Monday, July 8, 2013

The Alpha's Choice by Jacqueline Rhoades

Title:  The Alpha's Choice
Author:  Jacqueline Rhoades
Series:  Wolvers #2
Published:  Published January 29th 2013 
(first published January 28th 2013)
Page Count:  361
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Shelf: Gift
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Katarina Bennett stopped believing in fairytales a long time ago. Prince Charming doesn't exist. Careful planning is what makes dreams come true and that's what she's spent her adult life doing. Now those plans have fallen apart. She's lost everything; her fiancé, her job and her home.

Determined to make a new start, Kat takes a job as a governess and teacher for five orphaned children and finds herself in an old Gothic mansion in the middle of nowhere with people who aren't what they seem.
Charles Goodman is the Alpha of his wolver pack, the modern descendants of an ancient line of man/beasts who've hidden among the human race for centuries. Charles has his hands full with taking his pack in a new direction and dealing with dissention in the ranks and doubts about his own abilities to lead, but when he meets his feisty new employee, he begins to believe in a future he didn't think possible.

Together, Charles and Kat, Alpha and Mate, set out to prove all things are possible and fairytales do come true.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

There are 5 star books, and then there are those books that you give 5 stars to because there’s nothing higher. This book most definitely falls into the latter category.

Rhoades is one of those authors who doesn’t tell you a story. She paints you a picture. She Sets the scene and develops her story so wonderfully that you can’t help but be drawn in. There were definitely moments when I found myself saying ‘I should have seen that coming’ or ‘Wow, didn’t see that one coming’, but nothing every came completely out of nowhere. The details were in the novel, but Rhoades had pulled me so completely into this story that I was stuck in the same mindset as the characters (who also didn’t see it coming, I might add).

Rhoades also has the ability to evoke multiple emotions in her readers. I spent time on the edge of my seat, I felt sympathy and empathy for the characters, I also laughed so hard it brought tears to my eyes and an ache in my belly. There is so much truth melded seamlessly into the fiction of this story that you can’t tell where one ends and the other begins. It creates the perfect basis for this very well put together story.

For the first time in a long time, I don’t just feel for the main character, I actually want to be her. Not only is she a strong, yet realistic individual, the phenomenally developed male lead is to die for as well. This novel makes you want to be the Alpha’s Mate (capital A, capital M). The Wolver culture and race is so well developed that you can see it happening and you want to join in.

Not only are the main characters well developed, but so is the rest of the cast. Each may be developed to suit a specific role but you get to love them all the same. One thing that I love about these characters is that although they are not all main characters, no one is ever minor. Everyone is important in their own right. No one is a name on a piece of paper, and no one is shunned. These engaging characters become part of your family and part of your reality.

Rhoades is a naturally talented author with lots to offer her audience. With this 2nd instalment in the Wolvers series she has further developed her amazingly wild world to create a paranormal world that is so realistic that you just want to crawl back into the pages of the book so that you can keep living it forever.

Buy your copy online here today!

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