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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Throwback Thursday Review: Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus

Throwback Thursday Reviews is dedicated to those books that have been around for years but you’ve only recently discovered. They’re the “New but Old” reads that are just too good NOT to talk about! Why not share them anyway? They may end up being a “New Read” for someone else too! After all, there’s no such thing as “Too Many Books!”

This Week’s Throwback Thursday Book is:Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus

Format: mobi (Purchased)
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the few remaining lupine shifters in her pack. But with no pack males, they're vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection as the Alpha male, it's almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before.

But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor's future-but the existence of the entire pack.

After all the males of the Cordona pack are mysteriously killed, Ana Cordona becomes the new Alpha but making things even more difficult for her is Taggart, the alpha of the neighboring pack who wants the Cordona lands and Ana for himself. Just when things are looking bad for Ana, Connor Armstrong, an old flame comes back into her life with an offer of protection. Complicating matters even further is a human threat to Ana’s pack that could end up eliminating the shifters once and for all.

Alpha Instinct is a great start to a paranormal series, it had everything I needed to get addicted and left out the over the top complexity that would have been a turn off. Katie Reus’ shifters might be a mostly male dominated society but that didn’t mean that the females were slouches. Ana managed to keep her pack together for quite some time before Connor showed up to help and even when he did assume the role of pack Alpha it didn’t mean that Ana just threw herself at him and let him solve all her problems, she insisted on being part of the decision making process and demanded Connor’s respect because she was an Alpha too.

That’s where a lot of their conflict came from though. Connor wanted to show Ana that he was different than when she first met him and that he was capable of protecting her and her pack that he often bulldozed right over her in the mule headed male way which of course didn’t sit well with Ana. Connor’s problem was that he was so focused on how to prove that he could be an Alpha that he wasn’t paying attention to the fact that a good alpha listens to his pack and especially to the woman that he wants as a mate. He was a bit of a control freak and almost didn’t realize he was pushing Ana away but later it started to become clear that Connor was motivated by fear and insecurity. He genuinely cared about what happened to Ana and her pack and was scared he wasn’t going to be enough to protect them once it was revealed that they had more than just a rival pack as enemies. I liked him even with his stubborn ways.

With Alpha Instinct being the first book in the Moon Shifter series there were plenty of supporting characters to meet and I really enjoyed them all. Ana’s pack was an interesting mix of personalities since some of the females were Beta wolves and some were Alpha. The combination really made the pack dynamic work and the way Reus portrayed the beta wolves was great. They weren’t as physically strong as their alpha counterparts but they were what essentially brought the pack together with their kindness and intelligence.

The pacing and plot of Alpha Instinct kept me intrigued and entertained from start to finish and I loved how the author kept some things secret until the very last moment, it added to the suspense and was part of what made the book work for me. I don’t like knowing all the answers right away.

Final Verdict: Definitely a strong, interesting start to the series. Hopefully I’ll be able to feature the rest of the series as part of Throwback Thursday Reviews.

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