her luscious curves make him salivate. In spite of her past sins, she insists she’s reformed into some kind of werewolf guardian angel.

Worse, his heart wants to believe her, and his body aches to mark her as his. Yet going against his instincts could turn him from lover to prisoner. Just when his pack needs him most…

Running With the Pack is Beverly Rae’s third venture into the Cannon Pack and all the fantastic characters that live there.

Dentist by day, crusader by night, Lauren Kade is trying to foil the Hunters at their game. Until meeting John, the leader of this band of Hunters, Lauren lived in ignorance of the existence of supernatural beings. But on her first hunt, she believes she killed a female werewolf, and has been wracked with guilt ever since. She makes it her new mission in life to save as many of the shifters as she can, while pretending to be John’s woman and an avid hunter. Only she knows her gun is loaded with blanks.

Daniel Cannon catches Lauren during one of the hunts, and takes her back to the pack house, determined to hold her prisoner and give the hunters a lesson they can’t ignore. So why does he want to protect her, and keep her for himself? How did this hunter get under his skin so quickly? Can he protect her from the pack and the Hunters, and find happiness again?

The ongoing conflict between the Hunters and the Pack provide lots of action and excitement to keep the reader on the edge of their seats. The characters, even the bad guys, are well developed, and there is always a touch of humor mixed in with the passion and romance.

Lauren started out as an innocent, not knowing about the things that go bump in the night. When she meets John, she goes along for the ride, thinking he is pulling her leg about werewolf hunts, until her first experience. But Lauren isn’t a killer, and she suffers greatly at thinking she killed another person. I liked watching her grow and face the chance of discovery every time she went with the Hunters. But her determination and her humanity shine through, and she becomes a strong and humane woman.

Daniel Cannon is handsome and sexy, but filled with anger after losing his mate. He wants to punish Lauren when he captures her, but his inner wolf insists there is something else he should do. I enjoyed watching Daniel come to terms with his growing attraction to the Hunter, and his sense of confusion at how he could feel this way so soon.

The growing relationship between these two characters is put to the test often in this story. The Pack wants to punish her, and make an example of her. At first, so does Daniel, but he comes to believe in her innocence, and must prove it to the Pack. There are a couple of surprises that make this a great reading experience, and the heat between Lauren and Daniel makes this one steamy story.

I recommend this to all those who enjoy hot Alpha males, and exciting action along with the happy ever after.

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