Sunday, January 10, 2016

Romance Book Review: Tori Austin and V.D. Dold's Stefan

Author: V. A. Dold and Tory Austin
Series Connection: Le Beau Series
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolf Romance, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Vickie Dold

Purchase Link: Amazon

Having a bad experience with an older woman has a very young man, Stefan Le Beau, decided long ago that he wasn't going to put his heart into a relationship again. He had a plan and has stuck by it for over a century. Now his has quite a reputation with the ladies. His plans go out the window when he meets his mate, El, but with his reputation and her past Stefan has his worked cut out for him getting his mate to give him the time of day.

El had her own bad experience with men, especially men like Stefan. Rich men, from powerful families. She isn't about to tell Stefan her past and although she is intrigued by his attention and completely turned on, she knows she can't get involved with him.

But Stefan can't let go. He needs his mate and will do whatever he can to get her.

In the meantime, someone is after the Le Beau family and wants to see them hurt however they can.

Where do I start. While I like the series and the story behind it, this book really had some problems for me. Yes we know that El had some problems in her past and needed to work through them, but her treatment toward Stefan really left me hating her. Even with the HEA I'm never going to like her character. Stefan was a little wimpy, I still liked him and respected his patience with her.

More than all that, however was the writing to me wasn't as good as I had read from these authors in the first two books. I was excited when I found this book was out, even though it had been out for over a year. I am a little disappointed, but still have hope for the series and will move on to read Thomas' story.

NOTE: Complete novel. No cliffhanger. Dual POV. Rated 18+ for language and strong sexual content. This is an adult paranormal romance with erotic content. The series centers on Billionaire Wolf Shifters with plus sized BBW for mates. It also includes vampires, voodoo priestess, a Marine, and magic. These are stand alone books that create a series. They do not need to be read in order. Of course, the story is richer if the books are read in order. 
#1 Cade 
#2 Simon 
#3 Stefan 
#4 Thomas 
#4.5 Cade & Anna 
# 5 Lucas 

El is a beautiful, successful, plus sized woman suffering a debilitating humiliation that has left her hating all handsome, wealthy men exactly like Stefan Le Beau. Unfortunately for Le Beau, she’s known him since she was sixteen and was totally snubbed by him. To her, he’s a hound dog and a man-whore. 

Stefan is a playboy to the extreme with one hard and fast rule: date a woman only once, take her to bed, and be gone before morning. Until El. 

Stefan’s dream of finding his mate comes true when he bids two hundred thousand dollars to win a date with El at Simon’s charity ball. Money well spent in his opinion. 

Now, if she would only talk to him. Or look at him. Or touch him, or…like him. 

Can Stefan convince El he's a reformed man? 

Can El learn to trust a man who is the epitome of what she avoids and could shatter her heart? 

It will require drastic, strategic measures from the entire family to make this mating happen.

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