Title: Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply
Author: Terry Spear
Series: Silver Town Wolf, #6
Pubdate: May 3rd, 2016
An alpha werewolf meets his match in this sizzling paranormal romance from USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear
THERE’S A NEW WOLF PACK IN SILVER TERRITORY
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.
AND THIS TIME THE LEADER’S A SHE…
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 an alpha male 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?
USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world and is raising two Havanese puppies. She lives in Crawford, Texas.
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An Excerpt from Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply
A couple of hours later, Susan called Pepper. “You are not going to believe this. You have to mate him, Pepper, or I will.”
“What did he do now?” Pepper assumed it was something positive, as excited as Susan sounded.
“He picked up groceries for you! I know I shouldn’t have, but I was curious and I asked to see what he had gotten for you and wow, some of the choicest cuts of steaks, more chocolate mousse pie, everything you’d want for breakfast, and a couple of bottles of wine. He even got you fixings for a lobster bisque he’s going to make. Sounds to me like he’s planning to stay for a while. Which would be a totally good thing, as far as I’m concerned. If he becomes a burden at your place, just send him over to mine. He can bring the groceries too.”
Lobster bisque? No wonder Susan was ready to grab the wolf and mate him.
“Anyway, he declined breakfast and said he’d throw something together at your place.”
Pepper was surprised to hear he had turned down breakfast at Susan’s place. Was he afraid Pepper would view it as Susan making a play for him? If so, he was a lot more intuitive than most guys she knew who, even if they hadn’t wanted anything to do with Susan romantically, would have at least enjoyed a home-cooked breakfast.
“Oh, and he said not to worry. He’d clean up afterward. He asked if you had a Crock-Pot. He said he was going to make his special lobster bisque, but the steaks? Another night maybe? I loaned him my Crock-Pot, in case yours wasn’t easy to find. Please tell me you don’t want him. I’ll let him down gently, and then I’ll do whatever I need to do to claim him.”
Pepper laughed. “Are you sure you could handle him?”
“Seriously? I’d definitely give it a shot. If you don’t want him for a pack leader mate, he’d still be a great addition to the pack—for protection, at the very least—if he were my mate.”
Pepper didn’t believe Eric would be happy as just a follower if he had the opportunity to be a leader. Even if he became a sub-leader, she was afraid that wouldn’t be enough. “He’s a leader at heart.”
“Right. So mate with him so I don’t have to embarrass myself.”
“How would you embarrass yourself?”
“He’s only got eyes for you. And I’d get turned down. You know how it is. A woman is just as hurt by rejection as a man. But I’d feel so much better about it if you caught him. You know we all loved Harold like a brother, but I’ve seen the way Eric is interested in you. And it’s not in the least bit brotherly. With me?” Susan sighed dramatically. “He’s just like Harold was with me. So tell me this business of Eric staying over is becoming a steady habit you don’t want to break.”
“Okay, Susan, part of me says he’s a good bet. That he would be the right one for me and for the pack.”
“It’s forever you know.”
“Not just for me, but for the whole pack. With Harold, everyone knew him from the time we were children. He was a known quantity. With Eric—”
“Yeah, yeah, so everyone knew Harold would do everything you said he’d do.”
Pepper let out her breath. “Harold didn’t ever want to take charge or suggest anything, even as much as I encouraged him to do so. He just wasn’t a leader. Even when he said he wanted to lead, he didn’t have the personality to make it happen. If I take a new mate, it means change. I won’t control everything with the pack.”
“You don’t think Eric could bring some fresh, new ideas to the pack that would improve things?”
“What if you or others in the pack don’t like his ideas?” What if he turned their whole pack upside down with his different notions?
“We’ll voice our opinion like we always do.”
“What if he doesn’t want to help lead the pack?”
“Fine, then he can just be your hot lover and mate and be part of the pack like the rest of us.”
A hot lover sure had its appeal. And if he could colead without taking over completely, Pepper would sure rethink having a mate. “I’ve got to go, Susan.”
“But you’re seriously considering it, right?”
If you know me at all, you know that I love my paranormal reads. Terry Spear did not disappoint.
Pepper is the alpha of her pack but the truth is she finds it difficult to trust. You can’t really blame her. She is independent (which we don’t always see in were stories), powerful and leader of a pack. All of those things scream for a male to come in take over, right? Not. We see her dealing with a pain in the butt alpha who seems to think she is his for the taking.
When Eric comes around she thinks he is one more that wants to take her pack from her. However, Eric is different and it doesn’t take long for Pepper to realize it.
Great story that can be read as a standalone!