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The Montagues and Capulets have nothing on the Canis and Banes wolf packs.

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The Montagues and Capulets have nothing on the Canis and Banes wolf packs. The two have been feuding for ages. The brutal murder of the Banes’ alpha only added fuel to the fire. And now there’s only one way to bring peace—the current alphas of each pack, Marrok and Tala, need a mating of convenience.

Tala has her doubts. A thousand of them.

Never mind that Marrok drives her body to levels of desire her vibrator has trouble keeping up with. If she can’t get her inner wolf—or her people—on board, forget peace, because she'll lose the tenuous control she has over the Canis pack. Her new mate is just so damn alpha. He’d better learn to play nice or Tala will have to show him who’s boss.

But Marrok has plans of his own, and nothing and no one, not even Tala herself, can resist an alpha...

This novella was previously self published as The Worse for Were but has undergone a complete re-edit. Scenes were added, things were changed, but the kissing still remains!

Each book in the Brimstone, Inc. series is STANDALONE:
* The Demigod Complex
* Shift Out of Luck
* Bait N' Witch
* Try as I Smite


“Shift Out of Luck is a seriously sexy, wholly engaging read.”--Wit and Sin Blog

“Oh my wow, throwing all the 5 stars at this one! Blew all my expectations away and I absolutely devoured every single word. I'm so happy that I discovered Abigail Owen from Entangled last year. I've been obsessed with every book I've read by her. And Shift Out of Luck just might be my top favorite of hers.”--Malia C., Goodreads

“Shift Out of Luck was another amazing book by Abigail Owen and I didn’t expect anything else! She’s an amazing author and I love the worlds she’s created! I’m so excited to read more books set in the Brimstone Inc.!”--Shirley C., NetGalley

“I found this a fascinating read, with plenty of surprises, and such a feisty female lead! I highly recommend this quick read to anyone who enjoys paranormal romances with plenty of action and suspense as well as steamy scenes.”--Splashes Into Books

“A quick read this book still has all the suspense and story/character development of a much longer book packed into it. A fun read for sure.”--Jeanne S., Goodreads

“The chemistry between Marrok and Tala is smokin hot, but the sincere and genuine lust/love Marrok has for Tala is beautiful. Buckle up and enjoy this short but sweet ride.”--Stephanie’s Book Reports

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682815984
Series: Brimstone INC., Book 2
Release Date: Apr 20, 2020
Page Count: 131
Imprint: amara
Genre: paranormal, shifters, werewolves
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Dianne June 22, 2016

This political were mating was to bring peace to two packs that were always at each other’s throats. Hmmm, what’s wrong with this picture, two alpha leaders, one new in her role, while he is established and used to having the final say? Something tells me the fur will fly. Tala is a new, yet very po ...more

By Romance Schmomance (Malia) April 20, 2020

Oh my wow, throwing all the 5 stars at this one! Blew all my expectations away and I absolutely devoured every single word. I'm so happy that I discovered Abigail Owen from Entangled last year. I've been obsessed with every book I've read by her. And Shift Out of Luck just might be my top favori ...more

By Kimberly April 16, 2020

4.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Shift Out of Luck is a seriously sexy, wholly engaging read. There is no sophomore slump in the Brimstone Inc. series; Tala and Marrok’s story was impossible for me to put down.

The Canis and Banes shifter packs have been locked in a violent feud for ages. ...more

Originally reviewed at

My rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

She'd earned alpha, but, as a woman, she found she had to earn it again every day.

*Please note, review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

First up...lets talk cover. I don't like what I ten ...more

By Brook Obsessed April 24, 2020

“Shift Out of Luck” by Abigail Owen is a sexy and quick paranormal werewolf romance that includes two alpha pack leaders, a bitter rivalry, and action packed drama.

Blurb: Marrok and Kala, two alphas who rule their wolf packs, decide to marry to help create peace between their two rival packs. Tala d ...more

By Maria Rose May 04, 2020

A marriage of convenience takes some interesting turns in this enjoyable paranormal wolf shifter romance!

I enjoyed this story of Marrok and Tala finding their way, trying to protect and merge their two packs under difficult circumstances. Two alphas will always clash especially when they are trying ...more

By Shirley April 10, 2020


Original review

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled Amara!

Shift Out of Luck
is the second book in the Brimstone Inc. series and tells the story of Tala and Marrok. Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a stan ...more

By Elaine April 19, 2020

This is the second book in a series and I hadn't read the first one but still thoroughly enjoyed this one. It is a different take on shifter romance with two alpha leaders from opposing warring packs having an arranged marriage to help bring peace  . . . . but will this be a match made in heaven or ...more

By Jamie September 19, 2018

After stumbling onto Abigail Owen unexpectedly, I was more than happy to rush to grab The Worse for Were as soon as I finished book one.

If you thought the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys was brutally intense, you haven’t experienced the hatred between the Banes and Canis werewolf pack ...more

By Jordan Marie August 26, 2016

**** I was given a free copy of this to read and review for Wicked Reads****

I was so charmed by Her Demigod Complex and I was totally looking forward to reading the second book in the Legendary Consultants series, which did not disappoint! Worse for Were takes place in the same universe as Her Demig ...more

By Julie (Jewlsbookblog) February 11, 2019

Tala and Marrok are both alphas of their packs. Packs that have been locked in a feud that would probably put the Hatfields and McCoys to shame! Mating each other could fix things, if Tala and Marrok can share power and successfully merge their clans...something not everyone is on board with.

Tala wa ...more

By Katherine April 19, 2020

Ok disclaimer here. I had no idea that Shift Out Of Luck was the second in a series OR that it was a novella. I like to always start with the first book in a series, so I was miffed when I began the book and realized I was missing a little bit of the story- or actually, maybe the world building I wa ...more

By Sandy April 20, 2020

This is book 2 in the Brimstone series and can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading book 1 before this one as they go hand in hand. In this one we get the full story of Tala and Marrok, who we saw mate in book 1. Tala and Marrok have mated in order to end the feud between their packs. In ...more

By Christina April 18, 2020

Is this the second book in this series? Yes. But I feel as tough it could be read as a standalone. So don't let that stop you from picking this up. Especially if you like PNR's with a lot of action in a short period of time.

Marrok and Tala are both alphas of their packs. Yes, it's "odd" to have a fe ...more

By Ashley April 20, 2020

“If Shakespeare had solved the Montague and Capulet feud by uniting the two families through a marriage of convenience, would it have looked like this?"

A intense paranormal marriage of convenience between two alphas in order to bring together their feuding packs. This was a fun sequel novella to The ...more

By Carrie April 20, 2020

This was a short, smutty, paranormal read that was entertaining, had some action, and (always good right now) was an awesome distraction.

I read book#1 but you could probably dive right in here. This is more of a novella that fills in the gaps following the arranged mating between two alphas. It was ...more

By Tricia April 19, 2020

3.5 stars

This was a quick fun read. I'm really digging the Brimstone Inc. series so far! I loved the dynamic between the shifters human forms and their inner animal. It was pretty neat how there was kind of a separation of the two and it got really interesting when the wolf personas were clashing w ...more

By Wendy April 14, 2020

After The Demigod Complex, I was very happy to see a second book in the Brimstone Inc. Series. Dahlia keeps 'm coming :-) Hopefully she will get her own book in the series.
But in this book we read about Tala and Marrok (yep, the ones who where in the alpha wolf shifter mating in The Demigod Complex) ...more

By Bookish April 17, 2020

This book started out on fire 🔥 It picks up shortly after Marrok and Tala's wedding and proceeds to explain how they're integrating their feuding packs and dealing with them both being Alpha. They're dealing with it in smokin' hot ways.

They can't seem to get along in front of their packs though, so ...more

By Amber March 26, 2020

Shift Out of Luck is an exciting and exhilarating journey of finding love admist immense chaos and deceit. Nothing is easy when life seems stacked against you at every turn. The best you can hope for is an occasional moment of peace and clarity. This story will guide you through such a time with two ...more

By Teresa April 04, 2020

**I received a copy of Shift Out of Luck from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and hones review. My opinions noted below are mine and not solicited in any way.**

Shift Out of Luck by Abigail Owen is the second book in her Brimstone Inc series. I didn't read the first bo ...more

By Samantha April 09, 2020

Shift out of luck is the story of Tala and Marrok. They are two alphas of feuding packs who have had enough. They are to be mates and join the packs. Simple right? Two alphas in the same room can be difficult but mates? Well Tala is experiencing it all. She may not disagree with Marroks decisions bu ...more

By Jennifer March 26, 2020

First I want to start this review off with my overall opinion. I devoured this book in one sitting. I found myself drawn to the characters, storyline and overall feeling I had when reading the book.

I did not realize this was the second book in a series, however, when reading the book I didn't reall ...more

By Kelly-Jo April 04, 2020

We met Marrik and Tala, albeit briefly, in the first Brimstone Inc book The Demigod Complex. Shift out of Luck starts with the arranged mating of Tala and Marrik and then follows their attempts to unify their packs.
In some ways, this story is quite unusual, as Tala is already an alpha in her own rig ...more

By Stacy April 07, 2020

Marrok and Tala are in a tricky spot. The need to bring both of their wolf packs together after years of fighting is an uphill battle. Pack members trying to undermine their authority and internal fighting between the two are making everyday difficult.

I liked reading about the dynamic between Marrok ...more

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Abigail Owen

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Abigail Owen

Award-winning paranormal romance author Abigail Owen grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

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