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- ASIN : B079RMH5GZ
- Publisher : Entangled: Teen (March 5, 2018)
- Publication date : March 5, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1033 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 222 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1985647273
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #499,112 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Kensey’s father is the Alpha of her pack and her family is considered royalty in the werewolf community while Slade is from the more criminal pack in town that don’t follow the rules and take what they want.
When Kensey’s father tells her she needs to chose her mate or he will set up a suitable arrangement she gets the idea to set up a fake relationship with her bad boy neighbor, Slade, to try to get her father to change his mind. In return Slade just wants out of the pack and politics to become a lone wolf.
The Big Bad Wolf is like taking two different tropes and mashing them together to come up with this quick, fun read. Fake dating that turns into a real relationship has been done quite often and can always be a fun set up but then the author took it to another level setting the story within a shifter community with it’s pack laws and politics at play.
The biggest part of this read like a more light young adult story as the characters slowly admit they have had feelings for one another. However there are some darker elements to the tale bringing in the shifter side along with even going as far as a mention of assault at one point.
For me when finished as much as this was a fun way to pass a couple of hours with the mixing of stories with a bit of wolfy Romeo and Juliet I just wondered if it couldn’t have had a bit more to make it stand out as it’s own story leaving me to rate this one at 3.5 stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
I have read and adored other titles by Jus Accardo so her name drew me to this title and of course, the fact the book is published by Entangled is another plus point. The fact the genre is paranormal shifter, was the main attraction for me as I enjoy the pack politics and ancient rites and laws so I was hoping this one would be right up my street.
The cover has a couple on the front, a long blonde haired male in a suit and a long darker haired girl with her arm around the male and her head on his shoulder. This is a difficult one for me but I stand by always being honest and the truth is I really do not like this book cover. I guess it could be the two main characters, Slade and Kensey but to be totally honest, neither of the people on the cover are anything like I envision them to be from Jus Accardo's descriptions within the book.
The genres I have seen listed for this book and agree with are Teen, YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance. I would add that this book also has a contemporary feel to it as well. I think it will be a popular read that will appeal to a wide range of ages.
The basis of the book is two packs, the elite, wealthy and well respected Deatons and the McAlisters a more lowly or as some call them more low-life family of misfits. The Deatons and McAlisters live in close proximity to each other, in fact they have been next door neighbours for some time.
The two main characters of this book are Kensey Deaton and Slade McAlister, they used to happily play together in the wood surrounding their properties when they were younger. Then one time whilst they were in Kensey's tree house something happened and they stopped hanging out together.
Now both of them are older which means their families are putting pressure on them to claim a mate. Not all claimings are love matches some, in fact it seems most, are pairings arranged by two packs wanting to better their own pack's social position. So Alpha, Sam Deaton is putting pressure on his daughter saying she should look for a mate as if she doesn't choose someone herself he will choose for her. Kensey certainly doesn't want to think about the possibility of being paired with Carter Pennington the son of a man who has ingratiated himself into Sam Deaton's radar for possible matches for his daughter. Some packs arrange and force pairings against the free will of the female. Within a pack the males are considered to have all the power.
Living next door to Kensey, Slade is subject to a similar pressure to take a mate, though Slade has more of a hook up now and then, relationship with a pack member called Lupe. Lupe seems to be hoping for more of a future with Slade, where as he is happy as he is with the odd hook up. Slade has had a rough life with his father Gavin, who makes him do "jobs" for him and if he doesn't deliver well enough either he beats up Slade or his two enforcers Teegan and Mick beat up Slade on Gavin's orders.
Each pack has a special ability within them, such as the McAlister's have some sort of "mojo switch gift" which when in use makes the person they are working it on attracted to them and also makes it much easier for them to coerce them into doing whatever the McAlisters want! The Deaton's have the gift of fire within them, so to say Kensey is fiesty is an understatement! I would have loved to have known some of the other packs special gifts as well as how they could be used, to their pack's advantage.
Though Kensey comes from a wealthy pack her father and Alpha Sam wishes to arrange suitable males for her to choose from, though when she expresses that she would prefer to choose for herself he is fairly happy for her to choose someone for herself. Until she chooses Slade McAlister. Kensey talks Slade into pretending they are in a relationship together. Which he agrees to thinking he has nothing to loose and in return Kensey agrees to talk to her father about dissolving the trouble making McAlister pack which would set Slade free from his father and enable him to move away and start anew elsewhere. Kensey's father isn't so easily beaten and demands that Slade and Kensey have a formal courting.. . .Can the two former friends pull off this mutually beneficial pairing long enough?
I really loved the love/hate kind of relationship between Slade and Kensey. They had once been good friends, in fact once there had been a hint of them maybe being even more to each other. Both sides have to compromise with each other spending time with each others family/pack. It's not as easy as they thought it would be to fool everyone.
I loved the book and would have to say Jus Accardo is one my favourite authors. Her books flow so well, making them easy to relax with and read. Jus had me caring about what happened to both Kensey and Slade within reading a couple of chapters. I had inklings how things would perhaps end but that didn't spoil my reading and there were still a few surprises in store as the plot unfolded. There are some tender moments between father and daughter, as well as some tense scenes between father and son too. Gavin McAlister really enjoys provoking Slade and when he sees his son with Kensey, a possible mate he knows he has yet another way to get Slade to carry out his orders.
My immediate thoughts upon finishing this book were, that it was a great blend of paranormal shifters with a contemporary romance feel, I loved it. Didn't want to put this one down once I started reading it. It took just two reading sessions! This book could be the start of another potentially brilliant shifter series!
I really hated having to put this book down! Of course after just 26% of the way into the book I was already hoping for a happy ending for Slade & Kensey ..... maybe they could run off and start their own pack?! I had forgotten how addictive Jus Accardo books are!
Kensy is an awesome character. She's a rebel in their society, but in actuality, she just wants to be free to be herself and to not have to stand up to this perfect image of girls in this society. She also hates how they pit girls against girls for no other reason than it's been done in the last few centuries so why stop now kind of mindset. I disliked how a lot of people would call her crazy. That word shouldn't be used to refer to anyone. So she doesn't fit into their "norm" so she must have something wrong upstairs? Give me a break.
I wasn't buying what Slade was putting down. He was one of the characters that felt very erratic and two dimensional. I understand that him being unpredictable was within the scope of his character, but it never felt real. He would talk about all this trama his alpha put him through in the past, but would never give me enough specifics for me to decide if I could sympathize and justify his actions or not. Everything felt on the surface and that took away from the story for me.
The adults in this novel were horrendously evil and rude. Though one of them did have a change of heart out of nowhere in the middle of the novel. I don't understand or like this trope in books, but it did work for this story considering the world the author was trying to flesh out.
Overall this was a cute and quick read. The story moved along at a nice pace and though I disliked the way the love interest would flip-flop on being all in or not everything ended beautifully.
My Favorite Quotes:
"The things we deal with, the things we go through, change us. Lige shapes us. But I don't believe for a single second that the changes go so deep that we lose ourselves."
"I am worth more than the blood in my veins. I'm not a commodity for you to use in an effort to increase your standing."
"You're not quite the monster you seem to think you are."