Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: All’s Fair in Mate Bonds and Publishing
Author: Alana Ankh
Series: Confessions of a Werewolf Editor #1
Heroes: Killian Marsden/Brett Wolfe
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 112 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 3, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: For Killian Marsden, werewolf romance is overrated. After all, he should know, since he’s a half-werewolf and an editor for a romance-publishing house. He’s tired of reading mate bond fairytales, because real life doesn’t work that way. In the real world, Alphas abandon their half-breed children. Not that Killian’s jaded or anything. Simply realistic. So when werewolf Alpha Brett comes knocking, demanding explanations on a rejected manuscript, Killian reels away, or at least tries to.
Brett is a walking, talking Alpha cliché: big, possessive, and growly. His last name is Wolfe, for crying out loud. But Brett is also trustworthy, devoted to his pack, and a little silly when in love. Soon, Killian discovers that maybe, just maybe, he might love Brett in return.
Unfortunately, Killian is not the only one who wants to claim Brett. He will have to set aside his beliefs about mate bonds and deadbeats if he wants his own happily ever after werewolf romance.
Killian may be a half-werewolf/half-human but that doesn’t mean he enjoys the fairytale shifter story even if he is an editor at a publishing house who gets a ton of shifter stories. Still, he doesn’t believe in the whole ‘mates’ thing… that is until Brett Wolfe shows up looking for answers but ends up finding his mate instead. Before they know it, Brett’s persistance causes Killian to give him a chance even if he doesn’t believe there’s anything but a bit of chemistry between them. But when Brett’s ex-fiance doesn’t want to let him go, they’re both forced to make a decision – accept the challenge that could put Killian in danger or Brett leaving his status of Alpha for good.
It’s no secret that I’m a shifter junkie so when I saw Ms. Ankh had this one coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it especially since I’ve adored the previous stories I’ve read by her so far. Needless to say, this was another great book by her and I loved that she mixed the cliche shifter story elements in the book while simalteneously complaining about them. Granted, it was Killian complaining about them and then living it himself… although I wouldn’t exactly say he lived out ALL the cliches.
Even still, as characters, I loved both Killian and Brett. Killian is more of a skeptical, jaded character who doesn’t really like the fact he’s half-werewolf. In fact, he hates all supernatural beings… and kinda hates humans too. When Brett comes around claiming their mates, Killian doesn’t want to believe it and I loved that he fought that so hard, even if he couldn’t fight being around Brett. As for Brett, he’s the typical alpha shifter: jealous, possessive, dominating – but Killian gives him a run for his money, making Brett really think about his life and what having a male mate would mean for him.
This was such a sweet, fun story but I admit, I wanted to see more of Brett and Killian after things settled. I loved that Killian wanted to take things slow and didn’t want to rush into a relationship with Brett. But seeing as this seems to be the first in a new series, I’m hoping the next book shows more of them within the pack and includes more of that aspect of their lives. Beyond that, I was a bit confused how Killian’s mom could know about shifters and live with shifters when they made such a big deal about humans not finding out about them.
All in all, another great story by Ms. Ankh! I’m loving her writing and absolutely adore her characters. It’ll be interesting to see where the story goes from here and I’m hoping there will be much more of Killian and Brett to come! If you enjoy shifter stories with a bit of spunk, definitely give this one a go!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*