Wicked Cowboy Wolf by Kait Ballenger

Wicked Cowboy Wolf (Seven Range Shifters, #3)

by Kait Ballenger

Cowboys by day, wolf shifters by night: These bad boys are ready to heat things up in a sexy paranormal wolf shifter romance from author Kait Ballenger.

To his enemies, he's known as the Rogue. To her, he's her only chance at survival...
Years ago, Grey Wolf Jared Black was cast from the pack for a crime he didn't commit. If they wanted him to be an outlaw cowboy, fine. Now, he's the mysterious criminal wolf known only as the Rogue, a name his former packmates won't soon forget. But when a vampire threat endangers the lives of their entire species, Jared must confront his former packmates again, even if that means betraying the only woman he's ever loved...

Ever since Maeve Gray escaped the pack's bloodsucking enemies, she's been determined to save her species—and fast. But when a wicked cowboy wolf shows up on the Grey Wolf ranch, offering everything Maeve's heart desires, her eyes are opened to a whole new world beyond the packlands. For this cowgirl, sleeping with the enemy could prove as desirable as it is deadly...

Reviewed by kimbacaffeinate on

4 of 5 stars

In this book we learn the identity of the mysterious wolf known only as The Rogue. If you are like me and avoid the synopsis for spoilers, I won’t reveal it here. Mae and the Gray Wolves are trying to secure alliances with other packs now that the Crazy Eight have a serum that could threaten them all. The Rogue shows up and offers Mae a chance to save her pack; she accepts and leaves in the middle of an attack with him.

The tale that unfolds shares the story of the rogue wolves, the serum and the Rogue himself. We also learn more about Mae, and her upbringing. Her childhood experiences may be triggers for some readers. It is not graphic and briefly touched upon. View Spoiler »

I loved the characters we meet, especially those who make up the Rogue’s misfit family. The banter and chemistry between Mae and the Rogue was off the charts. Secrets and age old wounds often stood in the way. I confess there were times I wanted all revealed, but I also understood the need to be seen. The whole romance tugged at my heartstrings even as parts frustrated me.

I have to mention the horses again; I love the personalities the author gives them. She made me laugh with their shenanigans, especially the barn scenes.

The “serum” while an integral part of the story ended up moving off page as the romance, and Rogue’s plans for the Gray pack took center stage. The last chapters were intense before Ballenger pulled things together and I closed the story with a smile. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

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