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Mine for the Taking: Paranormal Dating Agency (Lone Wolves Book 1) Kindle Edition
Reese Kenneally was the epitome of the boy next door. He didn’t know an enemy, which wasn’t necessarily a good thing for a wolf, but his whole existence changed when he met Cali.
They are thrown into a world neither know anything about and must rely on
each other to keep safe and find their way through.
- ASIN : B07G1GRQ1N
- Publisher : MTW Press (August 3, 2018)
- Publication date : August 3, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 672 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 49 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #772,010 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Mine for the Taking" by Krista Ames is one such addition to the PDA world.
It is the story of Cali and Reese. Cali being a quiet librarian, struggling to find love but tired of being set-up by well intentioned, but meddlesome friends. And also a woman who, along with her brother Max, was born wolf shifter but not raised to know what being one actually means. And Reese, a beta to his older brother Trace's alpha. An older brother who thinks it's time Reese finds a wife. A wife, Reese himself isn't sure he really wants. What follows is a story that had the potential to be a sweet and fairly humorous tale of fated mates and family dynamics. That is, if it had been fleshed out beyond the basic character and plot outlines.
However, this super short novella is a mere shell and sadly never gets off the ground. It reads more like a long and winding introduction than a fully completed book. The prose within is simplistic and stunted, the PDA infused story landscape extremely rough around the edges, factually incorrect in some places, and incomplete in others. And the parts that actually do flow nicely are ruined by abrupt point of view transitions between Reese and Cali. Transitions that are horribly choppy, and at times extremely confusing.
And honestly it's a damn shame because the little bit that is there is charming. However, despite the charming premise, there just is not enough literary meat there to fully enjoy or to bring the story to life.
The PDA series is a huge, dynamic universe of insta-everything, growly alphas, and unbridled heat filled splendor. And this story doesn't even come close to being worthy of being part of the Paranormal Dating Agency world! I'm sad to say this one is a hard pass for me.
That they met in the PDA office (since when did Gerri have an office outside of her apartment?) is another issue I have with this book. They are met by a receptionist who is a Dragon, she informs them that due to the fact that some of their agents are out sick (Agents, Huh?!?) so Gerri can’t met them and will have to reschedule. The author adds a note at the end acknowledging that Reese and Callie never actually meet with Gerri but that Gerri works in mysterious ways. Well, duh, yes she does but not actually including her in a book that is part of the PDA world is a real cop-out and in my opinion, unacceptable. The added note does not negate the fact that she basically left Gerri out all together on purpose.
Another issue I had with this book is that it has some serious plot holes and many blaring grammar errors. I understand that some errors are going to happen no matter how many reviews there are but this book has way too many. As for the plot, Callie’s brother Max was living in a cabin in the woods at the beginning but had to move in with Callie because he was evicted from his apartment. There is no way a cabin at the edge of the woods can be considered an apartment. Another thing that felt incomplete is why Trace was acting so weird about pushing the mating issue and wanting to micro-manage Reese’s life. Also, the author never explains what happened to Reese and Trace’s parents or why the old pact fell apart. And I didn’t like the incomplete explanation of what happened to Callie and Max’s Wolf father. There really needed to be more of a backstory on both sides. Plus at the end it states that book 2 (Trace’s story) will be out in July 2018?!?! Since Book 1 was published in August 2018, that’s a pretty obvious error and since the print was extra large, should have been easy to notice.
My final issue with this book was the non-existent ending. There really was no conclusion and definitely no HEA. Callie and Reese kinda, sorta determined that they were mates but never acted on that so it left me feeling like this was an incomplete book.
My recommendation is to hold off reading this until more books in the series have been written, maybe if they are read back to back, they’ll make more sense.
The one main issue I had was the PDA portion of it. Any one knows Gerri usually works out of her Apartment or other places and she at least talks to people. It just didn't seem true Gerri style.
It was a cute story though.
Until Next Time... Tabi