Alpha Instinct (Moon Shifter #1)

Alpha Instinct (Moon Shifter, #1)

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…

  Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Alpha Instinct has all the elements that make up a typical urban fantasy novel:

1. An Alpha hero and an alpha heroine as main characters (which basically means that both are strong-willed, stubborn creatures, with the only difference in their rank being that the heroine decides the course of action and the hero executes it).
2. The main couple have been together in the past, but one of them broke it off due to unspecified reasons. Of course, ten years down the lane, their paths cross and they're still as passionately in love as they were a decade back.
3. If the UF novel in question is on Shifters, there's an 85% chance that the plot will revolve around random killings of said creatures, perpetrated by none other than the evil villain that wants to marry the alpha heroine.
4. A Claiming, Mating, or Imprinting, of some sort between the H&h near the beginning of the book that removes all doubts about their compatibility because nature works in mysterious yet wise ways.
5. Either of the protagonists having a near-death experience towards the end which results in both of them getting over all their issues and concerns and living HEA.

That said, Alpha Instinct is still an immensely entertaining and fun read for hard-core paranormal fans. But if, like me, you're beginning to tire of reading the same story with a few alterations over and over every time you pick up a new UF series to read, I doubt you'll enjoy this.

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  1. Dude. I must be dumb b/c I didn't notice you guys have a blog! Haha! And it's totally AWESOMENESS! ;))

    Okay, on to important things like your review. Haha! I think I'll pass on this one since like you said, it's like a repeat and nothing original and that hasn't been done.

    1. Thank you! I love your blog too, and especially your little avatar. It's beyond adorable. <3

      And yeah, I don't think you'll really enjoy this either. There are a lot better variations of the same story and most of them you've already read, I'm sure.

  2. Thanks Mariya! Your blog is also awesome!!


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