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Mate Hunted: Werewolf Shapeshifter Paranormal Romance (Alpha Marked Book 4) Kindle Edition
Thirty and single? Well, getcha butt to the Gathering! Wait... What?
Rebecca Twynham hates nature, loves a juicy steak, is not Marked, and thinks wolves come in one form: on four feet and with fur. So when she’s hauled to the annual werewolf Gathering by this scary as hell magical vortex, she’s pretty surprised to find out werewolves are real. With that new knowledge, she finds she still hates nature, she’d love a juicy steak, and maybe—she might be—Marked. Well, she doesn’t see a Mark, but she also has heavy scarring from a childhood accident—or was it intentional? Plus, she really wants to climb the gorgeous Alpha Pair, Aidan and Carson, like a tree. Luckily the two hot werewolves wanna sink their roots into her flower and… The nature analogies have gone too far.
Aidan and Carson have been a strong Alpha Pair for fourteen years. They’re tied together by their bond, and ache to claim a woman as their own. But while Carson has always been the GQ ladies’ man, Aidan has been the afterthought—the heavily scarred and frightening werewolf who’s caused more than one woman to faint.
When they find Rebecca hiding in the Bad Doggie ballroom, they rejoice that they’ve finally found the one for them. Except with curvaceous, delicious Rebecca, their roles are reversed. Instead of rushing into the arms of sleek and sexy Carson, Rebecca clings to Aidan. Carson should rejoice in her acceptance of Aidan, but jealousy rears its ugly head, destroying their triad before it has a moment to form.
Then things go from jealousy-driven bad to worse when the five families decide there won’t be any more Wickhams joining the wolfy family trees.
Oh, right, she forgot that part. Apparently her Wickham cousins are kind of a big deal in werewolf land. Big.
The bestselling ALPHA MARKED series:
The Wickham Sisters
1. Mate Claimed
2. Mate Seduced
3. Mate Discovered
The Twynham Sisters
4. Mate Hunted
5. Mate Chased
6. Mate Saved
About the Author
Celia Kyle is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of paranormal and science fiction romance, as well as non-fiction for authors. She is also the creator of the bestselling Howls Romance and In the Stars Romance lines.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
ScarletGabriellaWhitneyAlpha Marked Boxed Set (Scarlet, Gabriella, Whitney)RebeccaLoreleiPaisley --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07ZMHD39H
- Publication date : October 25, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1763 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 142 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #227,801 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it so much more than I did the first three books in this series. I feel if this had been the first book in the series, I'd have a different opinion of Celia Kyle. Unfortunately, she still carries much of the traits from the first books that turned me off her writing.
First of all, ENOUGH with the Wickham triplets! Scratch that. ENOUGH with Scarlet Wickham! Whitney and Gabriella were tolerable in this series - mildly - but good Goddess with Scarlet, gevalt! Her treatment of the wolves is subtly similar to how some White characters treat people of color in some stories and in real life. "Furball" is basically the "n-word" in Werewolf Land. (Yes, I am a woman of color - my heritage is Native American, African American and White.) I am so sick of Scarlet, of her immaturity and of her arrogance. Keller and Madden (a.k.a. Celia Kyle) really need to take her down a few notches. Please, Madden, please take Scarlet bare-bottomed over your knee and DO NOT be gentle. She and her sisters were so invasive in this book, it was ridiculous. At the end when Scarlet walked in, waking Rebecca, Aiden and Carson up after they've just mated the night prior and throwing that jingle ball and talking about playing fetch with her future children, I was so hoping Keller and Madden would ease up and let Aiden and Carson rip her to bits. Such a horrible ending. Seriously, who talks about their future children like that? I'd ask what these men see in these Wickham women but given that most of the books consist of the characters struggling to not hump each other and then later humping each other, that question would be wasted. Scarlet Wickham is basically every annoying, haughty, shallow, self-centered teenage girl we've dealt with in high school and would have loved to smack. Holy blueberry yoghurt on a friggin' cracker!
Which brings me to my next annoyance - the immature dialogue! Why can't adults just refer to sex as sex? Adults referring to sex as "boinking" is not funny or cute. And Gabby's insistence that Rebecca refer to sex with her alpha mates as "squishy" because it's a "family tradition" was just silly. It's like the Wickham triplets have to live sexually, vicariously through each other. And, again, if you are going to use the "f" word, use it sparingly and be creative. In this one it's used appropriately, but in the beginning there's a hint of Scarlet-esque dialogue that really didn't need to be in there. And not every expression needs an abbreviation. Those who've read this book will know what I'm talking about. "FUBAR"? "HBIC"? Really? This is supposed to be an adult gathering, not a high school reunion. And the whole string of "You must have a vagina" jokes came off as a little transphobic.
Next, Aiden and Carson's relationship. It was not well-developed nor was it really explained, and that made the two seem like they didn't quite go together. We get they're close and we see Carson hasn't been as honest with Aiden as he should have been - both as a friend and an alpha - but that's about it. The whole relationship just felt as rushed as the alpha pairing did even though these two men have been together for fourteen years. I absolutely loved Aiden but I found it hard to like Carson. I wished Aiden had dissolved their bond. It would have been better for the story and everyone else. It seemed Celia Kyle only kept it so we could all get the big claiming scene at the end of the story as is the thing for all the "Alpha Marked books" I've read so far.
And now we come to my other hang up with this book, in addition to the not-so-great grammar - the plot holes. I'm surprised more readers haven't asked this question - How are the werewolf pups born to human women from pure werewolves born pure werewolves? How are they able to shift into wolf form? If they were born to human women, regardless if werewolves have some biological human traits, they would be hybrids and wouldn't be able to turn into the normal wolf form. Next, in werewolf literature people who've been bitten by or have had unprotected sex with a werewolf change into werewolves. How does that not happen with the human women in this book who mate with these Alpha and Warden Pairings? What is the story behind the existence of these werewolves in this series? Is it entirely supernatural? Is it biological? Is it biological with supernatural hints? What is the deal? Most, well-read, well-researched lycanthrope - lycanthrope also includes werebears, werelions, etc... - writers will have explained this in at least the second or third book if not the first, but Celia Kyle has yet to do this and this is Book Four. Does she assume her readers are stupid? I'll say this again - this is a major rule in fantasy/science fiction, or just any type of fiction, that should never be broken or bent - regardless if you are writing a fantasy book, your story still has to adhere to the rules of reality or else the story makes no sense. Even J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkein knew this. People are all "It's fantasy so I can do what I want". No, you can't do what you want. That's not how it works. It doesn't make you a good writer. It makes you a bad writer and a bad storyteller. It's unprofessional.
Moving on, I gave this book three stars because Rebecca is a heroine I can relate to. I'm plus-sized and my body is covered in scars. Both have been key issues in my reluctance to pursue relationships or even just to be intimate with people. It hit close to home when Rebecca showed Carson her scars and asked him if he would stay with her out of pity as he had done to Aiden. I don't think people get how hard it is to stand strong despite having a body that society often deems less than perfect or not up to the conventional standards. It's so easy to put on a brave face but when it comes to revealing yourself, all of yourself, it's hard. I wish I could find a guy like Aiden who'd see past my scars and extra weight and not see me as someone to be pitied or disgusted. I want a guy to ask me if I'd like a burger or ice cream and not look at me like "Are you sure you should be eating that? Wouldn't you prefer a salad?" I want a guy to hug me and be happy that I’m soft instead of wondering how he’ll fit his arms around me.
This one also had a little bit of a better story, and I liked that it was a little longer. Much better action. Straight to the blood and gore. No showboating, boasting or trash-talking. No corny "Win for me so you can claim me dialogue". I wish the sex scenes had been longer and steamier like they were in the first three books. I also liked that this book was free of the female-on-female misogyny that the Wickham sisters kept expressing in the first three books. In addition, for the first time since reading Celia Kyle's books, I actually laughed while reading this book. No, I didn't laugh at the Wickham sister's antics. It was the interactions between Rebecca, Aiden and Carson. Those are the only other reasons I'm giving this book three stars and not two or one. I will be cracking open Lorelei next. I like Rebecca Twynham, and I think I might like her sisters but I'm not entirely sure yet. This IS a Celia Kyle book after all, and one thing I've noticed about her books - the ones I've read so far - is that while her heroines are curvaceous, pretty and intelligent, they tend to become really obnoxious as the story progresses. Thankfully that didn't happen with Rebecca, and I really hope it doesn't happen with Rebecca, Lorelei or Paisley.
The length, the concept yep loved it all, its not a stand alone so you will need to start with the first in the series Scarlett. But you will love it and each one after.
The Gathering is for 30 year old “marked” human women to find their mates. Usually they are in a pair either rulers and or now Wardens. Each set of males are alpha’s personified. The women usually know but their is a bigger chance they haven’t a clue, Rebecca is out in the wilderness on a date... When she gets “pulled” to the gathering. Oh and one of her mates is hot on her tail.
Rebecca is sure she has no mark. But is willing to hang out with the very large wolves claiming to be hers. As we know jealousy is a very hard emotion to deal with and can make one do and or say stupid things. Also when you have a large amount of people and one tries to institute new changes...well lets just say not everyone is happy. As family and friends gather its also a place for catching up, and clearing the air. And some serious bonking as Scarlett so cleverly puts it.
Wonderful story with some hot scenes, with old characters from previous books. I can’t wait to read the next installment of Alpha Marked. Consider this and all of the books recommended. Enjoy
This is about their cousin Rebecca and what happens to her. See this side of the family broke off from the rest , the grandmother didn't want to be marked and didn't want the wolves anywhere near her family because of a bad match with mates. So Rebecca and her sisters don't know about werewolves or about their marks. Rebecca's grandmother hates wolves so much that when the girls were young and in a tree house at her house...she set it on fire and tried to burn the girls. Rebecca said she was the only one hurt and so didn't realize she had the Mark.
Join the fun and see what happens when she is magically dropped in the Gathering and has to learn about wolves and magic!! Lololol...of course the Wickham Sisters are their and try to help her and help keep her safe.
Rebecca has two sisters and we will learn about them later...Woooohoooo!!! Celia Kyle has another hit on her hands!! I really think the new sisters will be as good as the first ones in Alpha Marked.....Scarlet, Gabriella and Whitney.
So if you like to laugh and like hot hunky alphas then you will love this series as much as I do !!!
Way to go Celia Kyle !!!!! 5 stars for your Awesomeness!!!
I also liked the juxtaposition of the two heroes. The fact that the "pretty one" was the jerk and the scarred one gentle and sensitive gave the two characters great depth and likability. They made mistakes, denied those mistakes for a short while then ultimately owned up to them and made amends. I appreciated the bouts of jealousy each hero experienced. Their feelings of jealousy made their characters more real to me in this menage setting.
The cover is excellent. Hot but not too embarrassing if someone catches me reading the book. I found more than a handful of editing errors in the text which is why the rating for REBECCA is a 4 instead of 5. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
Reviewer, Phoenix Andrews
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i really enjoyed the first three so i was so excited when i got this its funny romantic and hot. Scarlet and her sisters continue to make me smile
Rebecca is a cousin of scarlet who has been transported to the gathering where she finds her mates thees only one problem she has no idea whats going on.