By Alanea Alder
Bewitched and Bewildered, book # 1
Category: Paranormal Romance
Overall Rating: 4.15
- Captivation: 4.5
- Sizzle: 4
- Romance: 4
- Enjoyment: 4.5
- Literacy: 3.75
Book Description: When the topic of grandchildren comes up during a weekly sewing circle the matriarchs of the founding families seek out the witch Elder to scry to see if their sons have mates. They are shocked to discover that many of their son’s mates are out in the world and are human!
Fearing that their future daughter in laws will end up dead before being claimed and providing them with grandchildren to spoil, they convince their own mates that something must be done. After gathering all of the warriors together in a fake award ceremony the witch Elder casts a spell to pull the warrior’s mates to them, whether they want it or not.
Aiden McKenzie is adamant that he doesn’t need a mate and that she would only get in the way. He doesn’t have time to coddle a female. He likes his world run with military precision. Little does he realize Fate is sending him his mate first! He meets his destined mate Meryn Evans and things go downhill from there. She is the embodiment of chaos. In the first twenty-four hours she kicks, screams and knocks her bear shifting mate unconscious.
Eventually they discover that life before finding each other may have been good, but life afterwards is perfect, even if it involves super soaker battles and accidentally discharging hand grenades.
Unfortunately the joy of their mating is overshadowed when Aiden and Meryn find themselves embroiled in a missing persons case assigned to Aiden by the Lycaonian Council. By assisting Aiden, Meryn finds herself the focus of a demented killer.
Can Aiden and the elite warriors from the Alpha Unit keep Meryn safe? Or did Fate bring her to Lycaonia to die?
Captivation: I started reading this book without knowing a lot about it, I didn’t read the book description at all until after I was a few chapters in. I was pleasantly surprised by the book. The story is interesting and starts out with some wonderfully hilarious adventures. I couldn’t put the book down after that.
Sizzle: The intimacy scenes aren’t the best ever read, but they’re neat, fun, and sweet – just enough to catch some interest without being a too enticing for read-anywhere books.
Romance: I really enjoyed the relationship building in this book! The character development is a great combination of fascinating, curious and entertaining.
Enjoyment: I really like this book. The plot starts up a curiosity that keeps one going along with the enticement of the characters themselves and the shenanigans that occur. This book is a great combination of suspense, romance, and comedy for any paranormal romance reader. This is a definite recommendation for readers, and is now on my read-again book shelf.
Literacy: The only downfall to this book is the lack of editing. There were several grammatical errors that caught my attention. Not necessarily more numerous than standard editing, but the type of errors were such that sentences took a couple of re-reads to make sense of them.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I have now read through all of the books in the available series and have to say this is truly one of my favorite series for this genre. If the editing of the book was just a bit better, this would be among the highest ranking of my reviews.