Review: Craved by An Alpha by Felicity Heaton

Craved by An Alpha by Felicity Heaton
Series: Eternal Mates (# 5)
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: self published
Pages: 124
Source: Book provided by the author for review

 

 

Having turned his back on his snow leopard pride, Cavanaugh has been counting the days until he’s free of a role he never wanted—one that separated him from his fated female and stands between him and the future he craves with her.

Just days from the night he will finally be free to be with the low-ranking beauty who stole his heart, she walks back into his life and threatens to destroy everything he’s worked towards in the five long years they’ve been apart.

Eloise has travelled across continents searching for the male who was once her best friend and so much more to her, but was now her pride’s true alpha. Desperate to fulfill a promise to her kin to save them from the tyrant he left in charge, she convinces Cavanaugh to return to his pride, but as they journey to Bhutan, doubts bloom and old feelings resurface, tearing her between duty and her deepest desires and impossible dreams.

Will Eloise be able to resist the burning need that Cavanaugh reignites in her and remember her place in the pride? And can Cavanaugh find a way to save his kin and claim the future he craves with the woman he loves?

 

Review:  In order to have a shot at being with his true mate, Cavanaugh walked away from his role as Alpha of his snow leopard tribe. It’s been almost five years and he’s more than ready to go back for Eloise. Yet in Felicity Heaton’s Craved by An Alpha, true happiness isn’t quite that easy.

Eloise has been searching for him for two years and is determined to bring him back to his rightful place. Cavanaugh is torn between duty and claiming his mate. The storyline is filled with scenarios showing him wrestling with this dilemma. The chemistry between the two seems to be very much the “push me, pull me” type, which can be a bit distracting if both characters aren’t fully engaged.

In this paranormal romance, there’s plenty of drama packed into the pages. Cavanaugh faces difficulty no matter which decision he makes, and the author does a good job exploring the advantages and drawbacks of each.

I found the timeline to be a bit confusing, especially in the fact that it took her two years to find him. As a snow leopard, you’d think tracking would have been easier. For an Alpha, my expectation is that his mate would be a solid counterpart. While Cavanaugh seemed to be well-suited for his role, Eloise didn’t appear as strong emotionally. It’s clear that she has survived some traumatic events, but she seems to downplay them.

Coming into the series on the fifth book probably contributed to a lack of commitment as a reader. It was difficult to fully embrace these characters, although the overall premise seemed intriguing.

 

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