Wednesday, April 1, 2015

#BookReview: Taken by the Alpha by Michele Bardsley

aken By The Alpha

Title: Taken By The Alpha
Series: The Pack Rules, Book 2
Author: Michele Bardsley
Publisher: A Freeman Werewolf Shifter Romance Serial
Description: Shadow Pack Rules: Part Two (Taken by the Alpha)
Part Two in the Five-Part Alpha Werewolf Shifter Romance Serial
by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Michele Bardsley

Every 20 years, the Shadow Pack arrives in the small desert community of Bleed City, Nevada. To honor the pact made 150 years ago with the werewolves, the town offers up their eldest daughters for the Choosing--a ceremony where the shifters pick their virgin brides. Like most werewolf packs, the Shadows need human females for mating and breeding so they can replenish their werewolf bloodlines.

Arabelle "Belle" Winton, willing or not, has been chosen by the Shadow Pack's alpha as his mate. Even though alpha Greyson Burke made certain every werewolf within Bleed City's borders knows without question that Belle belongs to him, she still has to go through the ceremony of the Choosing.

It's not that she minds the ritual so much as what will happen afterwards: The alpha will take her. Her virginity, to be exact. Her husband-to-be has let her know that their first mating will be nothing short of animalistic. She doesn't know if that terrifies her--or thrills her.

If being mated to the alpha wasn't life-changing enough, Arabelle must also deal with a vindictive new enemy, Neela, the leader of the pack enforcers and Grey's former lover. And things go from bad to worse when newly mated Belle is accused of murder...

Review: After reading book one, I had to know what was going to happen next between Belle and Grey, the Shadow Pack alpha. Grey marked Belle as being his before she went to The Choosing so that no other werewolf would dare try to claim her for their bride. It really wasn't something to worry about though since the alpha picks his mate first and he didn't give the other werewolves a chance to even consider Belle. In this book we learn how The Choosing really works and get to experience Belle's first time with a man and also what it is like for a werewolf to attempt to not let his wolfish nature take over during it. Grey proves to be a gentlemanly as he can be, but you are left wondering if Belle will be able to open her heart to him now that they are essentially married. She has a lot to learn about werewolf dynamics and their laws which is proven when she ends up arrested for murder during their honeymoon.

My Rating (Out of 5): Rose Icon Rose Icon 2 Rose Icon 3 Rose Icon 4 Rose Icon 5

About the author, Michele Bardsley:

Michele Brdsley

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Michele Bardsley writes about Oklahoma vampires, alpha werewolves, small-town romance, curvy heroines, and super hot heroes.

Michele received her first publishing contract in 1998 from pioneer electronic publisher Hard Shell Word Factory. She’s had numerous short stories, novellas, and novels published by electronic, independent, and traditional publishers, including New American Library and Harlequin TEEN. She’s also written articles for national magazines such as Writer’s Digest, RT BOOKReviews, and Byline. Her print books have sold more than 300,000 copies and counting.

Michele's won many awards and honors throughout her writing career, including the Grand Prize in the Writer's Digest annual writing contest, Grand Prize in the Silhouette Yours Truly Contest, a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice award, and the Crème de la Crème award from Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc.

Over the years, Michele has given workshops about inspiration, self-editing techniques, romance heroes, vampire fiction, electronic publishing, humor in fiction, selling erotica, winning contests, Internet promotion, and many other topics. She has presented workshops, spoken at luncheons, and participated in panels at events and meetings across the United States, including the annual conferences of Romantic Times,OWFI, Florida Writers Association, Tulsa Night Writers, FENCon, and Celebrate Romance.

Obsessed with dark chocolate, "Supernatural," and all things yarn, she creates fictional worlds because, hey, it's a lot more fun than housework. She lives happily-ever-after with her husband (The Viking) and their fur babies.

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