Thursday, 12 November 2009

Review:Granite Lake Wolves Bk2 – Wolf Flight © Vivian Arend

Title: Wolf Flight

Author: Vivian Arend

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Main Character: Missy Leason & Tad Maxwell

An untriggered werewolf. A runaway Omega. It’s not easy fighting destiny.

Granite Lake Wolves, Book 2

Tad Maxwell’s workaholism serves to keep his bush-pilot company in the air, and his inner werewolf in check. In the two years since he discovered his heritage, he’s resisted the longing to test the power of his wolf side. It would mean compromising his human principles.

Then Missy Leason re-enters his life. Ten years ago, their teenage attraction never went beyond hand-holding. Now their chemistry is off the charts, pushing him closer to the step he’s not sure it’s safe to take, especially with a human.

But Missy is more like Tad than he realizes. She’s wolf too, and a wolf pack is a dangerous place to have secrets. Missy’s Alpha has sniffed out her carefully hidden Omega powers. Her first response: run from the corrupt Alpha’s plan to make her his mate. Step two: get to Tad, and hope like hell his untapped powers are strong enough to negate her own.

Every touch with Missy is hot, hot, hot, but even finding out she’s pure wolf doesn’t solve Tad’s dilemma. Is she using him, or are they truly destined mates? Only one thing is certain. He will defend her to his last breath—on his terms. Even if it means losing his life.


The Whistler pack house was crowded after dinner, with small groups gathered around the room talking amongst themselves. Conversations quieted for a moment as laughter burst out from where the Alpha and his cronies sat in the prime seats before the huge stone fireplace. An icy warning trickled up Missy’s spine, and she gave up on the discussion in front of her. She rose from her chair and headed quietly toward the exit, weaving between the couches and recliners that filled the meeting and relaxation area for the pack.

Missy had no illusions about the precariousness of her position. As the widow of a high-ranking wolf, even one whose position had come from his family relationship instead of his power, she was an obvious target for any of the wolves looking to improve their standing in the pack.
Which would be, oh, pretty much everyone. Only she wasn’t worried about all of them, just one very dangerous individual.
It could have been worse. It would have been worse if she hadn’t managed to keep her secret. Hidden her developing skills away not only from her late husband but the rest of them.

Even now her Alpha’s gaze burned as she walked with her head down, attempting to remain small and unnoticeable as she slipped through the common area toward her apartment at the back of the complex.
“Missy,” Doug called. “Come here.”
She turned toward him, the hair on the back of her neck standing upright as a shiver of disgust raced over her skin. She had hoped to avoid this summons for far longer. Stopping a polite distance away to stand before the massive fireplace, Missy clutched her fingers together and averted her eyes at the last second.

“Jeff has been gone for a month now,” he noted, his long well-groomed fingers tapping on the arm of the overstuffed leather chair. His stylish business suit, clean-shaven chin and immaculately groomed hair sharply contrasted with what she knew of his personality. She’d seen his wolf kill more often than necessary, even for an Alpha trying to maintain order in a large pack.
Missy rocked on her feet uneasily. Doug rose from his seat to tower over her petite frame, the heat from his body close enough to overwhelm the fire’s warmth. She stared away from him, looking over the heads of the wolves sprawled on the couch immediately in front of them. Don’t let him know how much you loathe him. Don’t show any sign of disrespect. Others in the room looked on with curiosity for a minute before turning back to their own conversations. Only the wolf enforcers she spotted scattered inconspicuously throughout the room tensed, ready to spring into action if needed.
The level of paranoia her Alpha encouraged among his warriors shocked her. Did they really think she would challenge Doug? It seemed few pack members were aware he was less than the honourable businessman he pretended to be. Missy wondered how much the Alpha shared with his closest allies, how many of his wrongdoings the other leaders of the pack approved. Or were the Beta and the rest ignorant victims as well?

“Does it bother you to hear me talk about my brother? Do you miss him that much?” Doug’s refined voice prickled in her ears. “I didn’t think you pined for his conversation or longed for his arms to hold you at night.”

He laughed softly and the sound grated on her nerves like nails on a blackboard. Over the past couple years Missy had become aware of slow changes in her abilities, including an increased sense of others’ motivations. The evil Doug delved into permeated every fiber of his being, and Missy turned her head away to avoid showing her disgust. She swallowed hard and forced down the emotions that threatened to engulf her. Her anger, her fear. The almost overwhelming desire to turn and flee from his presence.

Wolf Flight © Vivian Arend




Tad Maxwell is an untriggered wolf and it is driving him out of his skin. As much as Tad wants to get the show on the road he has been told time and time again that to trigger his wolf he has to go against his principles,  and that his something that he is not willing to do.

Untriggered means Tad is unable to change as his sister who is now Alpha Queen of the Granite Wolves pack is able to. The only thing that helps him keep his mind off his problem is work and he has been getting alot of that recently. So much so that through work an old crush from ten ago turns up as apart of a work crew that he is ferrying around. Not only was Tad surprised to see Missy, but shocked to realise that his feelings for her had not change and he is caught between a rock and a hard place for what to do about it.

Missy Leason is putting pieces of her life in order to make a bold move that one will expect. Missy finds herself unhappy in her current pack with the alpha placing her in a position that she is not prepared for or expect if truth be told. She however knows the truth behind the interest and it can only be to make nefarious use of her omega power. Finding out she is an Omega should have been an honour, but the only thing Missy can thing of is getting to the one person who just might be strong enough to negative her own emerging  Omega power. 

An untriggered wolf and an Omega just finding her legs is not the combination anyone would wish for – but with a hostile pack alpha and unexpected complication Tad and Missy is in a race against time.

Ms. Arend’s second book in the Granite Wolves series – WOLF FLIGHT starts off right away with angst, from the moment I started reading this book it was a rush. The plot moves quickly and before long  I was caught up in the drama of Missy and Tad’s attempt to make a bad situation better.

The protags themselves were not so easy for me to like – especially Missy. Missy is in a situation that though no fault of her own is trapped if she can’t find a way out of it. Missy character was not one I like – probably because I like a more in your face sort of heroine. Missy plans and plots but she was not the confrontational sort. Tad on the other hand is chomping at the bit to let lose. Flying by the seat of his pants he make a wonderful alpha male and with his ingenuity and and his drive to do the right thing I found him to be the star of the show.

Ms. Arend puts her own mark on this wolf tale and it’s fun, it moves fast and the tension scenes as well as the smut scenes really lived up to the series so far.

Old faces makes a noisy and nosey appearance and I was pleased to see them again. Fan’s of Ms. Arend will love WOLF FLIGHT new readers this is not a stand alone book but it is a series that I would say is definately worth your while.



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