Nov 21, 2014

DeeJay Reviews: Trust (Running With Alphas #1) by @ViolaRivard

by Viola Rivard

Publication Date: August 10, 2014
Series: Running With Alphas #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Received for free from the author and Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review

Just when she thinks her life can’t get any worse, Taylor meets alpha wolf Alder—the most caring, gallant, and handsome man on the planet. On the run from the police, there’s no way she could possibly get involved with him. But somehow she does anyway.

Alder seems to be convinced that the two of them are going to live happily ever after in his mountain territory. But between looming pack wars, her dicey past, and his twin brother—the most obnoxious, sadistic, and handsome man on the planet—Taylor has a feeling that her new life among werewolves may be just as complicated as her human one.

I had no idea what to expect from this book. I mean, the cover is hot and the synopsis sounded interesting enough, but how many times have I been fooled by those two things? Too many to count.

I'm happy to report this book delivered. I liked it from the start and refused to put it down. Took a couple of hours to read at most. So it's a very fast read if that's what you're looking for.

Taylor. I like her. Alder. I love him. Taylor's on the run from the law for murder, but we don't know yet what the circumstances were surrounding this. Not saying it's justified, just saying we don't know anything yet. Taylor tries to hide this from Alder when she involves him in her most recent escape plot. But he soon learns the truth and sticks by her side. I would say he's an idiot, but he's also a wolf shifter and his instincts were telling him to stay with her and protect her at all costs. Can't argue with that shifter instinct, now can we?

*Le swoon* I can't not love the over-protective alpha male and no one needs Alder more than Taylor. Of course she tried to pretend like she had it all under control and that she could take care of herself, but that facade was quickly done away with. Yet, I can totally respect Taylor for wanting to tough it out on her own and not make anyone an accomplice. She couldn't understand either why Alder would want to help her. That is, until she learns he's a shifter.

One thing that confuses me a bit is the entire shifter thing. The book alludes to the fact that humans are perfectly aware of the shifter community, but just keep their distance. However, that's not made clear to me. Taylor was totally chill about finding out Alder was a shifter so I'm thinking that shifters are known about, but still, I can't be sure.

Anyway...though the romance moved a little fast, I found it fun and appealing and didn't mind it so much. The one love scene that we get to experience was sexy, but not the hottest I've ever read. But for some reason, I expect future books to TAKE IT THERE. Alder's brother, Hale, has been set up to play a major part in the rest of Alder and Taylor's love story, so I'm excited to see where that goes.

Overall, a good read that I would recommend to fans of paranormal lovin'. I'm really interested in getting started on Honesty, the next book in the serial. I really want to know what happens. So yes, I have a new go-to author to add to the list. Go pick this one up now!


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