March 6, 2012
Review: An Alpha's Path by Carrie Ann Ryan
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Publisher: Carrie Ann Ryan (Dec. 1st 2011)
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NOTE: Book suited for mature readers, 18+, due to sexual situations and some language.
Melanie is a twenty-five year old chemist who has spent all of her adult life slaving at school. With her PhD in hand, she's to start her dream job, but before she does, her friend persuades her to relax and try to live again. A blind date set up through her friends seems like the perfect solution. Melanie can take one night away from the lab and let her inner vixen out on a fixed blind date - a chance to get crazy with a perfect stranger. The gorgeous hunk she's to meet exceeds her wildest dreams – but he is more than what he appears and Melanie's analytical mind goes into overdrive.
Kade, a slightly older werewolf (at over one hundred years), needs a night away from the Pack. Too many responsibilities and one near miss with a potential mate made Kade hide in his work, the only peace he can find. His brother convinces him to meet the sexy woman for a night of fun. What could it hurt? But when he finds this woman could be his mate, can he convince her to leave her orderly, sane world and be with him and his wolf-half, for life?
An Alpha's Path is book one in the Redwood Pack series. Kade Jamenson is the first son of the Redwood Pack's Alpha, thus an Alpha himself and heir to the Redwood Pack. With the help of his brother Jasper, and Larissa (a witch), they set Kade up on a blind date with Melanie (Larissa's best friend). But what Kade isn't aware of, until he meets Melanie, is that she could be his mate.
Melanie is hesitant about a blind date but her friend Larissa insists that she needs to let loose, at least for one night. That one night, however, changes everything for Melanie. Not only does she learn about what Kade is and that she is a possible mate for him, but she finds out that she could be a possible mate for another werewolf from the Redwood pack as well. And because of that, she must choose between them. But Melanie is too smart and sensible to make such a decision without a lot of careful consideration, no matter what her heart tells her.
Because I read A Taste for a Mate, book two in the Redwood Pack series, prior to reading this one, I find myself wanting to compare the two a little bit. I think An Alpha's Path was a little better written, as there wasn't a repetition of words or phrases in it like A Taste for a Mate had. But on the other hand, A Taste for a Mate was more action packed, more suspenseful. There were a number of mistakes in the writing as well, though nothing that I found particularly distracting.
I sort of wish that the main instance of conflict in the story had been a little more intense, more drawn out maybe. It wasn't as exciting as I hoped it would be but I didn't mind the way the conflict ended. Plus, I suppose that the romance lover in me would have liked the story to be a little longer. I'd have loved to see Melanie and Kade get to know each other better. I wasn't quite ready for it to end where it did either. :) But at least, there is a little more to Kade's and Melanie's story in A Taste for a Mate. And, with any luck, maybe there will be a little more to their story in Trinity Bound, book three in the Redwood Pack series!
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