Monday, 19 October 2009

Review: Were Chronicles Bk1 – Pack Alpha © Crissy Smith

Title: Were Chronicles Bk1 - Pack Alpha

Author: Crissy Smith

Publisher: Total E-bound

Main Character: Marissa Boyd & Gage – Pack Alpha

Marissa Boyd finds herself drawn into a world she can never be a part of, complete with an Alpha wolf who takes whatever he wants. And he wants her.

Marissa Boyd knows, as a non-shifter, she doesn't belong in Pack territory. She braves a visit to attend her sister's mating ceremony and meets the shifter who will change her entire life and beliefs.

Gage Wolf knows Marissa is hiding a pained past. As Alpha, he must do whatever it takes to protect his pack, and he considers Marissa a part of that group. Making her his is just an added benefit.

When Marissa's old lover tries to claim her for his own, Gage knows he will never let her go and sets out to prove that to everyone else. Now he just has to make her understand that she belongs with the pack and to the Pack Alpha.


Marissa had left the Pack she’d been raised in as soon as she could. Never to step foot on any Pack territory again. That was until later today. Elizabeth, on the other hand, had stayed until she met Greg, a member of a different Pack. After the initial meeting, he had offered her a teaching position at the elementary school and she had taken it. He had been courting her ever since with the blessing of her new Pack Alpha, Gage Wolf.

Marissa chuckled, thinking of everything Greg had done to win her sister’s heart. He’d known he wanted Elizabeth and had patiently waited. It had taken Elizabeth a year to agree to the mating ceremony, but she finally did. Marissa knew one of the reasons Elizabeth had been holding off was because of her.

Marissa had the same instincts as any other were and with that came the need of a Pack, but she had given up on that a long time ago. She’d grown up alone and would always remain that way. In the middle between a shifter and a human. She had many gifts due to her genes—the extended life span, the wolf traits, and some enhanced features—but not enough.

But Marissa would put everything she had into this week and the ceremony that meant so much to her sister.

The differences between her and Elizabeth had grown as they had aged. That was why Marissa had never visited Elizabeth’s new home. She wasn’t scared being in Pack territory; she just didn’t want to face all the males and their egos. And from what she understood, the Pack’s Alpha or leader was pretty young himself.

When around other wolves, the female wolf inside her demanded she mate with one of her own kind. So, as long as she avoided everyone except her sister as much as she could and kept her urges inside, everything would be okay. She would not act like the wolf she couldn’t shift into.

And if the Alpha was anything like her old one, she’d just tell him where to stick it. The idea of telling the Alpha of a territory to go to hell made her smile wider and laugh harder. She wasn’t seventeen anymore. She wasn’t a scared little girl who had to follow everything someone told her. No, she was a grown woman. And she was going to enjoy the time with her sister.

She wasn’t dressed to impress the Alpha or any men in the territory as she currently wore a pair of hip-hugging jeans and a tight pink T-shirt. The paint on her toe nails matched the colour of her shirt, as did the flip-flops. It was a far cry from the suit she wore everyday as an office assistant. She felt free.

When she almost missed the turn off to the territory gate and turned the car sharply to the left, the back of the car skidded around and kicked up dirt. Laughing, she straightened the car and slowed her speed. She didn’t think Gage Wolf would be happy if she took out a couple of trees.

When she reached the gate, she stopped and waited for the guard. He didn’t disappoint. A man over six feet came over to the window and leaned down, smiling at her.

“Can I help you?” he asked in a husky voice.

Pack Alpha © Crissy Smith



Marissa Boyd is home or what should be home for her sister’s wedding. Years ago it was drummed into Marissa that she was not pack material and she consequently after leaving has never been back despite how much her inner self long to feel the bond of her pack.

When she meets the current pack alpha  Gage she knew immediately that this visit was going to be unlike anything that she has ever experienced in her life.

Gage is a strong wolf and an alpha that protect what is his and he consider Marissa one of his own and once he feels the pull of mate bond he knows he was not letting her go despite her refusal to stay. There is also a secretive edge to Marissa that Gage also has to decipher – and he was man enough to deal with all of Marissa's misgivings irrespective of anything else that she thought.

Dirt always rise to the top and when Marissa's old lover comes calling, things are not as cut and dry as it sounds and not only does Gage have a fight on his hand with keeping Marissa on pack land, but Marissa is in high demand and someone refuses to let the matter of her past go.

I found this author through one of my Goodreads friends and I am loving her books so far. PACK ALPHA is the first book in the Were Chronicles series and it was short and sweet. I am not a big fan of the pheromones that are part and particle of wolf genre but in PACK ALPHA Ms. Smith really cut to the chase and literally sort the men's from the boy right from a few pages in and it was all smut – and all good.

Marissa's was a likeable enough character, beaten down and just trying to get through life as best as she can – she has made alot of sacrifices for her family. However when her sister wedding looms she knew she had to go and with precise planning – which was to be a quick in and quick out sort of meeting – she brave the hard task of facing her sister new pack. Although she is not able to shift she still has all the other traits of a wolf and it is those senses that refuse to let her ignore Gage.

Gage is like a tornado that has touch down and sweeps away everything within his path – he saw Marissa, he wanted her and he took her – as far he was concern that should be the end of the matter. It sounds all Aphalike but Gage have a heart and a deep sense of responsibility and it is this that makes him take on board Marissa's dragons and pound them all into dust.

I love a shifter book and when you toss in some reluctant players as well as a few in house drama – it was all that I needed.. Ms.Smith is an author I will be adding to my list of shifters author – I am liking the loads of angst that she brings and the emotional level that she maintain through the length of the book.

This was an easy read and I am so off to read her second in the series PACK ENFORCER.


11 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 19 October 2009 at 13:34 said...

I like the sounds of this, alpha, wolf, yes :S
I am such a were gal these days and could do with some more

Cecile Smutty Hussy on 19 October 2009 at 14:07 said...

I am loving the sound of this series! Hubby bought me the e-wise reader, but had to return it. Then turned around and got me the sony ereader; I love it! So, if these are ebooks, I am definitely looking into getting these... Now where did that debit card run off too!!
Hope you had a great weekend hon!

Anonymous said...

"he saw Marissa, he wanted her and he took her"

YOW, sounds like my kind of hero! Great review, EH!

Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) on 19 October 2009 at 15:43 said...

Great review - I'm totally in a werewolf mood right now. This series sounds great!

A Buckeye Girl Reads on 19 October 2009 at 15:59 said...

You've totally gotten in the mood for a werewolf story. I'm going to have to read this one.

Brandy W on 20 October 2009 at 14:36 said...

Sounds like a good Were book. I'll definitely have to look into these.

Erotic Horizon on 20 October 2009 at 16:00 said...


Me as well - I m having such a fun time hunting down these Were books..

This was a fun read


Erotic Horizon on 20 October 2009 at 16:01 said...


I love that man of yours - he is too in tuned with all this reading stuff...

Hugs much from me...

This is a good one to have on the reader.. enjoy your Sony my dear...


Erotic Horizon on 20 October 2009 at 16:02 said...


That was the best way I could write it - because Gage was all man and he meant business...


Erotic Horizon on 20 October 2009 at 16:03 said...

@A Buckeye Girl Reads

Hope you get it - it was a good read - the second book is just as hot as well..


Erotic Horizon on 20 October 2009 at 16:05 said...

@Patti /Brandy...

A new series for me, but I am loving it...

Hope you get the chance to read it..