Review: Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus

Alpha Instinct
(Moon Shifter, #1)
By: Katie Reus
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Published: Feb. 7, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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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…

I may be new to Katie Reus books but she’s managed to sink her claws into me with this book. I found myself wrapped up in the story in the first chapter and was reluctant to tear myself away from the book to cook dinner. Which is probably why I made something that cooked in the oven and didn’t require my attendance. Yes, the story is that engaging. The world building is perfect and the characters that she created really come to life in the pages.

I won’t bother rehashing what takes in the book since that’s what the synopsis is for but I will say that there is a lot of back and forth between the characters. Ana was in love with Connor when he all but got up and left the pack without so much as a “sayonara” to Ana. So when he pops back into the picture she’s hesitant to allow him back into her life but regardless, she can’t run from her feelings for long. Connor, being the Alpha warrior that he is, of course, won’t admit to his feelings or tell Ana why he left in the first place. Nevertheless, these two characters are mated in the beginning of the book and have to deal with both the past and present at once in order to make keep their new pack intact.

Not only did I enjoy the main characters but the story follows Connor’s brother, Liam, as well as he deals with the shock of finding his mate. We also follow the villains in the story too. So we get a lot of point of views in this story that as a whole, really create an in dept story that goes beyond the two main characters. We get to meet characters who, in the future, will have their own story. So I highly recommend reading the books in succession since you will more than likely feel a little left out if you were to jump in later on in the story.

Even though this was the first book that I’ve read by this author it definitely won’t be the last. I’m already clamoring to get my hands on the second book which deals with Liam and his mate. If you are a fan of PNR or shifter books than give this a try. You won’t be disappointed.

“Regardless of species, women were the most complicated creatures on the planet, but even he know to listen when they spoke.” -Liam

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