Monday, July 4, 2011

Eagle River Alpha

Happy Fourth of July! Eagle River Alpha seems like an appropriate book to review on this American holiday since it has the American symbol right in its title. Unfortunately, that might be the end of the connections I can draw. Regardless, it was a book worthy of review...

Eagle River Alpha is an engaging tale of a young woman with a destiny greater than she could ever imagine. The book is fast-paced, drawing the reader into this unusual world alongside the heroine with enough suspense to keep us craving more.

The heroine, Jade Ash made a promise to her dying mother that she would visit her mother’s childhood home in Eagle River. The author never tells us why and at first there seemed to be an air of mystery to that request – perhaps her mother knew of the shifters - but it was overlooked in the overall plot and left me wondering. Having little else in her life once Jade loses her mother, she makes the trip to Eagle River. When she meets Sloan Taggert, the owner of the estate, and is invited to stay at his home as his guest, she is surprised but can’t help herself from accepting the invitation to be so close to her mother’s childhood home.
Quickly she learns three things in a series of revelations. First, she learns all of the large (incredibly-hunky-in-a-wolfish-kinda-way) men are wolf shifters. Then she learns she is their queen and Sloan’s mate. Then she discovers just how she becomes bonded into the pack. Any one of these things could put anyone over the top but Jade’s strong sense of self allows her to handle it with dignity. Her initial interactions with the pack are charming and humorous at times, particularly as the wolf traits the men carry over into human form show themselves. Her ease may be a sign of this being her true destiny.
Eagle River Alpha Book OneJade is a likeable character. She comes from a humble background and at times feels inferior to these new friends who so clearly live in luxury and wealth. I adored the relationship Jade formed with Sloan’s housekeeper but wanted to know more. It was almost as if there was a secret still undisclosed. But most of all, I appreciated that Jade’s earlier life allows her to become their queen while staying grounded.
Everything seems perfect until Devlin Spawn (love the name), the Alpha of the Hell Hound Pack, kidnaps Jade. The story’s pace accelerates as Sloan and his pack rescue their new queen, bring her back to her rightful home and bring her into her true destiny. The evolution of the story seems appropriate but a bit too easy, simple.
Eagle River Alpha is a captivating shifter love story that any romantic at heart will enjoy. There’s potential for a full series that I will gladly continue to read.
RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

This review of EAGLE RIVER ALPHA by Becky Wilde was originally written for The Romance Reviews and is also posted at:
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