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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 lBecoming 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....

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Unexpected Demands Reviews

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-05-16 02:37

    Kaje Harper always delivers the goods. She writes books the way that I like them- lots of character development, a slow-build romance, and just really smart writing. Though I didn't like this one as much as the first, this book still was a success for me. This book wasn't as... romantic as the first. It takes a long time for the two MCs to get together, and even when they do, they are very guarded with each other. I think that element of the book interested me in a way- it wasn't the typical insta-love, shifter book. It was something more difficult to obtain. This book played hard to get with me. This book is filled with things that I like, romance and sex aside. I really enjoyed all of the discussion of pack politics and pack dynamics. I was genuinely interested in all of those details. Kaje is an awesome world-builder, in my opinion. However, I'll admit that I didn't like a few things about this book. I didn't love the first person POV here (I often don't mind it, but here it seemed too intrusive), and I missed the duel POVs of the first book. However, Kaje's skilled writing more than made up for these issues for me. I couldn't put this book down, though I expect the pace would drag for some readers. I hope and pray that the author continues on with this series. I'm really emotionally invested in this workd and these characters. I'll keep reading if you keep writing, Kaje!

  • Vio
    2019-05-09 03:31

    3.5 StarsGreat writing but also a surprise and a tad disappointing. I guess my expectations were too high. What happened to Aaron? The alpha was too tame, where did all that aggression and raw sex appeal go? His powerful presence was missing, which made him so special in Unacceptable Risk. All the pack politics were a distraction and went on for far too long. The rescue was much more to my liking and the pace picked up from then onwards. I was drawn back into the story during the second half of the story more oomph and more to my liking. Aaron and Zach, I am still on the fence about these two, the spark was missing. I didn't feel the love, not like I did with Simon and Paul. Overall this is good just not what I was expecting I wanted "growl" and never really got it.

  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★
    2019-05-25 08:41

    3-3.5 Needed a Little More StarsThis book was both, great and horrible at the same time. The plot and action were interesting and exciting but the romance and the main couple were lacking in many aspects. The good news is that the story was thrilling enough to keep me hooked despite the romance failure. The bad new is that I like my romance and this didn't cut it.I did not expect Zach to be the love interest in this book. That was something that blind-sided me completely and I did not approve at all. I don't like big age differences in my couples, in fact I'm kind of a prude on that department. I do realise that this makes me a hypocrite since I have zero problem with thousand-year-old vamps hooking up with 25 year-old heros/heroines but it is what it is. Werewolves in this book aren't immortal, they just age a little slower than humans so a 25-year difference is big, especially when one of the guys is barely 21. And when Aaron thought that Zach looked like 16 my mind went all...But even without the age difference I still didn't like their relationship. I didn't see the connection, I didn't feel anything. To me it seemed more like Aaron chose Zach more because he was available and willing than anything anything else. Lust I get but I didn't see anything more between them except for Zach's need for a dominant male in his life to help him through his problems. And Aaron just generally seemed to soft for an Alpha of a pack. I like my Alpha males strong, confident, arrogant and bossy. Aaron did not reach my standards.BUT I liked the plotline. I liked the first half of the book that was filled with pack politics and negotiations with other packs to accept that Simon and Paul have bonded and how Aaron tries to change things. I loved the second half of the book that was filled with action and interesting secondary characters. This was what kept me reading well into the night despite my lack of interest for the romance side.Also, the first book had a third person, dual POV narration but this one had a first person, single POV one. I don't know why KH decided to change it but I would have prefered to also have Zach's POV. Not that this was a deal breaker or anything. I just prefer third person, dual POV narration.

  • Td
    2019-05-04 06:31

    2.5-3 StarsA very well written story, as always, from Ms. Harper. Unfortunately, while I liked it overall, this one didn't work as well as the others have for me. I didn't feel a connection with Aaron as the first person narrator. I didn't feel a connection with Zach either, I needed to be in his head. The glimpses of emotion that I got for Zach through Aaron and the Alpha bond weren't enough even while I was grumbling when the bond would come up. For me this meant that I wasn't completely invested in Aaron and Zach as a couple.There was a test to prove the mate bond a bit before halfway through the book between Simon and Paul that I felt went on too long and got kind of silly. It almost lost me there. There was a rescue mission that had me both excited and bored at the same time. It also felt long too and I got impatient. I realized I was missing the grittiness, the rawness, the aggression of pack life from the first time around. All that while I understood the need for change, for new ways of handling conflict. I like some parts, I didn't like some others, I was indifferent at times. Mixed feelings all around.

  • Kaje Harper
    2019-04-26 01:48

    Just a note to let people who have enjoyed Unacceptable Risk know there is a short snippet of Simon and Paul, a second epilogue;Unsettled Interlude Hidden Wolves 1.1 comes in that brief breathing space between Unacceptable Risk and this book. This short story and the one that follows book 2 -Unwanted Appeal - book 2.5 are now both available for free on Smashwords and All Romance ebooks.

  • Ami
    2019-04-26 03:42

    3.75 stars rounded upAaron came to me in Unacceptable Risk as this slightly mysterious with a dark edge wolf (I almost thought of him similar with Hawke, from Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series at one point). So when I open the preface of this book, and stumble into 1st person perspective, I admit it throws me off a bit. Kaje Harper rarely writes in 1st person (in fact, I can only remember one short story of hers using 1st person) -- and this style is not easy to tackle. Somehow, in those first few chapters, it feels like I'm reading Aaron's diary, the way he narrates his feelings and thoughts. On one hand, I understand him better, but on the other hand, it loses his edge a bit. I hang on though, because I'm just curious with him.Then comes his love interest -- which surprises the hell out of me. The blurb doesn't really tell, so knowing that the love interest is Zach, is a twist I don't see coming. For those who doesn't remember Zach ... he's the young wolf who was part of Karl's posse, who attacked Simon. He ended up choosing Aaron's pack, and Lucas became his mentor.After that point, despite Aaron being the main narrator, I must say that Zach takes away my interest. Sure, there is one story regarding Aaron's past, which is quite heartbreaking. But somehow Aaron's in the present pales compared to Zach. In his barely twenty-one years of age, Zach battles an alcoholic addiction. He fights against alcohol withdrawal ... and in my eyes (even if it's told from Aaron's perspective), Zach grows into this one admirable young man. Zach is smart with computer (a genius more like :p) and he seems to grow spine in a matter of short weeks, when he is involved in saving one of the pack's member.The story itself is not strong in romance. Sure, we have Aaron and Zach tangle up their attraction around 1/3 part of the book. However, the situation with homophobic culture of werewolf packs keep tangling into the story. Considering that Simon and Paul (from the first book) are the first mate-bonded gay couple in his pack, their problems become Aaron's as well. We have Aaron dealing with this issue repeatedly.The story picks up its pace around half mark; when Simon is being kidnapped by human. Then, the tone changes to full throttle rescue mission and action. Which over several times, my admiration to Zach keeps growing -- even if I think Aaron still shows his kick-ass attitude as Alpha.The ending might not be an ideal HEA... (view spoiler)[Aaron will never come out because an out gay Alpha might be more dangerous to the whole pack. So even if he accepts Zach as his lover, their relationship must stay in the closet. In addition, because Aaron IS Alpha, he can't really do mate bond with Zach, because having mate bond AND Alpha bond will probably takes all Zach's free will away (hide spoiler)] ... which sort of remind me to the kind of ending I get from the 1st Life Lesson series. It IS interesting for Kaje Harper to take this way to conclude the relationship, but I actually appreciate it. A story doesn't really need to end fairytale like all the time; and somehow, it adds edge and grit to it.Love how the story ends with these words ...(view spoiler)["I am his as he is mine. It is more than I ever believed I could have. He is more. And if these stolen hours stretch to a lifetime, I can live with that." (hide spoiler)]Conclusion, might not yet beat Life Lessons books (Tony and Mac are still my favorite couple from Kaje Harper) but better than The Rebuilding Year.PS: There is one mention of my country, Indonesia, and Yogyakarta at one point. Which I assume it takes precedence over the earthquake disaster at Yogyakarta.PSS: So I wonder if there will be more gay wolves stories coming?

  • Heller
    2019-05-07 04:31

    I really love the werewolf politics here. Sadly though the romance takes a bit of a back burner as the intrigue is ramped up. I was glad to see more of Simon and Paul from the first book and while I enjoyed the development of Zach and Aaron they didn't really hold my attention as much. I think mostly because Zach was a bit of mystery and seemed more conveniently gay all of the sudden. There was no indication that he was so a hint from the first book would have worked better for me. Still I did like the men together once they got together. A bit of D/s here but nothing overt and while I did eventually like the pairing I wasn't really satisfied with the ending which was more HFN. I love this werewolf world though and I can't wait for more of it.ETA: Bumping up my rating on this one after a re-read of the series. Some of the issues that I had initially didn't phase me on this read and actually ended up being some of the things I really enjoyed.

  • Macky
    2019-05-05 01:35

    ” When you’re Alpha of a werewolf pack, even as small and non-traditional as mine, you have to BE Alpha. No doubts, no worries, at least where the lower-ranked wolves can see you. I’d been faking that all week, ever since pack leadership had fallen into my hands.Since I’d ripped it from Karl’s bleeding body.A rap on the door startled me, then the door was flung open before I could respond. Vincent looked in. His normal air of detached amusement was replaced with a frown. “Aaron, there’s trouble at Simons……..” So starts Aaron’s story in the second delicious book of Kaje Harpers most excellent Werewolf series… Hidden Wolves. At the end of book one, Simon and Paul’s story, Aaron is left a reluctant Alpha to a splinter group from the original pack after defeating the evil second Karl. Simon and Paul are making waves amongst the other, larger established packs because of their gay bond mating and as well as trying to keep them safe – because the other packs are chomping at the bit to have Paul and Simon exterminated because no one believes its a true bond - Aaron is himself trying to keep the fact that he’s also gay from everyone around him, but finding it very hard as he has to take a young troubled Zach under his wing and temptation is staring him in the face and groin! To make it worse it becomes clear that Zach reciprocates his feelings so whats a man ( and his inner wolf ) to do?Wow! The pack politics and hierarchy in Kaje’s books are so convincing that like I said in my review of ‘ Unacceptable Risk ‘, you could really believe that they exist and are living amongst us. These shifters are staunchly homophobic and fiercely protective of keeping that existence secret from the human world. They’ll go to extreme lengths to keep from being outed to the human race but only as a last resort. They’re not rampant killers or monsters and this is part of what Paul can’t fully come to terms with. His humanity is still at odds with some of the things he’s witnessed but his love for Simon is foremost so his loyalties are now with the pack he’s become part of. For them the choices they sometimes have to make are purely for the survival of their race, so when Simon is kidnapped halfway through the story and no one knows by why, Aaron and his small but loyal pack have a race against time to find him. Is it some other Wolves or something far more sinister?!What a roller coaster this book was. Full of intrigue, suspense and so strongly plotted that once again I was glued to every page. Aaron’s character is perfectly spun. He’s up against a lot of resistance from the start but he stands his ground and protects his pack with strength and dignity, even though he’s not sure that being Alpha is what he would have really chosen had it not been necessary to kill Karl. It was great to see more of Simon and Paul and all the other secondary characters who’s roles in the story are strong and totally supportive of the story line.........Please read rest of review at http://sidlove.wordpress.com/2013/05/...

  • Mandy*reads obsessively*
    2019-05-14 03:33

    I liked this book a lot, I was happy to see more of Paul and Simon.Aaron struggling with being Alpha and what that means for his relationship with Zach worked well for me. It would have been easy to make him all dominant and possessive, but having it like this kept me on edge! The politics and the power issues between the packs was interesting and overshadowed the relationship a bit for me, but I am hoping ( very strongly) that their story will be continued ( very soon, please! ).

  • ttg
    2019-04-29 05:27

    Very solid and enjoyable follow-up to #1 in the Hidden Wolves series Unacceptable Risk. Whereas the first book focused on werewolf Simon and human Paul, this one focuses on alpha Aaron, who is struggling on running his new pack, protecting Simon and Paul from those who think gay wolves should be eradicated, and dealing with the fact that his developing feelings for a young pack member is making it even harder to keep himself in the closet.Even though the focus of the story is on Aaron and the developing relationship with Zach, this is not a standalone book, and if you want to check out the series, you should hit book 1 first. There’s a lot of stuff that happened in book 1, including explaining the packs, their politics, mate bonds, etc, so if you slide into book 2 without that knowledge, you’ll be way more confused. There are also a lot of side characters, and you’ll get introduced to them in book 1, whereas in book 2, there’s not a lot of introduction for them.For those who enjoyed book 1, especially Simon and Paul’s relationship, you’ll be happy to know that they are major supporting characters in this one, so even though you’re not in their heads, they still have a lot of time on page, and there’s even some relationship progression (but viewed from Aaron’s POV.) His alpha view, and his ability to feel his pack through his alpha bond was a nice way to gain access to characters feelings, even though their POV wasn’t the focus.Besides being Aaron’s book, the other big difference is that this one is told from Aaron’s first person POV only. (Book 1 balanced both Simon and Paul’s third person POV.) This was kind of a big change, but I think it worked overall since with Aaron’s POV, you get both the restrictions of only his viewpoint, but also his access to the alpha bond and pack members’ feelings allow him (and the reader) a better understanding of what’s going on with other characters.Overall, the story was a lot of fun and the second half was very action-oriented as Aaron, his pack, and a neighboring pack join forces to bring down a threat. The only downside is that there were a lot of side characters that pop up, and I didn’t always feel very connected to them (so if something bad happened, it didn’t have as much weight), but all-in-all, it was still a fun read, and I didn’t want to put it down.I dug Aaron’s and Zach’s developing relationship, and the way they bounced off each other. They had sexy-sweet chemistry, and it was nice to watch Aaron’s slow fall into something that he didn’t think was good for the pack, but in the end, was what he really wanted.For nervous readers, the ending is a very solid HFN. As alpha, I don’t think Aaron can take anything for granted or assume everything will work out perfectly, especially with so much uncertainty about the pack’s safety going forward, but he’s very much enjoying what he has right now.Overall, I think book 1 is still my favorite, but this was a good follow-up, and I’m still very much on the Hidden Wolves train if/when future books come out. I think Harper really excels at creating engaging characters and relationships that you want to read about, so I look forward to where things go from here.My one caveat is that it’s been almost a year since I read book 1 and I forgot a lot of stuff. I think it might be better to read them closer together, or else, do as I did and go in with a “go with the flow” approach. There is not a lot re-explained from book 1 (which is fine by me--fewer exposition dumps keeps the pace tighter) but it means some things might be more confusing if you’re not coming off fresh from book 1.In the end though--fun read; hopeful for more. (And as a Simon and Paul fan, I was definitely happy with their moments. I wouldn’t mind more of them and Aaron and Zach in future books.)

  • Chris, the Dalek King
    2019-04-28 07:38

    I really liked this book. Kaje Harper's wolves are some of my favorite shifters and each time I pick up one of their stories I usually end up kicking myself for having waited so long to read it. The characters are great and I really loved the MCs here. This is a pretty violent and bloody world, these shifters have going on, and some times I'm like Paul trying to figure out if i'm with the goodies or the baddies--and how much leeway am i exactly willing to give these guys i love before it is too much. But Aaron is a great example of a guy who will do exactly everything it takes to protect his newly formed pack. But sometime being willing does not mean it will not come back to haunt him later. It may be great to be the king, but being alpha means you have to take the responsibility as well as the risk.I generally not in favor of closets, but I totally get why Aaron needs to stay in his, at least for now. He pushes a little too far right now and the whole pack could pay for his actions. And Zach, at the end there? That was awesome. Another great example of Kaje not letting her characters slip to far into cliche. Plus Zach is growing up, he needs to show that he can handle this whole thing with Aaron. A very great story and I am looking forward to reading the next short, as well as book three in the series.

  • Amy Lane
    2019-05-17 00:25

    Loved. Want more Aaron and Zach-- SERIOUSLY want more Aaron and Zach. Want to see that bond, want to see Aaron from Zach's eyes... just, you know, WANT! Thanks, Kaje, for making UCF awesome and exciting and hot. (Did I mention the want? Will bribe. Am not proud!)

  • Simsala
    2019-05-06 03:28

    AARON!!!! *faints*

  • Edina Rose
    2019-05-09 07:51

    3.5 starsThis is a good book. The second instalment in KH's modern werewolf series. Once again, I liked the fact that the setting is very much the 21st century and that technology and especially Internet & New Media takes a big place in the plot, just like in real life. The mystery is good, the pack politics is good, and the romance is not bad. The mystery includes lots of internet tracking and hacking, (yum!) lots of breaking and entering, fighting, shooting, bombing. It's colourful. In book 1, the pack politics were focused on dealing with homophobia inside the pack. Now they are focused on dealing with homophobia from other packs. I liked the fact that the love between Zach and Aaron was not merely due to mate fate because most of the time this fate stuff takes a lot of fun out of the romance build-up. Zach and Aaron felt in love because they observed each other(both have been secretly doing that for years) and liked what they saw; so, free will here. This brings me to the characters. Zach and Aaron are not my fav match, but it may be because most of the time I'm not a fan of May-December romance. Zach is 21 and Aaron is twice Zach's age. I liked Zach, the super nerd with the hod bod. I liked that he was a hot head and stand-up guy. Aaron, I would have liked him more if he had been a stronger alpha. He was too... average. I didn't mind that he spent quite a lot of time in self-doubt but I would have liked him to be more confident the rest of the time. Now I don't know why, but I was not bowled over by the story, though I liked it. It may be due to the characters. They were good, but not impressive. I hope this series goes on. I want to know if the werewolves will finally be discovered by humans and how they'll survive. I also want to know how if Aaron's pack will become the "Ghetto pack for gay wolves", as Aaron fears.

  • Тамрико
    2019-04-27 08:31

    4.5 stars*****I am honestly not holding this against the author :D ***I am very happy with this series so far. Except maybe being stuck in Aaron's head a bit too much, but hey, if it brings me to this, who am I to complain:"He lay sprawled face-down on the sheets, blankets kicked off down by his feet. He had pulled off his T-shirt and jeans, but still a light sweat slicked his skin again. He shifted restlessly, and looked over at me in the doorway...""He lay there blinking up at me, his eyes heavy with sleep. His hair was a tousled black halo around his head on the white pillow. He slept nude."Imagine that baby kitteh puppy, only nude =)` Some time later:"I spun Zach in my arms and shoved him against the wall by the stairs. The sweatpants he slept in slid down easily and he was bare to my hands. For a moment I lost myself in the glorious curve of his ass under my fingers."But then, but then!!!! Just brace yourself here... Put away all your beverages, hot or cold. Because - displaced modifiers! *rolls eyes*"Reaching around, the unexpected size of him filled my hands."And there it was, the gif I pinned not a day ago, popping up in my head:NSFW-ish (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]Йаду мне, йаду!!! I mean Bleach for my brainz, bleach for muh brainzzz!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • SueM
    2019-05-02 04:25

    4.5 starsWell, I really had been looking forward to this one, as I loved Kaje's take on the werewolf world in Unnecessary Risks, and while I loved it, the story line wasn't quite what I expected. I think the biggest surprise was the ending... No, not a cliffhanger nor was it bittersweet, but it still didn't go where I thought (hoped) it would. That said, it was absolutely in keeping with the characters involved and it is for that reason it still rates 4-4.5 stars.Aaron, the unexpected alpha of a new pack is hiding a secret - he is gay. Given how violence erupted and his previous pack had splintered into two over the issue of a gay werewolf and his human mate, it's a whopper of a secret he has to keep. He never expects the strict control of his sexual needs, a control that has lasted over 13 years, will be tested by one the youngest members of his pack, one with a reputation for causing trouble.Not wanting to give anything away, I won't go into more details, but just as in the previous novel in this series, there are two storylines working in tandem. One, of course, is that about Aaron and his young lover. The other storyline continues to explore the role of the werewolf in today's society, where advances in technology, science and medicine threaten to expose the existence of the werewolves to the world at large. I did enjoy this novel, and I loved reading more about Simon and Paul. It just wasn't what I had expected, and that's more my problem than anything else.

  • Gina
    2019-04-27 01:35

    OMG OMG!! I LOVED THIS BOOK! YEP HERE I GO GUSHING AGAIN!!I love romance stories obviously, but I also love suspense, make it an MM story and lastly but certainly not least have Kaje Harper write it and this girl is in heaven! Yes, I tell you I am in heaven!In this book we have Aaron, who took over as alpha at the end of book 1. And while i think Aaron is wonderful alpha character, he is not a typical alpha. While he definitely leads his pack and has great leadership, he is not bursting with an over the top “I am alpha hear me roar” attitude. Aaron is determined to bring his pack into this century in attitude and actions, while still understanding they are not human, but werewolf. Aaron has also been alone for many years, keeping the fact that he is gay a secret. He newly formed pack doesn't need more reasons to be behind the cross-hairs, so he is determined to keep it to himself. That is until Zach, a young member of his pack that needs guidance and Aaron finds himself fighting his attraction to the young werewolf.I am happy to see Paul and Simon in this book, I loved their story from book 1 and happy to see it continue. I like Paul and his outspokenness, he challenges the way things are, but still a good member of the pack. And I enjoyed the pack politics, the world building, I found myself immersed in this part of the book as well as the romance, hot sex and suspense.Speaking of suspense, OMG I loved this part. In my opinion the romance and suspense are split about 50/50 in this story, and I loved it! Simon is kidnapped by humans and Aaron has to ask for assistance from another pack to rescue him and if possible erase all traces of them. Kaje Harper is an excellent writer, I could see myself hiding in the warehouse as everyone is making plans on the rescue! OMG I was so there!! I could go on and on about this book honestly, but I will end this here by saying the book took me away, I was pulled into this story didn’t want to leave. It was amazing, fun, sexy, and sad at times. I will be reading this book again!!

  • Arthur
    2019-04-27 01:23

    2.5 starsThe romance is 2 stars (overpowered by the action, not much connection between them)The story line is 2 stars (want to be grand but not quite there)The writing is 3.5 stars (it's Kaje, so it flows nicely. Still, sometimes I felt unnecessarily too long like the whole diary)Logical coherence is 2 stars (passing a territory needs permission from local Alpha, but a killing team that consist of two foreign packs doesn't) It's like having 3 separate stories that are weakly connected to each other:- paranormal story with Simon and Paul as the main characters- action story with a team of rescuers as the main characters- m/m erotica (not romance) about 2 friends with benefits, one of whom is indifferent about their relationship. For good measure, throw in a potential rival lover in the last 10 pages or so.Take any one of the three stories out, it won't feel awkward to read it alone.Overall impression: like watching a B-action movie, complete with explosion, kidnapping, lonesome misunderstood hero, killing with machine gun, heroic action to rescue the kidnapped, reference to a touristy city in Indonesia, a geeky younger sidekick, and of course a sexy seductive young character. If you pay attention to them, you would find that those B-action movies also pay lips service to grand ideas like love, world peace, and so on. This book has those as well.Too many ideas cramped into one story line. The book tries to be an m/m romance, paranormal, action, ethics, and so on but isn't strong enough in any of those. Nor is it strong enough to be all of them.

  • Jerry
    2019-05-09 04:28

    Aaron and Zach, an almost love story, mixed with near death experiences between both of them. I say almost becuase Aaron doubts that a young pup can fall for an old guy like him--he thinks Zach needs to sow some oats and Zach thinks hes found his perfect partner, if only they can be honest with each other. Plus more of Paul and Simon's story and how they prove their bond. A roller coaster ride with inter pack politics, a huge threat to all packs and dealing with gay werewolves. Kaje has woven an involved tale and told it from Aaron's perspective. This gets us into his mind and we learn how tough it is to be an Alpha 24/7/365.The ending is not quite HEA but slightly better than HFN. Obviously there are more books coming--especially with the new charachter introduced at the very end of this book. I have a feeling Aaron's relationship with Zach is going to stretch over a lot of other stories, but I have hope for them!Thanks Kaje for an interesting story and a new twist on Werewolf culture.

  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    2019-05-22 00:47

    An exciting and interesting story, there’s so much more to this than romance. It’s the werewolf universe we first visited in Unacceptable Risk and much of the story centers on the characters featured in that story, including MCs, Simon and Paul. But this is really Aaron’s story. Aaron is the alpha who defended Simon and Paul and took over a split-off pack that would be gay-friendly. In this book, Simon and Paul are threated from both inside and outside forces and Aaron holds strong in defending their mate bond first to other wolf packs and then has to rescue a kidnapped Simon from a group of humans who’ve discovered the existence of werewolves and threaten the entire universe of wolves if that secret gets out. But along the way, Aaron himself discovers love—in what he sees as an unlikely person—21-year-old, Zach, who comes under Aaron’s care when his alcohol addiction is discovered. As he helps Zach through withdrawal, the two become close and eventually become lovers. But the last thing Aaron needs now is to be outed, so he keeps their relationship under tight wraps and the only two people who he feels safe in knowing he’s gay are Simon and Paul. The story is quite complex and definitely not a typical romance. There’s lots of adventure and intrigue for those who love action. And there’s also a huge age gap between Aaron and Zach and the deep closet Aaron is staying in. He’s also concerned he’s taking advantage of Zach as a pack member, since his Alpha is always superior in strength and he can use his Alpha bond to overcome any objections Zach has. He’s also afraid of physically hurting Zach who’s injured early in the story. But the few sex scenes in the book were steamy hot as only Kaje Harper can write them, so those looking for an age-gap slow-burn romance will likely enjoy this one. The story ends on more of a HFN than a HEA since Aaron still hesitates to make a mate bond with Zach and though Zach wants them to be together forever, he’s willing to take it a day at a time. I hope we get to see them together again at some point in a future story in this series. I really want them to be solid.

  • L-D
    2019-05-07 05:24

    3.5 stars.I have mixed opinions about this book. While I enjoyed this story's plot even more than the last story, I felt the romance in book #1 was sweeter.Simon and Paul's romance in book one was really a great connection. I couldn't find that at all in this book. In fact, it took a few chapters before I was even sure who Aaron's love interest was going to be. Based on the description, I knew it was a younger wolf, but I thought at first it was going to be Andy since he popped up in the first chapter quite a bit. Once I realized that Zach was Aaron's choice, I still found it hard to connect. Why I didn't think Aaron and Zach's relationship worked:1. The age-gap: there was a big age difference (20 years) between Aaron and Zach. I've seen authors make this work before, but in this case, Aaron kept calling Zach kid, and treating him purposely like a little brother, snapping towels at him etc. I realize that Aaron was trying to distance himself from his young charge, but it started distancing me from Zach as well. I didn't see him as a love interest. Just as a kid. And Aaron kept saying how he smelled like clean boy. The whole "boy" lost it for me.2. Aaron was Zach's Alpha. Again, I've seen this work in shifter books in the past, but it's because the other stories don't overthink it too much. In this book, Aaron is constantly thinking about how bad it is to be in a relationship to one of his pack members because he can make his lovers do anything with his Jedi Alpha mind freak. Zach keeps saying he trusts Aaron not to do that, but then Aaron uses his "alpha" voice on Zach often to keep him in place. I don't think I enjoyed it. It did feel like there was too much of a mismatch in their levels. Maybe this would have worked if Aaron and Zach were into BDSM and Zach was fully submissive? I think it would have worked best though, if Zach wasn't a wolf - like Paul.3. Aaron's first person voice. I think because this book was in Aaron's first person, I didn't enjoy it as much because that's the main reason I distanced myself from Zach hearing Aaron refer to him as a kid and not wanting to get close. Additionally, I didn't like how much Aaron didn't act like an alpha in his own head. He was more insecure than I liked and lost some of the tough, sexy, Alpha-dominance we saw in him from book 1. There were glimpses of a true alpha, but not as much as I would have liked to see. He took a back seat to the other local alpha a bit too much.Likes: The plot of this book was much more substantial than any plot I've encountered in other M/M shifter books. Typically an M/M shifter book focuses on the inst-love of the "fated mates" and the book doesn't have enough substance to eke out more than a novella length book. Not the case here. I really enjoyed the plot. I liked all the secondary characters that were introduced from the other packs such as Rick Brown, the alpha from Chicago, and the Alpha that helps Aaron with a tactical rescue mission. Now THOSE were Alphas with their kickass Special Forces pack members.

  • DaisyGirl
    2019-04-28 01:49

    3.5 StarsI really liked this book with one exception, which I will get to in a bit. First, I loved Aaron and Zach. The first person narrative took some getting used to and was a little clunky in the beginning but it worked for the most part. I thought the writing style would hinder my affinity for Zach since I wasn't privy to his POV but honestly it didn't detract from the overall romance or my enjoyment of the book. Simon and Paul to my delight and dismay made a reappearance here. Although I love Simon, I am not a fan of Paul and his diva-ness continued to grate on me. I was happy, however, that 80% of the way through Paul FINALLY told Simon he loved him and actually managed to do something selfless. Hooray! Jeez he's a selfish bastard but I digress ...This book was 4.5 stars all the way until 94%. Why? Because Kaje Harper - bless her soul, I am truly a HUGE fan of hers - robbed me of my HEA and gave me what can only be described as an HFN by an active stretch of the imagination. WTF!?! (view spoiler)[In the last 10 or so pages of the book, Aaron resigns himself that Zach will one day move on and mate with someone else (e.g., the young, hot, hunky Peter ... huh!?!) because: 1) Aaron is twenty-five years Zach's elder and Peter is closer in age; 2) Zach is still coming into his own; 3) as alpha Aaron is determined to remain in the closet because of the potential danger to his pack if he comes out; and 4) Aaron is resolved that he will never offer Zach a mate bond since he is unsure whether it will strip Zach of his free will. (hide spoiler)] And did I mention that all that sh*t is spewed like 10 pages before the end!?! Needless to say, I was like W.T.F. Okay, I concede that Aaron's concerns regarding his ability to offer Zach a long term relationship are reasonable but ... come on! Really??? Couldn't we have reached a more comfortable plateau than 'I'm grateful for the stolen moments we have now' before the conclusion of the book? In the interim (I can only assume this is an "interim" because I reject the possibility that this is the end of the series as a totally unacceptable outcome), I will chalk this up to an unfortunate cliff hanger and leave it at that. I anxiously await resolution in the next installment. *wink* *wink* Come on Kaje, you can't leave me hangin'!!!

  • Jewel
    2019-05-06 02:31

    3.5 StarsUnexpected Demands picks up pretty much where Unacceptable Risk leaves off. Aaron has a new pack to take care of and keep safe. And, considering the overall wolf atmosphere of "kill all gay wolves" surging in the packs, keeping Simon and Paul safe trumps his own desires. Aaron has kept his own desires quite closeted for ages. Now is really not the time to give in to those desires, much less come out. But he has a hard time resisting Zach.Zach is a lot younger than Aaron and he's troubled. Since his father died, several years ago, Zach has self medicated with alcohol and now he can't go without, voluntarily. Zach also has secrets of his own, like the fact that he's gay. No small wonder he didn't choose to say with the other pack when it split.The action of this series really ramps up in this novel. Some humans got wind of Simon being a werewolf and kidnapped and tortured him to try to learn werewolf secrets. So Aaron has to enlist the help of another pack for rescue and cleanup. And though, in general, the packs are not up for change, some, at least are willing to take steps to prepare for humans at large finding out about them, and also revising the policy on gay wolves. It's a slow process, but any progress is better than none.The biggest reason I only gave this book 3.5 stars, instead of 4, is because there isn't really an HEA. There is a definitely HFN, but (view spoiler)[Aaron is holding back. He still thinks that Zach will want someone else closer to his age as he gets stronger. Zach doesn't see it that way at all. But, since Aaron is holding back and doesn't see a possibility of ever coming out, and also of being able to offer Zach the mate bond, I took off a bit in the rating. (hide spoiler)] It is my hope that the HFN turns into an HEA later. That would make me happier.

  • Christy
    2019-05-04 07:50

    I couldn't wait to jump into Aaron's story. He totally hooked my interest in the first installment of the 'Hidden Wolves' series and, as much as I loved the story of Simon and Paul, the power and dominance of Aaron, plus his willingness to do whatever to care for his pack, just hit me right in the gut. 'Unexpected Demands' is book two in Kaje Harper's 'Hidden Wolves' series and I would strongly recommend that you read the first book before delving into this one. It can probably be read as a stand alone, but there's a lot of information and background that you'll need from the initial story so as not to feel a little confused.It's been a really exhausting week for Aaron ever since he challenged the old alpha, Karl, won and then the pack was split between the wolves who wanted to follow Joshua and the old ways, and the ones who wanted Aaron and a new, more progressive pack. Aaron is now alpha of a small pack, ten wolves, with Simon, a gay werewolf, and his mate, Paul, along with some of the younger and more submissive wolves from the old pack. This is quite a formidable task for Aaron as many of the old pack wolves still want Simon and Paul dead, not to mention other pack alphas across the country have heard of this and are demanding their deaths along with Aaron's. I think saying it's been an exhausting week might be a little mild. On the positive side, Aaron has also received a number of requests about his pack, and the male-male mate bond between Simon and Paul (unheard of!), from other young wolves who are obviously gay and looking for a home.Becoming alpha is a whole new world for Aaron. He was raised by an abusive father who demanded he be strong, basically by beating him half to death. When he could, Aaron left and spent time with different packs and in the human world. Having lived the last thirteen years fading into the background and keeping silent, he's now having to remake himself again, while still hiding his biggest secret. In an attempt to stave off assassins sent by other packs, Aaron invites a delegation formed from other packs to come to neutral territory and "test" the mate bond between Simon and Paul. Killing a bonded mate is only slightly less horrible than killing a pup in wolf law and Aaron is hoping that proving the bond will help protect Paul and Simon. With the very real and somewhat imminent arrival of multiple alphas and enforcers, Aaron has to deal with another problem. One of his youngest members, Zach, is an alcoholic, which no one knew, and is going through the DTs. Aaron feels like he's going to implode with everything occurring.Zach. A week away from twenty-one, he started drinking when he was fourteen when his dad died. Being that Zach was full pack then, he heard and felt his father die through the pack bond. Raised afterward by his abusive grandfather, Zach has been trying to find his way. He's very smart, good with computers, a little rebellious, got a spine of steel, is stubborn, and a lot lost. Karl really did a number on Zach by using him and encouraging his drinking, all for Karl's gain. Zach is ninth in the pack structure, one above the lowest ranked wolf, but with the new information Aaron now has, he decides he might need to use a lighter touch with Zach as apparently all the beatings his grandfather gave him didn't seem to control him. Unfortunately, Zach staying at Aaron's so he can watch over him since everyone else has day jobs, is causing Aaron's steel control to fray. Aaron is doing everything possible to shut down the alpha bond with Zach and to treat him like a little kid, but it's costing Aaron. And, when Aaron and Zach discover each other's secret, the flames ignite.Once again, I made the silly assumption that all of this was enough for a good story. Kaje Harper proved me wrong by turning around and writing a great story. Amidst the secret romance blossoming between Aaron and Zach, humans kidnap Simon because an idiot wolf posts Simon's picture and whereabouts on one of the wolf sites. Oh, this is bad. Secrecy from humans is the one thing all wolves agree on, and now some idiot has leaked information because he doesn't like a wolf being gay. This can't possibly end well. And, it doesn't. But, their secret is safe.There isn't a single thing about Aaron and Zach's story that I didn't love. They each brought out the best parts of the other and because of that, they can each grow in the relationship and within themselves. The writing, as always, was fantastic, the storyline was intricate and unique. Thank you, Kaje, for this wonderful addition to the series!NOTE: This book was provided by MLR Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • MorganSkye
    2019-05-07 08:37

    This is book two in the series and I absolutely think it needs to be read in order to be appreciated.Aaron is the new alpha in the pack that’s formed when Simon and Paul cause a rift by mating. He’s in the closet and has been for years, and he’s determined to stay that way for the sake of the pack.Zach is young, an alcoholic, a member of Aaron’s pack, is half Aaron’s age and has a history of abuse.There’s no way these guys have any business being together, but they can’t stop their attraction.The pack is in no way a settled or safe place to be right now. Someone is still after Simon and Paul and now there are some humans who want to exploit their knowledge of shifters.**Wow. This was so intense. The drama with the pack is huge and absolutely takes over much of this book, but the drama between Zach and Aaron is no less intense and absolutely remains a central part of the story.On the one hand we get some beautiful moments between Paul and Simon – finally! – that make them feel a bit more solid and real as a couple.On the other hand, while it’s clear that Aaron and Zach are a couple, they have to remain in hiding, so they don’t feel nearly as solid as Paul and Simon; and Aaron – in fact – is still resigning himself to eventually losing Zach right up until the end. For that reason, this story bugged me. I didn’t get the same “fated mate” feel from Aaron and Zach as we get with Simon and Paul and while they are absolutely SCORCHING HOT together and (if you ask Zach especially) “it” for one another, there remains a disconcerting distance between them that I’m hoping changes in the coming books.While I appreciate the “realness” of having the problems not magically disappear, I really wanted these guys to commit to one another more firmly, if even in secret.So… for fans of the series, I’m sure you’ll love this as much as I did, but I can’t help but knock it down a bit for the tenterhooks we’re left on at the end.On to book three and hopefully to a more solid connection between these guys!4.5 of 5 stars

  • Sandra
    2019-04-29 07:36

    3.5 stars This is a good shifter series because it has the right combo of sexy mated goodness, pack politics, outside influence and both romantic and non-romantic story-lines. The West Pack is still dealing with some repercussions having to do with Simon and Paul's mating (which is good, because everyone who read Unacceptable Risk wanted to know what happened to them!), but this books focuses on those problems in relation to Aaron, since he is the Alpha who accepted them and now has to deal with it.They don't mention the love interests name in the blurb. I inadvertently saw the first sentence of a friends review and saw who it was and was both excited and disappointed at the same time. Excited because, DUH!(I think I actually squealed) And disappointed because it would have been SO COOL to be surprised! It was so perfect and I thought they were a great match and really liked the way they progressed as well as their dynamic. (view spoiler)[I'll admit I was disappointed that Aaron was so insistent that he would never mat-bond with Zach. I don't really see what the big deal was. I think the author wanted the couples to stand out and be different. (hide spoiler)]Onto the next freebie short, Unwanted Appeal! That's all that's out so far, I hope she's still going to continue with the series though!Borrowed from Sassafrass in Bookie Nookie's Erotic Lending Group

  • C
    2019-05-09 06:49

    I love the world that Kaje Harper has built around these shifter wolves. It's real and normal and scary. The wolves have day jobs and they aren't independently wealthy and they aren't immortal or impervious to pain and injury. They are also not susceptible to silver or full moons or wolfsbane. They are just different and trying their best to live safe, happy lives.This book takes place about a week after the end of Unacceptable Risk. Simon and Paul are still in danger from their old pack as well as other packs not believing two men could have a mate bond, and then when another pack's bullshit prejudices cause Simon to be outed as a wolf, the danger goes to a whole new level.I liked Aaron and Zach, but I wasn't as attached to them as I was Simon and Paul in the first book. And while Simon & Paul were key players in the action, they were still peripheral. It was all first person from Aaron's POV. And Aaron was a tough nut to crack. Through most of the book, I couldn't really relate to him since he was so closed off, even to himself. Until the end, when I felt Aaron's heart so clearly, it might as well have been mine.At that point, Kaje did it again. She took my heart and squeezed it til I choked up and had to stop reading and blink away the tears. Only Amy Lane has the same power over my heart with words, the kind that makes me feel everything the characters feel. Or really beyond that, to take what I already feel and connect me with the character so that we're one in the same for the time it takes to read the story and then for hours beyond. My heart still feels like it's in a vice - and I mean that in a really, really good way. And I can't wait to see what happens next.

  • Pamela Su
    2019-05-21 06:44

    A solid shifter sequel to the series.The shifter world that is shared with the readers is very vividly described and there is shifter content which I found fascinating, including the way werewolf packs interacted with each other on a national scale.What did not appeal to me as much was the romance between Aaron and his younger love interest. The situation wasn't helped by the slow development of their relationship either. All in all, I wasn't as invested with Aaron's romance as I was in the first book.Nevertheless, there is an intriguing aspect to the world described in this series and I will most likely continue to read the next book based solely on that interest.

  • Madonna196
    2019-05-12 00:40

    Love Ms. Harper's work, loved the first novel in this universe, but this one was disappointing. I think what I liked best about the first novel was the dynamic between the two characters, one otherworldly and the other human. In Unexpected Demands it's all werewolf all the time, the characters just aren't interesting (except for the recurring characters of Simon and Paul), the Alpha thing was tiring... there wasn't much of a storyline, sex fillers, and the dialogue was stilted and, honestly, simply not what I've come to expect by the author. I could I only give this two stars. A bit of letdown because I've adored everything else by her.

  • Simon
    2019-05-21 05:32

    Loved this book, more so than Book 1. The one niggle and aspect I was not so struck on was the massive age difference between Alpha Aaron and his lover Zack, but then older werewolves look much younger than they really are (supposedly).Great plot in this one, more thriller, the characters just happen to be werewolves.Kidnapping, mad scientists, werewolves, gay werewolves, high speed chases....yes I loved it, and Simon and Paul from Book 1 are also back and play an important part in the plot of Book 2.Would recommend reading the books in order of publication.