Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review for An Alpha's Path (Redwood Pack Book One) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Title: An Alpha's Path
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan

Description: Melanie is a twenty-five year old chemist who has spent all of her adult life slaving at school. With her PhD in hand, she's to start her dream job, but before she does, her friend persuades her to relax and try to live again. A blind date set up through her friends seems like the perfect solution. Melanie can take one night away from the lab and let her inner vixen out on a fixed blind date - a chance to get crazy with a perfect stranger. The gorgeous hunk she's to meet exceeds her wildest dreams – but he is more than what he appears and Melanie's analytical mind goes into overdrive.

Kade, a slightly older werewolf (at over one hundred years), needs a night way from the Pack. Too many responsibilities and one near miss with a potential mate made Kade hide in his work, the only peace he can find. His brother convinces him to meet the sexy woman for a one night of fun. What could it hurt? But when he finds this woman could be his mate, can he convince her to leave her orderly, sane world and be with him and his wolf-half, for life?

My Thoughts: After being solely focused on her work and getting her PhD, Melanie has wasted a lot of time. All work and no play makes Melanie a boring girl. Same goes for Kade, who threw himself into his work after losing a potential mate. So Melanie's friend and Kade's brother set them up on a blind date. Melanie is all for a no strings attached, one night of pure bliss sex. Little does she know, she is about to get thrown into the paranormal world. You see, Kade is a werewolf, who has just scented his mate. After a very pleasureable night in bed with Kade, he lets the truth out and Melanie has to decide if she can deal with it. Not only that, but there is another who claims to potentially be her mate as well.
This is the first book in the "Redwood Pack Series". At only 81 pages, it's a quick read, that you will be able to get through in one sitting or a day. Melanie was shy and sweet and a totally about her work, but when she lets her inhibitions down, she doesn't hold back. When it comes to finally getting down and dirty, Melanie has no restrictions. I loved Kade. It was great to see the debates going on between him and his wolf. Where the wolf is pure instinct to claim their mate no matter what, Kade is the essence of reason, with his human part talking the wolf into wooing Melanie. Who doesn't love a slightly wounded Alpha and hopes he gets what he deserves in the end. I will say, at times, Melanie made me want to scream with her nervous and indecisiveness, but made up for it at the end of the book. The love scenes were hot and I enjoyed my first experience into the "Redwood Pack". My only complaint is that it was too short. I would have loved it longer, but I think Ryan has something with this series. I can't wait to read "Taste For A Mate" and "Trinity" which are longer. Other than that, for an intro, it has a smooth flow, definite sexiness in the right areas, romance, some action and who doesn't love a wolf? Ryan has definitely gained me as a new reader. 

4 out of 5 stars

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