Thursday, February 9, 2012

ARC Review: Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus

Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: February 7th 2012 by Signet Book
ISBN 13: 9780451236098
Source: Publisher, for the purposes of an honest review
Genre: Paranormal Romance, shifters
Series: Moon Shifter #1
Stars: 4
Flames: 3

When readers first meet Ana her pack has been drastically reduced in size by an attack via poisoning. This has left her and her fellow pack mates vulnerable. The poisoning only took the lives of the males, pregnant females, and the mated females who could not go on without their mates. Ana knows that this is a very bad situation to find herself in. She knows that if she goes to the Council for assistance they will just send a male pack her way to take over. She is also getting threats from a neighboring pack Alpha who is all too eager to step in and take over. Taggart is so eager that he actually attacks Ana.

Connor and his brother Liam had lived amongst Ana’s pack fifty years ago. After hearing about the poisoning he quickly returns to her with an offer of protection. He has established himself as a strong Alpha to a pack of warriors in his time gone. He can offer her the protection that her pack is in dire need of. This will also allow Connor the opportunity to pursue the woman he walked away from fifty years ago.
Ana and Connor made for an interesting romance. He comes off way too pushy in the beginning giving her doubts about his motives. I loved the chest pounding Neanderthal that Connor could be at times. Those types of Alphas always make for an enjoyable read. Ana’s a strong heroine and once she reaches her limit with Connor she shows her own Alpha side. 

The main conflict between the humans and the shifters is a very real conflict. The shifters stay away from the human population as much as possible due to hateful discrimination. The humans have known about shifters for twenty years, but most still have negative feelings for that which they do not understand. Of course you have the supremacist types that have taken the hatred to the extreme and have begun attacking. I liked this added conflict to Alpha Instinct. Hate crimes and discrimination are a very real problem. It made connecting with the characters so easy. They are dealing with a threat that could affect anyone, not just the characters in a fictitious book.  

Reus sets up several future books for this series. She introduces many characters that have important roles within the pack. Readers get to eagerly wait for the attractions and turmoil to pan out in books to come. I am certainly looking forward to more books in this series. Alpha Instinct has a great mix of action, conflict, and sexual tension of future couples to assure that I will buy the next book as soon as it hits the book store shelves. 

Be sure to stop back by on Saturday for a post with Katie and giveaway! 

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