Gale Stanley
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
January 2011
Book 3 of Black Wolf Gorge
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

When Janis dumps her cheating boyfriend, her hopes for love and a family end along with their romance, and her biological clock is sounding louder than Big Ben. Her sister-in-law snagged both of her twin brothers. How did Sable catch two gorgeous men when she can't hang onto one? But her hopes rise when two drop-dead sexy men walk into her office. Too bad they turn out to be gay -- and Lycan.

Lycans Noah and Wade are in Philadelphia on a special mission for their Alpha, who hopes to increase their dwindling numbers. The wolf-shifters never expected to bring a woman into their sexual relationship, especially a human, but one night in bed with Janis changes everything. They believe she may be their mate, but if they go through with their Alpha's plan, Janis's family will be destroyed, along with any chance of making her their own.

Book Review by Rebecca
Feb 11, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
280 people found the following review helpful
Held captive in the book – that's an accurate description of what will happen to a reader who picks up any of the Black Wolf Gorge books, especially CAPTIVE, which is the third book in the series by Gale Stanley. As part of this solid series with a unique premise, CAPTIVE is another quality installment. Ms Stanley's wolf shifters are endangered, having been killed off years ago by humans, and know of only few of their kind that exist. In this book, they discover another pack but the discovery comes at a cost.

The story focuses on Janis, the sister of two human males who mate with a female wolf shifter in a previous book. Janis doesn't know that her sister-in-law is a wolf shifter so she walks into trouble blind. During most of the book, Janis is kept out of the loop and many of the problems occur because of this dishonesty. The author did an excellent job of explaining the need for secrecy so the characters' integrity is left intact.

When Janis breaks up with her cheating boyfriend, her hopes for a family seem to end and she feels her biological clock ticking louder than ever. Janis seems fragile but the reader can find a beam of inner strength that propels her forward, seemingly on a journey to discover herself. When a gift walks into her office in the form of two incredibly dark and handsome men, she embraces the opportunity. It's too good to be true when Janis realizes they are gay and their one night stand, a sexy ménage, leaves her lonely when they abandoned her… and little does she know that they are wolf shifters.

Noah and Wade are sent to Philadelphia on a mission for their Alpha who has hopes to increase their dwindling numbers and save their pack from extinction. They never planned to bring a woman into their relationship, especially a human, but one night with Janis changes everything. They mark her as their mate but soon realize they must betray her to stay loyal to their Alpha. Though it nearly breaks them and determining that pack must be most important, they leave Janis to pursue their mission only to find that she is tangled up in their mission more than they are able to stop. Reuniting with her is not on the best of circumstances but their reunion in the hot springs is a sensual feast for the reader.

The bond that forms between Janis, Noah and Wade is presented in a way to show devotion rather than merely sexual attraction (though that is there as well). And it is strong enough to hold center stage while the reader gets to revisit Sable and her mates along with Karin and Malcolm, all incredibly strong relationships that speak to the bonds of family whether human, wolf or hybrid. Characters are written with such depth that the reader cannot help but relate to their journey. Great story.
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