Friday, 17 February 2012

Review: Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus

Alpha Instinct
Moon Shifter #1
Katie Reus
Publication date: 7th Feb 2012
My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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 definitely felt like the start of a good series even if there was a few things about it that I wasn't overtly keen on.

I think I assumed from the title and cover that the tough but sexy woman with the wolf tattoo and leather would be a bit more alpha like. I found myself comparing Ana to Faythe from the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent and Ana just didn't measure up. Equally, the relationship between Ana and Connor felt a bit off for me. Although the hot bits were definitely hot, Connor's refusal to be upfront with Ana and his "omissions" really put me off him. Despite being annoyed with him at first Ana kind of let him away with it a little bit too easily for my liking. I would have made him grovel! I wanted Ana to kick back and show him who the real boss was.

I did however really enjoy the other characters and could see loads of potential for further books. Liam, Connor's brother and second in command, and his human "mate" and Erin and Noah all piqued my interest. Even more tantalising was the suggestion of the scary enforcer Jayce Kazan and his ex-girlfriend Katarina, I know I'll want to read their story.

Alpha Instinct showed real promise and I'll be looking out for Primal Possession the next instalment in September.


  1. I'm quite curious about this one, I think I'll wait a little more for reading it because I read some mixed review. But it sounds like a nice start and I'm glad you enjoyed it, mainly the characters.

  2. I love the sound of this book, but I'll have to read some more reviews on it. Glad you enjoyed it, apart from Ana and Connor's relationship.(:


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