Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fate Knows Best~ Alanea Alder


Rebecca Morgan thinks she knows what she wants out of life, until her life plan goes to hell in a handbasket. Now she is out looking for adventure. She just doesn't expect to discover a shifter-only town and one six-foot-eight, grumpy, bear-shifting sheriff named Aleksander Arkadion. Aleksander Arkadion only wants to date shifter females after working a brutal homicide case that has him returning to the shifter-only town of his youth. Which is why is he curious to discover a human in town and shocked when he realizes the tiny woman is his mate. As the attraction between them grows, Aleks realizes that he can't stay away from the petite female, but the realization may come too late. Although her body was never in any danger, he may have destroyed her heart by pushing her away. Now he has to convince his mate he really does want her while keeping her safe from rogue hyenas bent on taking her.


Fate Knows Best was a quick paranormal romance by Alanea Alder that moved hastily through adventure and dialogue. Rebecca Morgan, a human, stumbled upon an all shifter town and learned she was the fated mate of the town’s sheriff Aleksander Arkadian. Aleks was a bear shifter, the eldest of the town Alpha and Alpha Mother, next in line to take over the leadership position.  Aleks did not want a human mate and mishap after mishap occurred until the two finally came together for their mating and HEA.

Ms. Alder’s characterization of the main characters was an interesting phenomenon. Although I think that she anticipated Rebecca to be a strong-minded and strong-willed character, she came across as a slight bubble head that exuded a sugary disposition. I am not sure that anyone could be that nice all the time, and then when the reader saw a different side of Rebecca it was in a complete one-eighty.  Additionally, everyone in the town quickly became enamored with her, which was part of her charm. In defense of Rebecca’s character, though, I completely appreciated her rambling and big heart. These qualities endeared me to her.

Aleks was a grumbly bear, as Rebecca called him; sexy as hell and a heart of gold. It was very apparent that anything he did was for the betterment of the town and the love of his mate and family.

The minor characters in the book were well written and I respected Ms. Alder’s idea of a community where all types of shifters were welcome, sans any prejudice.

There was an underlying sense of turmoil in the story that developed and was solved very quickly. I would have preferred the angst to be drawn out more in order to give more depth to the story, but that was simply my personal choice. I still very much enjoyed the book and found myself laughing at Rebecca's antics.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series. This was my first encounter with reading Ms. Alder’s work and I plan to read more of her series. The men were hot and the sex steamy.

Sexy & Sizzling
A four handcuff review

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