Claimed (The Cull #1) by Renee George


April 1, 2014
Paranormal Romance
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I wrote this review a while back, but it was one of the reviews I pulled with the intent to read it again and revamp the post. The funny thing is that Renee George republished her story as an independently published book and changed the title so in running into this turn of events I am deciding to post this review as I had originally written it but with my updated format. There is a bonus—as I was looking in my e-library I found the republished version that I had received in a Holiday Giveaway a few years ago and I plan to read it as soon as I can because I am really curious to see if the author made any changes.

Review As Originally Written
I was hooked in on the first sentence. I love short stories that get in the first ten sentences. There a couple of boring spot but they didn’t last long and were great breaks for doing a few chores before continuing. I think Anna should have bit Rebecca after she changed but hey I can’t have everything (Sorry aggressive tendency are showing this week), although I guess Anna’s way was more classy.

I look forward to reading more books by this author, and hope she expands more on the world she is creating with this series.

Book Cover Rating
I love this cover

Book’s Blurb
Anna Davis has accepted that her four-year battle with cancer is finally over. With only weeks to live, she makes peace with her life and makes arrangements for her death.

Twenty years ago, Anna fell in love with Conor Evans at the wrong place and in the wrong time. She’d had to make the toughest decision she’d ever faced—and let him go. Now at the end of her life, he’s offering her a chance to finally follow her heart. He has invited her to the cull—a tradition of transformation from human into a lycanosapien by “bite and blood.”

Anna has her reasons for refusing Conor, even if it means only living another month, but Conor refuses to give up on the only woman he’s ever loved—not without a fight. Anna has another tough choice—go back to her frail humanity or accept Conor’s invitation and…claim.

The Cull: Protected by the Alpha by Renee George


May 18, 2014
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I started this book this morning while I was on a trip. I unloaded the students at ten to one and forty minutes later I was distracted by a noise, my students had returned. I had lost track of time because I was so engrossed in this book (that was embarrassing as I am usually ready with the motor running before the kids ever hit the bus doors, not today).

I absolutely love books that are so well written that you can almost feel what the characters are feeling and Renee delivered this for me in both of her books in this series. There were a couple of times I wished I was at home with my husband and a couple of times when I wished for a punching bag although Tom Ellis (I never saw that coming, by the way) to punch at would have been good to.

I also think it is really amazing how Renee can get so much into her short stories 🙂

I look forward to the next book 🙂

Book Cover Rating
I feel like I am sitting on a fence about this cover. On one hand it does match the story but on the other hand it is really busy.

Book’s Blurb
Braden Jackson wants Eve Taylor from the moment he sees her, naked and confident, strolling around the tribe’s lands in the Ozark Mountains. The newly culled female is the most beautiful woman—or lycanosapien—he’s ever seen.

There’s only one problem.

And his name is Tom Ellis.

The first generation lycan has more muscles than brains, not to mention some serious control issues when it comes to the human woman he culled.

Eve has finally escaped the unrelenting stalker who destroyed her life, and she’s grateful to Tom for giving her a new start within the lycan tribe. But it’s Braden who inspires her sparks-flying, inhibition-melting, mate-taking lust. It’s easy to want him—and helluva lot harder to risk her hard-won freedom to have him.

But when Eve’s life is threatened again, Braden will do anything to protect the woman who’s captured his heart.

Even if it means sacrificing his own.