Wolf in the Night by N.J. Walters

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Salvation Pack: The Next Generation, 5

Driving home from a trip, Emma Matheson is run off the road in an abduction attempt. Seems the alpha of her father’s former pack never forgave his defection. To settle the old score, he plans to force her to mate with a male of his choosing—his son, Dmitri.

Dmitri Gribkov wants no part of his father’s revenge. A loner by choice, nothing has prepared him for sexy, stubborn Emma. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect her—even if it means losing her.

Determined to control her destiny, she does her best to escape, even as the attraction between her and Dmitri sizzles. Doesn’t take long for her to realize this huge, sexy wolf is a protector at heart.

Tracking and killing are what he does best. Before this is over, he’ll have blood on his hands, but winning her love will be the hardest battle.

 

Excerpt:

The first howl had the fine hair on the back of her neck standing on end. The second one knotted her stomach. These men weren’t human. They were wolves, like her.

Running would do her no good. They’d chase her down like prey. Probably enjoy every minute of it. Putting her back to the thick trunk of an oak tree, she took a deep breath and tried to calm her ragged breathing. “What do you want?” If she could figure that out, maybe she could brazen her way out of this. If not, maybe she could figure out a way around them. She’d have to steal their vehicle, since hers wasn’t going anywhere without the help of a tow truck.

“What do I want?” The voice came from off to her right. “I figured the answer was pretty clear. I want you.” His eyes flashed as he stepped into view. It was a clear night, the moon bright. Even without that, her preternatural vision would have allowed her to see him.

“I don’t know you.” Her heart was beating a mile a minute, thumping so hard her chest hurt. Or maybe that was her ribs trying to mend.

“But we know you.” Three more imposing men, big and silent, appeared behind him.

“You ran me off the road? You could have killed me. Are you out of your damn mind?” Fury was beginning to override caution and fear.

His growl vibrated in the still night. “Watch yourself, girl. He wants you alive, but it’s a long journey home. You’d heal from a beating before we get there.”

A cold shiver raced down her spine. Who were these people?

“Besides, I was careful. I hit the back of your truck. Not the front. We followed you from your motel. We’d planned to take you from there, but you skipped out.”

She didn’t know what would have been worse, having them grab her there or what she was dealing with now. Back at the motel, there would have been people and possible help. Here she was totally alone.

She could fight. Her father had made damn sure she was trained and could defend herself. Against one wolf, she’d have a chance. If these men were human, she’d lose them in the woods. But four male wolves? She was screwed.

“Passed you when you stopped in at the gas station. Took us a while to find the perfect place to ambush you.”

This wasn’t a whim. This had been planned all the way. “Why? I don’t know you. I’m no one special.” None of this made any sense.

“Oh, that’s where you’re wrong.” The brown-haired male, the one who seemed to be their leader, took a step toward her. “You’re Mikhail Matheson’s daughter.”

“That’s right.” Pride had her chin tilting up. She refused to be cowed by the likes of him. “Who wants me? Who sent you?”

The smile was cruel. “Gregor Gribkov, his former alpha.”

****

Dmitri Gribkov scanned both sides of the road as he drove. His foot pushed down on the gas pedal. The speedometer inched up to eighty. The powerful truck surged forward. He could go faster but didn’t want to risk missing his target.

“Where the fuck are they?” He’d tracked Ivan Volkov and his crew all the way to the North Carolina border. It had taken almost twenty-four hours for word to reach him that they’d gone on this crazy mission for their alpha. That gave them a full day’s head start, but he’d only been one step behind them the entire way.

His wolf growled, ready to track and hunt. He’d thought he understood the depths of his father’s hatred. Obviously, he’d been mistaken.

This latest stunt was a desperate one. Not to mention dangerous. Before he could continue that line of thought, he caught a glimpse of mangled metal just off the road. Another truck was parked further up on the shoulder. He pulled in around it. The front fender was damaged. “Fuck!” They’d deliberately forced the other vehicle off the road.

Before his truck had finished rocking to a stop, he was out and running, a sense of urgency propelling him forward. He cleared the distance to the wreck in a single leap. The metallic scent of metal and blood filled his nostrils, along with another he knew well. “Ivan,” he muttered. The chase was over. He’d found them.

A hint of light floral tickled his senses. Not perfume. Not strong enough. Maybe soap. It reminded him of summer. The sight of an upended purse made his stomach clench.

He slipped off his clothes and embraced his wolf. Fur pushed out from beneath his skin as his limbs contracted and reformed. His head flattened. His jaw elongated, teeth becoming sharp fangs. On silent, claw-tipped paws, he loped forward and began to track his prey. It wasn’t difficult. They weren’t trying to hide.

Voices pinpointed the location. Keeping downwind, he eased closer.

A woman stood with her back to a tree. She was about five ten, her build lean. Blood stained her forehead. Her T-shirt had a tear near the neck. It and her jeans were covered in a pale dust, likely from the airbag. Ivan and his crew—Boris, Luka, and Pavel—spread around her, blocking any escape.

He knew who she was, who she had to be—Emmaline Mikhala Matheson. The woman his father, the alpha of the Sitka Pack, was obsessed with.

He clamped his jaw tight to keep from growling. As he’d done his entire life, he channeled his fury, using it to center him.

“What does my father have to do with this?” Her voice washed over him, ruffling his fur like a physical caress. It was husky with the slightest of trembles. His wolf chuffed, interest piqued.

She might be outnumbered, but there was nothing subservient or reticent about this female. Her green eyes glittered with anger. He raised his nose into the air and caught the stench of sweat and fear on the breeze. She might be afraid, but she wasn’t backing down.

Everything inside stilled. His wolf stretched toward her, yearning to be nearer. He yanked the beast back under control. Usually, they were in total accord when they hunted, the two of them seamlessly working as one deadly killing machine.

This woman was trouble.

Product Reviews

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Written by Dar on 21st Jun 2022

: Emma gets her mate! It seemed it would take a strong wolf, considering the men in her life, and the sheer size and power of them. Luckily for her, the perfect wolf happened to be looking for her, not for mating, but for protecting her. Theirs starts off bumpy, but as they grow closer, they stand up to all the barriers keeping them apart. Alone or together, they are a force to be reckoned with, and we even get to see the power that mama Elise holds as well! The last chapter was bittersweet, saying goodbye with the original five, but this pack will live on and prosper, you just know it, in Salvation <3

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Written by Renee on 21st Jun 2022

A bittersweet ending to the Salvation Pack next generation and also the original members. We see a lot more of Jacques in this book than we have for a while. Obviously, our crew doesn't know what to make of Dimitri and his place in Emma's life. I liked the epilogue a lot with our original 5 discussing how things might change someday and being thankful for where they have come to be.

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Written by Angela on 21st Jun 2022

I like how Dimitri was able to follow his own sense of honour, despite what was forced on him or what others wanted him to become. He stood up for what was right, and didn't abide by those who thought bullying or betrayal of those smaller was appropriate. Finding family and acceptance is more than he thought he could ever hope for.

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Written by Love Leigh Books on 21st Jun 2022

•Finding Home• I wish I could give this more stars, because I loved everything about it. The story is told in such an incredibly well articulated way, I was hooked from the first page. The dynamic and chemistry between Dmitri and Emma was one that reels you in with both being such strong characters with bold personalities. Dmitri in particular was a great character to read about as he had many layers to him and as the book goes on you see him go through different stages of learning about himself. This has me so excited to read more in this series so I can read about the other members in the Salvation pack.

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Written by Sandy on 18th Jun 2022

Emma Matheson is on her way home when she is forced off the road and on the run. The alpha of her father's previous pack has a vendetta, and he plans to use her to get his revenge. His plan? To force her to mate with his son. Dmitri Gribkov has no intention of doing what his father wants. He chose to be a loner in his father's pack, and he has no intention of doing anything his father wants. But he didn't plan on Emma, nor how attracted he would be to her. But he will do whatever he has to in order to protect her, even if that means his own death. The chemistry between them is off the charts, but they both have to decide if they want what they could have together-or do they walk away from it? I'm sad that this is the last book in this offshoot series! I always get sucked into series books, and this series was no different! Emma is super sweet but she can also be tough when she needs to be. Her family has doted on her because she is the baby, but she isn't spoiled rotten. And her family made sure she was trained to protect herself even though they never thought she would need to know that. I loved her. I loved the fact that even though she is the baby, she kept the sweetness and light and didn't turn into a spoiled brat. Dmitri, boy this man. I felt so bad for the things he has been through. He is such a strong man but he still has this heart of gold, and you just know that is because of his Mom! I would love to see him truly make some kind of peace with his former pack, or at least the former best friend. The chemistry between these two is hotttt! And I loved how their story played out. But honestly, they both needed each other. They complimented each other in ways that you really don't see coming but it's beautiful! Like I said, I am sad it is ending but maybe we can have another off shoot with his former pack becoming what they should have been to begin with!

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Written by Dar on 18th Jun 2022

Emma gets her mate! It seemed it would take a strong wolf, considering the men in her life, and the sheer size and power of them. Luckily for her, the perfect wolf happened to be looking for her, not for mating, but for protecting her. Theirs starts off bumpy, but as they grow closer, they stand up to all the barriers keeping them apart. Alone or together, they are a force to be reckoned with, and we even get to see the power that mama Elise holds as well! The last chapter was bittersweet, saying goodbye with the original five, but this pack will live on and prosper, you just know it, in Salvation <3

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Written by Cindy on 18th Jun 2022

I am so glad that I discovered this author. This is a spinoff of the original Salvation series which I have not read yet, but this spin off features the children of the first series. Salvation's alpha's baby sister Emma is nearly kidnapped by the vengeful alpha of their previous pack. Dmitri wants no parts of his father's revenge and rescues Emma. He feels a strong connection with Emma but fights it because his priority is to keep her safe. Emma does what she can to try and get back to the safety of her pack but also feels a connection to Dmitri and sees him as a protector. I loved this story, some steam but lots of action. Dmitri is extremely strong and could be an alpha of his own pack and Emma is the over protected sister of the alpha but has her own strength. A strong paranormal romance with plenty of steam and action. Highly recommend.

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Written by Stephanie on 18th Jun 2022

Emma is the much-younger sister of the Salvation pack Alpha. She is definitely the baby of the family and one of the last unmated wolf of her generation within the pack. She went on a solo trip to figure somethings out and hopefully dispose of her virginity - but found a whole lot of nothing. When she heads back early - an old enemy of her father tried to run her car off the road and kidnap her. His plans? To force her to mate with his son. The son in question, Dmitri, wants nothing to do with his father's plans. But he tries to stop them and save Emma anyway. What he didn't count on was his strong attraction to Emma. While this isn't an insta-love situation - it might as well be. It is definitely a fated-mate type of book. It definitely works - and Dmitri and Emma are really too sweet together (and sexy - but a lot sweet). I appreciated how much care Dmitri gave to Emma even when he didn't really want to. I'd give this book a very strong 3.5 stars. For me - Emma came across as very young. She's 25 and definitely the baby of the family - but she felt more like 18. Overall -I recommend this book and this second generation series of the Salvation pack. I received this as an ARC via NetGalley, but these opinions are all my own.

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Written by Sam K on 18th Jun 2022

Emma and Dmitri What a great story to end the series on, even if I didn't want to see this series comes to an end! Dmitri is alpha and protective and just what Emma needs. Their chemistry is hot and steamy, and they come to rely on each other as the odds stack up. Tons of action and suspense to keep you invested in the story and make this romance adventure well-rounded. This book can be read as a standalone, but the entire series is so good that it's worth it to read them all. Looking forward to the book series N.J. Walters is going to come up with next! Well done and highly recommended! I received an advanced review copy of this book from Evernight Publishing via Netgalley and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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Written by Gloria on 18th Jun 2022

If you like shifter stories then you gotta read this. Action packed danger right from the start. Revenge, danger and steamy romance. Great read.

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Written by Karen Fisher on 10th Jun 2022

What a riveting read this was. Putting it down just wasn't an option. Emma and Dimitri's story has so many twists. Filled with old enemies and twisted desires it's an intense read. I loved how strong the women were and how the men deferred to them.

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Written by Dar on 10th Jun 2022

Emma gets her mate! It seemed it would take a strong wolf, considering the men in her life, and the sheer size and power of them. Luckily for her, the perfect wolf happened to be looking for her, not for mating, but for protecting her. Theirs starts off bumpy, but as they grow closer, they stand up to all the barriers keeping them apart. Alone or together, they are a force to be reckoned with, and we even get to see the power that mama Elise holds as well! The last chapter was bittersweet, saying goodbye with the original five, but this pack will live on and prosper, you just know it, in Salvation <3

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Written by Linda on 10th Jun 2022

LOVED this book! The characters are engaging and made me feel invested in their story - especially Dmitri, who's whole life has been nothing but sorrow and bad decisions. When he learns that Emma is at risk, he does what he can to protect her from his pack mates, even though do so puts him directly at odds with them. Despite all this, he is drawn to Emma, and she to him. This is an entertaining story that fans of the genre will love. while part of a series, this is a stand alone novel, however, its so good that you really owe to yourself to read them all. Sadly, this is the final book in the series. I'm going to miss the wolves of Salvation Pack, but look forward to seeing what the author creates next. Put this one at the top of your TBR list.

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Written by Amber on 10th Jun 2022

What did I just read?! My heart is still pounding, and I am in awe! Wolf in the Night is absolutely riveting and undoubtedly enthralling with its non-stop, imminent danger and unexpectedly, sizzling heat. Once you walk into this wildly untamed world, you can never go back. This world and its magnificent characters will dig their claws into your very soul until you become a part of it. Nothing will ever be as decadent or fulfilling as what is offered before you. Dimitri has learned to survive throughout his life. He knows nothing of love or hope as his interactions with them have been brief and fleeting. Honor and compassion drive him to make one impulsive move that will change the rest of his life. Emma has lived her life surrounded by love and happiness, so she finds herself in imminent danger, she is left bewildered and scared. Dimitri refuses to allow anyone to be hurt or used as a means to an end, so when he spirits Emma to safety both of their worlds explode into chaos. Can Emma give Dimitri the chance to prove he isn't a threat to her, or will he choose to pass on the love of a lifetime in order to protect her? Dimitri and Emma took me completely by surprise. I wasn't expecting the intensity of their circumstances or the lethal chemistry between them. They made me yearn for more, and I cheered them on every step of the way. Nothing can compare to how their personalities complicated the other. It was so breathtaking, and it made my heart hurt for the true beauty of it all. Stories like this one take my heart and my imagination to a whole new level. I am like a deer in the headlights because I simply can't look away from it. I am still reeling from the wonder and thrill of this marvelous adventure! N.J. Walters has stolen my heart with this latest masterpiece, and I can't wait to see what they create next!

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Written by El Jindal on 10th Jun 2022

This was a good werewolf romance with lots of action and drama. The salvation pack warmed my heart. They had so much love, so much kindness in their hearts, it made me want to read the entire salvation pack series and the next gen series (which I will do very soon.) I liked the writing style, the plot was easy to follow and loved the characters. But I did feel like the drama was sorted out as soon as it came. Like after the main conflict was resolved, their was a brief moment of tension that just appeared out of nowhere and then just as quickly dissipated. It could have been drawn out into a full incident but the author chose to end it with cheesy comments and that was it. Other than that, the story was definitely worth reading and I am so glad I chose to read this ARC because otherwise I wouldn't have found such an amazing series. ARC provided by netgalley which I voluntarily chose to review

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Written by d a kenney on 10th Jun 2022

this was an enjoyable installment to read. While things happen quickly the romance doesn't feel too rushed, after all neither are looking for mates (at least not yet). they (and the reader) are given the opportunity to learn about each other a little, particularly the core of who they are and what they believe and even a little something new about themselves. I loved seeing big growly scary Dmitri's inner marshmallow for Emma. I also appreciated that a good portion of this story took place at the Salvation pack's home so we got to see more of the pack and their reaction to little Emma growing up a little more and Dmitri's exposure to a different type of wolf pack. there is plenty happening from the 1st to last chapter but all are well paced and written. this may be my favorite of the next gen books.

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Written by Jade on 10th Jun 2022

I really enjoyed this book! I loved the main characters and their chemistry. It did feel very Hallmarky - in a sense that their love developed over one day, which I always get a tad hung up on - but I still thought it had a great plot. I loved the different packs, the intensity, and the showing of other couples. I realized this was a series when I picked it up but it sounded good, so I read it anyway. Now I'm going to hurry and get the other books in the series! In the middle of writing this review, I went and looked up the series and realized that she's written so many more and this is actually the "next generation" of another series. Oh my gosh! June is going to be a Wolfish month (heh heh heh).

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Written by Alissa on 10th Jun 2022

First book by this author and I loved it. I have to say that I really enjoyed this book, I was iffy going into it because it's the fifth book in a spin off series and I haven't read any of the others. I was not lost at all throughout the book, you can tell that their is a deep world that has been built and the beauty of it is that you can just pop in and fully understand without it seeming like your hand is being held. I LOVED Dmitri and Emma was a kick, the struggles with their attraction to each other made me love it even more. I am a sucker for shifter romances done well, and add on top that Dmitri is very much a hidden cinnamon roll hero, it was a charm. I will be going back to read more of this series.

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Written by Love Leigh Books on 10th Jun 2022

•Finding Home• I wish I could give this more stars, because I loved everything about it. The story is told in such an incredibly well articulated way, I was hooked from the first page. The dynamic and chemistry between Dmitri and Emma was one that reels you in with both being such strong characters with bold personalities. Dmitri in particular was a great character to read about as he had many layers to him and as the book goes on you see him go through different stages of learning about himself. This has me so excited to read more in this series so I can read about the other members in the Salvation pack.

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Written by Donna on 10th Jun 2022

This is a spin off from the authors Salvation Pack series. Romeo and Juliette have nothing on Emma and Dmitri. Dmitri wants no part of his fathers’ revenge against Emmas’ father. When the two meet Dmitri knows there is nothing his father can say or do to make him hurt her or her family. Through Emma he learns what family is supposed to be. This is a sweet and sassy tale of a young woman determined to be seen and a man determined not to be judged by the actions of his father.