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Friday, February 18, 2011

Pack Rogue by Crissy Smith

Pack Rogue by Crissy Smith
(Were Chronicles book 4)
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (79 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

The Rogue meets the Alpha...and their worlds explode.

Rogue Kiley Palmer doesn’t have a pack. Although deep down, she does want to be part of one, she tries to convince herself she doesn’t need pack life. But that all changes when she meets her new Alpha.

Austin Winters is visiting a friend when he runs into the one person he never thought he would find—his mate. Convincing Kiley she wants him? Not nearly as difficult as getting her to accept her position in his pack...

After years of closing her heart off, Kiley Palmer has to decide whether she is willing to open it up the alpha male who is destined to be her true mate.

Normally I find myself drawn to the heroes of romance stories. In this story Kiley is really the character that captivated me. She had such a loving and open heart for a woman who has been through so much. One thing I did miss was getting to know more about the past that seemed to impact her every waking moment. The author did touch on what happened to her, but I would have liked to know more details since it seemed like such a tragic story and so important to the heroine. Even without knowing the details I was able to see that Kiley suffered enormously as a child and an adult and deserved so much more than she had found in her life until she meet Austin. He may have been the alpha male she never wanted, but he was definitely the alpha male she needed.

Austin is not your typical “me man, you woman” alpha. He is a lot more compassionate and patient than most of the dominant males within erotic/romance stories. He recognized what type of mate Kiley needs and is willing to give it to her no matter what the cost. He is able to do this while keeping his status as alpha intact. I am sure his character was not one that was easy to come up with, but he was executed perfectly.

In the previous stories there wasn’t a clear series plot set in place. I think this story changed that. You can see the direction the author wants to take the Were Chronicles, which as a reader is truly satisfying. I think that a series this long (four stories so far) needs to have a direction to pique the reader's interest enough to keep them coming back for more. If the author continues on this path I think she will do a great job in keeping people coming back as well as acquiring some new followers.

Austin and Kiley have sexual relations as often as possible. So if you enjoy plenty of hot bedroom play between truly well-drawn characters, you should enjoy this story. I wouldn’t consider the encounters particularly kinky but they were definitely steamy and enjoyable.

This story was a nice quick easy read that anyone can truly appreciate.

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