What’s The Big Alpha in Town about?
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Title: The Big Alpha in Town by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, Kate Baxter
Series: Fur #2
on 15 May, 2018
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Formats Available: eBook, Paperback
No. of Pages: 384
Three hot stories about three sexy shifters from a trio of today's hottest paranormal romance authors, headlined by bestselling authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden!
Bearing His Name
Meeting his mate should have been cause for celebration. There’s just one teeny tiny problem. Jade thinks Ark might have impregnated her sister. He didn’t, but convincing Jade is going to take a bit of honey.
Owned by the Lion
Keir’s been told to stop playing the field and settle down—difficult advice for a hard and hot man with a lion’s heart to follow. But his sights have always been set on Ally. She’s his mate, plain and simple. With her sweet and delicious curves, she’s nothing but sugar and trouble all rolled into one. But he’s known her and sparred with her for years. She’s his best friend’s little sister, and it’s going to take a whole new level of convincing that he’s the mate for her.
No Need Fur Love
Moving with his pack to the tiny town of Stanley, Idaho has Owen Courtney a little on edge. With literally no women in sight, Owen will be lucky to find a date, let alone his true mate. But you know the saying about a werewolf walking into a bar…
Gorgeous wood nymph Mia Oliver is on a mission: Find a suitable male to get her good ‘n pregnant and provide her with an heir. But when Mia decides to pick up a gorgeous and oh-so willing werewolf at the bar, she realizes she might be in over her head. …
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I am already a big fan of Kate Baxter’s Last True Vampire series but Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden are still fairly new-to-me authors. The Big Alpha in Town can be read as a sequel to the authors’ previous collaboration Thanks Fur Last Night or be read as a standalone.
Read: 6th – 9th May 2018
Novella 1 – Bearing His Name by Eve Langlais
My thoughts about this story
Eve Langlais is still a fairly new-to-me author. I’ve only read one other story written by her in the box set Thanks Fur Last Night. After reading Bearing His Name, I still don’t think that she is the author for me.
I found the writing style less than sophisticated again. I got lost a couple of times during the dialogue in the opening chapter, having to go back to work out who is saying what.
Those of you who have read my reviews before will know that I prefer my leading ladies to be intelligent, resourceful, resilient and have plenty of gumption. Our heroine here, Jade, was disappointing. I had issues with the male characters in this story too. There’s not much depth to them and the italicized inner dialogue actually highlighted how much Ark is the opposite of what I find hot.
I tried to look at this story as just a fun simple romp and just go with the flow… However, I struggled as my rating suggests.
But it’s not all bad.
I loved the fact that the end of this story is cliffhanger free. The romance between Jade and Ark is concluded before the end. There’s a nice little epilogue too, telling us “what happens next”. The threat from Xavier to Ruby is also concluded. Although I feel like this is not only rushed but a bit far-fetched and Disney-esque. There’s also a little teaser about what will happen next for Ark’s cousin, Stavros.
My Rating: 2 Stars (It was OK)
Novella 2 – Owned by the Lion by Milly Taiden
What did I think about this story?
Milly Taiden is another fairly new-to-me author, again only having read one other story written by her in the box set Thanks Fur Last Night.
I’m happy to say that I enjoyed Owned by the Lion much more than I did the story in that set – Bought by the Bear.
I found Ms Taiden’s story very easy to read and was impressed at the width of emotional responses she managed to get out of me while reading Owned by the Lion. I got a lump in my throat and a few years trickling down my cheeks during a number of emotionally raw and sad scenes. The humour was wonderful – there’s some great banter.
I also really liked that although a shifter can recognise their mate instantly, they’ve still got to win their hearts and earn that love back.
I loved our romantic couple in this story. They both have qualities that I look for in paranormal romance tales. Keir, the smoking hot playboy – he’s never been a bastard to the many, many women in his life and most of them are genuinely happy for him when he finds his mate. Ally our heroine, a fiercely loyal friend and daughter who’s got plenty of gumption!
In short, I really enjoyed this paranormal romance story.
It had characters that I cared about, a good pace to the romance and plot development, some humour and banter, oodles of romantic gestures and had plenty of fire and passion. There’s a HEA with no cliffhanger (Woohoo!) and a little epilogue to tidy any loose ends.
My Rating: 4 Stars (I Really Liked It)
Novella 3 – No Need Fur Love by Kate Baxter
My thoughts about this story
I’m already a fan of Ms Baxter’s books. I find her writing style very easy to read, her plots engaging and her characters intelligently written and full of depth. This includes the supporting cast. I was delighted to find the same level of care and proficiency in this novella, No Need Fur Love.
First chapter and we’re introduced to grumpy werewolf, Owen and wood nymph, Mia a strongly independent female.
I haven’t read many stories featuring nymphs as the lead female character. Apart from being nature beings who are rather fond of sex, I don’t know much about the folklore surrounding them. Therefore, it was an interesting mix right off the bat. Unlike other PNR stories, our romantic couple get it on straight away with a powerfully erotic build-up and sex scene. The rest of the story is the relationship-building.
I loved the epic ending but I would have liked to find out exactly how and where Owen and Mia were going to live as a mated couple. So little is written about wood nymphs, thanks Ms Baxter for taking the plunge.
In short, I laughed, I cried, I held my breath in anxiety and I felt the flutters of arousal; I was gripped from beginning to end.
My Rating: 4 Stars (I Really Liked It)
Basically what I’m saying is…
I think that this paranormal romance compilation is GOOD, I enjoyed reading it. Of the three novellas I really liked two and still thought the other one was OK. I felt that this book was a good opportunity for me to read another story from a couple of authors who keep popping up on my Amazon and Goodreads “recommended book” feeds and read a new story from a firm favourite. Having said that I think I would have felt a bit disappointed if I had actually purchased this for myself as the current Kindle selling price of £7.59 seems a bit steep to me considering my overall level of enjoyment.
There are scenes of explicit sexual content and graphic violence in this book. Therefore, I’d only recommend it to adults who aren’t offended by scenes of this sort.
I’d recommend The Big Alpha in Town to adults who enjoy relationship and romance stories with oodles of action and passion galore.
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