Book source NetGalleyVanessa is the fastest werewolf in her territory She s a bit too dominant for the pack s comfort, but she tries really hard to be properly submissive around their pack leader, Jordan Oh, and she has allergies Lots of them When she runs across a cat while in wolf form it about kills her Fortunately, Dane the Park Ranger finds her and tucks her safely in a cage in his basement When she wakes up in the morning in human form she s surprised to be alive Andsurprise Book source NetGalleyVanessa is the fastest werewolf in her territory She s a bit too dominant for the pack s comfort, but she tries really hard to be properly submissive around their pack leader, Jordan Oh, and she has allergies Lots of them When she runs across a cat while in wolf form it about kills her Fortunately, Dane the Park Ranger finds her and tucks her safely in a cage in his basement When she wakes up in the morning in human form she s surprised to be alive Andsurprised she s on a concrete floor in a cage However, no one issurprised than Dane who thought he was saving a wolf and ended up with a beautiful naked woman in his cage What the hell While bad shit is going down in their territory, Vanessa scent matches with Dane, a human This is bad But not as bad as werewolves disappearing then reappearing in pieces The plot isn t horrible and the characters are okay, but the execution just seems to lack I have to admit that the best part about the story is Vanessa and her allergies She s allergic to so much stuff that it should be ridiculous if I didn t know people who are allergic to so many things that seem innocuous I got tired of the constant he s mine she s mine crap and how good they smelled to each other I got it the 1st dozen times Repetition is not your friend Overall, it s an okay story A Lycan ends up mated with a human While this kind of tale has been told and retold, Ms Sparrow puts a spin on it that makes it her own And I have to say, it s super refreshing to read a story where the shifter isn t impervious to human afflictions.Vanessa s everything a Lycan should be strong, fast, deadly, beautiful except she suffers from the worst case of allergies known to, well, anyone Her medicine cabinet rivals a pharmacy, and the list of what she s allergic to is so long it s hard n A Lycan ends up mated with a human While this kind of tale has been told and retold, Ms Sparrow puts a spin on it that makes it her own And I have to say, it s super refreshing to read a story where the shifter isn t impervious to human afflictions.Vanessa s everything a Lycan should be strong, fast, deadly, beautiful except she suffers from the worst case of allergies known to, well, anyone Her medicine cabinet rivals a pharmacy, and the list of what she s allergic to is so long it s hard not to laugh just thinking about it After she gets taken out by a cat dander sucks she ends up scent matched to the man who rescued her A very sexy man who feels the same pull for her as she does for him.Dane s a park ranger, a cat babysitter, and human But don t let his humanity fool you one bit While he might not understand Lycan laws or traditions, he understands that Vanessa is his He might not like the authority her Alpha Jordan has over her, but he begrudgingly accepts it to keep her safe when trouble comes knocking.The trouble nipping at Vanessa s heels brings about two poignant moments in this story Vanessa and Dane profess their love for one another, and Jordan discovers how close he was to his own happy ending It was a bittersweet moment to experience that scene with all three of them.I like your wit and your style of writing, Ms Sparrow Dane and Vanessa s story is worth having and reading over and over again My only question is, will Jordan ever have his own happy ending Received from PYUB for an honest review The author is a friend, so I admit I m biased, but seriously A Lycan with severe allergies, including pollen Cats Marshmallows And a lotBrilliant idea and written well So cute and funny Can t wait forin this series The author is a friend, so I admit I m biased, but seriously A Lycan with severe allergies, including pollen Cats Marshmallows And a lotBrilliant idea and written well So cute and funny Can t wait forin this series Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION s Pack Alpha Chelle Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review Actual rating 3.5 SkullsPast My Defenses, the first book in the TAMING THE PACK series by Wendy Sparrow was a cute read, and it had a GREAT surprise towards the end with the whodunit, but I didn t love the heroine I spent too much time wanting to smack her and rolling my eyes and that took away from the overall enjoyment of the book for me personally There are going to be readers who adore her Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION s Pack Alpha Chelle Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review Actual rating 3.5 SkullsPast My Defenses, the first book in the TAMING THE PACK series by Wendy Sparrow was a cute read, and it had a GREAT surprise towards the end with the whodunit, but I didn t love the heroine I spent too much time wanting to smack her and rolling my eyes and that took away from the overall enjoyment of the book for me personally There are going to be readers who adore her though, she s quirky, utterly human in her flaws, and makes her man work to win herI really loved Dane though He is one of those instantly trusting and accepting heroes and has a protective streak a mile wide Wendy also does a great job of making him just alpha enough while reminding the reader that he s just human, he s not this uber powerful werewolf like the other guys of the tale When he s thrown into a world he didn t even know existed and confronted with a woman who both infuriates and fascinates him, it s incredibly entertaining to get inside his head The overall storyline was decently paced There were some areas where I felt myself losing interest, but those were primarily the spots where I wasn t feeling Vanessa, but as soon as the gears shifted I found myself sucked back in and loving the surprises that Wendy spun into the plot I also loved the tension and interaction between the supporting characters of the entire book I instantly found myself wantingof several, and I can only hope that as the series continues we ll get their individual tales Bottom line Past My Defenses was a good paranormal romance quirkily, different, fun, and surprising, and as mentioned, while I didn t connect with the leading lady, there will be readers who will absolutely love her Plus, why wouldn t you want to check out a book that started out as a joke on Twitter Such a great birth of an idea My Thoughts 4 out of 5 Unicorns I really liked it Received ebook from Entangled Publishing for an honest reviewThe cover doesn t do much for me, but the moon is cool The guy on the cover screams serial killer, and I think he is supposed to be Dane but maybe that is sexy to someone else, for me Oh Hell No lolThis a nice start to a series There were a few parts that I was bored, but I think it happens sometimes with new worlds when they are created There is lots of action, silliness, My Thoughts 4 out of 5 Unicorns I really liked it Received ebook from Entangled Publishing for an honest reviewThe cover doesn t do much for me, but the moon is cool The guy on the cover screams serial killer, and I think he is supposed to be Dane but maybe that is sexy to someone else, for me Oh Hell No lolThis a nice start to a series There were a few parts that I was bored, but I think it happens sometimes with new worlds when they are created There is lots of action, silliness, tension, and humor mixed throughout the book I think this series will get better as it goes along I loved the quirky interactions and miscommunications happening between Dane and Vanessa She is a strong alpha female, and I love that she is always herself Dane is an Alpha who isn t wolfy, and he butts heads with Jordan who is an Alpha who does go wolfy Dane and Jordan are always humorous with their arrogance and competition I can t wait to see where this series goes next Wendy does a great job pulling you into the story Her writing style is fun, and I love all the humor she mixes into the story I recommend this series to my shifter lovin friends I wonder how long until Book 2 comes out Vanessa has got to be the funniest Lycan I have ever read about She is snarky, passionate and a hot mess Vanessa is allergic to pretty much everything which makes it hard on her to track and do basic things in either form She is sent out by her Alpha Jordan to track a member of the pack who has disappeared Of course Vanessa tried to tell him she would be worthless with her allergies acting up but one cannot disobey an order form their alpha so off she goes While she is on her tracking missi Vanessa has got to be the funniest Lycan I have ever read about She is snarky, passionate and a hot mess Vanessa is allergic to pretty much everything which makes it hard on her to track and do basic things in either form She is sent out by her Alpha Jordan to track a member of the pack who has disappeared Of course Vanessa tried to tell him she would be worthless with her allergies acting up but one cannot disobey an order form their alpha so off she goes While she is on her tracking mission she is assaulted by a cat which brings her down and she is taken in by Dane who is a forest ranger to make sure she is ok Dane gets the surprise of his life when he turns around to check on the wolf her brought home and comes face to face with a naked woman instead Vanessa tries her hardest to convince Dane is nus but he is having none of that TO top it off Vanessa realizes that Dane is her mate While trying to figure out how she could possibly be mated to a human she finds out that the pack member she was sent to find hated her and wanted her dead Elaborate plans were made to take her out Jordan and Dane fight over who gets to protect her and of course being her she wants to protect everyone else This is a wonderfully written story that will suck you in from the first paragraph It is full of romance, sexy fights, and intrigue Definite must read Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around In wolf form, the only threat she can t outrun is her allergies After a feline dander bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he d trapped But ooooh, he smells so good Mine Dane hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs Her temper makes his pulse race, and he can t escape the feeling they belong together They re hot as a forest fire even before they scent match, but Glacier Peak s Alpha considers Dane a danger to the pack Meanwhile, Lycans are being poached, and Vanessa has been targeted Dane will have to keep her close to protect her, but with Vanessa in heat and mad to mate, who will protect him I don t know who I like , Dane or Jordan, but I definitely DEFINITELY hope there is a book two with a focus on Jordan s HEA, after the events of this book Basically the entire premise of this book is fantastic A werewolf with severe allergies Food and environmental It s like the dog el husband had that was allergic to the sun You would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS expect it, but Ms Sparrow ran with it, and once I got into this one, I didn t want to put it down But not just because of the p I don t know who I like , Dane or Jordan, but I definitely DEFINITELY hope there is a book two with a focus on Jordan s HEA, after the events of this book Basically the entire premise of this book is fantastic A werewolf with severe allergies Food and environmental It s like the dog el husband had that was allergic to the sun You would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS expect it, but Ms Sparrow ran with it, and once I got into this one, I didn t want to put it down But not just because of the premise and the execution of the werewolf with allergies element ALSO because Every Single Character in this book is fully realized and comes alive off the page Maybe you only get to meet them for a couple of lines or a single exchange of dialog, but they just pop, and I think this is one of Ms Sparrow s greatest strengths And the other thing about this book It s hot without being explicit, and it works REALLY REALLY well I always want to like shifter romances, but for some reason, they never quite work for me as much as I want them to. 3.5 stars