I love a good paranormal, so I snatched up Morganna William’s newest book The Alpha’s Reluctant Mate.
After she is attacked by a large, unknown animal, Alexandria Pace soon finds that her miraculously swift recovery and suddenly voracious appetite are far from the most disturbing aspects of her situation. It rapidly becomes apparent that not only has she been bitten by a rogue werewolf, she has also been identified by the alpha of a nearby pack as his chosen mate.
Connor had planned to take his time and woo Alexandria gently, but the attack by a rival wolf forces him to take drastic action and compel her to join his pack right away. He is more than ready to keep his mate safe whether she likes it or not, and as she’ll quickly discover, disobeying her new alpha will earn her a swift and thorough punishment.
As her first full moon approaches, Alexandria struggles to adapt to life as a member of a pack, especially when that involves submitting to the alpha. Yet despite Connor’s willingness to bare her bottom for a painful, embarrassing spanking whenever she defies him, a part of Alexandria cannot help longing for him to claim her fully. But when an enemy challenges Connor and threatens to take Alexandria from the pack by force, will he win the fight to protect his mate?
This book is light-hearted, with humor mixed into the story, as Xandie, the heroine turns into a wolf. She doesn’t realize her own strength, pops a tail and is generally outraged by her alpha mate’s attempts to protect or claim her. It’s an entertaining read with several over-the-knee spankings and requisite cuddles afterward. I enjoyed Morganna’s paranormal world building with all the various side characters and subplots of the heroine’s friends.