Review: Hunter Reborn by Katie Reus

hunter rebornReviewed by Jen

Katie Reus brings us back to her Moon Shifter world with Aiden’s story.  You may remember the gruff shifter as the member of Connor’s pack who turned Kat when she was on the verge of death. But I think that even if you are unfamiliar with the series, Reus writes the story in such a way, you could jump in and read this as a standalone.  That’s a good thing, I think, because even though I have read every book in this series, there are so many characters at this point, I couldn’t keep them all straight without some gentle reminders. [Read more…]

Review: Avenger’s Heat by Katie Reus

avengers heatReviewed by Jen

This latest installment in Katie Reus’ Moon Shifter series is easily my favorite in the series so far. Reus has been teasing us with the building relationship between Erin and Noah since book one, and now we finally have the payoff!

Noah found Erin on the worst day of her life. She had been beaten and left for dead, discarded like trash near a dumpster. He instantly felt connected to her and brought her back to his pack. The tie between them only grows stronger over time. But Erin insists on keeping Noah at arm’s length. It’s clear that the attack damaged her in ways that no one knows, and that may truly never heal. What it didn’t do was stop her from becoming the Enforcer she was destined to become. [Read more…]

Review: Claiming Her Warriors

claiming her warriorsReviewed by Shelly

This is a fun novella that actually has a pretty good plot. Brianna is from a blue planet (I’m assuming Earth) that’s since died. She’s was one of the rescued human women that came to this new planet, Lumineta, in search of a new life. Aeron was one of the warriors who rescued Brianna and he fell in lust at first site. He and his brother, Hauk, want nothing more than to keep Brianna for their own.

For such a short story, about 78 pages on Kindle, Savannah Stuart did a fine job of building these personalities into likable ones. I got a good sense about Brianna and her wants and needs. She’s not a prude in what the brothers want, she’s just not used to neither the situation nor the culture of the planet. [Read more…]

Review: Darkness Awakened

darkness awakenedReviewed by Jen

Katie Reus delivers a second chance at love story with a supernatural twist in this first installment of her Darkness series.  It’s been 17 years since Finn ended his relationship with Lyra to keep her safe.  He knew it was only a matter of time before their interspecies relationship would put her life in danger.  What he didn’t know was that she was carrying his baby when he turned her away and broke her heart.

Lyra has returned after all these years because her daughter has gone missing. Despite all that went down between them, she knows that if anyone can help her, it’s Finn.  [Read more…]

Review: Mating Instinct

Reviewed by Jen

Another sexy shifter novel from Katie Reus, but this one has a bit more angst than the previous installments (and I liked it!)

Reus really managed to whet my appetite for Jayce and Kat in Primal Possession.  The two dated nearly a year ago, but Kat left Jayce when she found out that he didn’t want to become her bondmate.  She thought it meant he didn’t love her, but he was actually trying to protect her from the enemies he has made as an enforcer.  –Anyway, Kat was kidnapped in the last book, then brutally tortured, and eventually changed into a shifter.  Now, weeks later, she is still trying to deal with all that she has been through.

Jayce can no longer stay away from the woman he loves and decides to come back into Kat’s life.  The old spark is still there, but Kat tries to keep him at arms length. After all, she figures if she wasn’t good enough for him as a human, things shouldn’t be any different now that she is a wolf.  But when circumstances force Kat and Jayce to live under the same roof and work together to take on the anti-paranormal group who kidnapped her… well, Jayce’s animal heat becomes too much to ignore.

I really liked both main characters.  I felt Kat’s heartbreak and her reluctant love for Jayce.  And even though he hurt her, I completely sympathized with Jayce as well. He really was trying to protect her and while he did lie, he was never unkind nor did he mistreat her.  –The sexual tension is good (and the sex is hot,) but I was more wrapped up in the emotion in this one.

I have to say –once again, Reus did a fantastic job setting up the next book. I have been looking forward to Erin and Noah’s story since Alpha Instinct and now these two are kicking things into high gear!   Not only that, but we also saw groundwork for two other couples: Ryan and Teresa & Brianna and Angelo.  The future stories are stacking up, and I can’t wait.

I did kind of feel like the insertion of Leila into the story felt like a device for an insta-family.  Maybe she’ll be a bigger factor in future books, but here, her character felt unnecessary.  A couple doesn’t need a kid to have a HEA.

Rating: B+

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Mating Instinct
by Katie Reus
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Signet Eclipse

Review: Primal Possession

Reviewed by Jen

I have to admit. I didn’t love Alpha Instinct. But I am glad I gave this second installment in the Moon Shifter series a try, because I enjoyed this one much more.

I was already invested in a Liam-December pairing, since I read the set up for their romance in the last book.  Liam is second-in-command to his brother’s wolf-shifter pack, and December is the human sister of the town sheriff.  The two were attracted to each other from the beginning, but December tried to keep Liam at arm’s length. He doesn’t know it, but a shifter killed her younger brother and to begin a relationship with a wolf would alienate her surviving sibling in a way she could not bear.

But December is in danger from an anti-paranormal group who has targeted her from her association with Liam.  Now he must stay close to her to keep her safe.  And the more time they spend with each other, the more he breaks down the walls she tries to maintain around her heart.

I liked Liam a lot. Yes, he is alpha and possessive, but he isn’t an overbearing jerk. He tries to see things through December’s eyes and makes concessions where he can.  He is clearly crazy about her, and he doesn’t give up on the connection he knows they have.  (Yeah, he does get a little boneheaded at the end, but I forgive him.)  I liked December as well, though perhaps not quite as much as I did Liam.  It was hard to watch her rebuff him, even though I understood why she did it.  The sexual tension is great and the love scenes are awesome.

In addition to the primary romance –and some pretty good action– there is also a strong secondary story brewing for the next book.  Kat and Jayce had me at hello. Seriously, there is so much delicious angst there, I am very excited for their story. I only pray there is no love triangle Aiden. (Please no!!)  I will definitely be reading Mating Instinct.  Like now.

Rating: B+

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Primal Possession
by Katie Reus
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Signet Eclipse

Review: Alpha Instinct

Reviewed by Jen

Ana has been serving as Alpha of her pack ever since someone killed off all the men and pregnant females. But she knows she won’t be able to keep the job for long. Werewolves respect physical strength and even though she is a good leader, she would lose to a strong male in a fight. Her neighbor, Taggart, is already sniffing around, making it clear he wants her as a mate. So when Connor and his pack come with an offer to join Ana and her wolves, she barely hesitates to say yes.

Connor and his brother stayed with her pack many years ago. She had loved him and hoped he felt the same, until one day he just disappeared. Now that he’s back, he offers no explanation for what happened, but it’s clear that whatever they felt for each other before –never went away. Ana struggles with her attraction to Connor, fearing that one day he may leave again. And he only makes matters worse by refusing to open up to her.

All the relationship drama takes place amidst the backdrop of a killer targeting the pack. Whoever poisoned the men months ago is back and is picking off the surviving women one at a time. Is it Taggart? The bigots of the Anti-Paranormal League? Or is it someone else altogether? Ana and Connor need to get their act together and figure it out before any more wolves are killed.

I liked the premise, but I had some issues with the romance. My biggest problem was with Connor. He sabotaged things between himself and Ana over and over again by his unwillingness to open up to her and share in the decision-making. I know he’s alpha of the pack now, but he promised her a partnership that he never delivered on. He hurt her terribly when he left and I understand why, but he never tried to make it up to her… unless you count sex as a way to do that. Granted, the sex was good, but it wasn’t enough to make up for his poor judgement. Over and over, he lies or hides the truth or excludes her or orders her around and it frankly got old for me. I believed in his love for her, but it was frustrating to read. Frankly, I found myself much more interested in the secondary love story forming between Connor’s brother Liam and his human mate.

I felt like there was a fair about of repetition in the book, which grated a little. So did the feeling that the females were second class citizens to the men. I know this is often a reoccurring theme in books surrounding werewolf culture, but even our “good-guy” wolves perpetuated the stereotype.

There were things I did like. The sex was good. The villain reveal was unpredictable. I’m interested in Matt, the Native American dreamwalker. And I enjoyed little glimpses of the romances between Liam and December as well as Noah and Erin. And, well, who doesn’t love a baby jaguar?

I wish this book had been a bigger hit for me, since I like Katie Reus and have enjoyed some of her other work. I think it’s more that this particular relationship didn’t work for me. I will give the series another try when the next book comes out. 3 stars.

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Alpha Instinct
by Katie Reus
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Publisher: Signet

AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Katie Reus

The lovely and talented Katie Reus is joining us today to talk about sexy shifters and give away a copy of her new book, Alpha Instinct. Please help me welcome her to the blog!

Thanks so much to Jennifer for letting me guest blog with her today!
During my younger years, my parents were pretty strict about what my sister and I watched. So it’s no wonder that I ‘rebelled’, wanting to get my hands on anything I knew would be deemed inappropriate by my parents. This included anything to do with ‘monsters’ like vampires or werewolves. Thus began my love affair with all things ‘different’. I always felt bad that just because a being was different, they were deemed monsters. It just didn’t seem fair.
And werewolves or wolves have often gotten a bad rap. Look at Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Little Pigs. Bad wolves! Luckily the attitude toward paranormal beings, werewolves included, has changed over the years. There’s something so sexy about a man in touch with his more primal, animal side. With shifters, it’s easy to capitalize on that sexiness. If I had to choose my favorite werewolf (or lycan) from the big screen I’d go with Lucian (played by Michael Sheen) from the Underworld series. If you haven’t seen the movies, please don’t read on because I’m about to give some spoilers. Poor guy was a slave to vampires from the day he was born and then when his affair with Sonja, a vampire of royal blood was discovered, he had to watch her die knowing she carried his unborn child. So cruel! But he loved his ‘people’ and looked at the big picture when it came to them. He was a great leader. And for all the centuries he was alive after Sonja’s death, he never forgot her. Sexy. Lycan.
In my upcoming Moon Shifter series from Signet, the majority of my characters are lupine shifters (wolf) and all the males are pretty damn sexy. Connor, the hero and Alpha of his pack, knows what he wants in life (or maybe I should say who) and he’s not afraid to after her. Writing this series has been so much fun and I’m very excited that Alpha Instinct is finally here (it releases in a couple days!).
So what about you? What do you like about shifters? Two readers who comment on the blog will be randomly selected to win a print copy of Alpha Instinct (US & Canada eligible only). Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by!
Alpha Instinct official blurb:

 

Fear has a scent. So does desire…
Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate.
The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bondmate—his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again.
But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor’s future, but the lives of the entire pack…
A little about me: I’ve been reading romance since a young age—ever since I discovered my mom’s hidden stash. Luckily the addiction stayed with me into adulthood. I write paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense for Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne, and NAL/Signet Eclipse. To learn more about me please visit my website, my blog, facebook or find me on twitter @katiereus.
Thanks again to Jennifer for letting me hang out at her blog today!
The winners are Mariee and Cherity.

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Review: Destined Mate

Reviewed by Jen

If you are searching for a sexy, supernatural short story, you don’t need to look any further. Destined Mate is what a novella should be. It has a basic, single conflict and clearly defined characters. It’s entertaining, engaging, and hot.

90 years ago, Angela was a human woman and crazy-in-love with Alpha werewolf, Knox. But she was turned into a vampire against her will. She was so sure he would reject her, that she ran. Now, on a mission to find a missing friend, she crosses paths with him again. And all the fire is still there between them. Can they find a way to be together despite the fact that their species are natural enemies?

Of course they can! But getting there is a fun ride. I like that these two already have a history, so we don’t have to make an instant love connection. It makes their emotions so much more believable. And did I mention the hot sex? It was short (only 59 pages), but it hit the spot. A little more than 4 stars.

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Destined Mate
by Katie Reus
Release Date: October 1, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne