Friday, July 18, 2014

Change for Me by Lynn Red [Review]
Change for Me (Alpha's Kiss #1) by Lynn Red
Format: ebook
Source: provided for an honest review as part of the Fated Mates bundle
Date read: March 22, 2014

Alpha's Kiss
1. Change for Me - Kindle
2. Shift Into Me
3. Howl for Me

Lynn Red
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
New faces were hard to come by in Fort Branch, Arizona. From the moment she saw Damon, Lily Kyle’s heart was stolen. He and Lily were inseparable, until he finally pushed her too far away.

Despite the distance Damon put between them, Lily never stopped loving him.

Motorcycle riding, rough-around-the-edges Damon King has a complicated life. He’s trying to juggle existence after high school, while attempting to get back the only girl he ever really loved. On top of all that? Damon has to figure out his new role as Alpha of a scattered pack of werewolves.

When Damon learns that Lily is more than just his high school sweetheart – she’s his fated soul mate – he also realizes he’s not the only Alpha in town. Will he be able to protect her, and drive his dangerous rival out of town before it’s too late? Or will his savage, feral werewolf rival tear Fort Branch apart and claim Lily first?
Thoughts on Change for Me: I liked parts of this story a lot -- the werewolves and the fated mates parts because YAY!WEREWOLVES AND SEXY TIMES! -- and then there were parts I didn't love as much. The inclusion of the second Alpha (along with everything that entailed) felt a little lackluster. While his presence definitely drove the ending of the story, the hows and whys of what he was doing in Lily's small town weren't fleshed out enough for me. (and without giving things away, I can't say much more than that, but I was confused as to why he wasn't recognized prior to everything happening.)

I liked Damon up to a point. I get why he kept backing away from Lily, but at the same time she puts up with A LOT from him and it started to get old after a while. Really, I get his fears and why he's worried about involving her in everything, but let the girl make up her own mind.

As for Lily, she has a few issues. I could never quite get a handle on what those issues specifically were (depression? delayed grief? bipolar disorder?), but her feelings for Damon are pretty darn constant. I do wonder about her grandpa and how he's connected to the werewolves (was that explained? I don't remember.) and the mysterious Poko.

Overall, there was intriguing world building, but I needed a little more explanation as far as the character development went. Still, I read it in one sitting. So, there's that.

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