Friday, December 1, 2017

4.5 Wine Glass #Review of Taming the Alpha by Savannah Stuart


11341691Title: Taming the Alpha
Series: Crescent Moon #1
Author: Savannah Stuart (Katie Reus)
Format: Kindle, 129 pages
Published: May 8, 2011 (KR Press, LLC)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5 Wine Glasses

After a year of lusting after his sexy employee, werewolf pack-leader Grant broke his no-involvement-with-humans rule and made a move on Talia. A month later the sex is still red hot and everything between them is perfect. Or so he thought. Until the night he shows up at her place expecting their usual ritual of mind-blowing sex and finds out she has other plans. And they don’t include him.

When Talia announces she’s tired of being his last priority, Grant realizes he might lose the only woman he’s ever cared about. He has to do something fast to fix their relationship, but she’s completely unaware that he’s not human. He’s not above using sex to bind her to him, but when she wants more than that he has a risky decision to make. If he admits the truth he risks not only his heart, but the safety of his pack and the existence of all supernatural beings as well.

Linda's Thoughts:
“If I’m not your boyfriend, then what am I?”
“You’re my boss,” she whispered.

Taming the Alpha is the quick, steamy and immensely entertaining debut of Savannah Stuart’s Crescent Moon paranormal series. Savannah Stuart is the pseudonym of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus. Under Savannah Stuart, she writes slightly hotter romance than her mainstream books. Katie is one of my favorite authors. When I pick up one of her books, I know that I’m going to be immediately drawn into a well-plotted story with great characters from the first. And that the normal world will fall away until I’ve reached the end. Taming the Alpha is the story of Grant, a wolf-shifter, and Talia, a human.

Grant is the hot two-hundred-year-old alpha of the local pack in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Talia bar-tends at the Crescent Moon Bar, one of the seven businesses – including six bars - owned by Grant.  He normally only hires shifters, but, when she walked in to apply for the job, something in him jolted to awareness and she got the job. She’s been working for him for a year, but it’s only been in the last month that their relationship has escalated from friends-to-lovers. The story is written in the third person from both Grant’s and Talia’s points-of-view.

As the story opens, we learn that Grant and Talia have been seeing each other every Friday for sex and more sex. Talia is unaware that he is a shifter; she doesn’t even know that shifters exist. She feels that Grant is only using her for sex and she wants more. So… when Grant shows up for their routine Friday sex-fest, he catches her as she’s walking out the door in a killer dress and heels for a night on the town without him.

He was clueless about how Talia felt until that night… but now he knows that he’s screwed up… and that he has to make it right. Will Talia accept that he’s a shifter? If so, will she let him back in her life? Stay tuned for some major Alpha groveling. Then, add in a bit of intrigue and danger with some rogue vamps to make this a tale you won’t want to put down.

Following please find a short snippet from a favorite scene in Taming the Alpha:

“Remember our first kiss?” He dropped his own voice a couple octaves.
Nodding slowly, she wrapped her arms around herself as her cheeks tinged bright pink.
Their first kiss had been in this cooler of all places. After dancing around their attraction to each other for almost a full year he’d decided to stake his claim on her. He still wasn’t sure who’d made the first move.

Taming the Alpha is a fun and intriguing read. If I had one complaint, it was that I didn’t want Grant’s and Talia’s story to end. The good thing is that this is the first in the series, so, since Grant is the pack alpha, chances are quite good that these two will make appearances in the rest of the books. The ending will assuredly leave you with a contented smile. If you enjoy paranormal romances, this is definitely a read that I’d highly recommend.

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