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Unjustified Claims

(Hidden Wolves #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  499 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Brandt Davis loved being part of his Michigan werewolf pack, until they found his stash of gay porn. He escaped their anger, running in wolf-form into the wilderness, but he can’t live that way forever. And he can’t hide in fur like a coward when an injured man needs his help.

Ethan Sjulstad knows life is making him crazy when a solo hike into the Minnesota Boundary Waters
ebook, 398 pages
Published September 19th 2014 by MLR Press (first published September 1st 2014)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I'm a total Kaje Harper fan-girl (this book is my 10th full length from her!) for good reason- She never lets me down! I'm serious. I have yet to dip under 4 stars for any of her stories and they consistently make my favorites lists. This book is no exception.

"Unjustified Claims" was another wonderful story in the Hidden Wolves series. It features what Kaje does best: Slow-burn romance, scorching hot sex, and a thoughtful storyline. And this book had a delicious twist, with the MC, Brandt, being
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
3.5 Not My Thing Stars

Brandt Davis fled his pack after they found his stash of gay porn and discovered his cross-dressing fetish. In most of the packs there is zero tolerance for gay wolves but a gay wolf with a kink is close to unheard of. So he decides to abandon his pack and his home and live in the wild park in Minesota. That is where he meets Ethan, injured and doomed if Brandt decides not to help him.

Ethan Sjulstad has had a hard time most of his life after he came out as gay. When yet ano
4.5 stars

Brandt’s kink is pretty much at the bottom of things I like to read about, if it would even make the list at all. BUT I loved this book anyway the first time I read it and I loved it this second time—maybe just a tiny bit less, hence the 4.5 stars—because I loved both MCs, especially Brandt, and how perfect they are for each other. I also appreciated how the author took the time to give each MC a solid background and the time to develop their relationship gradually, setbacks and all. La
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hidden Wolves is one MM shifter series that I really love – although my loving Kaje Harper’s stories might also contribute to it. Unjustified Claims is the third book in this series, and for me, it’s another solid one.

Slightly different than the previous two books, this story takes place ‘outside’ the pack environment. Since Brandt is a runaway wolf – he left his Michigan pack immediately after they find his stash of gay porn and secret kink – and he is basically ‘stranded’ with Ethan, the h
Heather C
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oooh, a cross-dressing werewolf! I never saw THAT coming!! I loved Brandt and Ethan together…they were totally sexy!

Anyway, I really loved this book and it definitely might be one of my favorites in this series.

I also loved seeing all the other pack member and I’m happy to finally have “closure” with Zach and Aaron.

Looking forward to the next book because I NEED to know what happened after the big “coming out”!

4.5 Stars
4.5 Stars

Best one yet.

Ethan's nosiness meant some serious existential angst in regards to werewolves (no airy acceptance, no automatic submission) but I absolutely love how he (along with Paul & Megan) don't "roll over" for the Alpha - that as human partners they want to be included in pack decisions and important meetings.

And I'm very eager to see how the (view spoiler)
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I love the author and this series, this however was not a fav of mine. I wait for the next book in this series and i hope it gives me the smile the other books in this series did.

Melissa F.
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I flew through this book, as I do all Kaje Harper's work, because she's an amazing writer and I do quite enjoy her characters. There were a few things in this book that didn't work for me, but that seems to be an ongoing trend with this series. In this book, it was that I didn't connect as well as I wanted to with both of the main characters, and I also wasn't much of a fan of the very convenient deus ex machine (the author even called it that in her book) at the end. It felt cheap and contrived ...more
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
I'm really enjoying this series and the world and characters. Brandt and Ethan are both great characters - lots of depth and very likable. Brandt is such a unique shifter character and I really loved him. He's running from his pack and trying to avoid his past/thoughts/feelings when he stumbles across Ethan injured in the forest. He ends up saving him and then working with him to
get his business up and running. Ethan has his own issues to deal with including a town that seems to hate him and gu
Though a bit slow in spots, I really enjoyed Unjustified Claims. This novel features Brandt, a bisexual wolf who, after being caught with some gay porn and some pictures of himself wearing lingerie, ran away from his pack in Montana and Ethan, a gay human who is trying to revive the family hotel in a small bigoted town in Minnesota.

For about the first third of Unjustified Claims, I was practically yelling at Ethan and Brandt to just cut their losses and leave the backwater town that Ethan's mote
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
There were too many things I just didn't like about this story. (view spoiler) And this particular kink felt more like an unexplored plot bunny than an organic part of the story. I didn't even like Ethan.

I well and truly had to force myself to finish thi
Kendra T
I loved this next installment in the Hidden Wolves series. Kaje wrote a great, sexy story for Brandt and Ethan. I enjoyed watching Brandt figure out what is most important to him and fight against his pack bonds to get away from a situation that was about to become deadly. Seeing Simon, Paul, Aaron, and Zach was GREAT and I loved the interaction between them all. I was a bit annoyed at the lack of real consequence to Ethan's actions (view spoiler) and wish it was discussed ...more
Another fantastic book of my favorite werewolf series. In this one, we get to met Ethan, a human who is injured while hiking in the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota. He'd been hiking alone, trying to come to terms with his life after being targeted - again - by homophobic jerks in his hometown, who had damaged the motel/lodge he was trying to put back to rights.

Alone, and mostly likely going to die from his injuries, he is found by Brandt, a werewolf from Michigan, who ran away after his s
Lois - Who Reads
This series just keeps getting better and better. Brandt and Ethan are my new favorites in this series. Brandt is on the run from his pack and is living as his wolf to avoid thinking about his current situation when he comes across Ethan hurt in the forest. There is a slow burn to the relationship between these two and a large part of that is Brandt struggling with the secrets he is keeping from Ethan. This book is different than the others in that most of it takes place outside of the pack, alt ...more
I really really liked the MCs in this one. The story too of course :)
I connected with the geek in Ethan and I really liked how different Brandt's experience of being a wolf is from the rest of the wolves we got to know so far, he had a certain connection and a kind of peace with nature we haven't seen in the rest of them.
I also liked the new development! I'm especially curious how (view spoiler) since that part was kind of skipped with more fo
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My guilty secret......I like werewolf stories.
Another wonderful novel from Kaje Haper's Hidden Wolves series, with new protagonists; characters from the previous two novels making guest appearances. One of the main characters in this story identifies as Bi-sexual and has a kink. The kink I found somewhat odd, not my cup of tea and I can't say I know of any gay friends who would admit to this kink, perhaps it's more common for male bi-sexuals?
Can't fault the writing, can't fault the plot. Althoug
I love me a long story, and I totally love that this never felt long. I still wanted more! The main narrative of Brandt and Ethan is well supported by the sub-plot involving the politics of the packs.

Every detail is warranted and interesting. The initial rescue of Ethan is tense and absorbing, and the following build up of their relationship moves the story into romance and kink. So great.

I love the continuing twists of Aaron and Zack, and happy to see Simon and Paul so so happy.

More than happy
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Honestly – I’m so done with werewolves. Buuuuuut there are a few exceptions and this series is one of them. So I’ve throughoutly enjoyed the third book in the Hidden Wolves series. At first I had missed the pack because Ethan’s and Brandt’s story starts independently. But as always Kaje Harper’s writing skills just sucked me in and somewhere in the middle Aaron and his pack starts to appear, too. And yeah…I still love them ;)
So this book is a delightful experience, skillfully written as always.
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifter

Like all books by this author, this was a relatively well written book. Like most other books I've read by her, this one fail to win me over. Not because it's bad, but because something about it just rub me the wrong way. Brandt wasn't submissive enough for my liking. I meant, his nature was fairly submissive especially in the pack dynamic, thus I just wish more of it was translated in the bedroom

The plot for this books was quite slow for my liking, and can felt a little bit drag on at t
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was so into this story I did not take the time to highlight any passages. I just read. Brandt's kink was sexy as hell. Ethan acceptance and hot appreciation made for steamy scenes. The pack relations tense in a good way. Kaje Harper never disappoints. ...more
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can't say anything more than what Ami has said here.....other than, come on, #4 !! ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Note: This book was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review.

Brandt Davis barely escaped from his pack when his Alpha, his Uncle Charlie, finds out that he’s not only gay, but that he enjoys dressing in women’s lingerie. Barely escaping with his life, he moves in wolf form over two states until he finds himself in the north woods of Minnesota. As he’s trying to decide whether to join up with a pack of wild wolves that he’s been followin
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kaje is one of my favorite authors and she does not disappoint with this continuation of her series.

This is the only story I know of where werewolves are 'outed' to the general public. There are books where they are 'hidden; and no one knows about them as well as 'after' society has been introduced, but to me this is a first for when it actually happens. Truth be told, that portion of the story is not complete in this novel. It ends right at the very hour of the "coming out" and the epilogue is
I could've smacked myself when I realized I'd overlooked the release of 'Unjustified Claims', book three in Kaje Harper's series 'Hidden Wolves'. This is a big deal, people. This is one of my favorite shifter series, and I spaced. What was I thinking? Or, better yet, where in the hell was my mind? Please accept my apologies, Kaje. I'm late, but no less devoted to the series. *grins*

"Ethan was a master at ignoring facts, though. By now he had a PhD in reality-avoidance and wishful thinking, and s
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shifters, favourites
Re-read Jan 2016 for the "umpteenth" time - I needed a comfort read after the last book

4.5 stars rounded up
This is the third in the series, but like each of the others focuses on a new pairing. Brandt is the wolf and has run from his pack in Michigan after his alpha discovered gay cross dressing porn (including some photos of him dressed up) on the computer. He runs across Ethan, who has been involved in an accident when hiking alone in the national park in Northern Minnesota and sets out to hel
Duncan Husky
4.5 stars, rounded up to 5

The fact that it took me less than 24 hours to completely read this book says a lot - both the story and the characters grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Brandt and Ethan are a fascinating (and extremely hot!) couple - each one damaged in their own way with their own heavy baggage. Harper takes a good portion of the book to focus on their developing relationship before connecting previously-established characters and plot elements. This really helps Ethan and Brandt stand
Morgan  Skye
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series is just amazingly wonderful and it keeps getting better!

The books are longish, and I always want to savor them, so it’s taken me awhile to get through them. In this case we have another human/wolf pairing and that includes the same host of secrets and risks that we’ve seen with Paul and Simon.

However, the “gay” issues were only in Brandt’s original pack and ironically – he’s not gay, but bi – his issues is a bit more – unique than just his sexual orientation. (I think you can tell f
Beth doesn't write  enough reviews
This is another great story from Kaje Harper!

Brandt has been discovered by his pack as being an abomination. Gay and likes to dress in 'girly' clothes. After witnessing the death of another pack mate caught during the same security check he runs.

I will admit that I found the way Brandt sort of became part of Ethan's life at the motel a little implausible but Kaje made it work.

The growing relationship was done so well, no rushing, no insta-lust where they couldn't keep their hands off each othe
Liz (Bugetta)
Re-read 4/10/17: Just as good as I remembered!

Original Review: I just spent the last few days devouring the Hidden Wolves series and this was another great addition to the series. It was a little different than the others since a good half of the book was spent with the MCs who were not part of the Minneapolis pack, but I really liked Brandt and Ethan, so it was okay to be without the characters from the previous books and really focus on their relationship, because when they finally showed up
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
i enjoyed this book...Brandt and Ethan are really good together...I liked how characters from the other books showed up in this one...really excited to see how the author continues this series now that the wolf is out of the bag (so to speak) wondering how this will all pan out when the general public comes to realize that werewolves are real...i liked Brandt as a character...he didn't come off all macho and tough like Aaron...he was really a sweet guy...And I really enjoyed his lingerie fetish. ...more
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I get asked about my name a lot. It's not something exotic, though. “Kaje” is pronounced just like “cage” – it’s an old nickname, and my pronouns are she/her/hers.

I was born in Montreal but have lived for 30 years in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, where the mosquito is the state bird, and where winter can be breathtakingly beautiful. Minnesota’s a kind, quiet (i

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