February 25, 2012

Review: A Taste for a Mate by Carrie Ann Ryan

Title: A Taste for a Mate
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Publisher: Carrie Ann Ryan (Feb. 1st 2012)
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NOTE: Book suited for mature readers, 18+, due to sexual situations and some language.

Goodreads Synopsis
Jasper Jamenson’s only responsibility to being the Beta of the Redwood Pack, second son of the Alpha, is to protect the Pack from themselves and the human world. After a century of selfless service, his brother’s new found mating forced him into taking a good look into his life. He isn’t sure he wants a mate, but fate may have other ideas.

Willow Delton is a skinny, bakery owner – the type most woman love to hate. Being without family, she finds herself alone to the Greek god with green eyes who saunters into her bakery every morning. Her desire to follow him, to be with him, overrides every rational sense she possessed.

Jasper and Willow are drawn together, despite every nuisance that works against them. But evil beyond even Jasper’s supernatural compensation will make war against him, by going after the only thing in his eternal life he desires – Willow. Is Willow’s heart enough to overcome Jasper’s soul to save her life? A fight he cannot win, but to save her life – he must.


I love paranormal romances and next to vampires, werewolf stories are my favorite! This book had a nice amount of action, whether in wolf form or not! There were some suspenseful moments which I think were actually my favorite parts, even more so than the romance aspect of the book ... though those weren't too bad either! ;)

Although I did like the characters of Willow and Jasper, I felt at times that Willow's self-doubt was a little off-putting. Hey, I can relate to that myself and I like when books have a female character that isn't all "I'm perfect and I know everyone loves me, and I can kick your ass, blah, blah, blah." But even though Willow originally suspects that Jasper was forced to accept her as his mate, and despite Jasper telling her that's not true, she still doubts his love for her at one point and I didn't like that. Sure, that led to another suspenseful portion of the story but it annoyed me a bit! I felt like smacking Willow upside the head and telling her to wake up. LOL

Apart from the fact that of the Jamenson brothers, this story focuses on Jasper, I rather liked Jasper's brother Adam! I'm not saying I didn't like Jasper but for some reason, I just really liked Adam's involvement in the story. Maybe that was because of Adam's history which you learn a little bit about. Being that A Taste for a Mate is book two in the Redwood Pack series and I've not read book one yet, I'm not familiar with the character of Adam (or any of the others) more than what this book delved into!

Now, I'm no expert here but I felt that Carrie Ann had a different style of writing than what I'm familiar with. Or maybe it was more that she had a different way with words. As I've already said, I did enjoy the story itself but I do feel it could have been better. There were instances of repetition of words or phrases that I felt weren't necessary. I also came across quite a few mistakes that although don't usually interfere with my reading experience, I think in this case it did hinder my enjoyment of it a little bit. Despite that, I certainly would not mind reading the other books in the Redwood Pack series. In fact, I look forward to it because I would love to read about the rest of the Jamenson family! Plus, not everything in A Taste for a Mate was resolved, in fact, the story kind of left you hanging and I have to know what happens! :)

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I received a copy of A Taste for a Mate from the author for a giveaway she conducted on Twitter, which I won.

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