My rating: 3 of 5 stars
WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps.
Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…
Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?
First, it has to be admitted that the title for this first entry of the Alphaville series is kind of cheesy but besides that, it embodies some of my favorite PNR characters/elements that I love to read about.
Female red wolf, Renny 'Little Red' Landry is on the run and she is doing everything she possibly can just to stay alive. As for character, Renny would be considered a typical leading female in a Paranormal Romance, but I feel that her character is a bit annoying. When reading paranormal romances, I look for female leads who are strong, have a take-charge attitude, can hold their own in a fight, and have a good bit of common sense. Renny’s character is strong and determined with that keeps her moving forward. What is annoying are the portions of the story where her character willfully misunderstands her counterpart. The misunderstandings between the main characters become a bit of a distraction and I spent a good amount of time fussing at the book … at her character.
A reader actively fussing at the book or being drawn into the character(s) is a very good indicator that the author really, REALLY knows their craft. Just my opinion.
As an alpha male, Mike Fisher is a pretty good lead. His character hits all the good guy benchmarks like he’s handsome, strong, protective attractive and super indulgent. I do feel that there was a bit of an imbalance between the two leading characters. The leading male is an Alpha and not much of that Alphaness got through. Where the leading female willfully misunderstood everything, there wasn’t much on his part to counter her behavior. The author does a good job of detailing this character's background and I would have liked to see more of his past overlap in this story. Just enough to show Mike’s true Alpha abilities.
This is a solid entry into the Alphaville series and there are enough action and crazy secondary characters to keep the reader interested. As secondary characters, the Coyotes are an interesting mix and I really would have liked to see more from them. Their characters are so varied, dysfunctional and it would have been good to see more of the inter-workings of there group.
I look forward to seeing you what happens in the next installment. Overall, 3.5 review for this installment.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing this Arc in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Born and raised in coastal New England, Christine Warren lived in the South and the Mid-Atlantic before hopping to the other side of the country to take up the life of a transplant in the Pacific Northwest. She completely bypassed those states in the middle due to her landlocking phobia. Hmm, need to research a scientific term for that...
When not scrambling frantically to complete her latest writing project, Christine spends most of her time as a crazy animal lady, hanging out with her dog Levi (he’s the one with the hair) and pretending to train him to have some manners. She also hangs out with her horse, Cal—a thoroughbred with a craving for strawberry licorice twists—her goddog, Merlin; and her best friend, fellow author Hannah Murray. In addition to playing with her pets, Christine’s hobbies include identifying dog breeds from photos of their underbellies, appreciating fine and not-so-fine wines, shopping for the perfect pair of Christian Louboutin shoes, and most of all reading things someone else had to agonize over.
She enjoys hearing from readers and can be reached via email sent to Christine@christinewarren.net or by postal mail to Christine Warren, PO Box 871900, Vancouver, WA 98687-1900.