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The Blackwood Pack saga begins...

Follow the journey of the Blackwood Pack, seven brothers who are wolf shifters in search of their fated mates - stories about love at first sight with twists and turns, angst and humor, romance and adventure. Each audiobook has two men who meet, fall in love, mate and achieve an HEA but the stories also chronicle the continuing saga of the Blackwood Pack.

Steel, one of the last Dire Wolves on earth, has searched more than 100 years for the special mate promised by the Fates. Discouraged after meeting his latest prospect, he sees a naked hitchhiker on his way home who's everything he'd envisioned the man of his dreams would be. His wolf and body tell him he's found his fated mate but why can't he pick up his scent?    

Robbed of his car, clothes and money, Jackson, Alpha of the Blackwood Pack, has no choice but to thumb a lift, frantic to get home to his six brothers. He's been protecting them from a rival pack who massacred most of his family and wants to finish off the rest. When Steel rolls down his window, Jackson knows he also has found his fated mate but it would be too dangerous to claim him with his pack under attack.  

After the intervention of an Oracle and a Witch, Jackson discovers why the Fates made him unique - just for Steel. Navigating the mine field this revelation brings, Jackson and Steel must figure out how to make their relationship work while dealing with forces determined to kill the Blackwood pack - and them.

©2017 Mary Rundle (P)2020 Mary Rundle

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Absolute perfect beginning of a new series

Jackson has spent years keeping his brothers safe after what happened to their pack. When he realizes that the man that had picked him up from the side of the road was his mate, he kept quiet because he didn't feel like it was a good idea to bring him into all the trouble that his family was facing.

Steel is so confused when his body and wolf keep reacting to the hitch hiker but he didn't have a scent. Steel knew that his mate would be a wolf so why is he reacting to this human?

Well, secrets are revealed as those that had helped Jackson keep his brothers safe as well as the Oracle gives them a message. Now, these two must navigate a whole new world as well as figuring out how to keep their pack safe.

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so much love

this series is one of my favorites.. i love it so much... and to hear it come to life with this narrator makes me super happy.. the emotions and personalities.. it was all around perfection and i loved it so much.. amazing!

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Out of body experience

I cannot fully explain how amazing this story was on paper, but what the narrator was outstanding he took this story and made it more, the character voices and the way in which he told the story, every second of it was a thrilling adventure.

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Great Start

After having read the 9 books in the series so far, was eager to listen to this and can safely say, was not disappointed.
Nick j Russo does an awesome job of bringing Jackson, his brothers and all the other characters to life. I cant wait to hear Nick's interpretation of Keiran in a future book.
Roll on the continuing story that the fates have for the Blackwood Pack.

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Love it!!!

When Mary posted an excerpt of Nick Russo narrating i was so excited to finally listening to this Audiobook! I’m a fan of the series and the way Nick brought the characters to life was great!! Jackson and Steel will always be my favorite characters and now that I heard their voices I loved them even more! I highly recommended this audiobook. I’m looking forward to listening all the serie in audio!

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Fantastic listen

I absolutely love this series and now it's coming to audio I'm so excited. Jackson and Steel make such a loving couple, Steel will do anything to protect his mate and new family. Jackson is the best big brother but this brothers and the pack before himself. The narrator brought this story to life and add to the emotion behind the story. I really cant wait till the next book to come to audio

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So much passion!

🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
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🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 5

Wow! A whirlwind of a story with so much twisting detail I was hooked. I loved all the characters and really enjoyed the lust to love at first sight mating. There is so much passion and heat in this story, and Jackson and Steel are HOT!

The world was set up so well and I enjoyed the little hints and teasers into each character's mind (even the bad guys). There is so much more that can happen with this story and I'm totally hooked to see what the Fates have in store for each of these brothers. I could already feel hints to many further pairings and I look forward to Colton's story and the birth of Jackson's pup! Bring on book 2!

As ever Nick has done a fantastic job, exceptional work with so many different characters he made each one unique. I can't wait for more!!

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Very Good!

Wasn’t sure what to expect when I read the synopsis.
It has the supernatural, shifter and HEA elements that I definitely look forward to, and I have not been disappointed!

Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, a bit different to the usual mpreg shifter after being hooked with Ann-Katryn Byrd - the difference from the usual omega pregnancy to this alpha/hybrid, but not distracted from the story whatsoever!
How Jackson is supposed to give birth is going to be a bit tricky as that hasn’t been delved into, only that he’s having a caesarean whereas with Mercy Hills Pack series, Ann-Katryn Byrd, the Omega’s have an Omega line (as the shifters are male) which opens like a pouch when they go into labour and in books by Piper Scott/Virgina Kelly, like Forbidden Desires series, the Omega suddenly has an opening appear just for childbirth - so will be interesting to see how the author gets around that topic conundrum 😊

The audiobook is great, Nick J Russo is great (as always), if there is a downside, then to me, it just seems that the main characters, all they seem to be doing is having sex all the time, which, yes as any new couple does, but it just seems a bit excessive and detracts away sometimes from the story itself.
So this is going to be a series of books I believe (?? 7), so yes hot sexy times are great, but sometimes it just seems a bit excessive to be at it that much! LOL

All in all, fantastic book and still worth the 5🌟’s 😊

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  • April Reads and Listens
  • 19-05-20

Oh SO good!

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, I haven’t read the ebook version of it and I was just following gushing recommendations, and while I don’t listen to a lot of mpregs, this one had me curious. Boy, was I glad I listened to this one. It’s SO good!

I love the flow of the story, even the nuances that I usually find when it comes to fated mates has been addressed in this story. This is one of those mpreg stories done so right.

The plot is solid, the main conflict I imagine will arc through the series as we get to know the brothers and their mates. And wow, dire wolf and timber wolf pairing, talk about nature’s beautiful creatures.

I love the interesting family dynamics, how the brothers are all so different but their bond so strong despite the tragic family past. It’s going to be interesting to get to know each of them and I can’t wait.

I’d also like to say that Nick J Russo outdid himself in this narration. He always has the best female character voices and I am astounded at the range he’s done with this book, there’s so many characters in this story and he’s able to bring them uniquely to life. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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  • Tory Thai
  • 18-01-21

Insert generic Mpreg plot device here. Nothing new

A decent Mpreg.
I've read a fair amount of Mpreg by now and this book I felt like didn't do anything terribly new for that specific genre.

It wasn't bad. I really think it was well written, sexy and had a fair romantic focus. It just felt tropey and same-same with inserted every typical trope of mpreg but didn't add anything more then the minimum requirement to cover the bases of the book.

It would have been cool if it took mpreg and tried something different or have a plot that could differentiate this from all the tropes.

It was also not the best paced and a bit wordy. It used way too many words that could have been cut back on some of the more useless details.

The Erotic moments again wernt entirely rememberable but weren't bad. Maybe a bit too fast paced and also nothing new. Sometimes the erotica felt misplaced. Like there will be a random 1 minute BJ scene and then suddenly snap back to talking about plot.

Overall I think this is a decent start to a new series as it does what it needs to by setting up a world. I personally didnt get invested enough in any of it to want to continue. I'll definitely have to be careful and read reviews.

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  • Justin
  • 18-12-20

way too much sex not enough story line

would not recommend unless your a horn dog, the storyline would be great if it was less sex and more detail-focus on the actual plot.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-05-21

WOW

I have put off reading this book series. I was afraid it would be cheesy because of the cover. How wrong I was!!!! From beginning to end I couldn't stop listening! The narrator was great and the story kept me on the edge of my seat! Can't wait to start the next one!

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  • GothKitty
  • 19-01-21

Awesome! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I loved this audible! I love Mary’s writing so Nick just made the book that much better. I definitely recommend and am looking forward to the next one!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-21

Loved this book!!!

I loved this book and came across it by accident! But once I started to read I fell in love with Jackson and his family. I’ve already told about 10 people about the series.

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  • BJones
  • 23-12-20

I don't of leave reviews

When I first noticed this series I didn't take it seriously because of the book cover. I'm glad I read it, more than once. So, when I had the opportunity to download the audio I was not surprised at how much I enjoyed listening to it.
Nick Russo nailed it for me, and his ability to bring the characters to life was phenomenal. He brought me to shivery tears in places, and laughter in others. He took this author's story and brought it to life for me.
I can't wait until the whole series is on audio and I reccomend both the book and the audio.

I was gifted a code to download this book and this review is by my choice, with no prompting from the author.

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  • MayBae
  • 14-08-20

Ended up not finishing it

I’m a fan of shifter books—shifter books that have the true mate trope, shifter books that are low angst, and even shifter books with mpreg. But for whatever reason, I could not make it through this book at all. I restarted it I-don’t-know-how-many times hoping I just wasn’t in the right mindset to listen, but each time I found myself spacing off after a couple hours. The storyline seems vaguely familiar, like I had read the book at some point in time (and now I clearly know why I didn’t remember it). The characters fell kind of flat for me—I wasn’t endeared to any of them, nor were they particularly interesting to listen to. They all had the tendency to be too “perfect,” if that makes sense. I also have a hard time with shifter books that pull in other supernatural beings like oracles and witches—quite often, they don’t work well in the world that’s written and very few authors can do it to my satisfaction (one being Wolf Specter’s Dragon Fire and the other Raythe Reign’s Crimson). I have no complaints ever about Nick J Russo as a narrator, but even he couldn’t pull this one out of the dumps for me. I’m kind of bummed because this had the potential to be a re-listen because of all of my normal favorite shifter things (plus dire wolves). I just couldn’t hang in there on this one.

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  • Janet Gibson
  • 07-08-20

NJR is awesome as usual

Story kinda sucked, just alot of sex, not much story. NJR was as usual GREAT!

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  • Crazybookfanatic
  • 12-07-20

Story 3 Stars! Narrator 4 Stars! Overall rating: 3.5 Stars!


I like the premise and I’m always looking for great shifter books about fated mates and the impossible situations they find themselves in while they have to fight for their HEA. I enjoy the action, the drama, the romance, and generally, the world-building as we are pulled into the story. That’s what I looked forward to when I started listening to Dire Warning. However, it became obvious right away that I was going to have difficulty following the story and the characters.

I was confused right away by who was who, who was speaking and or who’s POV I was in. Even from the very first chapter, I couldn’t keep up with whether Jackson or Steel were talking or going through their thoughts on their body's reactions to the other man. There was absolutely no distinguishing difference between the characters' voices (whether the result of the Narrator or the way it was written, I haven’t a clue) so I scrambled to decipher who was who.

If I could skip the overabundance of sex (and thoughts of sex) and the ramblings I felt that seemed too much, I think I would’ve enjoyed this one much more. I actually found myself skipping forward a lot just to get passed the drawn-out scenes. I even started counting the number of times I heard the word cock and counted 200 (seriously too much). Had the story been streamlined a little I think it would’ve been a lot smoother overall.

In the end, I found myself wondering if as the series moves along all of these things would get worked out. Maybe this was just all because this is the 1st book (generally, I find books get better and better as we get further into a series). Maybe I will enjoy book 2 better. I guess we shall see.