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Guest Review: Not the Leader of the Pack by Annabeth Leong

Posted July 18, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Not the Leader of the Pack by Annabeth LeongReviewer: Tracy
Not the Leader of the Pack by Annabeth Leong
Publisher: Breathless Press
Publication Date: May 31, 2013
Format: eARC
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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When Juli Gunby left Missoula, Montana, she didn't intend to come back. Not to her exacting alpha werewolf father, and certainly not to Neil Statham, the beta who rejected Juli's girlish advances. Her father, as usual, has other ideas, using his dying breath to pass pack leadership to his daughter. Juli resolves to carry out her duty to her father and her pack, but the one man she wants on her side has made himself her enemy.

After years of loyal service to the pack, Neil expects to take over as alpha when his mentor dies. As good as it is to see Juli again, he knows he can’t trust her. After all, she abandoned both him and the pack years ago and never looked back. Neil determines to fight for his rightful position in the pack, even if that means going up against a woman who fills him with an overwhelming urge to mate every time she walks into the room.

Someone needs to lead, and the more Neil and Juli fight, the more they attract interference from those who would control the pack and destroy the ties between them.

Five years ago Juli Gunby put her heart on her sleeve and told Neil exactly how she felt about him. When she was rejected by him she ended up going to college in another state and then worked for the Werewolf Council – the incredibly strict governing board of the werewolves. She gets a call that her father, the alpha of her former pack in Missoula, Montana, is in the hospital and when she gets there she’s shocked at his declining health. He was too stubborn to call and tell Juli exactly how close to death he was. When she finally sees him in the ICU he wakes up enough to pass on his alpha ring to her and then dies.

Neil is the Beta of the Missoula pack and is beyond mad that Juli has “inherited” (as he puts it) the pack. He feels that since she’s been gone for five years and he’s been by her father’s side that he should have been the alpha. He tries to woo Juli into giving up the pack but she proves to be just as stubborn as her father. He tells himself that he doesn’t want to hurt her but in the end he challenges her to a fight for the alpha position.

The story has three components to it. The first being the problem of the alpha position between Neil and Juli. Yes, it was odd that Juli’s father had passed the position over to her but he obviously knew what he was doing. The fact that Neil couldn’t respect his former alpha’s decision didn’t sit well with me at all. The next component was the relationship between Juli and Neil. His rejection of her was because of the fact that it wasn’t legal for the pack beta to be involved with the alpha’s daughter. Here we come into the third component which is the Werewolf council. This governing board is all about the legal and keeping werewolves under their thumb.

Neil and Juli’s relationship…budding and otherwise played a huge role in the fight for the alpha position. Neil supposedly cared about Juli but he was such an ass to her about her being alpha! I just wanted to (using a term a friend used recently) junk punch him on a regular basis! For someone who supposedly respects this woman enough to be in love with her he certainly didn’t show it in any way shape or form. He was either acting like an ass, saying the wrong thing which either hurt Juli or downright pissed her off or wouldn’t say anything which had the same effect. In this story they were really fated mates who had to hold back but frankly I wanted Juli to run far, far away from Neil.

The Werewolf Council – geez…I’ve never read a shapeshifter novel that had a governing board that was so very strict! They had lycanthropy suppressants and they weren’t afraid to use them. Werewolves weren’t allowed to shift but 1 time a month and that was during the full moon. If they even shifted in the privacy of their own home, or partially shifted or got so emotional that just a tuft of hair on their arm showed they could get a citation and be a possible candidate for the suppressants. This was just one of the very, very many rules that were forced on the werewolves. The council representative in this book was such a starched uptight legaleez spew-er it was hard to think the woman had a heart.

Overall the story had a good premise but I just didn’t care for the execution very much. I couldn’t truly see Juli forgiving Neil for all the crap he’s put her through enough to actually fall in love with him. She was in love with him since she was 15 but when she was faced with the current Neil there just wasn’t much there. Alas this one just didn’t work very well for me and I found it to be just an ok read.

Rating: 2 out of 5


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Guest Review: Temptation by Lee Brazil

Posted June 27, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Temptation by Lee BrazilReviewer: Tracy
Temptation by Lee Brazil
Publisher: Breathless Press
Publication Date: June 7th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 76
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After a hot interlude at a holiday party, Lake Wynters and Solomon Arsdale exchange phone numbers but not promises. Lake is fine with that until something happens he's never experienced. As days pass without Solomon calling, Lake discovers he just can't forget the sexy older man. Giving in to temptation, he takes matters into his own hands and visits Solomon at his office, breaking his own dating rules.

Waiting in Solomon's office, Lake is shaken to the core by how much Solomon's acknowledgement of their encounter means to him, and how much more he wants it to lead to.

But when the door he's eagerly watching opens, it brings new temptation in the form of Adonis Kosmias. Adonis isn't anything like Solomon. Not many would call him beautiful. His features are too harsh, his body too angular. But he moves with fluid grace and his hair falls in perfect waves and his eyes sparkle with warmth. From the first touch of his hand Lake is thrown into even greater confusion. So distracted by Adonis's touch is he, that when Solomon finally makes an appearance, their hands are still clasped.

Meeting Solomon again while holding hands with another man wasn't in Lake's plan. Neither was anything that happened afterward.

Lake is at a pre-Christmas party when he sees a man he wants to know better. He makes his intentions known from a distance and as the other man is paying rapt attention Lake knows that he has his man snared. After a bit Lake heads out to the hotel lobby and into a deserted hallway where the man, Solomon, eventually finds him. A short tryst occurs and they exchange numbers.

Cut to 3 weeks later and we see Lake pacing outside of Solomon’s office. You see Lake was interested in more than just a short tryst with Solomon and when Sol didn’t call – and according to Lake the men always call – he just couldn’t let it lie. When Lake finally makes it into Solomon’s office Sol introduces Lake to his partner, both in business and his private life, Adonis. Solomon and Adonis explain to Lake that they have an open relationship when it comes to trysts but never a second “date.” With Solomon he wanted to call Lake but Adonis put his foot down. Now that Adonis has met Lake he wants to get to know him better and the three start seeing each other. Unfortunately Lake has insecurities about being a third wheel in Sol and Adonis’s relationship and this makes Lake leave.

This was a quick short read that I enjoyed. I liked Sol and Adonis although we didn’t get to know them all that well. We heard about their past experience with a man but other than that not a whole lot. I liked what I saw though.

Lake is a young man (I’m not sure we ever learned his age) who is a model who lives more than comfortably and only takes jobs when he needs the money. He is smart about putting some money away for his future but he still spends more than he makes. He is immature and pretty self-centered but he gets a good kick in the head at some point during the book emotionally speaking and does do some growing. I was pretty happy that he got his shit together, I must say, as his constant running away from his problems was making me a bit crazy. He knew after he ran that he was wrong to do so but that didn’t make him pick up a phone and apologize which was wrong but he got it together eventually. In the end a good read.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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