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Alpha Instinct (Moon Shifter Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Katie Reus
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17 May 2012 Moon Shifter Novels (Book 1)
A suspenseful romance featuring lupine shifters and pack rivalries. Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the few remaining lupine shifters in her pack. But with no pack male, they're vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection as the Alpha male, it's almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before. But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters, threatening the entire pack.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: SIGNET; Original edition (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451236098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236098
  • ASIN: 0451236092
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,076,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katie Reus fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend 30 May 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before I get started with this review, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the talented author Katie Reus for her page turning, engaging book which I thankfully won through goodreads.

Fear has a SCENT, So does DESIRE....

Blurb from goodreads:
Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it's almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before--and reluctantly accept his offer to mate.

The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bond mate--his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again.

But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor's future, but the lives of the entire pack...

Alpha Instinct is the first novel of the "Moon Shifter" series. What a excellently written sensual and emotional plot, that grabs hold of you and doesn't let go of you!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read! 12 Feb 2013
By gina
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The story is sexy, sweet, make you want to cry! The love they have for another is so profound, all that time and they just knew who there are each others mates.
Can't wait for the next book!!
Happy reading... you will love it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok start to a new series, good but not great! 6 Jun 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this is the first book in Katie reus' 'moon shifter' series, and the first book I have read by this author. it was an ok read, but nothing really new or special. the story is sound, but somewhat predictable. there are a few twists but the book as a whole for me didn't really come together.

the characters were likeable, more so the secondary characters in my opinion. the pace was ok, but the flow of the book just wasn't quite right. I felt at times that things had been skipped and skimmed over. further, there needed to be more of a build up to things and more details in certain parts, as often it seemed events have happened without the reader being part of them or better put like there were a page or two missing in parts of the book. in essence it is not the best book in this genre. I prefer the books of such authors as jennifer ashley (shifter's series is brilliant)j.d tyler, Shiloh walker.

I understand that oftentimes the first book in a series is not always the best as the author is developing the foundation for the series, which is why I will have a go at the second book in this series ('primal possession'). from the excerpt at the back of this book it looks like quite a good read. perhaps this series will get better as it goes along (as many seem to do) as there is perhaps some potential here. I cant say I would recommend this book as there are far better one's out there in this genre. however, its an ok read and if bought cheaply I guess worth a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good series 27 Mar 2014
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This is a good start to an interesting series. The main characters are great and the secondary characters are developed and interesting enough that you cannot wait for them to get their own books!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new series 6 April 2012
By Pamerd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book tremendously, a great start to a new series.
Ana Cordona is now the leader of a pack of women shifters after poison killed many in their group, including her parents. She is trying to keep things together while trouble is coming at her from many directions. As she is defending herself against a neighbor (Sean Taggart) who is particularly bothersome, a man (along with his pack mates) from her past comes to help.
Conner Armstrong lived on the ranch with the Cordona family many years ago and Ana thought that they would be mates in time, until the day he walked away without a word. He had his reasons for leaving and although he does not want to tell Ana, he still has strong feelings for her. He has heard about her troubles and is back to become the Alpha of the pack to help, the only condition he has is that she becomes his mate. Conner would prefer that Ana become his bond-mate but will take it slow until he can again gain her trust.
Several years ago, Shifters and Vampires came out to the world and though they are living in the open there are still many prejudices, many choose to live quiet lives within their own groups. As Ana and Conner sort out their personal issues they must deal with the fact that people in their neighboring small town are getting hurt with the blame falling on shifters. The violence escalates and shifters on their own land start to get hurt, Ana and Conner realize they may need to contact the council to help with the continuing problems.
The story is a gripping journey with many twists and turns as forces from several sides bring about an eventful conclusion. I enjoyed Ana and Conner's chemistry very much their as the feelings they have for each other pickup from years ago. I also liked the secondary characters and will look forward to seeing them again in future books.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new series 26 Jun 2012
By Carla Gallway - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Alpha Instinct is the first book in Katie Reus' MOON SHIFTER series and a great beginning to a new series.

Ana Cordova is the Alpha of the now all female Cordova pack since the pack members were poisoned and all the males in the pack dies, along with all the pregnant females shifters. Her father and intended mate were also amongst the victims of the poisoning. Now Anna is trying to protect the rest of her pack and make sure her sisters and cousins are safe, which is becoming harder and harder by the day. Sean Taggart, the pack Alpha living on the land next to Anna's wants to take over Anna's pack and claim Anna as his mate. Only problem is he's a drug dealing lunatic and willing to do anything to claim Anna. Right when he's about to attack Anna, Connor and Liam Armstrong swoop in to save her. And boy is Anna shocked to see him. He left her 50 years ago without a word and broke her heart.

Connor Armstrong has known Anna was his mate ever since he laid eyes on her the first time. He's suffered the last 50 years without her and now that he found out that all the males in Anna's pack dies and she's unprotected, he will do anything to protect her. Even offer her protection and the safety of him as the new Alpha of her pack. If, she agree to be his mate. He knows he's going to have to work at regaining Anna's trust but he's willing to do whatever he has to to make her love him again. But the problems are much more than Connor knew. Someone is still trying to take out Anna and her pack and won't stop until every last member of the Cordova pack is dead.

I really enjoyed this book. Anna is a strong female heroine that will do anything to protect her family. She's loved Connor for years and was brokenhearted when he left her. Now that he's back she willing to mate him to save her family but she plans to keep her out out of it. Yeah right!
Connor is the epitome of the male Alpha wolf. He's strong, dominant protective of his pack.

I also loved Connor's brother Liam. His story was secondary is this book as he finds his mate, a human named December. Connor is trying to get to know December but she is weary of Liam. She is drawn to him but scared because her father was murdered by a feral wold shifter. It's only her and her brother, who also happens to be the sheriff in town. And her brother wants no one near his sister, especially a shifter. But now that a gang of human activists that hate shifters has targeted December, its going to take more than her brother to help protect her.

I am looking forward to the second book in the series, "Primal Possession" which will be a full length novel and the story of Liam and December and is scheduled to be released on September 4 2012.

There is also an enovella, "Lover's Instinct" scheduled to release in August 2012.

I can't wait to read more about the other members in Connor's pack that were introduced as well.

I give Alpha Instinct 4 out of 5 stars.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars defiantly planning on continuing with Liam's mating journey... 10 Feb 2012
By Urban Fantasy Investigations - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After all the men and pregnant woman of her pack dies Ana stepped up as the Alpha Female. The only problem with that is that in her world the men have all the power and woman are not given the support to lead their own pack. A neighboring Alpha is set on having Ana and her pack for himself and will stop at nothing to have it. All this leads Ana to accepts the protection and help of her childhood love Connor even though she vows not to let him back in her heart because she doesn't want to get hurt again.

I enjoyed watching Ana and Connor shift around their feelings for each other. From the start you could feel their bond and protectiveness as well as their attraction for each other. Connor stated off way to pushy which lead Ana to believe he wasn't really wanting her but the pack she had behind her and because of Ana's reaction to him Connor pushed that much more to get her to want him as a mate. The sexual tension was there from the start and it was quite a frustrating ride until they finally gave into each other. There was a great amount of conflict, action and emotion behind ALPHA INSTINCT. I had many guesses at who was responsible for poisoning the pack but I didn't see the real killer until they were about to be revealed. There were a few slow parts but Katie did a good job of keeping me interested in the story. I enjoyed getting to know all the secondary characters. I was kinda sad to see that future books would be following different characters as they find their mates but Ana and Connor were a great start to the series.

Liam, Connor's brother starts his journey with his mate in the background of ALPHA INSTINCT I liked getting to know him and his match a little before their book starts next. I really enjoyed the first installment of Katie Reus' Moon Shifter series and am most defiantly planning on continuing with Liam's mating journey in book 2.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit too Much on the Alpha, Not Enough Reasoning 27 April 2012
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ana Cordona has been left to defend the remainder of her pack since all the males were killed when someone poisoned their well. She's had to fight off the advances of her neighbor, Sean Taggart, another Alpha who wants both her and her land for his own. When an old flame shows up offering protection for her and her pack it's enough to accept his conditions and become his mate.

I started reading Katie Reus' Alpha Instinct expecting a somewhat trashy romance novel with a tough female lead and a thoughtful, maybe a bit sorrowful male lead. What I got instead was a trashy romance novel with a "strong" female lead and a bull headed male lead who was too wrapped up in being the Alpha and doing what was "right" for Ana to consider how she'd feel or react to his decisions. The reader is told that Ana has been leading the remainder of her pack fairly well since her father, the previous Alpha, died. But then Connor Armstrong shows up out of nowhere to claim his woman, his woman who he left for no apparent reason over fifty years ago, and suddenly Ana's not only not the Alpha of her own pack anymore but she's also relegated to being a painfully minor character while Connor and his brother go off to hunt down any and all threats. While the boys are away, Ana stays mostly at home taking care of her sisters and being neurotic about Connor's actions since he left all those years ago. She also can't do anything apparently because he's the Alpha, this includes sitting down and figuring out what needs to be done to protect all that land that she knows better than he does and has been protecting herself for months.

There was some stuff with the shifters themselves that might have been interesting were it explained better or introduced slower. There are Alphas, like Connor and some of his men, who are both alphas and warriors and are the one who apparently do all the actual leading. Then there are alphas, like Ana, who are dominant to betas but aren't warriors so they can't lead properly because of something. It needs to be expanded on a lot before it makes much sense. Ana can't complain about Taggart to the werewolves leading body because if she does it means that they'll send her a man to take over her pack for her, not because she isn't an Alpha mind but because she's female, so that's another thing that needs explaining. Why are the human with attached animal self werewolves bound by the behaviors of wild animals by their government?

I'm not liking this world of Reus', its logic doesn't work for me and its characters aren't terribly likable. Male wolves here apparently recognize their "destined" mates on sight and that aspect of it isn't done well enough to keep me from having a knee jerk "ick" reaction to it. The male characters take action, and the female characters just are for the most part. I would read more about the only female in Connor's pack, Erin, but only if she wasn't being paired off with some dude as her main role. I give Alpha Instinct a two out of five. The writing was pretty average over all, I just couldn't enjoy it because of the characters.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read.... 30 May 2012
By Anne Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before I get started with this review, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the talented author Katie Reus for her page turning, engaging book which I thankfully won through goodreads.

Fear has a SCENT, So does DESIRE....

Blurb from goodreads:
Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it's almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before--and reluctantly accept his offer to mate.

The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bond mate--his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again.

But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor's future, but the lives of the entire pack...

Alpha Instinct is the first novel of the "Moon Shifter" series. What a excellently written sensual and emotional plot, that grabs hold of you and doesn't let go of you!!!
I absolutely fell in love with Ana's character, being so head strong (awesomeness), but when Connor does come back into her life after almost 50 years, and promising her the much needed protection that she and her pack needs; so tempting, it's almost enough to sway Ana into forgetting how he had walked out of her life, breaking her heart in the process. But desperate for the safety of her pack, and a Alpha male, reluctantly Ana accepts is offer to mate; to claim her as his own.

Although her pack respects her strong leadership, Ana also knows that she won't be able to hold it for long. Her pack is easy prey, pickings for the more aggressive males or her breed, so vulnerable to be taken over. Taggart has already shown, and proven the lengths a Alpha wolf will go to claim her, her pack and her land.

More shifters turn up dead and even humans are thrown into the mess/mix. Now we have to try to figure out who is trying to destroy Ana's pack, and can Connor protect them? Will Connor lose, both in love, and promised protection?

I completely, and absolutely loved Alpha Instinct, carrying it everywhere I went till I was finished. Never wanting to put it down. ( well of course I had to at times...)
Author Katie Reus is a wildly awesome writer, giving amazing vivid details of her characters and the creation of the world which they live in. Making Alpha Instinct an intriguing start to the Moon Shifter series, and I patiently, eagerly await the next book, "Primal Possession" due for release September 2012.
Overall the book was immensely captivating, a page turner with great romance, full of action that leaves you hanging on the edge wanting more.

A must read for all lovers of paranormal romance.. So make sure you add this book to your list. It's fantastic and accelerating!!!

I recommend this book for: 18 and up

Rating: 4/5 angel stars
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