Review: Riding Red (Fairytale Shifter #1) by Alexa Riley

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Review: Riding Red (Fairytale Shifter #1) by Alexa Riley two-half-stars
Riding Red by Alexa Riley
Series: Fairytale Shifter #1
Published by Alexa Riley on October 12, 2015
Genres: Erotic, Romance
Pages: 171
Format: eBook
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Gray Ridge, Colorado is a quiet town, but this Halloween there's a mating moon, and the shifters' need to breed their fated mates runs strong.
Ruby is the proud owner of Red's Goodie Basket, and as the new girl in town, she's looking for business. But when the local sexy sheriff, Dominic Wolfe, keeps the customers away, she finds it's hard to stay mad when burning with desire.

Dominic is a shifter, and his wolf wants Ruby. Since the second he laid eyes on her, he's been fighting the need to mark her as his. But when the mating moon is full, he won't be able to control his wolf any longer.
Tricks and treats are the last things on his mind when the mating heat takes over, and his obsession is put to the test.

Warning: This story is a sexy twist on a classic fairy tale, complete with a red cape, a basket of goodies, and a hungry wolf. It's written to make you smile, turn you on, and help you celebrate Halloween!

This one was a little weird but I enjoyed most of it.

The heroine, Ruby, was drawn to the town the hero, Dominic, lived in and she bought the hero’s family business – with his consent. Then every single person in the entire town – barring one – refused to even speak to her. Ruby was saddened by what felt to be her shunning by her new town. It turns out that Ruby is the hero’s mate – but he can’t mate her until the “mating moon” which was several weeks away. Dominic warned everyone away from her until after the mating because of this – but she has no clue what was going on.

I loved the whole naughty twist on “Red Riding Hood” – the heroine’s store is named “Ruby’s Goodie Basket” (lol!) and she’s very fond of carrying baskets of goodies while wearing a red hooded cloak… I also LOVED the fact that Ms Riley’s werewolves cannot have sex with anyone but their mates. That is soooo funny and I loved it. But…

Ruby and Dominic mostly don’t speak until Ruby’s only friend talks her into going out one night to a bar. Dominic and Ruby get together for a short period at the bar and I truly loved that initial meeting. Dominic then leaves Ruby at her apartment…and that’s where Riding Red fell apart for me.

What I did NOT like about Riding Red is that there was very little of Red getting rode to be found (ha ha). There is a sex scene or two near the end of the story but that wasn’t really my problem. It felt like the author was trying to shove too much into the short story format. The scene where Dominic and Ruby touch for the first time was pretty great – but the following scenes where Dominic is freaking out without her felt tacked on. I think the reason I felt this was about those scenes was the way they were set up. There was no real reason for Dominic to have left Ruby to begin with so the scenes didn’t make sense to me for that reason. I also wasn’t the biggest fan of the mating, either. IDK, it didn’t hit me the way the rest of the works by Alexa Riley have in the past. It wasn’t very…sexy. And I’m used to lots of sexy from Alexa Riley.

All in all, Riding Red is sorta cute but a lot of meh for me. All of the other Alexa Riley books I’ve read previously have been contemporaries – I’m thinking that Ms Riley hasn’t quite hit her paranormal stride yet.

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