Walters’ fast-paced tale evokes real contemporary settings and is populated by realistic secondary characters. Alexandra, a protagonist readers will root for, is an action heroine who kicks butt while keeping up with the guys.
Alex Riley never planned on leaving Chicago, but when the truth of her heritage comes out, escaping the city will save her life. At least if what Joshua Striker says is true. Striker, a security force of one, is a hunky werewolf who has come to bring Alex and her father home to North Carolina. James Riley once led the Wolf Creek pack, but left after a tragedy. When he fathered Alex with a prostitute he vowed to keep her safe, hoping she would be human. Now in her first heat, Alex must get to Wolf Creek and mate before her first transformation. Wolf Creek has changed since the days of James’ leadership; turmoil and murder await his return. Striker wants Alex as much as he wants to protect her, but lone wolves wish to claim her, and human bounty hunters want her dead. (SAMHAIN, Aug., 270 pp., $14.00)