The Alpha Takes A Mate (Wolf Pack Mates #1) by Cara Adams

Heat Rating½
I have been thinking about this story for a few days now trying to decide how to describe it and my feelings about it. I am absolutely positive I have read The Alpha Takes A Mate before but didn’t write a review. I must have read it a long time before I started writing reviews.   I feel like I have a lot to say and am a little nervous that the negatives will outweigh the positives. So, here we go…
The Alpha Takes A Mate is not exactly a good title for this story since there are TWO men in the relationship (the reason for the word MÉNAGE in the blurb, hellooo) making the title not fit the story. Kind of felt like who ever thought of the title was totally discounting Cornelian’s role in the relationship, not cool.
According to the blurb (I am not sure that the part I am talking about is actually part of the blurb but that is where it is located) there is BDSM and toys in this erotic paranormal tail. There are toys briefly and the BDSM is more along the lines of a thought process rather than the hot, steamy graphic acts I was expecting when the words EROTIC, TOYS AND BDSM are involved. When I see the word EROTIC in connection to a story I think am thinking some majorly graphic sex scenes, don’t get me wrong the were some graphics but they felt like token offerings, kind of like the one scene where everyone wolfed out.
I really liked the characters, they were entertaining in their interaction with each other but the story line was rather anticlimactic. Wow, my husband is right, this does sound like a bit of a rant, for that I apologize. When I finally started typing I was still unsure about what my decision would be in what my rating would be, but apparently it was buried in my head all a long.
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[Siren Ménage Everlasting: Erotic Paranormal Consensual BDSM Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M, shape-shifters, spanking, sex toys, HEA]
Taige York, Eve Lang, and Ginny Thomas move to an old schoolhouse to turn it into a craft market. Taige’s well-rounded body calls to Jasper Lyall, Alpha of the nearby werewolf pack, and also to Cornelian Bardolph, his right-hand man. But the pack is not happy with humans living so close nearby and especially not with their Alpha befriending one.
While the three women are cleaning up the old building and turning the schoolhouse into a craft market, and Jasper and Cornelian are busy getting to know Taige in human form, and trying to find out whether she likes BDSM sex and werewolves, the rest of the pack is set on preventing Jasper and Cornelian from spending time with their woman. Then the pack decides to frighten the humans right away from the area. And Jasper still hasn’t gotten around to mentioning the word “shape-shifter” to Taige yet. 
Published June 28, 2013
Publisher Siren Publishing
Pages 118

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