Stolen by Stacey Espino

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SKU 978-1-77339-644-6

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Feral Instincts, 1

Caroline’s ready to put the past behind her. She’s working in the deep north for the summer, and enjoys the slower pace. Things get ugly when she finds herself caught up in a nightmare worse than the one she left behind in the city.

Grey lives between two worlds, but he’s determined not to take a human mate. When one of his packmates goes missing, the trail leads to a woman working at the national park. He doesn’t hesitate to steal her away, planning to get information at any cost. Grey doesn’t expect the deep-seated attraction he has for her or the sudden need to claim her as his own.

Can he convince his captive that she’s his mate?



Grey looked at his watch. “You were supposed to be at the mine ten minutes ago.”

“I found Rhaina.”

“Okay, you going to tell me where?” He moved closer, that familiar scent hitting him like a freight train. He swallowed hard, trying to keep his composure.

“She’s in a cage, locked in a shed. Do you have bolt cutters in the truck?”

“That scent…”

“The fucking human woman. You were right about her. I found her at the shed, wanted to kill her dead. I’m tired of playing by their rules.”

Rage dripped from his pores, an illogical anger taking control. He shoved Jacob with both hands, making him stumble on his feet. “Did you touch her?”

Jacob looked confused, his eyes wide as he held up his palms in defense. “No, I don’t know. I grabbed her for a second, but I didn’t hurt her.”

Grey rushed forward, fisting Jacob’s shirt as he backed him up. “I said I’d deal with it. If I find out you so much as fucking breathed on her I’ll kill you.”

Jacob brushed him off. “Whoa, what the fuck is wrong with you? You’re more worried about a human now? She’s not going to report anything, so relax.”

He got back into his truck, but lowered the driver’s side window. “I better not find her scent on you again, Jacob. I won’t tell you twice.” Then he hit the gas, heading to the front gates of the park. Once he was out of sight, no sign of cars or people ahead or behind, he pulled over to the side of the road. He smashed his fist on the steering wheel, then scrubbed both hands over his face. A deep growl rumbled in his chest.

What was happening to him? He was acting completely out of character.

Grey glanced at his reflection in the rear view mirror, not recognizing the man looking back at him. He’d just threatened one of his packmates. Why? He couldn’t explain the new possessive urges taking over his body and mind, but he wanted answers. The first thing that came to mind was getting rid of the human. She’d messed with his head since yesterday, so the answer seemed simple enough. She was a problem that needed to be dealt with.

He pulled up at the front gates, and the mystery woman leaned out the window. “Can I help you?”

Grey stared at her, not knowing what to think, what to say. His mission was Rhaina, and this human was the key to getting her back. But their missing wolf was suddenly the last thing on his mind.

“What’s your name?”

A little smile played at the corners of her mouth. Such playful innocence. “Caroline.” Her long brown hair was kept up in a loose ponytail. Her big blue eyes stared back at him, and he sat frozen in place. “Do you have a reservation?”

“Are you married?”

Her cheeks turning a flattering pink. “Sorry, but I can’t marry every camper.”

He wondered if she’d flush the same way if he stripped her naked, his head between her legs. Grey ground his teeth together, trying to get a handle on his damn cock. She had him completely spellbound, like pubescent pup.

“You have any space in the campground? I don’t have a reservation.”

Caroline ducked back inside the kiosk, checking her computer screen, and then reappeared. “We only have a few spots because of the long weekend coming up. Is it just for yourself?”

“Just me, sweetheart.”

She bit her lower lip, and his dick strained in his jeans. “Do you prefer something closer to the amenities or more private?”

“As private as you’ve got.” After paying the fee and taking the paperwork, he turned to her again. “What time you here until?”

“I’m off at six, but there’s another shift here until ten if you need any help.”

“I’ll see you real soon.”

He drove into the park, looking for the fucking camping spot he suddenly owned for the next week. This hadn’t been a part of his plan.

Neither had his new obsession.

Product Reviews

Score: 5 out of 5 (based on 11 ratings)
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Two Worlds Collide
Written by Judy H on 4th Aug 2022

Caroline is escaping the big city for a summer working in a forest. A Co-worker captured a wolf and she wants it released. Grey is following the trail to find a missing wolf clan member and finds Caroline and senses she is his mate, but human. Loved the characters, their backstories, strengths, banter and entertaining situations. Some danger and other road bumps among all the changes the two go through in their relationship. Loved the chemistry and the ending was great. Totally enjoyed the storyline.

Grey and Caroline
Written by casvec on 4th Aug 2022

This is a good fast shifter story, perfect when you want something different, hot and quick. Caroline finds herself working the entrance booth at a camping park, not the idea job, but it works. When a wolf is captured, Caroline pushes for it to be cared for not killed. Grey is a shifter who has not acclimated to the human side easily since the death of his parents. When one of his pack mates is captured, he tries to help only to find his human mate. I love shifter stories and this one checks all the boxes.

A Quick, Fun Read
Written by tburbr on 4th Aug 2022

This was a quick, fun read filled with endearing characters and an engaging story line that will keep your interest from beginning to end.

Feral Instincts #1
Written by Samkat on 4th Aug 2022

I really enjoyed this fast-paced, thrilling shifter romance! Stolen is book one in the Feral Instincts series and a standalone. Grey is looking for a pack member who's gone missing. He determines that a woman working for the forest park is involved and takes her to find out what happened only to discover she is his fated mate. Caroline was starting over by working in a forest park where things are more relaxed than in city life. Suddenly her world is turned upsidedown when she taken. Exciting, fast-paced, thrilling and steamy! Really enjoyable and I'm looking forward to more books in the series!

So good
Written by bookreader72 on 4th Aug 2022

I found the story to be spicy but not too spicy. There was a sweetness to the romance. Grey was such a good character who meets his true mate in Caroline. So good.

Fun read
Written by LBing on 4th Aug 2022

This was a fun fast read that hits both the sweet and the sexy side of things. It is a fated mates kind of story and I loved how things unfolded for them :D

Written by P W on 4th Aug 2022

Quick read and it gets straight to the point. She gets kidnapped by an alpha and then he starts to feel a protective instinct towards her. The chemistry developed with a lot more between them. For a short read was so good. I recieved a free copy via Booksprout and I’m giving my review freely and honestly

Steamy Shifter Romance
Written by JBTXCR on 4th Aug 2022

Very fast-paced Steamy Shifter Romance! If you have a love of Hot Alpha Males and damsels in distress this is the book for you!

Loved it.
Written by Jennifer Von Dietsch on 3rd May 2018

This was my first book from this author and I can't wait to read the next books in this series. I loved the connection between the H and the h. I loved the protective alpha instincts of the H. He truly loved the heroin. I have to say that I truly hated Rhaina, she was horrible, I was so happy when she got what she deserves. Can't wait to see if Jacob and zeke get their own stories One person found this helpful

Loved Grey & Caroline
Written by LRCH on 17th Apr 2018

This book by Stacy Espino was wonderful & I loved it. For me, it was a quick read, possibly because I couldn’t put it down. Grey thought Caroline was part of capturing a member of his pack, then found she was his mate. Caroline was getting away from a bad experience. And yes, outside interference is infuriating. But they are awesome together, and Stacy Espino’s world is a fun place to be, makes you anxious for the next book!! I loved this!!

Loved it!
Written by Dania voss on 17th Apr 2018

I really enjoyed this sweet, sexy read by Stacey Espino. I felt for Grey, he thought he'd be alone for the rest of his life, but found his true mate Caroline. Both he and Caroline had been lonely and alone before fate brought them together. Pick up your copy today!