Wolf in the Woods by N.J. Walters

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Salvation Pack: The Next Generation, 1

Not wanting to be forced to mate to an eligible male in her pack who won’t take no for an answer, Addie Fuller is on the run.

Billy Gallagher might be human, but he understands werewolf culture all too well after being raised in the Salvation Pack.

When their paths cross, he helps her, even knowing it will likely mean his death. He’s no match for a full-blooded male wolf. A short, brutal fight, leaves him near death and Addie fighting to save his life.

He recovers, but he’s not the same man he was. The one thing he does know for sure—he and Addie are meant to be together. All he has to do is convince her of that and deal with the threat looming over them.

 

Excerpt:

Who is this guy? Where the heck did he come from?

There was no time to get answers. The tall stranger sauntered forward to confront Simon and Jude, as though he didn’t have a care in the world.

Even more shocking, he knew what they were.

He wasn’t the least bit taken aback by seeing two naked people and a wolf. Obviously, he’d been listening to them if he knew about the claiming. He was a stranger, but he had to be a wolf or at least a half-breed if he knew so much about their kind.

“You need to leave,” Jude repeated. “While you still can.” His voice was so low it was almost a growl. The stranger didn’t back down, but stood taller and tilted his chin up slightly in an obvious challenge.

Addie took a deep breath and caught the stranger’s scent. Shock rippled through her. He was totally human and no match against two male werewolves. As much as she appreciated him coming forward on her behalf, she couldn’t allow him to be hurt. And that’s what would happen if he stayed.

“He’s right.” She looked the stranger right in the eyes. “You should go.”

The human hooked his thumbs into the front pockets of his jeans and shook his head. “Not unless you tell me you’re ready to mate with that wolf.” He jerked his head toward Simon.

There was something about the man that made her unwilling to lie. She shook her head. “No, I can’t tell you that.”

“Then I guess I’m staying.”

Simon began to shift, his bones and body contorting and reshaping, fur disappearing and turning to skin. Back in his human form, he spat on the ground. “This is none of your business, human.” He made the last word sound like a curse and took a menacing step forward.

But the stranger didn’t back away. Nor did he seem the least bit shocked by Simon’s transformation. Human he might be, but wherever he’d come from, this was not his first encounter with her kind.

She didn’t know if this newcomer was brave or stupid.

“But since you’ve seen what we are, you have to die,” Simon added.

The man cocked his head to one side. “I knew what you were before I stepped into the clearing.” Then he turned his attention to her and inclined his head. “Billy Gallagher. Pleased to meet you.”

It was embarrassing to be totally naked in front of a complete stranger. Even with her hands strategically placed, there was no hiding her nudity. She always changed and shifted before joining the others. She wasn’t ashamed of her body, but she was modest, and there was no need to make the situation regarding her unmated state even more volatile by parading around in nothing but her bare skin.

At least she knew his name now. Billy Gallagher. It suited him. He was just a shade over six feet tall with blond hair and eyes as blue as a summer’s sky. He wasn’t heavily built, but from the way he moved, there was a lot of lean muscle under his clothing

 “Addie Fuller.” It should have felt ridiculous to be acting like the situation was normal, but she honestly didn’t know what else to do.

Simon gave a menacing growl. “You don’t look at her. She’s mine.”

Enough was enough. “I’m not yours. I’ll never be yours. I thought we were friends, but right now, I don’t like you. I don’t know who you are anymore.” And that was the truth. They’d all grown up together, playing and running wild as children. Everything had changed these past few months.

She turned to Jude, appealing to his common sense. “You need to take Simon home. We can pretend this never happened.”

“She’s right.” Jude held his hand out toward his friend, but he was having none of it.

“No, she’s mine. And I’ll claim her as soon as I get rid of the human.”

Billy’s affable demeanor disappeared in the blink of an eye. “You might want to rethink that. If I don’t turn up at home on time, people are going to come looking for me.”

“Let them come.” Simon threw back his shoulders and gave a cocky grin. “They’ll have to find your body.”

An icy chill ran through her. She’d never once thought Simon was capable of cold-blooded murder. Of course, she’d never thought he’d try to force her to mate with him either.

“Oh, they’ll find it.” Billy tapped the side of his nose. “Werewolves have an excellent sense of smell.”

Brow furrowed, she cocked her head to one side, totally confused. “Werewolves?”

“Didn’t I mention I’m part of the Salvation Pack out of North Carolina? No? Well, I am. So unless you want to bring a whole heap of trouble down on your pack, you’ll walk away.”

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Written by Kel Mo on 7th Jul 2022

This book is in the running for this year's best read for me. My all-time favourite trope when it comes to books/stories is hurt/comfort, and this book was just the right amount of hurt and the perfect amount of comfort. Ren's strength and bravery, Florian's determination and kindness, the beautifully written story... It was nothing short of perfection. It took me an embarrassingly long time while reading to realize that this was a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but when I did, I got worried, because I don't like that story, at all. But in The Fatal Rose they changed all the things I didn't like about the original, and the result was a story I loved with all my heart. I read the last 3% of it for hours, literally, always putting it aside after a sentence or two just so it would last longer, and when it was eventually, inevitably over, I couldn't help but feel sad. An absolutely heartwarming read, characters you can't help but adore, genuine relationships, communication...! So many stories nowadays lack communication so badly that it becomes annoying, but in The Fatal Rose, the characters actually communicate with each other (instead of sweeping their problems under the rug), and it is such a delight, especially the communication between Ren and Florian. Words can't describe how much I have loved this book, it landed among my favourites, and I'll be recommending it left and right any chance I get, because this is wonderful in every way.

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Written by Wendy on 21st Jun 2022

As the Forgotten Brotherhood series is one of my favorite series, I was very happy to see a new series of N.J. Walters on Netgalley. Wolf in the Woods is the first of the Salvation Pack Next Generations Series. Although I hadn’t read the first Salvation Pack series, I expected the series to be just as thrilling as the Forgotten Brotherhood series. And N.J. doesn’t disappoint. We directly dive in when we start the book with Addie on the run from another werewolf. And Billy stepping up to save her. Which doesn’t go very smoothly, as Billy is a mere human and no match against a werewolf. The story continues, and keeps you reading on and on. And although the Forgotten Brotherhood is still my favorite, I am still looking forward to reading about the werewolf pack in the next episodes. Four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.

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Written by Sissy on 15th May 2022

Wolf in the Woods by N.J. Walters is the First book in the Salvation Pack: The Next Generation. This is the story of Addie Fuller and Billy Gallagher. Addie doesn't want to mate with a wolf member who isn't taking no as his answer. Billy is a human who has grown up with the wolf pack and he knows that he shouldn't interfere but he can't stop himself from helping Addie. This brings them closer but can they be together?

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Written by Lin Cunningham on 15th May 2022

I just loved that all the original pack members are featured in this book & you get you find out how they settled in the Salvation Pack. This time we pick up with Billy who is the human child of Sue & Elias who has gone to camp away from the pack but comes across Addie. She has gone on a run with two males from her own pack but had thought there would be more of the pack on the run. One of the males, Simon had tricked her into going as he wanted to force her to mate as she had refused him. Billy steps in when Addie is under threat but being a human (even one brought up in a pack) is no match for a full wolf. Great storyline & I can’t wait to read the rest of this series

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Written by l belcher on 15th May 2022

This is definitely one of the better books by NJ Walters. Splendid storytelling and a superb romance. Billy and Addie have a once-in-a-lifetime romance. Good solid characters.

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Written by Jacque on 9th May 2022

Salvation I’m dancing around in excitement to find out N.J. Walters has created a spin-off from her Salvation Pack series. It’s one of my favorites and I wasn’t quite ready to let it go. AND now I don’t have to with the Salvation Pack: The Next Generation series. WooHoo! I just loved this book. The pacing, the characters, the world-building from the original series grabbed me from the very beginning. I can see how maybe some readers won’t like the forced mating subject but I think it was handled very well and is an important aspect to the story. I really enjoyed the dynamics between Bill and Addie. How they go from meeting to mating had a genuine feel to it. Billy is so sweet but still strong. Gotta love a sensitive man! Addie I really liked her character as well. Her silent strength yet still having a vulnerable insecure side. And that HEA! The story is about Billy and Addie but got say, I loved seeing how the original Salvation pack has grown and what has become of them. It’s always nice to visit with old favorites…and discover new favorites! Can’t wait to read the next book.

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Written by Adna on 5th May 2022

This is the first book in the Salvation Pack: The Next Generation, a spin-off from Salvation Pack. I haven’t read any of those but didn’t find it necessary to get the enjoyment from this one. Billy, although human to begin with, is the stronger of the two main characters, owing to his upbringing as part of a healthy Pack. Although a wolf, Addie is the one with the internal monologue as she worries about everything. The rest of the characters were written in the way you would expect from their designation as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. I would like to know more about Ryan, the alpha of Addie’s Pack, as he didn’t seem a bad sort, just not interested in any dealings with Salvation. This was a smooth, well-paced story that didn’t hold any surprises but was a thoroughly enjoyable read that kept my interest from beginning to end. There is some steam, but it is all part of the story and doesn’t take the front seat in every situation. A great paranormal read that I have no hesitation in recommending.

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Written by Celeste on 2nd May 2022

This was a great story! It was a quick read but there was definitely enough depth to the story that didn’t feel like I was missing anything. I enjoyed the characters, yes it was a bit of quick love but it’s a short read so it’s expected. Author could definitely have taken this on with a couple hundred more pages, I enjoyed the writing style and the subtle twists to make it just a bit different then the normal shapeshifter story.

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Written by Sam on 2nd May 2022

This is not for children and is definitely a werewolf romance novel. Now, THIS is a werewolf romance that hits just right and is actually kinda sweet. Billy grew up as a human in a werewolf pack, so when he stumbles into a bad situation between Addie and a wolf trying to force her to mate he knows how dangerous this situation is. He could die, pretty easily, and he chooses to stay to try what he can to protect her. Addie, in turn, stays to try to nurse him back to health. Little did either of them expect the results that they got. I’m not saying this is the best werewolf romance ever, but this is a very solid choice that does a fantastic job of rejecting/indirectly calling out the not-great aspects of a lot of books in this genre (forced things). Not that those things are terrible to read for everyone – people like escapism and to read things like that – but for those who don’t this book doesn’t have that and Billy is such a caring individual. So are all the other wolves in his pack, which are from a previous, related series by N. J. Walter. What we get of the supporting cast gives us some well-rounded characters, but you really don’t see them much. This is about Billy, Addie, and the antagonist Simon. On one hand, I want more of these characters, on the other, I think each couple gets its own novel so we can scratch that itch very, very easily. If you love werewolves and are okay with a few steamy scenes, definitely recommend giving this one a shot! I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Written by Regina on 2nd May 2022

What a great read! When Billy is out on a hike, he runs into a situation that he’s really not prepared for, but being the man he is has to intervene. Addie is running, when she is caught it’s either fight or be mated, nail a tall good looking stranger steps in. One problem he’s human. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own

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Written by Roni G on 2nd May 2022

One of my new favorite books. I'd read more from this author. Addie Fuller thought she was headed for a run in the woods with friends, but it turns into a trap. Billy Gallagher comes to her aide. The only problem is, that he's human and they are not. When Billy is hurt, Addie does everything she can to take care of him. Billy knows all about werewolves. He is part of a local pack that accepts humans into their pack, but can he save Addie from being forced to mate with someone she doesn't want? Usually, when you read these types of stories it is all about the strong human women who follow the alpha shifter males. I loved that this story starts with an alpha human who is trying to help a female shifter.

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Written by Suzi on 28th Apr 2022

I loved this twist on the werewolf trope. I liked meeting the packs and seeing the diversity in the group. Loved the Salvation pack of course! Addie and BIlly are destined to be. Looking forward to getting to know this pack better in future books!

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Written by Cindy V on 21st Apr 2022

Addie is on the run when an unmated male from her pack tries to force mate her. She is protected by Billy, a human whose mother mated a wolf. Addie helps save Billy after he is bitten and almost dies. They discover that they are bonded but have stuff to work out before they can mate which includes dealing with the male who tried to force Addie to be his mate. This was such a great story and I will have to go back and read about the Salvation Pack as this is the first I have read. There is tons of action, great chemistry between the characters and some great sexy times. Highly recommend.

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Written by Stephanie Panach on 18th Apr 2022

Billy is one of two human members of a werewolf pack. He's at a crossroads in his life - trying to figure out where to go next. He's camping in the woods trying to find some space to figure things out when he hears a threat to a female werewolf. He steps in to help her and is attacked himself. In this universe - werewolf bites are usually fatal to humans - but not always. In Billy's pack - people have survived before and been changed into werewolves themselves. I liked so much about this book and this universe. Billy and his family and extended family of the pack are lovely to see. I also like that although the romantic arc proceeds at a very fast pace - it still felt authentic and worked in the context of the story. I had not read any of the other books in this series before this one - but I was able to follow things and understand the group. I think I would have been wayyyyy more invested in Billy's story if I had read the other books - but this still worked for me!

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Written by Di Budo on 18th Apr 2022

This is a very fast paced book I couldn’t put down. The sheer intensity of this story is fantastic. Loved every page, can’t wait to read the next installments. I highly recommend the Salvation Pack: The Next Generation books.

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Written by Karen Fisher on 15th Apr 2022

This story is full of heart and love. Yes the conflict is there from the start but it's seamlessly woven into a pack.full of love. I admit to a smile or two.with the "ticklish" scene. Even though it was steam time it just was a perfect moment. The ending was perfect too.

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Written by Catherine on 11th Apr 2022

In the first book in a spin-off series from the Salvation Pack series, N.J. Walters turns their attention to the next generation of pack members. Billy Gallagher, a human, has been living amongst the werewolf pack since he was a young child. As an adult, he is contemplating his future and his place in the pack. He saves Addie, a female wolf from another pack, from a forced mating, but in the process, he is seriously injured and changed forever. The author does an excellent job of inviting new readers into the fold. Going in, I was concerned that I would not be able to fully enjoy the book since I had not read the previous series. However, character that were previously introduced were seamlessly woven throughout the story, and having received small snip-its of their personalities and history, readers will most likely be interested in going back to read their origin stories as well. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to readers who are looking for books in this genre.

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Written by Diane on 11th Apr 2022

*4.5 stars* Shifter politics vs love made for tension-filled reading… I was so happy to learn that the Salvation Pack series was going to continue! This author is one of my favourites – writing a range of different themed romances that have a few things in common. Great characters, lots of heat and compelling stories. Addie and Billy’s courtship ticked all those boxes… Billy and Addie met in a moment of danger and crisis, hardly the time to fall in love. Yet that’s what happened as they bonded quickly, running from danger and protecting each other. Billy was all grown up and I loved the man he turned out to be. His care of Addie, his need to ensure her safety, heart and body all in, had my heart fluttering for sure. Addie was no wallflower, quiet she may be. Unsure of her place at home or with Billy, there was more than one threat to their happily ever after… Full of shifter politics, all the wonderfully meddling family you could want plus a beautiful love story – this was a fantastic start to the series…

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Written by Christy W on 11th Apr 2022

Great read! Addie and Billy have a fast paced story full of emotion, action and drama. I loved the way they met and how they overcame their obstacles. I voluntarily read an advanced copy.

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Written by Kate Church on 7th Apr 2022

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is well written and the characters are described well. My favorite characters in this book is Billy and Addie. The setting within this book is wonderful. I enjoyed the close family relationship in this book. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page trying to figure out what will happen next. I definitely will be reading more books by this author in the near future. This book is set between Kentucky and North Carolina. I absolutely highly highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

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Written by Sue Wallace on 6th Apr 2022

Wolf in the woods by N.J. Walters. Salvation Pack: The Next Generation Book 1. Not wanting to be forced to mate to an eligible male in her pack who won’t take no for an answer, Addie Fuller is on the run. Billy Gallagher might be human, but he understands werewolf culture all too well after being raised in the Salvation Pack. When their paths cross, he helps her, even knowing it will likely mean his death. He’s no match for a full-blooded male wolf. A short, brutal fight, leaves him near death and Addie fighting to save his life. A good read with good characters. Slow but readable. 4*.

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Long and Short Reviews
Written by Moonflower on 18th Jan 2022

Forced mating? No, thank you! Addie goes out for a run with her packmates when she realizes things aren’t quite as they seem. What should have been a ‘fun run’ turns into a fight with a human who wants to protect her. This is the first book in the Salvation Pack: The Next Generation, a spin-off from Salvation Pack. I haven’t read any of those but didn’t find it necessary to get the enjoyment from this one. Billy, although human to begin with, is the stronger of the two main characters, owing to his upbringing as part of a healthy Pack. Although a wolf, Addie is the one with the internal monologue as she worries about everything. The rest of the characters were written in the way you would expect from their designation as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. I would like to know more about Ryan, the alpha of Addie’s Pack, as he didn’t seem a bad sort, just not interested in any dealings with Salvation. This was a smooth, well-paced story that didn’t hold any surprises but was a thoroughly enjoyable read that kept my interest from beginning to end. There is some steam, but it is all part of the story and doesn’t take the front seat in every situation. A great paranormal read that I have no hesitation in recommending.

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My Salvation Pack is Back
Written by Book Snob Sue on 13th Nov 2021

This is the book I have been patiently (shakes head), ok so not so patiently waiting for the Salvation Packs kids aka next generation. This is one of my favorite series and packs. I was hoping there would be more with the pack kids, and apparently I wasn’t the only one. I love that they are strong, willing to fight for family, and what they believe in. But don’t mistake great people for weakness, because this is not a pack to mess with. The love, and loyalty of this pack is everything. Yup, so count me in.…and dibs on the house next to Gator’s, because I definitely want to be the first to get his food. The man can cook, and you know I am all about that. Billy is all grown up, he was the only human child among the pack in the first generation. I loved that she wrote his book first, it did not disappoint. It starts out fast paced right from the first chapter, and at one point my heart was pounding, it was just crazy good. Their first meeting was anything but normal, but it turns out to be so much more. It’s the turning point for these two, and a bonding experience they will never forget. Fantastic storyline, and writing. Safe read, with Billy all grown up, and his sweet but fierce mate. These two were sweet, but passionate. I am so grateful she took us back to this pack, I can’t say enough about this series. We get to fall in love with the Salvation Pack all over again. So everyone, welcome back to the Salvation Pack, and enjoy. Thank you NJ Walters for bringing back this amazing pack family, because they were definitely missed.

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Amazing
Written by Anon on 13th Nov 2021

Salvation Pack is one of my absolute favorite series. My go to re-reads. I was so excited when I found out there would be more. Billy’s story did not disappoint. Completely exceeded my expectations. Such a wonderful storyline. I can’t wait for the rest of the kids.

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N j Walters and the Salvation Pack rule!
Written by Kris Moore on 13th Nov 2021

The Salvation Pack is back with the next generation and Wolf in the Woods grabbed my from the first page to the last. An old enemy pack adds to the drama, and a visit with my friends in the Salvation Pack made this a must read that I couldn’t put down! Thanks to N j Walters for yet another great read, and if you don’t have yours yet grab it right now!