This series continues to detail the exploits of a very special werewolf pack that threatens to disrupt all of the long-held traditions, although objectors are willing to destroy the pack rather than accept the change. This particular story deftly explores the lengths that haters will go to in order to impose their beliefs on others and also emphasizes the difficulties of substance abuse, an uncommon theme with shapeshifters.
The pack is evolving as they learn how to depend on one another and the weaknesses and strength that each can provide. I love getting a deeper look at the relationship between the human Paul and his werewolf lover Simon, even as I ache at the travails they experience as they each grow into the bond even more. They definitely seem to explore the truth of Nietzsche’s adage, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger”, and their experiences remind us of the cruelties that can be inflicted in the name of progress.
One of the things about this author is that she explores many facets of discrimination and couches the struggle in situations that are both familiar to those of us living in today’s society and fantastical because they involve discrimination against things that (theoretically, lol) don’t exist. Despite the fact that each of these stories can be read as a stand alone (I actually read #3 before reading the first two), one will savor each much better if one reads from the beginning and develops a rapport with these wonderful characters from the onset of the series. Whenever I pick up one of these stories, I am lost in the combination of creativity, heat, romance, and action, so I really hope that there will be many more tales set in this particular world.
“Unexpected Demands” by Kaje Harper is the second book in the ‘Hidden Demands’ series. Aaron is trying to deal with the major changes to his life, protect his fledgling pack, and deal with all of the complications he has inherited. Little did he expect to have to cope with a shifter dealing with alcoholism, added to the challenge of proving to the other packs that a mate bond between two males can actually exist. Dangers mount and it’s possible that Aaron’s pack may not survive the inaugural period, unless they all find a way to work together to carve out a niche in a world filled with danger.
Becoming Alpha made Aaron responsible for protecting his new pack against outside threats, but fighting his own desires might pose an even bigger challenge.
When Aaron took down a crazy dominant wolf and inherited half a pack, he knew the Alpha job wasn't going to be easy. A week later, he's finding out what an understatement that was. Having a gay wolf in his pack brings lethal threats from other werewolves. Then humans locate his wolves and move in to try to capture and exploit one of them. Aaron has enough pressure and demands without letting his long-suppressed sexuality escape his rigid control. But keeping his distance from a young man who appeals to all his senses could be Aaron's biggest challenge.