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- Print Length: 172 pages
- Publisher: Twin Moon Press (January 10, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 10, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01A4Q26WY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An excerpt from Desert Rose...
Axel drifted happily through his favorite dream. The one where the angel sang, just for him.
Sunlight tapped his shoulder, but he clung stubbornly to the last threads of sleep, trying to prolong the dream. That angel had kept him alive in the pain-wracked fog he'd fallen into after the hellhound fight. Every time he'd been about to drift over the line from life to death - so tempting, the easy way out - the angel would start singing and give him a reason to hang on.
And now she was back, calling to him like a siren. He tuned in just enough to catch the steady, singsong voice. He'd never seen the ocean, but he figured waves over the sand might make a similarly soothing sound.
Other sounds hummed in the background, other scents, but he focused on the silky voice. So peaceful. So lyrical-
Something slammed to the ground, and his eyelids flew open, imagining the worst. A rock falling from the roof of a cave where he'd taken shelter, maybe, signaling that it was time to pick up his weary body and move on. Or maybe it was a bolt of lightning illuminating a hundred empty miles of desert as he sprinted on four feet, hurrying behind his father on yet another urgent mission.
He blinked and looked around. No cave. No desert, except the view outside the windows. He flexed his fingers - human fingers, not hooves - and they sank into the leather of an armchair.
The library. He was in the library. Whew.
"Oh, I'm so sorry," a voice squawked. A woman's voice, pitched like an off-key cuckoo.
He sat upright, blinking sleep out of his eyes. Where did the angel go?
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So to recap a little, we first meet the javelinas in Desert Wolf 2: Strangers in the Night during an encounter between three of them, including Lothar, their leader, and Ty and Lana. While Axel isn't formally introduced at that time, it's alluded to that he must be Lothar's son. We further meet Axel in Desert Heart (book 4) as he helped save Rick and Tina from the hellhound attack. Yes, Rick still needed to be changed, yet he and Tina are still alive and Axel will forever have the gratitude of Ty, the Alpha, his family and the Pack. Unfortunately, Axel was wounded in the attack and Tina decides he's staying there and recuperating.
Unbeknownst to him, Beth (by the way, I'm partial to her name LOL), the Pack librarian and part-time teacher, sat with him and read him books until her voice went hoarse. Yes, Axel remembers a voice that he refers to as his Angel talking to him, but he doesn't know who it was and honestly wonders if he dreamt the whole thing. I love that books played a pretty integral role in their story.
After being gone for two weeks due to an educational class, Beth can't wait to get home and see the man she just knows is her mate. She knows it, yet also has doubts because she doesn't feel she's enough for him. It's something she's struggled with her whole life.
Through the subtle orchestrations of Aunt Jean, the surrogate aunt of the whole Pack, Axel and Beth are brought close enough for Axel to catch her scent and he's instantly smitten. Yes, smitten is the perfect word to use for him. He may be built like a Mack truck, but he truly is a gentle soul. You'll see. Now if he could just get the Pack trollop, err yeah, she's a trollop, Audrey to get the heck away from him, he could investigate the origin of that deliciously intoxicating smell. Psst...Audrey does not now how to catch a clue and relentlessly makes me hate her more, err makes a fool of herself every time. Yes, yeah that's what I meant. *smirk*
Thankfully, Audrey is finally thwarted with some help from Ty, and yes, he's very happily mated and a father, yet Audrey still tries with him as well. See, what I mean by trollop? I swear her picture should be beside the definition in the dictionary as an example. Granted I'd rather use a different word, but I need to adhere to the review guidelines. *blinks innocently* Wait, what? Who typed that? (Readers, if you're familiar with her umm, personality, I know you fully support me. LOL)
Now Axel is healing more and more every day, javelinas heal slower than wolves, but he feels like he belongs at Twin Moon, especially now that he's found Beth, his mate. He's never been like other male javelinas that thrive on wandering and keep in mind, they're usually in shifted form as opposed to human form, so everything is new to him. He's loving it. He wants a home and knows he's found it. But every day he feels like he's that much closer to his Dad ordering him home. *cue The Final Countdown by Europe. Haha, earworm.)
The thing is, he's right. As the Pack finishes celebrating Christmas Eve together, where Axel happily played Santa's Helper Elf (oh man, that visual), his Dad arrives and informs him their territory is under attack. Axel reluctantly leaves, promising to return to Beth.
Are they able to stop the attack? What happens when the trap is sprung with Axel, his Dad, and Uncle inside it? Can Beth use their mate connection to find him, even though they haven't officially completed the mating? Does he return to Twin Moon and a HEA with Beth? Does Beth finally realized her true worth? No, I'm not telling you the answers. LOL Read the book and find out. Trust me, this series is so good. I highly recommend it and that you read the books in order for the sake of continuity and for full enjoyment of the characters and stories.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
I really enjoyed these two slowly coming together. They were both so shy and uncertain, while their animal halves just knew it was meant to be. Now if only they can get everything worked out and get their happily ever after. :) LOVE THIS!!!
Top international reviews
In this story we have a different type of shifter, a javelina. A wild boar.
Axel was a delight, just the most quiet unassuming man mountain you will ever meet. Loved the rose he made for Beth, better than the words.
Beth we know as part of the pack, but she has always been in the background. This is her story with Axel and it is one of the best I have read.
I found this book an absolute treasure to read and highly recommend it. You do not need to have read the previous books but it will improve your enjoyment if you have.