Monday, December 8, 2014

Release Blitz and Christie's Review: Crying Wolf by Rochelle Paige

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Crying Wolf (Black River Pack, #1) by Rochelle Paige Blog Tour

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Grace Shaw is on the run from her crazy ex-boyfriend who refuses to believe their relationship is over. He's a cop and is willing to use police resources to track her down. So Grace comes up with a plan and tricks his fellow brothers in blue into thinking crying wolf a couple of times when he's reported her missing. Little does she know she'll go running into the arms of a real wolf when she finally makes her escape for real.

She just wants to be left alone, but then she meets Hunter Tate - the alpha of the Black River Pack. Grace tries to hold Hunter at arm's length, but there's just no reasoning with an alpha male werewolf who insists she's his mate.

This is book one in the Black River Pack series. Each novella will feature a different couple.

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Then a pure, sweet scent drifted my way and my wolf wanted to know where it was coming from so he could roll around in it. Parker was looking over my shoulder with a welcoming smile on his face. A growl crept up my throat at the flirty gleam in his eyes as I turned to see who had caught his attention.
She was the opposite of any woman I’d ever fucked in the past. Everything I’d thought I would never want. Her tiny frame looked practically breakable by human standards, let alone a wolf’s. I had to be at least a full foot taller than she was and more than a hundred pounds heavier. She looked nothing like our she-wolves, who were tall, lithe and athletic. But even though she was small, she had curves that were just begging to be touched.
Her full breasts strained against the red fabric of the T-shirt she was wearing, the one with my brand stretched across her chest. The only thing that even remotely resembled the women of my pack was the long, brown hair that flowed down her back and the brown eyes that blinked up at me. But even those were better somehow. Her hair gleamed in the sun that streaked through the windows and her eyes held a softness I was unaccustomed to seeing. They also flashed with awareness as chemistry arced between us. I heard her breath hitch as a blush crept up her neck and spread across her cheeks.
She ducked her head for a moment and took a deep breath before she looked up again. Only this time, her gaze didn’t meet mine as she smiled over my shoulder at my brother. The beast inside me, who’d been howling in appreciation as I’d been staring at her, quickly turned to snarling at the sight of her smiling for another man.

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I absolutely adore reading - always have and always will. My friends growing up used to tease me when I would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. If I have downtime, odds are you will find me reading or writing.
I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author. I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.
When I told my mom that my new year's resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me "About time!"

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Shoot for the Moon (Black River Pack #2)

Expected Release Date- end of Dec.

Books By Rochelle Paige

Push the Envelope

Hit the Wall
Summer Nights
A Novella Duo Featuring Push It Forward & Hold Your Horses
Outside the Box
Blythe College Series Box Set:
Sucked Into Love

Winter Wedding

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It's been quite a while since I've read a good shifter book and when I saw this new offering from Rochelle Paige, I jumped to check it out. In some cases, I'm not really sure what I'm in the mood for, but this is not one of them. I knew I wanted to read something with a domineering-she's mine-I want to bite her alpha wolf hero. And you most definitely get that in Crying Wolf.

Regretfully, I didn't notice beforehand that this is in fact a novella. Personally, I like to avoid them because stories of this length don't have time to mature and draw me into the story as much as I'd like. Basically, they just tend to feel rushed for me, and this was my reaction here as well, but that's just my personal preference. Most people are fine with novellas, it's just hard for me to rate them compared to full length novels.

Grace is fleeing an abusive relationship with her cop boyfriend. Escaping a physically abusive man who has the police force backing him up is an enormous task. Her plan is to use that force against him. To make him seem as if he's "crying wolf" by having him report her missing twice and then returning twice to discredit him. I thought this was quite brilliant and I admired her strength and determination in her resolution to escape. After leaving, she wanders and randomly ends up in a town called Wolf's Point and more specifically, a bar named The Den. Are you seeing a theme here? She pretty much hits the jackpot because on her first day working at the bar, she comes face to face with the pack Alpha named Hunter and he has that immediate, wolf-mate reaction.

She looked nothing like our she-wolves, who were tall, lithe and athletic. But even though she was small, she had curves that were just begging to be touched.

He's pretty much everything you would expect from an Alpha wolf: dominating, strong, dark, sexy and rugged, and protective and jealous. And yeah, he claimed her pretty much from first scent, but hey, it's a wolf here. What do you want from him? This is the only insta-love-ish reaction I can handle simply because it's paranormal wolfy love. It's just fun escapism and I enjoy it from time to time.

Hunter was pretty understanding of her human need to get to know him before he officially mated her, all things considered. Reigning in his natural instincts was difficult for him but at the same time entertaining for me. Grace struggled with being okay with her attraction to him so fast after her abusive relationship. Especially since a lot of his controlling personality traits mirrored her ex, but he could see his protectiveness underneath it whereas before, he just wanted to belittle her and alienate her from her independence. He's also nurturing and supportive and he helped her to heal from the betrayal and pain of her past.

Although I wished that it was longer so that their relationship didn't go from 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye, I enjoyed it for the short story for what it was and it delivered just what I was looking for so I don't have a whole lot to complain about. Rochelle Paige writes great alpha heroes, and her new wolf series gives us more of that as she branches out in the paranormal genre. Overall, it was a quick, light and fun read with her usual steamy scenes. So if that's what you're looking for, this book could be the one for you.

**Oh, and on a side note, the author cleverly slipped in a Blythe College mention (the school from her other series). I couldn't help but love seeing that name drop seeing as I've read and enjoyed a couple of books in that series. Good one, Rochelle.


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