This is book five in the Wayne County Wolves series. I have read all the stories of Ms. Hecht's Lost Shifters series as well as this series so I am very familiar with the world of the stories and the big characters belonging to each series. I do recommend reading them all, mostly because this is a fun series and I love Ms. Hecht's shape shifters. The Wayne County Alpha is Chris and his mate is jaguar Cassie. The two got acquainted in Carnal Intentions, the fourth Lost Shifter book and they married in Hey, There's Fur in My Wedding Cake the twelve and a half Lost Shifters story.
The fun, er, funny thing about this story is the fact that Caley is a dove shifter. Yes, I did say dove. He had been part of a small 'pack' of equally amusing shifters; a bunny, ferret, beagle, a wild dog and our little dove. We originally met them in the second Wayne County Wolves story, Run, Alger Run. Each member of this small pack had their own tragedy, you know, like their families or packs being killed by wolves, ravens, hyenas and so forth. Caley’s involved wolves so he was terrified when his band joined the Wayne County Wolves. The bad news is his new wolf pack has just been thrown into a little territory war with another pack and the enemy wolves are bombing pack headquarters.
Because of this war and the strange wolf thing where Chris cannot get assistance from Cassie’s brothers in their Coalition, my very favorite character, Shane, finds Chris a team of assassins to help them out. I could name all the books where Shane is the main or one of the main characters but then this wouldn’t be a review of the assassin from the title. That assassin is Grey and even across a room full of shifters he is completely sucked in when he catches sight of Caley. It would have been terrifying for Caley if he hadn’t had the same reaction to Grey. I have to say I really liked Grey’s team of assassins. He even has his own leopard!
Grey and Caley were getting busy with each other when bombing began and Grey left to go and do his job with the other members of his team. This story takes us through the attacks, Grey’s work, Caley’s work at Pack Headquarters making clothes and uniforms and the two men having smexy time. This may be a novella, but the time span goes a couple of months where Caley gets to know his wolf. My biggest disappointment of this story is the secret twist at the end since I thought it was unsurprising and yet still sweet. Sigh. I like this story and I like how Ms. Hecht manages to move the storyline forward where I am on the edge of my seat. She gave us a few hints to the future stories for Wayne County Wolves and Lost Shifters so of course I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Reviewer: Teresa T.