Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston
Series: Magnus Pack #1
Published by Samhain Publishing on October 1, 2006
Genres: Erotic, PNR, Romance
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What s an Alpha Male to do when he meets the Alpha Female of his dreams? Step one, hide all sharp objects " Mangus Pack," Book 1
All Zach Sheridan ever wanted was to become Alpha Male of his Pack and be left alone. What he definitely didn t need in his life was some needy female demanding his attention. What he never saw coming was the vicious, scarred female who not only demanded his attention but knew exactly how to get it.
Sara Morrighan knew this was the best she could expect from her life. Good friends. A nice place to live. And a safe job. But when Zach rode into her small Texas town with his motorcycle club, Sara knew she wanted more. She knew she wanted him.
But after one sexy encounter with her dream biker, everything is starting to change. Her body. Her strength. That new thing she s doing with the snarling. Even her best friends are starting to wonder what s going on with her.
But this is only the beginning. Sara s about to find out her life was meant for so much more. And Zach s about to find true love with the one woman who makes him absolutely insane.
"The book has been previously published and expanded for Samhain Publishing."
Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and strong violence."
Shelly Laurenston is not a NTM author: I started reading Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken quite a few years ago. I started with Shelly Laurenston’s To Challenge A Dragon and I LOVED it. LOVE. So much that when I discovered the updated edition (New title: Dragon Actually and new author: G.A. Aiken), I bought that, too. And I also purchased some of Shelly Laurentston’s Pride books. And some more Dragon books… I was awash in Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken books but I wasn’t loving them. 🙁 I didn’t care enough for the second book(s) in either series so I stopped reading [the series] and the books sank into the miasma that is Mt. TBR.
I picked Shelly Laurenston up again when I read Hunting Season. OMG, I LOVED Hunting Season but it [the series] was discontinued. I pretty much put Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken to the back of my mind at that point until The Unleashing was released. I really enjoyed The Unleashing (not as much as Hunting Season) and it put Ms Laurenston back on the map for me.
Pack Challenge is not as funny as I hoped but it was still very enjoyable. It’s pretty typical* along PNR/Shifter romance storylines/plots: the heroine, Sara, is a wolf shifter but was raised as human. Of course, the heroine is very strong: she’s an Alpha and the hero, Zach, is also Alpha strength. Of course. But once you get past that bit of trope, it gets much more original: The reason Sara is so strong is that she is descended from extremely strong Alpha females and the reason she’s unaware of her heritage is due to the death of her parents. Worked for me.
I liked Sara and Zach but I LOVED Sara’s relationship with her female friends and Marrec’s Pack. It was truly wonderful to read about – especially since I hate that a lot of romances have very isolated heroines. Sara is surrounded by people who love her and is supported by her best friends.
I didn’t find Pack Challenge as funny as Miss Congeniality but it was a solid book that I really enjoyed and makes me excited about reading the rest of the series.
Note: Pack Challenge was released in 2006. This trope was probably much newer then.