Flora Reviews… Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates #5) by Felicity Heaton
I read Hunted by a Jaguar for the first time in 2015. However I wasn’t really writing proper reviews way back then. Therefore, I thought that I’d re-read it and write a proper review and share it with you today.
Read: 13th – 14th February 2015
Re-Read: 5th – 9th November 2017
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Craved by an Alpha is the fifth paranormal romance novel (approx 124 pages) in this series. There will be 15 books in the Eternal Mates series by the end of 2017. This story is about cat shapeshifters and is the fifth book in Ms Heaton’s Eternal Mates series –
The Eternal Mates world is the same as Ms Heaton’s London Vampires series. However, you don’t need to read any of the previous books in either series to enjoy Craved by an Alpha. It works very well as a standalone story. I can also confirm that the romance aspect of this tale is concluded by the end of the book in Ms Heaton’s signature Happy Ever After style, so no nasty cliffhangers. Woop!
I focus my reviews on how the story was told rather than the plot itself. I’m looking at the author’s writing style, how they paced their plots and how well they constructed their characters and setting. Therefore, my reviews don’t contain spoilers or reveal plot twists.
Here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story.
New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Paranormal Romance Author Felicity Heaton presents:
Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 5)
Having turned his back on his snow leopard pride, Cavanaugh has been counting the days until he’s free of a role he never wanted—one that separated him from his fated female and stands between him and the future he craves with her.
Just days from the night he will finally be free to be with the low-ranking beauty who stole his heart, she walks back into his life and threatens to destroy everything he’s worked towards in the five long years they’ve been apart.
Eloise has travelled across continents searching for the male who was once her best friend and so much more to her, but was now her pride’s true alpha. Desperate to fulfil a promise to her kin to save them from the tyrant he left in charge, she convinces Cavanaugh to return to his pride, but as they journey to Bhutan, doubts bloom and old feelings resurface, tearing her between duty and her deepest desires and impossible dreams.
Will Eloise be able to resist the burning need that Cavanaugh reignites in her and remember her place in the pride? And can Cavanaugh find a way to save his kin and claim the future he craves with the woman he loves?
So, what did I like about it?
I am already a fan of Ms Heaton’s writing style (I think I might have mentioned that before. lol!); it’s the way she creates a very believable paranormal world and then filling it with complex, multifaceted characters and weaves their stories around a background arc with such depth that it just draws me in. Craved by an Alpha does not disappoint.
I enjoyed the dilemma aspect of this tale – following your heart or carrying out your duty – which Ms Heaton gives us here; both Cavanaugh and Eloise feel the weight of putting their pride before their own happiness.
I was already a bit of a Cavanaugh fan (there are scenes throughout the Eternal Mates books take place in Underworld, the nightclub that he works in) but I loved getting beneath that hard, stoic exterior. Eloise is exactly what I want from a main female character; resilient, intelligent, funny and loyal! Fabulous!
I need to confess that one of the reasons why I love Ms Heaton’s books so much is the sex; she makes the most explicit sexual scenes very romantic (I think that it takes a very talented writer to accomplish this), these erotic interludes are balanced really well with beautifully written imagery and poignant internal dialogue from our main romantic pair. Ms Heaton gives her characters such depth that they become real, I found myself getting caught up with the passion (who wouldn’t!) but the tender insights into Cavanaugh and Eloise’s inner fears and emotional turmoil throughout this book was heart-warming to read.
I shed a tear or two during the tender/sad scenes and I was titillated during the sex scenes but these were balanced nicely with the fighting and action scenes that fed my adrenalin fix; yes, I was gripped and couldn’t stop reading!
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
So, basically what I’m saying is…
*sigh* What an wonderful paranormal romance story. It’s got everything that I’m looking for in a book; action, romance, passion and plenty of well written steamy sex scenes. Couldn’t stop reading this book!
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 Craved by an Alpha to adults who are fans of relationship and romance stories. Especially if you prefer books with a bit of fire and passion.
So, has my review of CRAVED BY AN ALPHA (ETERNAL MATES #5) piqued your interest? Just click on any of the links below to check out the book or the series yourself. Keep reading to find out more about Felicity.
Step out of Vampirerotique (London Vampires series) and into the wider world of powerful dark elves, immortal demon kings, sexy shape-shifters, lethal fae, wicked vampires, dark sorceresses, light witches and the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel… where portals link realms both terrifying and fantastical, and men are willing to risk all to claim the hearts of their eternal mates.
If you haven’t read any of the Eternal Mates books yet, it’s never too late to start your adventures. Most can be read as standalone titles. Read my thoughts on each one or buy them for yourself using the links below.
- Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates #1) (2013)
- Claimed by a Demon King (Eternal Mates #2) (2014)
- Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates #3) (2014)
- Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates #4) (2015)
- Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates #5) (2015)
- Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates #6) (2015)
- Taken by a Dragon (Eternal Mates #7) (2015)
- Marked by an Assassin (Eternal Mates #8) (2015)
- Possessed by a Dark Warrior (Eternal Mates #9) (2016)
- Awakened by a Demoness (Eternal Mates #10) (2016)
- Haunted by the King of Death (Eternal Mates #11) (2016)
- Turned by a Tiger (Eternal Mates #12) (2017)
- Tamed by a Tiger (Eternal Mates #13) (2017)
- Treasured by a Tiger (Eternal Mates #14) (2017)
- Unchained by a Forbidden Love (Eternal Mates #15) (2017)
- Avenged by an Angel (Eternal Mates #16) (2019)
- Seduced by a Demon King (Eternal Mates #17) (2019)
Buy ETERNAL MATES SERIES in print, audiobook, ebook and audio CD through the usual places, including:
About The Author
Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!
If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.
Which of her series are for you?
If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. Or if you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling London Vampires series. Seven sexy and sinful Greek god brothers can be your new addiction in the Guardians of Hades series. Or how about four hot alpha shifter brothers in her Cougar Creek Mates series? Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at her Eternal Mates series.
Find Felicity or get in touch through the following places:
Thank you for taking the time to read this review. Felicity Heaton is one of my favourite authors. Click HERE to see who else is on my list.