I received this book for free from Carina Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Alpha's Challenge by Lauren Dane
Also in this series: Pack Enforcer, Wolves' Triad, Wolf Unbound
Series: Cascadia Wolves #4
Published by Carina Press on January 1st 1970
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Shape Shifting, Creatures-Wolves
Source: Carina Press
Previously published by another publisher under a different title
"Mark me and make me yours."
As an unmated alpha, Cade was beginning to believe his entire life would be dedicated to the pack. He'd do anything for his pack family, but his life isn't complete without someone to share it with. He didn't expect to finally find his reason for being in the heart and soul of his greatest enemy's sister.
Dr. Grace Pellini has never felt so isolated and afraid. Ever since her rogue brother threatened the existence of wolf and human alike with a viral weapon, she had no choice but to cut all ties with her pack. But now Grace has something new: Cade Warden, whose body and exhilarating scent make her come undone. In him, she's not only found her destined mate, she's also rediscovered herself, and her place in a world at war.
But the Cascadia wolves are not so unquestioning as Cade is of Grace's loyalty, and their suspicions are posing a dangerous threat. Now, to defeat a madman and end the war, Cade and Grace have only each other to trust—by finding their ultimate strength in the power of desire…
Cade has waited so many years to find his mate. He doesn’t know if he will ever find her. But when he is called to travel to meet up with a young woman who is their greatest enemy’s sister, who has information about a serum that kills werewolves he never expected that Grace would be his mate, one he has been waiting for years to find and will do anything to protect. Grace, is a skilled doctor and scientist. After being kicked out of her own pack because of the crimes of her evil brother, she stayed far far away from him. She knew what he was capable of and didn’t want any part of it. But then she realized that she could help, if she could gain his trust and get the information the other packs needed to find a vaccine for the killing serum that kills their people. But there is opposition to their union and their mating will lead them to a future neither expected…
Plot and Story Line
What a story and boy did I fall in love with Cade and Grace and so very quickly too. The story does start out a bit slow however but I feel it just builds up on the background of our characters so we understand where either of them are coming from. Cade is a character we have seen from the very beginning. He is the alpha of the pack, and even though he is an anchor for his brother and his mate he still hasn’t found a mate. I did like seeing him and how his responsibilities weigh on him so you understand him better. Then we switch over to our heroine, Dr. Grace Pellini. She hasn’t had the best experience with wolf packs at all. But somehow she isn’t too bitter about it. She is a heroine I became so endeared to. She is strong, intelligent, does have a temper at times, but she also is kind and caring. We see how well of a match that Cade and Grace make for each other. The only downside I felt was Lex and Nina. Nina especially was so bitter against Grace, like really jealous and it just didn’t make too much sense to me. Especially since Nina is one of my favorite characters of the series. I didn’t like seeing such a negative side to her. She does get her act together but it can be a turn off. But boy Grace really straightens her out. Love a strong heroine who can be understanding and kind but still firm and all badass too!! Definitely having a blast with this series.
“Love isn’t enough so you have to work your tail off to make up that last twenty percent. Don’t rely on love, rely on your head and your heart and the knowledge that working and being in love is way better than slacking off and having it all fall apart later.”
I like the blue and the lovely abs on top!! Never can get enough of them.
Alpha’s Challenge is a thrilling roller coaster of a romance that sizzles, inspires and warms your heart!!