The Alpha's Mate

Adult
Rated 4.57/5 based on 7 reviews
Welcome to Rabbit Creek....

City girl Elizabeth Reynolds hopes to find peace in the small Appalachian town of Rabbit Creek. Okay, so the bucolic cottage she’s rented turns out to be a dilapidated cabin without phone service, but the people she meets are wonderful. Friendly and down to earth, they welcome her with open arms. It’s just like moving to Mayberry… if Andy and Aunt Bea were wolves. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781476264547
About Jacqueline Rhoades

I'm a New Englnder by birth and an Ohioan by choice. I followed the man I love. My husband and I make our home in a small, rural community and my children are scattered throughout the U.S. By day, I work with Special Education students, by night, I'm a writer and in between, I read, read, read.

For me, reading has always been an adventure. You never know where a book will take you. Will it make you laugh? Cry? Will you sit at the edge of your seat in anticipation? Will your heart thunder in passion? Will you sigh with compassion at a touching moment?
I try to bring all this to my writing. It, too, is an adventure for me. A character will pop into my mind at the oddest times; in the shower, in the grocery store, and quite often when I really should be doing something else! She speaks to me and I begin to see her in my mind, what she looks like, where she's from, what she was like as a girl. She's not a lttle girl now and she has a story to tell.

That's where the adventure begins because while I know where my character is going, I'm never quite sure how she'll get there. It's hard work slogging through life to get to happily ever after, but unlike many of my characters, I'm a romantic at heart and I believe...

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Review by: Crystal Dawn on April 20, 2013 :
My first book from this author and I enjoyed it. It has a unique outlook on werewolves. It was funny and emotional. Interesting characters and plot twists. A great paranormal romance.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Casie L on March 10, 2013 :
Okay this is my first Jacqueline Rhoades book, and I loved it :) This book I could not put down. I read it all in one day. I felt horrible today, but could not put my reader down. She had lots of action, funny misunderstanding that had you laughing, I raged with Lizzie and cried too. I love books that take you on an emotional roller coaster. The main character Elizabeth (Lizzie) has always felt out of place. I loved being part of the journey to her finding where she belonged and that she found that she had more strength than she knew she did. Marshall sounds like a very sexy, handsome man who is loving and caring toward all of the members of his pack. You have family drama, pack conflicts, and the evil guy you want to see lose. I recommend this book to everyone who loves shifter books. Now that I know I love Jacqueline Rhoades books; I will have to be on the look out for more. :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Richard Sommery-Gade on March 06, 2013 :
This is a very well written, fascinating, griping, novel that not only gives a quick historical glance at the world of these mythical quick changing beasts, put into a realistic humanly touching form that is quickly believable, as we are drawn into a complex puzzle that becomes an addicting page turner, you can't put down. This was gifted to me by the author and I can hardly wait for the next installment. How they have endeared themselves and turned enemies into staunch allies even if they turn out to be your brother. Yes that is how twisted and cleverly written this work is and grips you even if you've never had an interest in this genre before. 4.9 Stars in my rating out of 5.0 with a hearty recommendation.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jonel Boyko on Jan. 04, 2013 :
Holy descriptionville!!! By the end of the first chapter I was so immersed in this story, based on the vivid and filling descriptions that Rhoades uses that I was standing in the middle of the woods with the characters. Even when I had to put the book down to go to work, I never left this world behind. You live this story, you do not read it. The situations are so real that you cannot help but laugh at the ridiculousness or hold your breath in nervousness, hoping that everyone will be alright.

This book is jam packed with action, romance, and true friendships. Not a moment is left dull and no event is ever skimmed over. Everything is clearly portrayed. The novel is also very well written. Rhoades has a way with words that makes you forget that you are reading, and not living, the events in question.

I fell in love with many of the characters the first time that they appeared. They were so vividly portrayed that you cannot help but know them as if they were a real life friend (and believe me, by the end, they may as well be). There were others that I hated with an intensity that should not be possible.

This novel is, by definition, a paranormal romance novel. What I especially appreciated about it was that it was different. Yes, boy falls for girl and they get together. That’s a given. However, the relationship between the pack Alpha and his mate is completely different from anything that I’ve ever read. The Alpha, Mate, pack relationship is also different. Every difference and similarity to the genre helps to pull the story forward and to pull you into the story.

This book is amazing as a standalone novel. Everything begins and ends within its pages. You can see the world outside of the novel, but don’t need to read it to thoroughly enjoy yourself while reading it. That said, am I ever glad that this is the first book in the series. I will definitely be following it as it is written.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Mei Diver on Dec. 31, 2012 :
The Alpha's Mate by Jacqueline Rhoades
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis

Elizabeth Reynolds may have wanted to change her life by moving to a cabin in the woods; but she never expected her new life to begin with a crash and a rescue by the hot sherrif when she was in nothing but her undies. The friendly town takes her in and help her fix up her new place, and everything seems to be going just peachy. It's just too bad that the hottest man she's ever met is gay, and she can't stop running in to him.

Review

I wasn't a huge fan of the cover on this book, and had I not gotten a copy for review I probably wouldn't have read it. That would have been a travesty!
I really enjoyed this story. Sometimes I'm a bit reticent about romances as they can be more love scenes than plot, but while there were hints of the impending passion, there were only two real sex scenes in the book. The story was entertaining; it was fun to see Elizabeth grow into a sassy brassy woman. The town was full of interesting characters, and the love interest was more than just a hunk of meat or a knight in shinning armor. Plus, it's always fun to read a story where the woman gets to decide if SHE wants to be with the man. I've seen way too many stories that left the relationship up to the man lately.
Oh! The best tidbit is the fact that there was an actual explanation for the instantaneous love that appears in so many of the books, and Elizabeth had an issue with it. That may sound strange, but I sometimes wonder what in the world these characters are thinking when they meet someone and fall instantly in love.

My Recommendation

Not for children, the love scenes aren't super graphic, but are best saved for a mature reader. Due to the fact that there was an interesting plot and a sassy female lead, I give it a 4/5.

***FTC Disclosure: This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angie Lenkevich on Dec. 07, 2012 :
Elizabeth Reynolds never thought of herself as beautiful or sexy just an ordinary Plain Jane. Her overbearing mother has driven Elizabeth to rebel with everything that she has and thensome thru small sacrifices. Elizabeth is hoping for a new start in Rabbit Creek will change her outlook on life. When Elizabeth is involved in a car crash her world turned upside down by the sight of a sexy stranger. Marshall Goodman didn't know what to expect upon meeting Elizabeth yet found himself fascinated all the same. Marshall thinks that Lizzie is just his kind of woman whether she knows it or not. Elizabeth wants to correct Marshall for using the nickname Lizzie yet can't seem to mind so very much either. Trouble is afoot in Rabbit Creek, Elizabeth finds herself smack dab in the middle of it. She learns that werewolves are real and not bothered by it either. Marshall and company all marvel over Elizabeth's easy acceptance that she's living in a community of werewolves. Elizabeth keeps on surprising the people of Rabbit Creek. Who is causing trouble in Rabbit Creek? Will Marshall admit his feelings? Will Elizabeth move out of her comfort zone? Your answers await you in The Alpha's Mate.

I love reading about wolves in any form! I love the uniqueness of wolf lore and traditions presented in the story. Elizabeth is such a wonderful relatable character that I would like to call a friend just by her nature alone. Marshall is ruggedly handsome, loyal, honest, and hopeful old soul of a man. What makes this story so special and unique is that the characters from beginning to end were so real and honest how could you not love them. I look forward to enjoying more of this author's work in the future.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Paty on Nov. 12, 2012 :
If you're looking for a well written book that grabs your attention and sucks you in then this is the book for you. Ms. Rhoades has a real talent for combining humor, adventure and romance. Though it could use a good proof reader to fix the typos and it did bog down a little towards the end. Though I've given it a 4 star, if I could I'd give it a 3.5 but since I enjoyed it so much I bumped it up and I would reccomend it to my friends.

For a city girl Elizabeth Reynolds certainly turned out to be tough when she needed to be and I loved that about her. My only problem with her was her thoughts about her weight. That also is my only real problem with this story. It concerns me greatly when I read that she's "plump" and then discover that she is 5ft 3in. tall and weighs 115lbs. That is soooo not plump!!! And then to hear her say, "I'm round enough as it is." and for the H to replay with, "Nothing wrong with a little meat on a woman." This disturbs me because she's thin!!!! I expected the H to tell her she was out of her mind!

I've read many werewolf romances and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at the differences that Ms. Rhoades built into this world.

So overall this was a good book that made me laugh, cry and grip the arm of the chair in suspense. Therefore, I suggest the next time you're in the mood to laugh and cry all while being held in suspense that you read this book.

In the interest of full disclosure I wish to acknowledge that I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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