Monday, February 23, 2015

Cole's Redemption by J.D. Tyler

Title: Cole's Redemption
Author: J.D. Tyler
My Rating: B

Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Series: Alpha Pack #5
Main Characters: Zan and Selene
Release Date: March 2014
Publisher: Signet
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Once, they were Navy SEALS. Now they are the Alpha Pack: a top secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers who take on the darkest dangers on Earth. But sometimes the greatest danger lies within their own hearts....

Healer and black wolf shifter Zander Cole has survived horrors that would have broken a weaker man. But when a battle leaves him deaf and his powers dimmed, Zan is devastated. Believing himself to be a burden to his team, he sees only one option: leave the Pack forever.

White wolf shifter Selene Westfall knows pain—she is certain her father was responsible for her mother’s death. And she lives to exact revenge. So when she is challenged by a savage black wolf, she puts up a vicious fight—only to become the black wolf’s Bondmate as a result of his bite.

Two damaged souls—one filled with hatred and one who’s lost his reason for living—are forced together as they come to terms with their unlikely, turbulent bond. A love neither expected may be all that stands between them and a killer trying desperately to keep the past dead and buried....

My Review:
I listened to most of this book in audiobook form. Honestly, I don't think I should listen to this author's stories in audio. In this particular book, there seemed to be quite a bit of lovey-dovey schmaltz-y style talk which I normally don't enjoy, but it's 10 times worse when listening to me, anyway. I honestly don't think it would have been near the aggravation to me if I had simply been reading the book and I would have given this book a slightly higher rating. 

Because I did enjoy the story overall. Zan and Selene both have rough back stories. He's quickly going deaf because he's overused his gift of healing and he's having to accept that he's a detriment to Alpha Pack, a group of friends that he lives for. 

Selene is new on the scene in this story. She's Nick's daughter. He's the leader of the alpha pack and she wants and plans to kill him for revenge. Zan and Selene don't realize they are mates until it's too late and they're already bonded so this is an insta-relationship kind of book. 

I did like the complex emotions that built up the back story of this book. I think there could have been a bit more conflict for Zan and Selene and their unexpected mate bond. Their immediate joy about having hot, easy sex seemed to be just too easy and the two accepted that really readily  I would have liked to have seen them fight that mate-bond a bit just on principle. 

Nick played a lot into this story, too. I loved his aspect of the story and am so ready to read his book. One of the great things about falling behind in this series is that I can immediately jump into his book. 

Overall this wasn't my favorite book from the series, but I do blame a lot of that on listening to the first 75% of it on audio. This is nothing against the narrator. I just don't personally feel that this author's writing style is good combination for me personally in audio. And I know that's not an issue for me when simply reading her books as I've adored all of her series so far.

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