Stolen by Stacey Espino

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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

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Written by Amber J on 19th Dec 2022

Caroline is working the gate at the park when a coworker shows her a wolf he has caught. Caroline wants to free the wolf, but he wants to kill it. Grey comes looking for his missing wolf and smells her on Caroline but doesn't know how involved she is. However, there's something about her that draws him. When a packmate kidnaps Caroline Grey steps in and takes her with him. Will he be able to claim his mate? What will happen to the wolf? This is a great story that will draw you in from beginning to end. This is a well written and very entertaining story. Its a book that any book lover would enjoy.

Written by Shell R on 1st Dec 2022

Super quick read about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Down on her luck Caroline is working at a camp to get back on her feet. Her co-worker kidnaps a werewolf thinking it is the creature causing all the chaos. So to make it fair Caroline is kidnap by Grey the aphla. Check out this story to see how being kidnapped can turn into love. Enjoy

Written by Stacii on 29th Nov 2022

Carolyn and Grey’s story is a human and shifter mating with him kidnapping her to see why one of his pack went missing but ends up being her mate.

Written by Amd2662 on 29th Nov 2022

Shifters. Shifter/Park employee. Captured wolf. Threats. Attraction. Affection. Acceptance. Wonderful Characters and exciting story. Entertaining. Exciting. Happiness. Love. HEA. Fun read

A Quick, Fun Read
Written by tburbr on 29th Nov 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.

Written by Mary on 29th Nov 2022

This is the first story in the "Feral Instincts" series. It is a stand alone read that is fairly short and quick. The story is about fated mates Caroline and Grey. It is a touch different than some of the shifter reads I have read because humans don't know they exist. Caroline is escaping the city for the summer and working in a forest park. Her coworker wants to show her what he caught. It is a wolf! He has bad plans for the wolf and she wants to let it out. This is were all the crazy and fun begins. Along the way she meets Grey. This is a sweet, sexy and fun story with some drama, self doubt, crazy, passion and fated mates. I like how he tells her.

Short Story
Written by Jeanne Richardson on 29th Nov 2022

This is the second book I've read written by Stacey Espino; I can’t wait to read more of her books. This is the first book in the Feral Instincts Series; it is a stand-alone short story. The story is about Caroline & Grey. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.

Unexpected ending
Written by RahiaLeight on 29th Nov 2022

The story is fast paced and exciting, but it ends rather abruptly. Other than that, it was a good read. Need part 2 asap!

Steamy and exciting!
Written by Ash J on 29th Nov 2022

I really enjoyed this book. It was a short read that was steamy and I really liked the characters. I do wish some of the other characters got payback for some of the things they did but this was a fun, enjoyable story.

What chance of a HEA does Grey have with Caroline after he kidnaps her?
Written by Nicole Potter on 29th Nov 2022

I absolutely love paranormal romance & "Stolen" - Caroline & Grey's story did not disappoint. She's trying to put the past behind her & Grey comes crashing into her world. A packmate of his has gone missing & he thinks Caroline may know something so he kidnaps her. The attraction between them is intense. How is she going to take it when he tells her that she is his mate? Will there be a HEA?

Iliked it!
Written by Flavia Karina on 29th Nov 2022

Hot short read. Caroline has a past that makes her distrustful of men, but with her Grey her defenses fall apart. Grey was all his life more savage than civilized. But for her, he makes the effort. The most primal instincts of both unite them, when circumstances should separate them. I liked it!

Good Story
Written by kdavis on 29th Nov 2022

It was a short, sweet, steamy story. I really liked Grey and his insta love towards Caroline was true and strong. The only drama was Raine, getting caught in her wolf form and lying to Grey and the other pack members. Did she love Grey, couldn't figure out what her problem was. I enjoyed the connection and the chemistry between Grey and Caroline. I can't wait to read the next book.

Written by P W on 29th Nov 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

Great quick story
Written by vickymeowmeow on 29th Nov 2022

Great! He's finally found his mate, oh, but she's human and doesn't know where wolves exist. I enjoyed the romance between the two main characters, both doubt a relationship could work out but we're brave enough to move forward and give it a chance anyway. I enjoyed the twists involving the Caged wolf which made the story more interesting for me. This is a story I will reread.

Written by ANG27 on 29th Nov 2022

I thought this was an excellent romance adventure. Interesting characters and well written. Looking forward to see what comes next in the series.

Good Read
Written by casvec on 29th Nov 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.

His Mate
Written by MandyH on 29th Nov 2022

Stolen is Caroline and Grey's shifter HEA. Caroline is temporarily working at a city park. Confirming reservations for campers and their families. The park has been getting complaints of wildlife disturbing the guests. When the wolf shifter responsible for the disturbances is caught her pack mates come looking. When her pack leader meets Caroline his fate is sealed. He wasn't looking for his mate but he found her.

Summer jobs
Written by Laura S. on 29th Nov 2022

When does a summer job go from dreary to exciting? Who would have guessed that the wildlife consisted of more than just furry animals? Could Caroline's HEA be hiding in the woods? Little did she know, but life just got more exciting for Caroline when she took the summer job at the park. Perhaps good things come to those that deserve it? This is a great start to what promises to be a fun to read series!

So good!
Written by Mistie Best on 29th Nov 2022

Grey and Caroline were mates but she was human. Grey met her when he thought she was kidnapping werewolves and hurting them. He scented her and knew she was his mate so he took her to convince her to be his. Caroline was instantly attracted to Grey, but she didn't know what he was. There were so many odds stacked against them, but these two were really sweet together. Really enjoyed this one.

Good novella
Written by A Schofield on 29th Nov 2022

Caroline is moving on as an incident at work.She has a temp job until a new permanent one starts. Grey is trying to find his missing pack mate and thinks that Caroline is involved. I do think that it would have benefitted from having a longer conclusion as it does seem rushed. Overall, this is a good story about shapeshifters and finding love.

Written by Debs48 on 29th Nov 2022

What a lovely feel good even though shapeshifters it was good enough detail to make the story and ending was over too quick would like more

Great dramatic shifter romance--LOVE LOVE this author!
Written by Andrea Reed on 29th Nov 2022

This book was a definite page turner with a wonderful plot. The author excels at writing great stories that make you want to read everything she writes for sure. If you love shifter stories this one has a really good storyline. Get it and read and it and then get more of her books.

Shifter Romance
Written by A. Adams on 7th Nov 2022

This is a shifter romance. Caroline works in a national park. A wolf has been caught and is being held. Carole wants to let the wolf go. Carole meets Grey. They like each other. Grey is a shifter. Grey's pack tries to run Carole off numerous times. Can you get someone to fall in love with you if you can't tell them what you really are?

Fated Mates
Written by MrsBrightside15 on 7th Nov 2022

Caroline has had a rough year, but finds her inner strength to move on and make a new path. Grey doesn't like humans and tries to do everything to stay away from them. Grey is great! He tries his hardest to fight the pull, but he really doesn't want to. Caroline feels the connection, but doesn't know why it's so strong. They piece each other back together and find the HEA they both deserved.

Nice short story!
Written by Diana Acero on 7th Nov 2022

I love this short stories that bring some light to the darkness. This story is a good read showing that when you least expect it something bright and nice can happen. Both character when on a rough path, and only getting together brought happiness to them. Hot and nice love scenes. Love Stacy writing, this si the second book I read from her alone and I like it very much.

Short story
Written by Michele77 on 7th Nov 2022

This is a short paranormal read involving a wolf shifter and a human. Filled with lots of heat, some drama and a happily ever after.

Great story
Written by PHOENIX96 on 7th Nov 2022

Caroline was looking for a fresh start but to get there she first has to work the gates of a wildlife camp for a summer, what she couldn't have forseen was someone like Grey. Grey is a shifter, he never wanted to have a human mate but when a missing pack member leads Grey to Caroline he takes her captive, intending to interrogate her, but what Grey feels isn't like anything he's felt before, Caroline's his mate and now he has to prove it to her but can he reveal his true self? Well written steamy, short shifter romance.

I wasn't expecting to like this...
Written by Cynablog on 7th Nov 2022

I really enjoyed this story. I am not a huge fan of werewolf romance novels, but this author surprised me. She made it impossible to not be invested in the characters. The love scenes were steamy but tastefully written. I loved that about this novel. I'm so used to the same cliche lines to describe the romance, but this was delightful to read and it only added to the romance between the two characters -- making it more believable, for me. I've immensely enjoyed her writing style. I'll find myself reading more from this author. And for those that love these types of storylines, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. I received a free copy of this book via Evernight and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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!