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Peek Inside Past My Defenses

Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only threat she can’t outrun is her allergies. After a feline dander-bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked and in a cage, staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he’d trapped

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Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only threat she can’t outrun is her allergies. After a feline dander-bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he’d trapped. But ooooh, he smells so good. Mine.

Dane hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. Her temper makes his pulse race, and he can’t escape the feeling they belong together.

They’re hot as a forest fire even before they scent-match, but Glacier Peak’s Alpha considers Dane a danger to the pack. Meanwhile, Lycans are being poached, and Vanessa has been targeted. Dane will have to keep her close to protect her, but with Vanessa in heat and mad to mate, who will protect him?


"Wendy does a great job pulling you into the story. Her writing style is fun, and I love all the humor she mixes into the story. " --Cassandra, Goodreads

"Well, Ms. Sparrow blew me away with this book. There is something truly charming, witty and knee slapping hilarious when a shifter is allergic to EVERYTHING!" --Shirene, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622667376
Series: Taming the Pack, Book 1
Release Date: Jun 23, 2014
Page Count: 332
Imprint: amara next
Genre: paranormal, werewolves
Tropes: forced proximity

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By Shirene June 25, 2014

New authors are given two things simultaneously when I read their work. Firstly the opportunity to stumble or lose track of a world. And more often than not this pass is readily applied to a first book. The second and harder to achieve is the chance to just blow me away. Well, Ms. Sparrow blew me aw ...more

By Britt June 24, 2014

The author is a friend, so I admit I'm biased, but seriously. A Lycan with severe allergies, including pollen. Cats. Marshmallows. And a lot more. Brilliant idea and written well!

So cute and funny! Can't wait for more in this series. :)


By Miriam June 25, 2014

A Lycan ends up mated with a human. While this kind of tale has been told and retold, Ms. Sparrow puts a spin on it that makes it her own. And I have to say, it’s super refreshing to read a story where the shifter isn’t impervious to human afflictions.

Vanessa’s everything a Lycan should be–strong, f ...more

By Samaris June 23, 2014

Vanessa has got to be the funniest Lycan I have ever read about. She is snarky, passionate and a hot mess. Vanessa is allergic to pretty much everything which makes it hard on her to track and do basic things in either form. She is sent out by her Alpha Jordan to track a member of the pack who has d ...more

By Cassandra July 15, 2014

My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!
***Received ebook from Entangled Publishing for an honest review

The cover doesn’t do much for me, but the moon is cool. The guy on the cover screams serial killer, and I think he is supposed to be Dane but maybe that is sexy to someone else, fo ...more

By Amalia July 14, 2014

I don't know who I like more, Dane or Jordan, but I definitely DEFINITELY hope there is a book two with a focus on Jordan's HEA, after the events of this book!

Basically the entire premise of this book is fantastic. A werewolf with severe allergies! Food and environmental! It's like the dog el husban ...more

By Amy June 15, 2014

I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

I’d like to start off by saying I wish this book had a different cover. There is something about the cover that didn’t click for me. I can’t put my finger on it, but I almost didn’t request it over at Net Galley. Then on ...more

By DelAnne June 25, 2014

Title: Past My Defenses
Author: Wendy Sparrow
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC
Published: 6-23-2014
ISBN: 13-978-1-62266-737-6
Pages: 271
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Tags: Suspense, Contemporary Romance, Shifters, Werewolves
Sensual Rating: Sizzling
Overall Rating: Great
Review ...more

By Becky July 26, 2016

Wow, I loved this story. My family didn't so much love me reading it in the car today (not while I was doing the driving, obviously. But I wanted to be reading it then, believe me) because I kept giggling like a fool, but whatever...

Wendy Sparrow has definitely written a werewolf (they go by lycan i ...more

By Melody June 26, 2014

Posted on What I'm Reading

Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expected in Past My Defenses. I have read other Wendy Sparrow books and they tend to have quirky characters, and I wonder how she was going to do this. When I think of the Entangled's Ignite line I think more suspense and danger. There is som ...more

By Margaret September 08, 2016

“It’s not that long of a list.” Well, it was, but it could be longer…in theory.
He laughed in response. “I don’t even know what a couple of those things are.”
“Like what?”
“Annato seeds. And I don’t know anyone else who’s allergic to marshmallows.”

It’s one thing to have a long list of allergies, but it ...more

By Jen July 25, 2015

Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

This book was such an amazingly awesome surprise of a read. I think this was the first paranormal romance that had my doing a bit of research to find out the difference between lycans and werewolves and the first that I can remember involving such ...more

By Pam July 25, 2014

Vanessa may be a Lycan and the fastest one but she has issues with her allergies. They bring her down quickly. She even has allergies in her Lycan form. When a cat make her flare up her allergies extremely bad she awakes to find herself locked in a kennel. Dane is surprised when the wolf he has in a ...more

By Farrah June 15, 2014

My Rating: 3.5/5

An overall enjoyable read, Past My Defenses was a good paranormal romance. It had its issues, but, with the sweet romance and some unexpected surprises, I still ended up liking it.

Vanessa was an okay heroine. I liked that she was so loyal to the people she cared about, very determine ...more

By Petula February 18, 2017

Forest ranger Dane Hansen is surprised that when he finds an abandoned car by the road, the sheriff will not let him stay and help find the driver.
When he gets home and the cat with the very fitting name escapes into the forest. His hunt for the cat brings a whole new world of discovery.
Lycan Vane ...more

By Cassandra June 13, 2014

ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think what sold me on this story was the ridiculous (not in the bad way) main character. Vanessa is a werewolf that's allergic to a crapload of things, including some other animals. It almost feels as if she should ...more

By Denise June 22, 2014

Since anyone who follows my reviews knows I love a good paranormal with also finding a author I have not read before. This is one such author with a catchy title that was the first thing I noticed then the little ditty on what it was about. Usually you find the guy is the lycan and the woman is the ...more

By Eva June 23, 2014

The first in a new werewolf romance, this book is a riveting read that keeps readers shivering in suspense. When Vanessa wakes up naked in a cage and staring at a hot park ranger she has cause to worry, not only has Vanessa been targeted by poachers, but now she’s scent-matched to a human.

This fast ...more

By Gigi June 23, 2014

Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only threat she can’t outrun is her allergies. After a feline dander-bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he’d trapped. But ooooh, he smells so good. Mine.

Dane hoped to tame the silv ...more

By Lauren July 28, 2014

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Vanessa is a Lycan runner. When she’s incapacitated by a local cat, aptly named Lucifer, and caged by the local Park Ranger, Dane, her pack patrol ends up more than she bargained for. Dane is her mate. While others had their sites ...more

By Kae June 23, 2014

Vanessa has allergies but then so do a lot of people me included. So I can relate to the allergy meds in her car, home, purse.... It would be very difficult to be a Lycan that couldn't smell due to your allergies. Thank goodness she is really fast. But not fast enough to get away from the cat that p ...more

By Denise August 28, 2014

Just because you are Lycan with the ability to shift into a beautiful silver wolf and are the fastest creature around on four legs, does not mean you cannot be brought low by the itty-bitty kitty patrol. Past My Defenses is a fun and at times hilarious beginning for the new series Taming of the Pac ...more

By Melanie July 20, 2014

This is a new author and new world to me. I have to say, I found it to be very cute. How can you not love a werewolf who is taken down by a house cat due to extreme allergies. She is allergic to everything under the sun; cats, pollen, even marshmallows. Evidently, marshmallow allergies are a thing, ...more

By Heather June 06, 2014

All I can say is if I was into girls then I'd totally marry Vanessa I loved her that much. She just has a certain way about her that's pure entertainment, "if you say so." She sounded like a pack-a-day lifetime chain smoker. Real sexy. "Right now, I'm a naked woman in a kennel, hoping you have a cou ...more

By NamelessMe August 10, 2014

The funnies nearly killed me.
I mean, really? A werewolf that's allergic to practically everything.. And the two main characters comments about cats. I was seriously cracking up. xD

Definitely worth the two pounds odd on Amazon & I'm really funny about which books I get. As there's nothing worse than ...more

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Wendy Sparrow

About the author

Wendy Sparrow

Wendy’s childhood as a military brat instilled in her a wanderlust to travel, but with the possibility of bugs, lost luggage, germs, and a lack of parking, she prefers the cleaner and safer visits to exciting places in her stories. This preference has less to do with her obsessive compulsive disorder —maybe— and more to do with her love of bringing new worlds to life. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, running with her dog, and spending time with her two quirky kids and wonderful tech-geek husband. She is a passionate advocate for the welfare of autistic children, and she can often be found on Twitter where she will strike up a conversation with anyone she happens across. Wendy's stories always include humor, romance, and a happily-ever-after.

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