- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd (31 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1605040959
- ISBN-13: 978-1605040950
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,423,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Standoff (Cascadia Wolves) Paperback – 31 Mar 2009
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Cade is the Alpha of the second largest pack in America. As such, his life has been dedicated to the safety, happiness, and general well-being of his wolves. He's recently decided that as soon as this crazy war is over, he's going to begin seriously searching for his mate. The good news is: he just found his mate! The bad news is: she's the sister of the wacko that started this war. Now Cade will have to fight the enemy, his own pack, and sometimes even his own Alpha nature to keep her safe and within his paws...I mean arms; ok, both!
Grace is nothing like her insane brother. Although she spent many years packless because of his actions, as soon as she realized exactly what he was trying to do, she began quietly investigating...putting her own life in danger to do so. When time runs short, she decides to take what she has to the allied packs in an effort to help them defeat her brother. She knew she would be distrusted, she knew she would face hostility, but she never dreamed she would find her mate.
This whole series in on my keeper shelf and "Standoff" has already made its way to its own spot, next to its series-mates. The story of the relationship between Cade and Grace was sexy and touching, but for me, the storyline relating to the war was rather anticlimactic. That's really my only beef with the book...the ending. Instead of flowing, it seemed sudden and sharp to me. But hey, that's just me and my opinion.
The rest of the book was bang on. The cast of characters were all familiar as stars of past books appeared and advanced the storyline. The sex scenes were stellar (as usual) and I did fan myself once or twice. And the pace of the book and growth of the relationship between the main characters was about as good as it gets. So I finally had to give it all five stars in spite of my heroine bias and whine about the ending. I'll read this series again, and maybe next time I'll get over myself sooner!
Cade Warren has been the Alpha of the Cascadia Wolf Pack for twelve years. He's dedicated himself to ensuring his pack's happiness and safety at the expense of his own needs. Cade longs for a mate but before he can actively begin a search, he must ensure that Warren Pellini and his cronies are put out of commission - permanently. The last thing he expects is for the insider who drops information about Pellini in his lap to be not only Warrren's sister, but the woman he desires as his mate.
Grace's been on her own for a long time and she's accustomed to doing things her way - without consulting anyone. Cade is Alpha, he makes decisions and expects his instructions to be followed and up until now that's how things have worked. Grace is just as Alpha as Cade is and she sets about creating a place for herself amongst his pack - which includes facing down Lex's wife Nina, with whom Cade is anchored. In addition to trying to settle into a new life amongst such a close-knit pack, Grace is busy trying to find a cure to Warren's `secret' weapon - all while contending with an overprotective, bossy mate.
War's been declared and Grace knows her brother well enough to know he never plays fair. If Cade's going to risk everything to protect his pack from Warren, then she's going to make sure he's ready for Warren's underhanded maneuvering. Grace and Cade have some serious issues they'll have to work through in their relationship but underneath it all they love each other. Will they be able to get past their hurts and anger and stand united in the face of her brother's evilness?
If you're a fan of Lauren Dane's Cascadian Wolves series then you won't want to miss her newest release - STANDOFF! Cade's finally found his mate and she's perfect for him. Grace is just as strong, determined, and focused on saving the world from her brother's evil plots and she won't back down from a confrontation with anyone. I loved the intensity of this storyline and the emotional connections between the characters, but I especially adored Grace's honest reactions and willingness to stand up for herself. She does it with such style that I found myself immersed in each heated scene. If you're reading this book solely for the romance, Ms. Dane doesn't disappoint there either. There's tons of red hot steamy sexy scenes and of course with a couple that butts heads as often as Cade and Grace do, there's plenty of make up sex that'll leave you hot and bothered. Beautifully written Ms. Dane. I'll be anxiously awaiting more Cascadian Wolves tales in the near future.
Chrissy Dionne (courtesy of Romance Junkies)
I have to say, overall the sex scenes are boring. It's more about position than the actual doing.
I distinctly remember how hot the bonding was for Nina and more than one reference of Cade 'hanging left'. No reference here in Cade's story. In fact Cade's sex talk is rather off putting but I guess it does it for Grace. He refers to her opening as a 'gate' three different times. I thought to myself how corny. A gate? So he's a battering ram? Does that mean she's locked up when the gate's not down? Crossing the moat to get to the castle? Do you see what I mean about it being a bit much?
Of all things. . . Jack and Cade 'make an appointment' for Jack to come over and do the bonding ceremony. How exciting is that? Let's schedule it, nothing spur of the moment, catch each other unaware, oh no. This is all about making an appointment. And he was on time!
I can't even wrap my mind around the idea of Maxwell (her ex pack alpha that shunned her whole family) being considered to do Grace's bonding. Or that he'd even think of offering. This alpha is a brainless twirp. I don't understand why the author considered writing that little gem.
In Grace's bonding Jack leaves his pants on, only unzips. I doubt he's shy. So it must be he doesn't want to antagonize Cade by taking off his clothes. So the bonding takes place and thankfully we don't hear about all the little zinging magical semen. . . Just that the bonding took hold. So I guess that's an improvement.
Now Jack was picked as Grace's bonded third so Cade wouldn't have to deal with him on a daily basis. Cade didn't want the close connection because he is an overly protective alpha. He wanted Jack to be far away, not under his nose 24/7 like Cade's had with being Nina's third. That makes sense. What doesn't make sense is that when Cade wins that match and becomes a Supreme Alpha, Jack is under Cade's nose even more. So what Cade wanted in the beginning with distance is not the case anymore.
Just because Warren Pellini is gone doesn't mean the threat is over. I'm sure there's other fanatics out there, more that think like Pellini and want to carry out his work. With that said, I thought the ending was rather abrupt. There wasn't any follow up on how Cade and Grace's lives are changed -- Other than new living quarters and new guards -- When so much of Grace's mindset was about adjusting from being packless to mated to pack and now to a new status. I didn't feel that new step in their relationship was explored enough. And all this takes place in a matter of weeks.
Grace Pellini has done the unthinkable. She has penetrated the Werewolf Mafia and gathered vital information on the virus her brother is developing. Now she needs to get out. On reaching out to the National Pack (Pellini's enemies) she meets her mate, Cade Warden, strongest Alpha in North America. Together they need to bring Pellini down and Save The World (while having lots of mating sex and getting used to each other).
- A good length book - 4086 kindle locations
- Characters are Shifters/werewolves within a human/wolf world.
- This book brings to an end a four book story arc. While you could read the book as a standalone, it would be greatly enhanced by reading the others, in order. (Except Reluctant. "Reluctant" is an excellent book but is outside of the Werwolf Mafia story arc and can be read separately or not at all.)
- Book begins two weeks after "Wolf Unbound" (ie 2 weeks after Tegan was hurt). Tegan and Ben are Enforcers with Great Lakes Pack in Chicago.
- Sex is m/f with a (consensual) m/f/m encounter. Very HOT, very loving, very caring and generous. And plenty of it.
- Unlike the earlier books, Cade and Grace know what they're getting into with the mating bond and the anchor. It is definitely choice and acceptance. And the first encounter is HOT. The m/f/m anchoring is more "willing" than in previous books, and, perhaps, more mature.
- Grace and Cade have lived their lives, been around the block a few times. They read as "mature", grown-up, accepting of harsh responsibilities. Their relationship, both in and out of the bedroom, reflects this. They know what they want and what they need from each other.
- Characters from previous books reappear and play an integral role.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the series and the story arc as a whole. Dane has approached each relationship differently, acknowledging the differences of the people and their places within the world and the war. Grace is a STRONG woman, spine of steel, surrounded by seriously Alpha men, but unlike Tegan's trained bravery, Grace has courage because of compassion and a need to make the world a better place. Dane again has the men accepting the strength of the women, and trying to protect them as best they can while allowing them to express themselves. How can you not love them? I highly recommend the series. I look forward to picking up Megan's story in "Fated" and see how Cascadia Wolves works, without a war to give the story impetus.