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Released: March 5 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Grizzlies Gone Wild #4
“ALPHA UNLEASHED lacked all the things I love about a shifter romance.”
~ Under the Covers
I’ve been on the hunt for a new paranormal romance author and series to follow. I feel like, aside from the really big names that I still love, there hasn’t been a lot of new being added to my reading in the past few years. This series has been on my radar for a while but I hadn’t read any of them. Kathy Lyons is a pen name of Jade Lee and I remember reading maybe one book under that name and thinking it was just ok. Maybe that’s why I hadn’t picked this up. But it was finally time!
First impression was not what I expected. ALPHA UNLEASHED lacked all the things I love about a shifter romance. The narration and storytelling in this one for me felt… detached. I didn’t think it pulled me into the story or got me to care about either the characters or the plot. Which is saying something because if you break down the plot, it should’ve been interesting.
I also like to see a connection between the shifter animal and the personality of the human. It makes reading these kinds of books fun to me. I couldn’t see that here. Simon is very dry. And other than the fact Alyssa and Simon had met once before and there was already an attraction, there wasn’t much that made me believe they had a romantic connection other than lusting after each other. And that is also on the low end of the scale.
Overall, there was a lot more about this book that felt boring and sadly I couldn’t connect. I did manage to finish it only to find there’s a bit of a cliffhanger in the end and the overall series arc will continue in the next book. I can’t really say I’m invested to either go back and read the previous books, or continue from here.
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