Review: Brave Are the Lonely by Heather Long

Brave Are the Lonely by Heather Long
Series: Fevered Harts (# 2)
Release Date: March 4, 2012
Publisher: Author/Amazon Digital Services
Page Count: 237
Source: Book provided by author for review

When the spirit fever struck a town, a village or an outpost, it left few if any survivors. The white man blamed the Indian saying they used their mojo on them. The Indians blamed the white man for angering the spirits. The survivors knew it didn’t matter. The Fevered were forever changed.

When death seemed preferable…

Mourning his mate drove fevered wolf shifter Cody out of Texas, but a brother’s need drags him back from the brink.

…and good deeds never go unpunished…

Gypsy princess Mariska only wants to protect her people and her freedom, but a dangerous choice puts her on a collision course with an angry wolf.

…the best thing that could happen to him…

When Cody touches Mariska, his wolf cannot escape the hunger that fills him. For Mariska, Cody’s touch brings her a pleasure she never imagined, but is it enough to heal his fractured soul?

…was the last thing he expected.

As danger stalks all three of them, they must confront who they are or risk losing Cody forever.

His wolf. His woman. His way.

Review: Cody Morningstar’s wolf is in mourning for a lost love. Cody the man is struggling with the balance of man and wolf when the stakes are raised and he encounters Mariska, a fiery traveler. Their relationship burns up the pages as they are stalked by Distain seeking revenge against Cody’s wolf. In the final encounter we learn that Distain has a secret of his own that tests both man and wolf.

Kid Kane features well in this story as the ever present brother and supporter of Cody. Not without his own fair share of getting into trouble, Ms. Long weaves in Kid’s similar conflicts of loneliness and isolation. The bonding and brotherhood between Kid and Cody deepens as questions about Kid are confirmed and his story is left queued up for a future book.

The second book in the Fevered Hearts line up continues the strong alpha males with themes of family, love, and independence. Cody’s internal conflict and its impact on those around them are well done creating a suspenseful page turner. The encounters between Cody’s dual personalities and Mariska are erotic and explosive. The banter and commitment that grows between Kid and Cody defines the brotherhood between them. Brave Are the Lonely is highly recommended.

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