Sunday, April 3, 2011
Romance Series Review: Were Chronicles
Books: Pack Alpha, Pack Enforcer, Pack Territory, Pack Rogue
Genre: Werewolf/ Shifter/ Paranormal/ Romance
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½
Crissy Smith began her Were-world with her first book, Pack Alpha, in 2009 and has steady kept her theme and story line consistent through four books. Each book is set in a different pack, and new hero and heroine are introduced.
In Pack Alpha readers meet Marissa and Gage. Marissa is a were who can feel her wolf, but for some reason she can't shift. Being kicked out of her former pack because she was different Marissa is forced to live a solitary life without her family or her pack.
Now she is set to attend her sister's mating ceremony in another pack and meets the pack's alpha Gage.
Gage has never been attracted to another female before. Immediately the two become intimate, but Marissa only wants to protect Gage, so she tries to leave. Gage can't let her go.
This is such an emotionally driven book, so have some tissues close by. Pack Alpha sets the scene for the world Crissy Smith has created in the rest of her books. It gives the readers a chance to learn the rules these character's of all the books live by.
When a threat to the were's female community brings Emily home from college, she once again lets her feelings known to Cain and Cain can't keeps himself away from Emily. When Cain feels he's been betrayed his behavior makes it clear to his Alpha father that Cain and Emily's attraction is more than just an attraction, but true-mates.
While Cain continues to search for the rogue who is killing the were females, Emily is struggling with the idea of giving up completing her college degree. This book is well written with more of a mystery theme to the story while Cain works to try and figure out who the rogue is.
Tasha's sister, Crystal, is a non-shifter, like Marissa in book 1. Feeling as she doesn't belong, Crystal runs away to the city. The only thing she can think to do is ask Adam, her alpha, for help. Adam and Tasha go to the city to find Crystal and with help from Cain, is able to save Crystal from the worst.
That's not the end of the story. Thinking that Marissa can help Crystal, Adam takes Tasha and Crystal to talk with Marissa. That just happens to be where Adam's father is staying. While there, Adam explores his new relationship with Tasha, hoping to make her his mate, and also has to deal with his father.
Pack Rogue is the current book in the series, just released last month. This book introduces two new packs to the series as well as opens the door to future books with the knowledge that there are other shifters, as well as vampires and witches in the world Crissy Smith created.
When Tyler calls her back to pack territory because he has a job for her, Kiley hesitantly goes to see what he wants. The minute she walks in the room she knows that her true mate is one of Tyler's guests.
Austin has come to visit his friend to listen to a pack liaison talk about whether or not the werewolves should come out to the human world. The only problem is someone doesn't want this to happen and is making threats against the packs. While Austin deals with his new mate and her issues against belonging to a pack, he has to make the right decision for his small pack about telling the rest of the world about weres.
The series it self is relatively a quick read. The heroes are dominant alphas and the heroines are more than strong enough to take them and everyone else on if they need to. That is the best part of these books. While the alphas try to make clear that the women should remain submissive to them, the women make it just as clear that that won't be happening.
Were Chronicles 01 – Pack Alpha
Marissa Boyd finds herself drawn into a world she can never be a part of, complete with an Alpha wolf who takes whatever he wants. And he wants her. Marissa Boyd knows, as a non-shifter, she doesn't belong in Pack territory. She braves a visit to attend her sister's mating ceremony and meets the shifter who will change her entire life and beliefs.
Gage Wolf knows Marissa is hiding a pained past. As Alpha, he must do whatever it takes to protect his pack, and he considers Marissa a part of that group. Making her his is just an added benefit. When Marissa's old lover tries to claim her for his own, Gage knows he will never let her go and sets out to prove that to everyone else. Now he just has to make her understand that she belongs with the pack and to the Pack Alpha.
Were Chronicles 02 – Pack Enforcer
Enforcing his control never felt better.
As Enforcer for his Pack, Cain is used to people listening to him and following his orders without question. The only one to ever challenge him is Emily. Emily is good at pushing his buttons and making him want things he has no business wanting.
Emily has loved Cain all her life, but he denied her years ago. The two are thrown together when Emily returns home because of terrible attacks on Pack females. The sexual tension between the pair is explosive. No one is safe when this alpha male and strong female get together.
Were Chronicles 03 – Pack Territory
Adam White is the new Alpha in his territory but Tasha Johnson may the one in charge. As new Alpha of his territory, Adam White has his hands full. He must make the transition to his new role as smooth as possible, which is easier said than done. His father's mental state is worrisome, a teenage girl has run away, and the woman of his dreams is helping with the search.
Tasha knows the last thing the new Alpha needs is to look for her missing sister. Desperate, she goes to him and asks for his help anyway. As they leave their territory behind and travel to the city, she has more than just her runaway sister on her mind. Adam has taken a hold of her thoughts and fantasies. With so much happening around them, can two fated mates find one another and leave the world behind? If only for a few stolen erotic moments.
Were Chronicles 04 – Pack Rogue
The Rogue meets the Alpha… and their worlds explode.
Rogue Kiley Palmer doesn’t have a pack. Although deep down, she does want to be part of one, she tries to convince herself she doesn’t need pack life. But that all changes when she meets her new mate… an Alpha.
Austin Winters is visiting a friend when he runs into the one person he never thought he would find — his mate. Convincing Kiley she wants him? Not nearly as difficult as getting her to accept her position in his pack...