Haunted Wolves by Moira Rogers

WOLVES
Haunted Wolves by Moira Rogers
Green Pines Book 2
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (198 Pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

He hunts nightmares. She survives them.

Green Pines, Book 2

Lorelei Adams has lost many things—her humanity, her life, even her son. She’s always fought through her exhaustion, always stayed strong for her pack, but now there are new alphas to take care of the others. Unfortunately, time to rest means time to think about her own pain.

Colin Knox knows about exhaustion. He’s acted as judge, jury, and executioner to rogue wolves for over a decade, but never lingered long enough to help the survivors pick up the pieces—until now. Lorelei rouses his instincts, both protective and carnal. She’s willing, but only to indulge in physical distraction. Colin wants more, to be the hero who slays her monsters.

Especially when it becomes clear that malicious magic is loose in their sanctuary. The danger draws them together until it’s impossible to separate lust from affection, good intentions from rationalizations. Darkness is stirring at Green Pines. If they can’t fight it together, they could lose everything they have left.

Haunted Wolves is the next book in Moira Rogers’ Green Pines series, and the world in this one has grown to include not only the original pack lead by Jay and Eden, but others, from the Memphis pack and other places as well.

The Sanctuary at Green Pines is coming along nicely. The folks who came with Zack are settling in, getting their internet/mail order business up and running to provide an income for the group. Life is starting to settle down, and as news of the Sanctuary begins to spread, a few families from other areas begin to drift in.

Lorelei Adams knows that things are better here at Green Pines, but before she can completely settle in, she needs to make one last trip to Memphis, to put her past to rest completely. When Colin Knox decides to go with her, she thinks it is for a totally different reason, and Colin quickly assures her that, as unofficial pack Beta, he wants to make sure there will be no further danger from the Memphis pack, and also just to watch Lorelei’s back. He is attracted to her, and hopes she feels the same, but he assures her that she makes all her own decisions, and he will never put her in the position she was in before. Meanwhile, at Green Pines, things are tense, with strange sightings, strong magic and dangerous activity in the dark of the night. While Colin and Lorelei grow closer and trust develops, the past is haunting them both. After their return to Green Pines, tragedy strikes, and everyone fights for survival in the face of an invisible foe.

I like this world, and being there from the beginning of establishing Sanctuary gives an insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the people involved. I like these people, and was happy to see that they are self reliant but willing to accept help when needed. It was fun seeing Stella, the young witch from Red Rock Pass step into her own by becoming the resident witch for Green Pines, and she makes a great addition to the community there.

Lorelei Adams has always been strong, even before she was turned by the corrupt alpha from Memphis. Now that he is gone, she needs to revisit old haunts, seeking to reclaim her sense of self. She is strong, smart, and loyal to those she cares about, willing to do whatever she has to in order to protect her pack mates. She is attracted to Colin, but thinks he isn’t interested when he doesn’t respond to her as she is used to. I enjoyed watching as she came to realize that Colin was interested, but was giving her the one thing she really needed, a choice.

Colin Knox has been a lone wolf and an enforcer, and now he has taken on a new role; Beta to Jay Ancheta’s Alpha at Green Pines. He is strong, protective and loyal to his friends, and thinks he should keep Lorelei at arm’s length to show he respects her right to choose for herself. He is clueless that, by being her friend, she thinks he isn’t interested. I liked Colin, with his sense of honor and fairness, and liked watching as her and Lorelei grew closer on the trip back to Memphis. I also liked that he knew exactly what she really needed to secure her position at Green Pines, a small but important piece of her past.

There are some surprise twists in this that I never saw coming, and they brought the danger closer to home here. The secondary characters are as well defined as Lorelei and Colin, and I got a sense of each individual’s strengths and weaknesses. I found the progression of Colin and Lorelei’s romance achingly delicious, and the power when they finally accepted each other was extremely hot and sexy. I wholeheartedly recommend the Green Pines series for shifter fans, but keep the ice water close, and plentiful.

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