Title: Alpha Instinct
Author: Katie Reus
Series: Moon Shifter
Publication Date: February 7th, 2012
Synopsis: Fear has a scent. So does desire…
Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate.
The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bondmate—his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again.
But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor’s future, but the lives of the entire pack.
Review: This book is a hot mess. It is a paranormal romance trying to be an urban fantasy but ends up with just too much underdeveloped stuff going on. There is the poisonings, the problem with the other pack, the stuff wit the APL, the relationship stuff with Connor and Ana, the conflict with the sheriff who doesn’t like them, and lastly the relationship stuff with Liam and December. It’s all just too much for one book, Reus did not devote enough attention to each different plot point and then to the various different characters. I am not even sure we ever even learned the names of all of Connor’s pack. (And months after reading the book I couldn’t even place what book this was, it’s unrememberable.) This could have been a better book if she had scaled down on the plots, focused it more, and developed the characters better.
Recommendation: Nope, there are better books out there.