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Heart of a Dire Wolf

(Ice Age Shifters #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  25 reviews
To stay together, two shifters must escape prison, outsmart wizards, and solve the mystery of a magical sanctuary town.

Skyla Chekal is in trouble. She’s a prisoner in an illegal underground auction house that sells magical creatures. If they learn she's a dire wolf with free magic, they'll hold a special high-roller sale just for her. She needs to keep her head down
Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published August 9th 2018 by Chavanch Press
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E.G. Manetti
This series has picked up momentum with each book, hitting a solid 5-stars with volume 3. In a lovely twist on the paranormal fated mates, the Siberian Tiger hero is not the baddest beast in the couple, it's the dire wolf heroine. A prison break from evil wizard paranormal traffickers and the rescue of lost town make for a fast paced, exciting read. A cameo from the pre-historic lion couple from book 2 adds an extra bit of fun for readers of the series.

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Eva Millien
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The third book in the “Ice Age Shifters” continues the thrilling and adventurous stories of the first two. “In Heart of a Dire Wolf” we meet Skyla and Nic who are very strong and captivating characters who are both being held captive in an illegal auction house and readers can’t help but get caught up in their daring escape electrical attraction. This fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps the excitement flowing throughout the story as the couple use some unique and fascinating avenues in orde ...more
Deborah Bailey
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book starts out by dropping you in the middle of the action inside of a prison where shifters are being trafficked and sold. We're introduced to Skyla and Nic - who, as it turns out, are mates who have happened to meet under the worst circumstances. There's a lot of action and terrific worldbuilding throughout. And Skyla and Nic are a very sexy couple, as well. ...more
I received a free copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.

I am having so much fun with this series filled with ice age shifters and other paranormal creatures. I happily started reading Heart of the Dire Wolf and it was another great read in this series. Heart of a Dire Wolf follows dire wolf shifter Skyla and tiger shifter Nic. The two met while they're being held captive at an auction house for shifters. Their first priority is escape, but once they're free of the auction
This book was thrilling, emotional and full of romance with a nice little mystery. I really enjoyed Skyla’s and Nic’s story. I just love the community and various minor characters that come to help these two as they flee from an auction house to safety. However, that illusion of safety soon turns into a mystery of a long lost and abandon sanctuary. These two have a lot of saving to do before they get a happily ever after. I just loved the teaser of a new book at the end! I can’t wait to see what ...more
Mary Ellen
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shifters Skyla & Nic first encounter each other after they’ve been taken captive and are being held for auction by a group of wizards. They escape, but their captors are hot on their heels. They are trying to reach a sanctuary town with the help of a Fae, Tinsel. (Who is a hoot, by the way!) At that point, all manner of inexplicable things happen.

The world-building is intriguing, and we encounter numerous types of supernaturals. Some of your questions will be answered, but others are left for se
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heart of a Dire Wolf is the third book in the Ice Age Shifters series, and it was just as exciting and filled with action as the first two. There are two shifters this time, with Skyla Chekal the wolf shifter, trying to hide who she really is as she seeks to escape the illegal underground auction house that captured her. Siberian tiger shifter Nic Paletin has been captured as well, and is playing dumb to give himself time to escape. He’s not leaving without the woman he’s sure is his mate, and s ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

When a series starts out as well written as this one there is always the chance that the next books will fail to live up to expectations and will disappoint but with this series I can honestly say it gets better and better. This one is not all sunshine and roses but it really is fun fun fun ( and I want a magical car or sleigh please ) With very strong characters throughout the book there are lots of surprises plenty of action ( eventually even some in the bedroom ) and no boring bits at all. If
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story starts out with the main characters Luc and Skyla in captivity and action abounds as they run for their lives after they escape. Of course their running made me laugh out loud quite a few times as things do not exactly go as planned. And they end up interacting with people from Kotoyeesinay, which is always entertaining. A bit more magic was involved and watching Luc and Skyla get together as a couple was fun too. The story was more light hearted and entertaining then nasty fight scene ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this as an arc and found it incredibly enthralling! Action, adventure, and a blossoming mate bond, ooh, what more could you ask for. At first their conditions are terrible, kidnapped? Sold? No one wants that, so with getting free and with their mate is hard. Too hard? Bring in the will of the mother moon goddess and miracles happen. They might look like a couple of wild people but underneath are hearts of gold and great people looking for a forever home that’s safe and sound. No more flee ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book wound up being a "just one more chapter!" until 4 am rolled around! It completely sucked me in and would not let me go. I loved the characters, loved the action, loved the lovin', and just didn't want it to end. You get to meet new characters, see a few old friends, and it gives you some that you really hope come back in future stories. It gives you your needed ending, but easily sets it up for the next book of the series. While it is the third in the series, it reads just fine on its ...more
Annette Drewett
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome shifter tale, a great addition to this series. Fated mates, Skylar and Nic, escape from a shifter prison where many are being auctioned off for their magic. Looking for a sanctuary, they are separated going through a portal. Danger follows them as they try to find each other and avoid being re-captured by the wizards. When help comes from unexpected sources, they must all work together. Lots of action in this story, with strong main and secondary characters. It kept my interest from star ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Things were a bit crazy at first in this one, with everyone captured and not really sure what was going on. Once they were able to break out things started to pick up for me. I liked that Nic and Skyla decided to stick together and how they found their way (sort of) to Kotoyeesinay. From there things got a bit weird with another sanctuary town that had been missing for over 85 years. I liked how this town was brought back to life and the role that Skyla and Nic played and how they will help the ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This time the Ice Age Shifter is the female and she is a very large Dire Wolf. What starts out as a simple rescue (if getting away from a group that want to sell you to the highest bidder counts as simple) and becomes much more as our two main characters (Skyla and Nic) try to find a safe place. Just as all seems well an old spell sends Skyla into more danger. I liked how Carol made this plot arc different from previous stories in this series. It kept my attention while adding to the world build ...more
Amy Shannon
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite in the series so far

Van Natta pens a magnificent story with Heart of a Dire Wolf as book 3 in the Ice Age Shifters series. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but something about this one, made this my favorite of the series (so far). It's mysterious and magical, and brings the characters (and the reader) on an adventure. Skyla is an unforgettable character, and the survival instinct is definitely clear. Somethings can be stand out and be unwritten, and this story bri
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent storytelling

The Ice Age Shifters world contains an eclectic mix of supernatural beings, all living beneath the radar in the modern world. Sadly, supernatural beings can be just as cruel and greedy as humans and Nic and Skyla find themselves held captive in an illegal auction house. Escaping lands of of the frying pan and into the fire as they find themselves fighting to save an apparently abandoned sanctuary town.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The best yet

This series is an easy to read set of stories. The first two were fairly simple, but the complexity of the storyline increased in this book making it even more enjoyable.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Skyla Chekal and her sister, Rayne are prisoner is Wizard run auction house. Nic Paletin is a siberian tiger also trapped in the prison. Escape is the only thing on their minds. Absolutely loved this one.
Lots of action and sadness over the treatment of some of the prisoners.
William Howe
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it

And anticlimactic. The battle happened off-screen. Everything was wrapped up too quickly.

There were a few moments when a POV character had information that it wasn’t clear they should have had at that point.

This was a bit meh.
Janet Swiftbird
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lost and found

Wow, I can't get enough of this series.
Each book has an intriguing story with strong characters and smexappeal HEA.
Rene Grant
Loved this series. I completed the full series in a day. I would definitely reccomend this series.
Great characters, great stories
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-list
These two, Skyla and Nic are two dorks on a life altering escape adventure and I was so there for all the feels of their story.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loving this series. I can't wait for for the next installment, which I believe will be October 18th. I wonder who will be next. ...more
Juanita E. Arp
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book 📚, it has a great storyline. I can't wait for more from this author. I received this book as a FREE ARC copy to read and I voluntarily leave this review. ...more
Once again, I liked both protagonists, was intrigued by several secondary elements/characters (such as the magically-enhanced AI), and found the plot entertaining, but I considered it a bit less deep than it should have been. Even Skyla's grief and anger (view spoiler) was buried under sexual attraction to her fated mate, action as they fled and later as they defended a sanctuary, and light-hearted moments of humor.

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Carol Van Natta writes science fiction and fantasy, including Overload Flux, Minder Rising, Zero Flux, Pico's Crush, and Jumper's Hope, the first five books in a space opera series; In Graves Below (Magic, NM) , a paranormal romance; and Hooray for Holopticon , a retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Any vio ...more

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