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Unexpected Demands (Hidden Wolves #2)

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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 l
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ebook, 305 pages
Published March 23rd 2012 by MLR Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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 ins
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Jo ★The Book Sloth★
3-3.5 Needed a Little More Stars



This 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
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Vio
3.5 Stars
Great 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
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Td
2.5-3 Stars
A 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 inves
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Ami
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Heller

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 l
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Macky ~ Sinfully...Addicted To All Male Romance
” 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
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Tina_K
If this had ended with a solid HEA (view spoiler) I would have been 1000% happier.

While I understood the reasoning behind everything, every action, every word spoken and not, it still gave me the sadz for both Aaron and Zach. I love them both. A lot. And I need them connected, secure and content with swells of orchestral music, sunsets, and public handholding. They didn't quite get that in this
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Kaje Harper
Apr 13, 2015 Kaje Harper added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
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.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
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
Apr 01, 2013 ttg rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m, reviews
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 de
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Simsala
AARON!!!! *faints*
Edina Rose
3.5 stars

This 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 boo
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SueM
4.5 stars
Well, 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
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Amy Lane
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!)
Jerry
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 ...more
Gina
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
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Arthur
2.5 stars

The 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 o
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Jewel
3.5 Stars

Unexpected 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 trouble
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L-D
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 c
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DaisyGirl
3.5 Stars

I 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 lo
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Pamela Su
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 firs
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Cris
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
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Christy Loves 2 Read
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 stan ...more
Sandra
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 ...more
Madonna196
Apr 07, 2012 Madonna196 rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody
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, sim ...more
Teresa
I'm not always a fan of big age differences (though I give ones with long living species a little more leeway) and the initial emphasis on Zach's youngness bothered me. However, Zach more than proved himself capable of being with the Alpha and Aaron proved himself able to not take advantage.

I loved the action and the interaction with the other packs. I loved Aaron's vulnerability and strength as he navigated his way through being a new Alpha. I loved seeing more of Paul and Simon!

This has to be
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Simon
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 B
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Lily
3.75 stars. I cannot fault the very well developed and mostly action-driven story. My preference would have been for a bit more balance with regards to the rather marginalised romantic relationship. Perhaps things will change in the next instalments, but I can only offer an opinion based on what has been already laid out in the current book.
Valerie *MM Romance Junkie*
I really enjoyed this. Kaje's take on shifter culture is so unique compared to other books that I've read. I enjoyed watching Zach grow into a man. I also enjoyed Aaron's growth and strength as alpha. He was slowly building confidence in his ability to lead his pack.
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