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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...
on July 06, 2013 :
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.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 07, 2013 :
Another great read. I enjoyed the humor, action, and the interaction of the cast of characters.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Feb. 06, 2013 :
First off let me say that I love this author's books. I have yet to find one that I didn't enjoy, and this one is no exception. The more I read and follow authors on Facebook and Goodreads I have found that quite often the authors I love the most are the ones that read the most, and Ms. Rhoades is definitely a reader. This love of a good story and of writing comes shining through in the story she crafts for us to enjoy. Her characters are very authentic, they have flaws and weaknesses just like you and me, and like us all they have the power to overcome....or choose not to. Buy this book, and any of her others, you won't be disappointed. These are good stories, with plenty of action and humor, twists and turns that will keep you guessing till the very end and all of this is wrapped around a juicy love story that will make you toes curl.
As for Alpha's Choice, I think I liked it better than the first one. There is just something about Charles...maybe it is his playful side, or his cockiness. Kat was an excellent pick for him, loved that this Big Bad Wolf fell for someone named Kat. She was defiantly a different from the last Mate in the previous book. Kat was a little more willing to submit to the Alpha. She also took so well to this strange new world and family she is thrust into. Happy that she finally found somewhere to belong, people to stand up for her and to love her. It was also fun to experience what it was like for her to become the wolf for the first time.
Thank you Jackie for another great story, can't wait for more!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)