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Dire Warning

Blackwood Pack, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Erotica, Fiction
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Summary

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
🔥🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 4
🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧 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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  • Sharonica
  • 01-07-20

In Dire Need of More Please! Loved it!

Dire Warning - Audiobook
MMy Thoughts and Review:

Mpreg at it's BEST! This story was first released in 2017 and is getting a bit of a re-boot with it's release to Audiobook. As it happens this was also Rundle's debut novel. As someone who loves MM paranormal shifter romance novels, I would have guessed Rundle a seasoned veteran in the genre, while I read/ listened to this.

On the outset of the story, the reader is introduced to the first MC, Jackson, who wakes stunned, by the side of the road. He finds himself robbed of his car, clothes, and a bit of dignity. Using one hand to cover what's left of that dignity and the other to hold out his thumb, Jackson can only hope his luck will change and a ride will come by soon.

Enter, sMMexy AF, Steel. Steel is the dark broody fella we all love in our romances. The kind of man I always call the "Cream Puff Alphas." They have that tough "baked" exterior, but inside is that gooey sweetness that is just delicious. You never see it displayed on the outside, you only taste it as you bite into it. *sigh... Alphas... am I right?

Rundle does an amazing job of weaving a tale of shifter lore into something to believe in. With Nick J. Russo's s silky voice giving life to the book, you can envision Jackson, Steel, and their families as they prepare for a battle with an old enemy. Unless they defeat this foe, their kind will only be remembered in stories, nothing more. A legend brought to mind when authors think to tell it and put pen to paper.

I hope this entire series gets put to audio. It was really great! The fun "adulting" times were never repetitive or stagnant. They were very organic and felt like the relationship of a new couple would.

The family dynamics and dramatics were the only parts that felt lacking just a bit, but I think that's because of so many characters in one book. I also assume this is because of future books and the importance of Jackson's pack in the books to come. Perhaps Rundle just wanted to tease us with the good stuff. Keep us coming back for more.

If you love a good shifter romance, this is definitely a good one. I loved it from beginning to end.

The Story: 5.00 🌟
The Narration: 4.50🌟
Overall: 4.75 🌟

4.75 in-DIRE-need-of-you-stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🔹✨

I received a complimentary audio copy of this book from OtherWorldsInk in exchange for my review. 🌈

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 30-06-20

Fun but needs more world building

The story jumps right in with some insta-lust followed very shortly by some insta-luv. The main characters, Jackson and Steel, talk often of their inner wolves but it’s quite a bit further into the story before we get any shifter action. Based on the description, I was expecting more paranormal or urban fantasy with some M/M erotica tossed in. Instead, the balance is the other direction – lots of M/M erotica with a wee, tiny dash of paranormal shifter stuff.
Jackson and his brothers have lived through tragedy, losing the entirety of their immediate family in a massacre. But there’s a trust fund that allowed them to buy some land, build a house, and …. live in some luxury. I’m not sure any of them had any paying job. Then we get Steel and his parents. They are very well off, like personal helicopter kind of wealthy. While it may sound mean, I wanted my main characters to suffer more. I really wanted someone to struggle, like working dead end jobs while staying hidden from the evil wolf pack responsible for the massacre. Something along those lines. As it was, it was cute, it was OK, but nothing really grabbed me.
Much of the story focuses on the romantic relationship between Steel and Jackson, not just erotic moments. I’m not big on romance, so I was much more interested in this evil wolf clan & what they’re up to. I also wanted to know more about the witches. Oh! And male pregnancy – like what magic allows that? What are the rules with that? Basically, I wanted a bit more world building and less flowers and cutesy growling noises coming from the bedroom. Also, since these are all wolves, they have a keen sense of smell – each and every one of them. That means Steel’s parents and Jackson’s brothers all knew exactly when either of our lovebirds was aroused or had recently had sex. Ugh! So many times that came up. Once or twice was funny. Regularly happening kind of dampened the sexiness.
The ladies have very small roles, though a few are set up to have bigger roles later in the series. They are comforters and if there are ever 2 in the same conversation, they are talking about the guys. They don’t have much character depth, but that can be said about all the characters.
The story ends on a sweet, but abrupt, note. Nothing is resolved. There are still many questions. I was hoping for some real action scenes to wrap up the tale, perhaps a showdown with the evil wolf clan. Alas, all that fun stuff will have to wait until later in the series. For me, an urban fantasy junkie, this book wasn’t my cup of tea but I can see the care the author put into creating the relationship between Steel and Jackson. 3/5 stars.
The Narration: Nick J. Russo has a lovely voice to listen to. It’s very soothing and definitely sexy. Yet there wasn’t much distinction between some of the character voices and when in conversation, the characters often blended together. Steel and Jackson started off with distinct voices but by halfway through, they sounded much the same to me. Russo does have good female character voices and he tosses in a few accents. His most distinct voice was the alpha of the evil wolf clan. There were no tech issues with the recording. 4/5 stars.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-20

Great book!

I have read this book several times and decided to try the audible book. I'm glad I did. Nick brought the characters to life.

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  • Booklover 876🇯🇲
  • 24-06-20

Loved every minute of this audiobook

First time reading this Author and I love her writing style. This book was an absolute treat. Jackson and Steel was a delight to get to know. The supporting characters were very interesting and I can't wait to get to know more about them. Looking forward to book 2. Nick I've always love your performances and this one was truly a delight. You outdid yourself with this one, thank you. If you're looking for a m/m paranormal romance with a fated mate team, along with some action, then get this book. It's a guarantee you will enjoy listening.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 22-06-20

I enjoyed this a lot.

Dire Warning is the first book I've read by Mary Rundle and I liked it a lot. Nick J. Russo's performance of the story really kept me interested, maybe even more than the story. He does a great job (as always!) with the different character voices.

While I enjoyed the story a lot, there was one thing that I thought was resolved a bit too neatly. Unfortunately, I really can't talk about it because it would be too much of a spoiler. I have a feeling that this "thing" will come up again in future books, at least I hope so, and perhaps more will be revealed then.

There were a few places where the lovey-dovey stuff felt just a bit over-the-top for me and that kept me from giving this five stars. I understand that it was the author's first published book so I would expect other books in the series to improve as she gains more experience as an author. Still, all-in-all a very enjoyable story and I wouldn't mind reading, or listening, to more books in this series.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author/narrator.

***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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  • Crystal Sandvik
  • 21-06-20

Great listen!

As someone that has recently gotten into audiobooks, this was a treat. Dire Warning is a great story. Jackson and Steel come to life. I cannot wait for the next one to come out.

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  • Mags
  • 19-06-20

Steelers and Jackson oh my!

Mary Rundle you have hit it out of the ballpark with this story! Jackson and Steele meet after a robbery of Jackson and they knew they were fated mates shortly thereafter. This is the story of the Backwood Pack. Can't wait for the other brothers stories. Nick Russo really brings all the characters to life with his smooth mello voice. If you like shifter stories this is a great series.

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  • KellyH
  • 17-06-20

Entertaining Listen

Read this book back in 2017 and really enjoyed it. Was glad to hear it was out in audible.
If you don't mind fated mates with insta lust/love, I highly recommend this one. Love the characters and want to know more about their past.
As far as narration, it did take me a few chapters to get into but once I did I enjoyed it and all the various character voices. Look forward to reading and listening to rest of the series.

This book does end in a mini cliffhanger, so be ready to pick up next book in series to find out what will happen next.

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  • Laura Bond
  • 14-06-20

An amazing listen

As many times as I have read this book I completely loved to listen to it. The performance excellently dome. Amazing job. This is the first book in the series. This series is one of my favorite books. The story is about 7 brothers, white timber wolf shifters. This book is about Jackson, the alpha who meets his fated mate. You will enjoy this book greatly.

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  • C.Hensley
  • 13-06-20

A must listen for any Mary Rundle fan

I am a big fan of this series, so when It was announced it was coming to audible I was super excited. When Mary posted an excerpt of Nick narrating I couldn’t believe it was one step closer in the publishing dept. The way Nick brought the characters to life hooked me. Already have listened to it multiple times and will listen to it again when the next book releases on this platform.