Book Review: Desert Wolf by Heather Long

December 14, 2015 4 Bullet Rating, Book Review 1 ★★★★

Book Review: Desert Wolf by Heather LongDesert Wolf by Heather Long
Series: Wolves of Willow Bend #8
Also in this series: Wolf Bite, Wolf Claim, Wolf At Law, Rogue Wolf, Bayou Wolf
Published by Self Published on November 24, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 282
Format: eBook
Source: Personally Purchased
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Cassius, Alpha of Sutter Butte, leads the most ruthless and dangerous pack in the United States. A pack comprised of misfits who didn’t fit in their previous packs, cast offs discarded by their packs and forgotten wolves who rose to create a pack more than a century before it utter defiance of the order of the day. Sometimes pitiless and cruel, he wants more for his people than a yearly bloodbath as they fight for a new place, a better spot in the pecking order. To change his pack, means to change himself and he will find rebellion on all sides, not the least of which is his own defiant heart.

Sovvan Stark, Omega of Delta Crescent, lives a cherished, beloved life in the center of her pack, a delicate and hard won balance. Though she is not the only Omega, she is the most experienced with the tremors of pack upset when power shifts from Alpha to Alpha. When her Alpha approaches her about Sutter Butte’s request, Sovvan considers the matter for several long months. While she might hold within her the key to helping the Sutter Butte Alpha, the undertaking could very well kill her.

Accompanied by a single Hound, Sovvan begins a journey to help Cassius rebuild the foundation of his pack, but first she will have to transform him…


Desert Wolf by Heather Long is the 8th book in the Wolves of Willow Bend series. Desert Wolf follows the Sutter Butte pack and their razor sharp alpha, Cassius.

This series has become my addiction for 2015. I love the characters in this series, especially the way Long is blending some of the different pack’s members together. Each installment contains such wonderful character growth and Cassius’ story was no exception. But lets face it, if you have read this series, you recognized he was going to be a hard character to connect to. Long did a great job building him up as ruthless, hard-edged and cruel. Even I wondered if Cassius had the ability to be redeemed, but as usual Long works her magic and once she allows you to glimpse inside of Cassius’ soul, you are quickly jumping onto Team Cassius. This team doesn’t play fair and I enjoyed the struggle and torture the author put this Alpha through. Long provided us with glimpses and a general feel of Cassius’ backstory and childhood, but I felt for such a unique and hard character, stronger details would have enriched the story and pushed this over the edge to 5 star territory.

The lovely Sovvan Stark from Delta Crescent softens the feel of this emotional story. Sutter Butte is like no other pack we have had a chance to get to know. And honestly, it isn’t a pretty sight. I love that Sovvan, even as an Omega (they reflect the worst attributes of a pack or wolf), always manages to see the greatness in each individual. She is a beautiful character and was a true joy to read about.

Desert Wolf was a completely different story than we are used to getting in the Wolves of Willow Bend series. After all..the Wolves of Willow Bend are pretty tame. Come take a step onto the wild side at Sutter Butte and find out what happens when the pack is a mess and Alpha is read for change. If you have not read this series, stop messing around and go for it! Most of the installments in this series are standalone titles, but with Desert Wolf I would recommend reading the previous stories. Having an understanding of why Sutter Butte is different and how Cassius is perceived really set the scene for his story.

I rate Desert Wolf 4 out of 5 Bullets!

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I personally purchased this title. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way. 

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