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Stealing His Heart

(Connoll Pack #1)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Love sneaks in like a thief in the night.

Danny’s parents raised him to believe his wolf was a curse. He’s part of the wealthy and powerful Connoll Pack, but only nominally. He abandoned that world to volunteer with supernatural kids, and he isn’t looking for a mate….

Max is a shifter who is also a detective. He’s working a case that could make or break his career. Danny’s
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ebook, Dreamspun Beyond #36, 240 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
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4 Hearts!

A truly enjoyable paranormal romance that made me sigh in contentment.

Set in the same world as the Camp HOWL series, this starts off with Danny. As per the blurb, Danny’s purposely estranged from his uber rich parents who cannot accept his good natured heart, a heart that only wants to help supernatural foster children in need. He’s basically a lone wolf, going to pack functions and monthly moon runs out of necessity but never forming close relationships with others or finding a new pac
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Ami
3.5 stars

First thing first … why this series is named “Connoll Pack”, I don’t really understand. Since in my opinion, it has nothing to do very much with Connoll Pack, considering that Danny is probably part of the pack in “name” only, since his parents prefer to spend their time as human.

ANYWAAAY, after getting that out of the way *laugh* I thought this was pretty sweet. I LOVED Danny’s tenacity towards the kids that he helped through his foundation. I loved his passionate attempt to help thos
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Didi
3.5 Stars

Bru Baker follows up the success of “Camp H.O.W.L.” with a new series: “Connoll Pack” which set in the same universe as Camp H.O.W.L. “Stealing Heart” - the first entry to series - revolved around Max, a binturong shifter, and Danny, a were who lived almost solitary from his pack. A police detective and volunteer to supernatural kids respectively, they met over a burglary and got more tangled up when Danny caught up in the case Max was on.

I always enjoyed Baker’s writings and her chara
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RavenAngels
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3,5-Stars
Joyfully Jay
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars


Oh, how I love shifter/alpha/omega stories! They’re some of my very favorites, so when I read the blurb for Stealing His Heart, I eagerly snatched it up…especially when I saw it was about a detective. Yeah…I love detectives 🙂 I had high hopes for this story, but I found it to be just a bit off.

I liked Max and Danny. They were both good guys and they cared about their community. Danny came from a family who were more concerned about money and status than helping p
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Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s been years since I read a Bru Baker story and as soon as I read the blurb of her new release, I was intrigued. I loved Stealing His Heart from the beginning, I found it very well done, both the romance and the mystery. There were great characters, main and second ones, all of them well defined, I’m so ready to read more about some of them and being this novel the first installment in the Connoll Pack series, I know I will get more and I’m enthusiastic.

The story between Max and Danny was eas
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Sue
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th book in this series by Bru Baker, though it’s the first book that doesn’t take place at Camp H.O.W.L. itself. This is also the first book that mentions paranormal characters (they are referred to collectively as “Supernaturals”) other than Werewolves. The publisher’s website lists this book as being both Book 4 in the “Camp H.O.W.L” world and book one in the “Connoll Pack” series – so I suspect that Bru may be starting an offshoot series. At any rate, in this book we learn that t ...more
Cat
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Spiffy Start to a New Series
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this story. Set in Baker’s awesome Camp H.O.W.L. world, it is only nominally associated to that series, so it isn’t at all necessary to have read those books before reading this one.

A child of uber-rich parents who see the world in terms of how it can further advance them, Danny is the polar opposite: wanting to help those in need, he has dedicated himself to helping supernatural kids in need of foster care. Living in conditions n
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Natosha Wilson
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really good read. I was really surprised with the references to CAMP H.O.W.L. But with each of these series being closely tied together, it makes sense. Actually one of the main characters in this book once had to stay at the camp when he started shifting. Anyway, as far as this book goes, there is a bit of mystery to it. There is some family drama. There is mates and alphas and Alpha mates. There is also danger. So whatbwas not to love. Bru Baker did a great job on this book and I de ...more
Colin Hardy
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
As a spin-off from the Camp H.O.W.L books, this story has, as secondary characters, a number of individuals from that earlier series. Camp H.O.W.L is about werewolves, but in the last book in the series, it introduced another type of paranormal creature. This was out of keeping with that series but clearly sets the reader up for this new series. Sadly, there are no real differences in personality, so it is very easy to forget species differentiation and identification. Some quite uncommon animal ...more
Samsunthunderpaw
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I asked for an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.


I have read the entire Camp Howl series, and this extension series keeps the same tone I relished in that series. I enjoy reading about each of the characters, and their unique and not so unique ways to find love in relationships in both series. While this is a stand alone read, the other books in that series gives you a richer base and feel for the characters from the beginning.

This opens up with Danny, a wolf from the Connoll Pack,
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Kristin
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is set in the Camp H.O.W.L universe. You don’t need to have read that series to enjoy this book, but there are some references to Camp H.O.W.L that might provide some background information in Stealing His Heart.

Danny comes from a wealthy socialite family in New York and he’s bucking his father’s expectations of working in real estate to start a foundation for Shifter Kids in the foster care system. All but disinherited, he tries to have as little to do with his parents as possible. He’s a
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Tanja
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a highly entertaining book. It’s the first book of the Camp Howl spin-off series Connoll Pack and features Danny and Max. It is set in the world of shifters, werewolves, and other paranormal creatures, and once again Bru Baker gives it her own twist. She creates her unique version of the much-loved trope of bonded mates and family packs.
It’s a fairly fast-paced story, but it never felt rushed. It’s low on angst and sex, but full of fun and romantic moments. Danny and Max stole my heart
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Susana
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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Miriam
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Danny is a werewolf, but one that has been taught to deny that side of himself outside of the monthly pack run. Although Danny runs a foundation for supernatural foster children, helping them hide their nature from the human world while still giving them room to explore their other side. When his apartment is broken into he meets Max, a detective and shifter (not the same as a were). There are certainly some sparks that fly (and rather quickly) between these two, but they do try to take it slow ...more
Terri
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is the first in a spin-off from the fun Camp H.O.W.L. books. Those books focused on characters at a camp for teen werewolves to prepare for and safely get through their first shift. Here we meet more supernatural beings, or supes, as they are often referred to. Danny is a werewolf who works with supernatural youth who are in the foster care system. Danny was raised to depend more on his human than his wolf side. Max, a detective on the grand larceny squad, is a binturong shifter. The m ...more
JenCW
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters, paranormal
4 Stars!

While set in the same universe as the Camp H.O.W.L. series, you don't need to have read those books to start here.

Danny is a member of the powerful Connoll Pack, but he feels like an outsider. He's doing his best to break away from his parents, and help other paranormal kids through his foundation. When Danny's apartment gets robbed, he flags down Max, hoping that Max is there to investigate. Max isn't just a detective, he's also a shifter. His instincts make him want to protect Danny
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Karen
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cute shifter romance with a lot of humor and playful banter going around. It’s shifters, so there’s the whole mating thing, which is always fun, but it’s done surprisingly sweetly with a lot of emphasis on learning to know and trust each other, instead of just starting a relationship based on insta-lust and hoping for the best.

What’s a bit atypical in this story is that we get (some) werewolves who aren’t proud of their heritage, and actually look down on their animal half and try to s
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Zane Kage
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-5
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed the Camp H.O.W.L. series and was sad to see it end, so I was thrilled to learn of this spin-off and even more excited to receive an ARC for review. Not only is this a great lead-off to the new series, but this is my favorite Bru Baker book yet.

I love Max and Danny, love their story and the world-building, specifically the family construct. The family/shifter dynamic was wonderfully done, and I found myself loving the secondary characters as much as the MCs, no matter h
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meep
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bbj, arc
Stealing His Heart is the first book in the new Connell Pack series by Bru Baker.

Danny is a werewolf who was raised in a very rich yet emotionally distant family, believing that being a wolf was a curse. While close with his cousin Sloane, he pretty much keeps to himself. Danny has a foundation which helps supernatural children placed in foster care with humans to adapt and overcome their differences.

Max is a binturong (bearcat) shifter who was raised pretty much the opposite. He is super close
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Daniel (Danny) Cresswell, 32, is disowned by his family, who believe their wolf shifting abilities are a curse, when he decided to pursue a career in social services and creates his own foundation to help supernatural kids. After work one day he returns home to find he's been robbed.

Maximo (Max) Torres, 34, Filipino cop and binturong shifter is coming off shift when he's approached by a stranger whom mistakes him as the cop that was suppose to be sent out to take down his report about a home rob
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Kat E.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Max is a newly appointed alpha to his pack of shifters and is dealing with the adjustment and responsibilities of his new position that is overwhelming at times. To the human world he is an over achieving cop and to his pack he is already their respected leader. Danny is a were that was born with a silver spoon in his mouth but cannot ignore his real passion in life to help supernatural teens dealing with abandonment and numerous issues. His foundation he created to help these troubled kids is a ...more
Ayla
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Danny and Max were both strong characters in different aspects of their lives and I appreciated that in this story. A lot of the time, it is clear which character is the more submissive MC, especially in stories with fated mates but here we see each of their strengths and how they help each other.

The world that this book was set in was so interesting!! There was some good world building but I wanted more! It was so different than many of the shifters/supernatural books that I have read and ever
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Cathy Brockman
This is the first book in a spinoff of Camp H.O.W.L You do not have had to read that series to enjoy this. I am very happy to see this spin-off as the last book had hinted at one. I have been waiting and was not disappointed. I loved Danny, but how can you not love someone that gives up wealth to help kids dealing with difficulties. I also loved the supernatural aspect and not just weres.
I liked Max too. This is an Insta love, mate-bond type story but this is a Dreamspun Beyond book and it is s
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Tina
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stealing His Heart is the first book in the Connoll Pack by author Bru Baker. I liked this story a lot. It is fast-paced, action-packed, and enough heat to keep me turning the pages.
Danny, his parents raised him to believe his wolf was a curse. He is part of the wealthy and powerful Connoll pack. But only nominally. His parents would rather be rich humans than rich wolves. Danny is a good soul. He volunteers to help supernatural kids. And he really does not trust alphas at all.
Max is a shifter.
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Amy Dufera

I usually avoid reading about shifters, but something about Bru Baker's Stealing His Heart had me compelled. And I'm glad I took the chance.

Danny's a werewolf, away from his family, spending his life helping kids who are on their own. He meets Max because of a robbery. They're a couple who have no right being together. The conflict and animosity should keep them apart. But they're actually fantastic together.

The differences in the families is well explored, as Max's family is a hoot, while Danny
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Shar
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This latest installment of the Camp H.O.W.L./Connoll Pack series is a lot of fun, but also makes you think about issues of leadership, foster care and being yourself. How would supernatural beings fare in a foster care system of unknowing humans? Danny has dedicated his life and money to helping these children. Max is a shifter who is a police detective with a human partner. How does he solve a case with a supernatural cause without letting anyone know about the other world?

During the course of
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Kat
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for shifter stories, especially when they have different nationalities and uhm species. Daniel is a were who is not in touch with his wolf or pack and is kinda an emotional orphan. So meeting a big Filipino based pack is like a dream come true. Lol members of big families will get the funnies and fondly remember big cookouts and big family dynamics. Plus, I love that we get a bit of culture, too.

I also learned a whole new animal that took me off to Google and YouTube land for a bit.
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Kobie
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this book, but want to comment on narrative at15% on nonprofits, specifically, the idea that spending money on anything other than the kids is wrong. It's the virtue trap that Dan Pallotta talks about and I'd love to see people changing the way the think of charities. The idea is that the stronger your infrastructure, the more you can help the kids. Wouldn't it be nice if we spent money on attracting donors and that was still a good use of money?

ok, off my soap box. enjoyed this.
Tessypoo
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
For the first book in The Connell Pack series, it was a great fun read, it is in the same universe as the Camp H.O.W.L. books, but this book doesn't need to be read with the HOWL ones.

This book is Danny and Max's story, it tells the romance of how they meet, navigated their relationship along with family and work.

I really loved reading it and seeing a couple of characters from the Camp HOWL series in this one. I look forward to the next one in the series.

I received an arc for an honest review an
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Bru Baker writes sophisticated gay romantic fiction with strong characters, real-world problems, and plenty of humor.

Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now balances her time between writing and working at a Midwestern library in the reference department. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no de
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