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Desert Bound

(Cambio Springs #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,658 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Can you turn the clock back on your first love? Would you even want to try?

Alex McCann and Teodora "Ted" Vasquez left Cambio Springs together. Ted came back. Alex didn't.

Now, years later, the future alpha of the McCann wolves has returned with plans to bring new life to the dying desert community. Plans that could change everything for the isolated enclave of shapeshifters
Published October 14th 2014 by Elizabeth Hunter
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

When I got my first Kindle four(ish) years ago, a brave new world opened up for me. What had been a teeth gnashing lack of new Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance turned into countless new possibilities. I'd exhausted all of the big names in my preferred genres that I was remotely interested in, but I discovered new authors and series I'd never heard of from small and/or indie publishing houses . . . new authors and series as far as the eye could see . . .

A lot of them w
Like the previous one, this one also had a lot of potential!

There was some stuff that was pretty "meh", but all in all, a pretty good read. And the writing was a lot better than I expected, so that's a plus.

Worth trying out, especially if you like the friends-to-lovers thingie. I don't really like that plot (probably that's why I didn't give it more than 3.5 stars), but I have high hopes for the next one!
Elizabeth Hunter
So there's Alex.

Sexy businessman?



Smartass alpha wolf shifter?



And there's Ted.

Tough-as-nails doctor?



Temperamental cat shifter?


Check, check, and CHECK.

Of all the couples in Cambio Springs, there were no two people LESS suited for each other than the future alpha of the McCann wolves and the most ambitious daughter in the cat clan.

But hearts are unpredictable. So are mountain lions. Ted came back to Cambio Springs. Alex didn't.

And then he did.

The question is:

How do you go back?
4.5 stars - I really enjoyed this.

I was really happy to return to Cambio Springs, the desert town where many of the residents are some flavor of shape shifter. After reading the prequel short, Five Mornings, and getting a better feel for the history between estranged former lovers wolf-alpha-to-be Alex and mountain lion shifter Ted (Teodora), I was really looking forward to their second chance romance - actually it's Alex's third chance and it takes a lot for Ted to let him have that chance. The
4.25 stars

Desert Bound is the follow-up of Shifting Dreams, a paranormal romance set in the small town of Cambio Spring; a town that is full of shifters. This time, the highlight couple is Alex McCann, future Alpha of the werewolves clan and Teodora "Ted" Vasquez, a dominant mountain lion from the cats clan.

Well, I definitely loved this one ... even slightly more than the first book!! Alex and Ted had history between them; Alex broke Ted's heart and she didn't trust him now that Alex said he wou
The story of Alex and Ted (whose nickname I really don't like), who finally find their way back to each other after many years and a lot of obstacles.

The resort is being built but not without problems, as another murder happens that causes delays. Alex and Ted get involved in Caleb's investigation to find the killer and deal with their relationship problems at the same time.

I'm really enjoying the world of Cambio Springs and I find myself intrigued by the secondary characters who will hopefully
Douglas Meeks
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story, the love match for this story of Alex and Ted (it is her nickname) was not an easy one since they seemed to love to fight with each other.

There is a murder to be solved in the midst of all this and as usual it is a great "whodunnit".

This book is all about the characters in Cabio Springs and their interactions and it was great and the setup for the next book is equally enthralling and hope we don't have to wait too long for it.

Bottom Line: It was great, lots I can't say in
Not sure how far I was into this. It started off pretty strong. Ted (short for Theodora, if I remember right) and Alex were 2gethah-4evah years ago and Alex left. They briefly reunited several years later and Alex left again. So this isn't a second chance story, it's more like a third chance. I'm guessing some ground was covered in the previous book(s?) in this series because when the book opens, it's clear that Alex has been on the prowl (heh... oh, did I mention they're shifters, because that' ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really do love the town of Cambio Springs...
I really can't live all that far away from it either, maybe I need to take a road trip.... this book was about Alex and Ted, they grew up together, went off to college together, and then went their separate ways.... Ted came home and she is the town doctor... Alex is now back home, trying to win her back, while she is busy trying to protect her heart.... I really enjoy all these characters, I love all the different types of shifters, and the politics
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Joint review with Victoria


Small town romance, passionate couple who can’t help but argue every step of the way, and a murder mystery that once again has shaken up the small, quirky town of Cambio Springs. Elizabeth Hunter does not disappoint, which I should know by now; and this small town with its inhabitants is full of character, charm, and of course a bit of mystery.

I’ve only recently read Shifting Dreams and fell in love with its characters, so having had a chance to read an early copy
Apr 30, 2017 added it
Shelves: pnr
This is the second book in the PNR series. I read this with the short story that proceeded it so I am combining both for my review since it is hard to remember what pieces I got of the story from which book. It's a second chance PNR combined with a little mystery, though the mysteries in this series aren't really so mysterious as adding just a little drama to the plot.

I didn't like this one as well as the first though it wasn't a bad book. That's mostly due to the hero Alex. He's just not the ki
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Can two strong-willed shifters re-kindle their love or will their tempers turn those old feelings into the charred remains of a once raging inferno? This is a time when all shifters must stand together, murder is in their midst, again and the killer is still on the loose.
Alex is an alpha wolf, Theodora is an alpha mountain lion, and like a dog and cat, their love is as hot and steamy as their arguments. Two strong individuals, one love that seems doomed as their families are as opposed to it as
Angela Tiu
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is absolutely nothing that i do not like about this book. Nothing!

Seriously, Elizabeth Hunter needs to write more books. She is amazing. This book was amazing. The whole old flames reuniting thing can get really old unless its done well. This was done well. I love how there was just enough drama for us to see the thought process behind getting back together because in reality, that's how it would be. But there was no unnecessary angst and holding back how they really feel out of spite, and
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, 2016, rw, pnr, shifters
I feel like I need to preface this review by stating that I like Alex and Ted together, but their constant bickering drove me nuts. Yes they had issues, big ones (family and communicating), but did they need to fight over every little thing! It got to the point were I didn't want to read about them as a couple any more.

What did keep my interest was Marcus and his family, the changes in their lives, how a Quinn found his way home and how a Smith left, then there are the changes in the wolf pack s
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Omg. this book.
This was me when I found out I was getting an ARC.

I could not contain my spiny excitedness.

I read the first installment of the Shifting Dreams Cambio Springs Series, when it was first released in March of 2013. I remember being as immediately enraptured by the tale of a small town full of shapeshifters as I was of Elizabeth Hunter's world of vampires (A Hidden Fire) Elemental Mysteries series. In these past months, I have come to realize an ineluctable truth: I will read whatever
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Desert Bound by Elizabeth Hunter is a 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book in the Cambio Springs series, but can be read as a stand alone.

I have not read an Urban Fantasy novel like this one in a good long while. I found myself absorbed in the story right way. Alex and Ted (Teadora) are not your traditional gooey, sentimental type couple and run hot/cold all the way from start to finish and by all accounts will continue to
Kate's Corner
We are back in Cambio Springs peeps and this book is just as good as the first one. 4 desert bound stars. You might want to pick up Five Mornings to get a better feel for the two main characters and what they have to deal with in this book.
Cambio Springs is dying or was until Alex McCann came up with the idea for a Resort Spa and Fitness. Alex and Ted left the Springs to help with the future of the town. Ted became a doctor and Alex went into real estate development. They hurt each other and the
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Ted has restarted her life back home in Cambio Springs as the town doctor. She has learned to move on the best she can since her and Alex went their separate ways. Only now he is back. And he says for good. But Ted doesn't believe him. She knows from experience he never sticks around. Only time will tell if he truly means it.

This series is one of my all-time favorites. Of course all of Hunter's books are some of my all-time favorites. But this one is all about the shifters. And I must say...Hunt
Kim Howard
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoy Elizabeth Hunter's writing. Her world building is entertaining and interesting. In Desert Bound she resumes the story where it left off in Shifting Dreams. The story is engaging and filled with mystery and romance.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I pick up an Elizabeth Hunter book I know I'm in for a treat. This one was no exception. I loved the story of Teodora (DON'T call her that!) and Alex. Having read the short story about them, I knew their back story and was rooting for them so much. I was so glad that Ted made it difficult for Alex, but didn't take too long to give in to him. He needed to make amends, but they've already spent too much time apart.

The mystery was a bit obvious. But it wasn't really the whole point of th
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved Ted and Alex!!! Loved the action packed storyline and how everyone respected Alex! Enjoyed the Quinn side of the family, they don't play! Can't wait to read the next book and see what happens for Ollie! He may be tough but wonder if he has a softer side of him.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Anne - Books of My Heart
My review at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks:

I knew I would love Desert Bound by Elizabeth Hunter before I started reading it. First, it’s by Elizabeth Hunter and she writes amazing characters that demand feelings, all kinds of feelings. I knew these two characters Alex and Ted, because their story started in the previous book. The Cambio Springs series is paranormal romance with each book featuring the romance of a new couple. This is the second book
The BookChick
Elizabeth Hunter has an amazing gift to weave an interesting story that is intricate and highly multifaceted. For me, Desert Bound was no different in that regard. Desert Bound focuses centrally on Alex McCann and Teodora ‘Ted’ Vasquez (who you can find out more about in their introduction in Five Mornings.)

Alex and Ted had more than a contentious relationship. They went from a young love that grew to much more to near enemies after Ted feels betrayed and abandoned by Alex for pursuing his caree
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Geez, two of my favorite things wrapped up in one book: second chance story and Elizabeth Hunter's writing.

Admittedly, I thought the first book was nice, but didn't love it. This one I liked...a lot. This a second book I've read in a week that takes place in the Southwest desert and I love the setting. One of the highlights for me is that this book is centered around shifters: shifter politics, multiple types of shifters and a shifter mystery all within the context of a second chance love story
Johanna Sawyer
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book Information

Book: Desert Bound
Author: Elizabeth Hunter
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
I received a free copy of this book to review and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not going to rehash the synopsis but this book did several things for me.
1. The book was well written, great storyline/world building, and the characters had great chemistry. Ghastly names though. Ted for a girl? Or Tea when Alex felt romantic. Her name was Teodora.... So book 2 made me want to go back an
Diane ~Firefly~
I'm really loving this series and small town full of shifters. The character are great as is the setting. I love learning more about the town and the different shifter clans. The romance was also great. I loved Ted - she's a great doctor and has to forgive Alex now that he is back in town. Alex is trying his best to make sure the small town survives by building a luxury resort and trying to win back Ted. Then there is a murder at the construction site and the whole town becomes involved.
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love 2nd chances, I love strong characters, I love the one that got away. And this wonderful book has it ALL. I love this book and I can't seem to get my thoughts together enough to express them. B/C if I do I will do spoiler and I don't do those. ALL I have to say is get this book , get to a quite place and fall in love with this book, story and characters ! I can't wait to read anything and everything that comes from Ms. Hunter!!!
Reviewed by Confessions of a Booklovinjunkie , ARC provided fo
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Love this series! It's unique even for a unique genre - PNR. I love the strong romance & added mystery element of these books and really enjoyed Ted & Alex's story in Desert Bound. The way Hunter utilizes the shifting abilities of these characters is vital to these stories and yet it's so smooth, seamless . . . almost feels "real". I'm looking forward to Ollie & Allie's story in Waking Hearts. All of these books are Must Reads!
So I enjoyed this. I liked that the relationship didn't have DRAMA. And I still like the cast of characters. But I feel like there's something not quite THERE for me? I'm not connecting entirely to this series. And with this book in particular I thought it left things a little resolved. (view spoiler)

The author has some other series I want to try, though. Looks like some with one couple per series, which often works better for
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ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today and international bestselling author of romance, contemporary fantasy, and paranormal mystery. Based in Central California, she travels extensively to write fantasy fiction exploring world mythologies, history, and the universal bonds of love, friendship, and family.

She has published over thirty works of fiction and sold over a million books world-wide. She is the

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“You're the most beautiful woman I've ever known in my life."
She took a step back, surprised. "Alex—"
"And the hardest.”
“We can't go back. I'm not who I was then. You're not who you were. We've grown up. Hopefully. But... You know there's still something there. Something good between us, along with the bad. Something that could be great."
Could it?
It could.
"It's complicated, Alex."
"The good stuff always is." He squeezed her hand. "I'm willing if you are, Téa.”
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