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Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Review: Elemental Mating (A.L.F.A #1) by Milly Taiden

Elemental Mating (A.L.F.A. #1)
by Milly Taiden
July 18th 2017
by InterMix
Their existence was a secret the government stumbled upon. In exchange for continued autonomy, the paranormals entered an alliance with the government. Now they are A.L.F.A.: Alpha League Federal Agency, sworn to protect and serve humanity.

Brilliant scientist Melinda Caster has discovered a new strain of the Zika virus that stimulates synaptic growth in embryos, causing neuron development beyond normal human levels. Way beyond, like ESP-levels of cognitive abilities. When the lab is broken into, Melinda realizes that someone has been keeping tabs on her research and wants it for themselves. A happy accident destroys critical data before it can fall into the wrong hands, but unfortunately that makes Melinda and her perfect memory a target.

A.L.F.A sends in jaguar-shifter Agent Parish Hamel to discover who is after the virus and why. The beautiful scientist acts like catnip to his senses and throws his mating instincts into overdrive. And then she disappears along with the only sample of the virus…. Now Parish must canvas the darkest areas of the supernatural underground to rescue Melinda, and what he discovers is beyond a paranormal’s worst nightmare.

Elemental Mating is the first in a new series by Milly Taiden. The series chronicles the steamy adventures of members of ALFA, a covert governmental branch comprised of supernatural operatives using their exceptional talents to serve and protect. In this installment, Jaguar shifter Agent Parish Hamel has been assigned to protect a bright young scientist and her latest, earth-shattering research findings.

Elemental Mating is a decent read, though it’s fairly pedestrian in terms of plot. Soon after arriving on assignment, Parish realizes, Melina Caster, his charge is also his destined mate. This immediate attraction heightens the drama and Parish’s feverish need to protect Mel from harm. I was entertained by their adventures throughout, but not riveted. The scientific aspects of the story were accessible to a non-sciencey reader such as myself. I didn’t, however, fully connect with Mel, the female main character. I didn’t find her dynamic or captivating.

Romance readers will appreciate Taiden’s knack for writing steamy and descriptive romance scenes. Her erotic scenes are certainly one of the book’s strengths. I enjoy science fiction/paranormal romance hybrids, and so the first part of this book was quite good. Part way through the read, however, the plot takes a wild and fantastic dive into the paranormal that I had a difficult time following.

First books in a series are great. I enjoy the new possibilities of a new series. While I didn’t love Elemental Mating, I’d certainly read the second in the ALFA series.

Three Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Milly Taiden (AKA April Angel) loves to write sexy stories. How sexy? So sexy they will surely make your ereader sizzle. Usually paranormal or contemporary, her stories are a great quick way to satisfy your craving for fun heroines with curves and sexy alphas with fur.

Milly lives in New York City with her hubby, their boy child and their little dog “Needy Speedy”. She’s aware she’s bossy, is addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate (but who isn’t, right?) and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

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