Monday, 14 October 2013

Across the Line (Wolf Within Series) by Amy Lee Burgess

 The Wolf Within Series Tour by Amy Lee Burgess
Published by: Lyrica Press
Genre: Paranormal Mystery/Romance

Across the Line – Book #6
Publication Date: August 26, 2013

Across The Line

When Councilor Allerton sends Stanzie to investigate a territory dispute between tiny pack Stony Fell and the British branch of much larger Mac Tire, it seems routine until someone sets a bear trap. A young Stony Fell man pays with the loss of his leg and now it’s up to Stanzie and Murphy to figure out who set the trap–and why–before more members of the packs are maimed.

Add a pair of star-crossed lovers, one love triangle, a grief-stricken bond mate with jealousy issues, and bad blood all around and the resultant twisted hell brew reveals the darker side of inter-pack politics that could prove too difficult–and dangerous–for even Stanzie to untangle.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations

My Review

Across the Line by Amy Lee Burgess
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was given a copy of this book for a honest review, thank you Amy.

Across the Line is book 6 in the series Wolf Within by Amy Lee Burgess, I came across this series by accident a while back and fell in love with it. To me when Amy releases a new book I get quite excited it’s like I get to catch up with some old friends. I absolutely love Amy’s writing. All the books in this series are written beautifully, the plots are exciting, and I love all the character she introduces us to. And of course because I am a big romance junkie I love the romance between the two main characters.

But don’t jump to any conclusion this series is not all about romance, there is suspense, adventure, mystery, humour and much more to this series. Oh did I mention my second favorite kind of book is about wolfs. (I want to be one)!

Across the Line is a fantastic read, the plot and character description are written perfectly, this is a book I never once stopped reading except to fill my coffee cup and do a few other things.

We meet up with Stanzie who is watching her mate and his sister struggle with the death of their best friend and mate. Stanzie is strong and is doing everything she can to help them both get through these dark days. Besides this going on Stanzie has some of her own internal struggles and doesn’t have anyone right now to confide in.

Murphy, Stanzie mate is grieving right now for the loss of his best friend, he has his own past and history that makes him appear quiet and dark at times, but you love him as you get to know him. Murphy loves Stanzie very much but he doesn’t realize that she is not quite sure of his love for her. This relationship is hard at times for both of them the insecurities show but it makes it all that much better when they finally talk.

Then to make matters worse Councillor Allerton calls her to work, Stanzie has to leave to investigate a dispute between two other packs.

As Stanzie and her new work partner begin to investigate the dispute things go astray as usually, Stanzie knows something is going on and needs to figure it out soon. Stanzie always seems to end up either in situations where she could be harmed or gets herself in some kind of trouble, but you are there eyes glued to the pages to see what she is going to do.

Across the Line is once again one of my favorite books this year, I have rated this a 5 star rating and would highly recommend anyone who loves a fantastic, interesting books to go purchase a copy of this book. And if you haven’t read this series I would highly recommend you go purchase the first 5 books in this series.

Amy Lee Burgess once again has written a best seller in my books and I cannot wait to read more from Stanzie and Murphy.

Guest Post -  Shopping With Stanzie -

Today we’re going to have some fun with Stanzie.  We’re sending her on a shopping spree.  So, yes, there will be shoes.  But we’re going to send her into some other stores too and see what she comes out with.

Hi, Stanzie. We’re standing outside a grocery store and we’re going to send you in to buy something Here’s five dollars.

Stanzie: What the heck can I buy with that? A pack of gum? I don’t like gum.

Just try your best.  Ready, set, go.

Stanzie: At least you’ve got the racing part right. I hate grocery shopping. Murphy usually does the shopping. (Disappears inside. Muttering.)

(Ten minutes later…)

She’s got one item in her hand. A giant bag of candy corn.

Stanzie: We can share this on the way to the shoe store. There’s going to be a shoe store, right? Because I only agreed to shop if I got shoes.

Well, the candy corn gives me a great idea. Look, here’s a Halloween themed store. I’m giving you ten dollars this time. What will you buy?

Stanzie: We’re going up by increments of five dollars every store? Jeez. You do know shoes cost more than twenty bucks, right? I mean, how many damn stores have I got to go into before I work up into a price range I can live with for shoes?  (Disappears inside. Muttering.)

(Fifteen minutes later…)

She’s got one item. A glow in the dark skeleton with moveable arms and legs.

Stanzie: Heh. I’m going to stick this above the door in the bathroom. Scare the hell out of Murphy when he gets up in the middle of the night tonight to pee.  It’ll fall right on his head. He never bothers with lights, but I’ll make sure to leave the light on until I go to bed to charge it up. His sister Fee is coming over tonight for dinner. I can blame this all on her. Fireworks tomorrow morning. I can’t wait. (Gales of sinister laughter.)

Bookstore is next. 

Stanzie: Wow. Twenty bucks this time?  Normally I read off my Kindle, but okay, we’ll try this. (Disappears inside. Talking to herself.)

(Thirty minutes later)

Two books a bookmark with a wolf in the snow on it.  Not bad.  The books are Bitten by Kelley Armstrong – I’m sensing a theme here and Moon Called by Patricia Briggs.  Definitely there’s a wolf theme there.
Stanzie: Duh. Shoes now? Please?

Okay. Fine.  Here’s forty dollars.

Stanzie: Forty?  (Huge sigh.)  I’ll see what I can do. Does this have to be tax included?

Forty dollars max. No fair using the change from other purchases. In fact, give it all back to me.
Stanzie: Me and my big mouth. Not that three dollars and sixty seven cents would have made a hell of a difference I suppose. (Hands over the change. Disappears into the store. Grinning.)

(Three hours and twelve minutes later….)

I saw you trying on shoes way out of the price range.

Stanzie: You said buy a pair for forty dollars, you never said I wasn’t allowed to try on shoes that cost more than that.  I was just browsing. 

Show me the shoes.


Stanzie: Can I shop or can I shop?  I still have twenty nine cents left!  Now I want to put on these boots, go home and curl up with a book and some candy corn. And stick that skeleton under the light to charge up. This was fun, but I’m outta here.

 About Face – Book #5
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Being herself is more dangerous than ever.

Stanzie’s job as Advisor to the Great Council is discovering other people’s secrets. When those secrets are being kept by the ones she loves most, can she find the courage to expose them?

Under orders from a Councilor, Stanzie journeys to Dublin and the MacTire pack. Her mission: warn her estranged bond mate, Liam Murphy, to abandon his overzealous search for the man responsible for the death of his first bond mate. Not only is he endangering himself, but also disrupting the delicate balance between opposing factions in the conspiracy threatening to tear the Great Pack apart.

Liam needs Stanzie’s help to protect their Alpha, who has entangled himself in the conspiracy’s deadly web. But he also desperately needs her back. In a race against time, Stanzie and Liam discover enemies often wear the faces of friends.

 Inside Out – Book #4
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For Stanzie, being herself is more dangerous than ever.

There’s no place like home…or is there? When Stanzie is asked to investigate her birth pack- Mayflower–she isn’t prepared for what she finds. No one respects the Alphas and the newest adult member of the pack is being encouraged to leave. Why?

To make matters worse, the men are dangerously intent on mating and shifting with her. How far will the pack she thought she knew go to get what they want? Without her bond-mate, Liam, Stanzie must face this alone and, barely ahead of threat of violence, must solve the mysteries, and fast.

Hidden in Plain Sight – Book #3
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As Stanzie discovers her wolf, she learns being herself is more dangerous than ever.

Where is Bethany Dillon? The seventeen-year-old girl is missing from the Maplefair pack and Constance Newcastle–Stanzie–and Liam Murphy must find her. Fast. A serial killer still has not been caught. Bethany could have run away, or killed herself. But no one in her pack seems to know the truth. Or, they’re just not telling.

Constance’s knack for uncovering secrets leads her into peril, and to save Bethany, she must break every rule. She risks losing everything, including Liam…and her life.

Scratch the Surface – Book #2
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Something’s rotten in the Riverglow pack.

Still learning more about each other as bond mates and adjusting to their new roles as Advisors to a Councilor, Constance Newcastle and Liam Murphy must deal with the ghosts of their past.

A quiet weekend in Boston is anything but that, when Constance comes face to face with the betrayal of those she considered the closest to her. Everyone has secrets, and wherever Constance goes, she has a knack for uncovering them. The only problem is that some secrets are deadly.

 Beneath the Skin – Book #1
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 If you could shift into a wolf, what would you discover about yourself?

Two years after the deaths of her bond mates, Constance Newcastle is ready to start over. The problem? The rest of the Great Pack, gathered in Paris to shift into wolves together, is not so sure she deserves the chance. Although the Great Council ruled the car crash an accident, even Constance blames herself. She was driving, after all.

Treated like a pariah by those she longs to rejoin, Constance reunites with an old lover. Everything looks promising until he mysteriously dies. Accused of his murder and desperate to clear her name, Constance joins forces with handsome, confident Liam Murphy, a former Alpha pack leader with a past as tragic and troubled as her own. Guided by the mysterious Councilor Jason Allerton, Constance and Liam discover they are not alone– throughout the Great Pack, people are dying. Can all the deaths be accidents, or is something more sinister going on?

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations

About the Author

Amy Lee Burgess is a transplanted New Englander living in Houston, Texas with two dogs and lots of DVDs. In an attempt to bond with the city after being forced out of New Orleans post-Katrina, she turned to her writing. Determined to finally finish that novel she’d been hacking away at since high school, Amy managed to come up with a wolf shifter character named Stanzie Newcastle. She and Stanzie have been BFFs ever since.

In addition to Stanzie, Amy has also forged a relationship with several vampires, a witch or two, and other assorted supernatural creatures she hopes will entertain her readers. But she will always have room for coffee and butterscotch squares with Stanzie.

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