Title ~ All's Fair in Mate Bonds and Publishing (Confessions of a Werewolf Editor #1)
Author ~ Alana Ankh
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 3rd December 2014
Genre ~ M/M Paranormal Romance
For Killian Marsden, werewolf romance is overrated. After all, he should know, since he’s a half-werewolf and an editor for a romance-publishing house. He’s tired of reading mate bond fairytales, because real life doesn’t work that way. In the real world, Alphas abandon their half-breed children. Not that Killian’s jaded or anything. Simply realistic. So when werewolf Alpha Brett comes knocking, demanding explanations on a rejected manuscript, Killian reels away, or at least tries to.
Brett is a walking, talking Alpha cliché: big, possessive, and growly. His last name is Wolfe, for crying out loud. But Brett is also trustworthy, devoted to his pack, and a little silly when in love. Soon, Killian discovers that maybe, just maybe, he might love Brett in return.
Unfortunately, Killian is not the only one who wants to claim Brett. He will have to set aside his beliefs about mate bonds and deadbeats if he wants his own happily ever after werewolf romance.
The prologue will make you laugh, especially as it is based entirely on the truth about Killian, before he meets Brett. Killian is a half werewolf (a hybrid) thanks to a dad that took off after conception and a human mother who thinks he should have more of a life. What Killian prefers to do is hang out on the weekends watching B-grade horror movies, or reading his books. Killian loves books because
...books were what kept him going when he lost hope for people in general.
Then we meet Brett and I really did feel sorry for him. Badgered by his fiancé into meeting Killian to talk about an apparently plagiarized book, that she wrote, he finds out Killian is his mate. But Killian doesn't want a bar of him and that should be a good thing. Brett has enough on his plate with his pack demanding he marry Anastasia and produce pups. He can hardly have a male mate.
But Brett respects his wolf and that means sticking around and trying to get Killian to agree to be with him. I totally love the fact that Brett tries so hard, like searching the Amazon bookstore looking for gay romance novels starring dark haired Alpha wolves and their blond lover - that is such a great thing to do considering Brett didn't know that much about Killian at the time. Then worrying about print book delivery times. So cute.
From their clumsy first date to the twists and turns of the plot that followed, the author had me laughing, yelling and blushing from one page to the next. Anastasia, initially a bitch in more ways than one turned out to be...not so bitchy. There were parents and shotguns and Killian's mother is awesome. Every gay man should have a mother like her on their side.
There's a hint at a sequel at the end of this book, although the story ties up nicely. But like the soaps referred to in the story, you do get the impression there is at least one more book with these characters. I'd certainly read it and this book is going in my favorites pile. It really was that good.