Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review & Giveaway: Cole's Redemption by J.D. Tyler

Publication Date: March 4th 2014 by NAL/Signet Eclipse
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible

About the book:

Once, they were Navy SEALS. Now they are the Alpha Pack: a top secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers who take on the darkest dangers on Earth. But sometimes the greatest danger lies within their own hearts....

Healer and black wolf shifter Zander Cole has survived horrors that would have broken a weaker man. But when a battle leaves him deaf and his powers dimmed, Zan is devastated. Believing himself to be a burden to his team, he sees only one option: leave the Pack forever.

White wolf shifter Selene Westfall knows pain—she is certain her father was responsible for her mother’s death. And she lives to exact revenge. So when she is challenged by a savage black wolf, she puts up a vicious fight—only to become the black wolf’s Bondmate as a result of his bite.

Two damaged souls—one filled with hatred and one who’s lost his reason for living—are forced together as they come to terms with their unlikely, turbulent bond. A love neither expected may be all that stands between them and a killer trying desperately to keep the past dead and buried....

My Thoughts:
Zander and Selene are bonded together accidently when Zander takes a bite out of her, while in wolf form, fending off her attack on Nick, his commander. Selene is hell bent on taking revenge out on her father, Nick, after being brought up to think he killed her mother.  As a reader it is evident there’s more to this story, but it took a while to get to the truth.  I wanted these two to get to the truth and repair their father/daughter relationship, seeing as the lies caused them both so much pain.

In the meantime, Zander and Selene must make sense of their surprise bond as the Alpha Team track rogue vampires on a killing streak.  Yes, this was all a little instant romancey, but hey, shifter stories can usually make that work.  Selene and Zander were pretty well matched for not meeting previously, and their attraction was powerful thanks to the mating bond.

My only complaint with this story was the reckless choices Zander made with his life.  Using his paranormal abilities to heal others put him in danger, because he was healing from previous injuries. We’re talking blowing-blood-vessels-in-his-brain-and-dying kind of danger.  Going out with the rest of his pack to hunt these rogue vampires seemed completely stupid when his doctors repeatedly warned him of the danger.  I wanted to smack him more than a few times! Also, why didn’t Nick, as his commander, ban him from going?

Cole’s Redemption is the second book I’ve read in the Alpha Pack series and other than some last minute drama that made me want to throw something, I really enjoyed it.  The story was fast paced, action packed and full of sexy times! Shifter romances are always so much fun, filled with primal instincts and possessiveness!  Whenever I discover Kirsten Potter is the narrator I try and “read” the book by audio (which you can add for only $3.49 when you buy the Kindle version).  Her performance was a treat as usual! 

I’ve already downloaded the next book, Nick’s story. What he went through at the end of this book twisted my stomach, so I’m sure his story will be a bumpy ride…

3.5 Suns

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