Thursday 5 February 2015

Review: Craved by an Alpha - Felicity Heaton

Having turned his back on his snow leopard pride, Cavanaugh has been counting the days until he’s free of a role he never wanted—one that separated him from his fated female and stands between him and the future he craves with her.

Just days from the night he will finally be free to be with the low-ranking beauty who stole his heart, she walks back into his life and threatens to destroy everything he’s worked towards in the five long years they’ve been apart.

Eloise has travelled across continents searching for the male who was once her best friend and so much more to her, but was now her pride’s true alpha. Desperate to fulfil a promise to her kin to save them from the tyrant he left in charge, she convinces Cavanaugh to return to his pride, but as they journey to Bhutan, doubts bloom and old feelings resurface, tearing her between duty and her deepest desires and impossible dreams.

Will Eloise be able to resist the burning need that Cavanaugh reignites in her and remember her place in the pride? And can Cavanaugh find a way to save his kin and claim the future he craves with the woman he loves?

Eternal Mates Series:
(This series is set in the same world as the Vampire Erotic Theatre series but can be read completely separately)
Kissed by a Dark Prince
Claimed by a Demon King
Tempted by a Rogue Prince
Hunted by a Jaguar
Craved by an Alpha
Bitten by a Hellcat
Taken by a Dragon
Marked by an Assassin
Possessed by a Dark Warrior
Awakened by a Demoness
Haunted by the King of Death
Tuned by a Tiger
Tamed by a Tiger
Treasured by a Tiger
Unchained by a Forbidden Love
Avenged by an Angel
Seduced by a Demon King

Vampire Erotic Theatre Series:

Cougar Creek Mates Series:
(Set in the same world as Vampire Erotic Theatre & Eternal Mates series but can be read completely separately)
Claimed by her Cougar
Captured by her Cougar
Courted by her Cougar
Craved by her Cougar

Black Ridge Bears Series:
(Set in the same world as Vampire Erotic Theatre, Eternal Mates & Cougar Creek Mates series but can be read completely separately)

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I've been a fan of the Eternal Mates series since Felicity Heaton first published Kissed by a Dark Prince so I was eagerly waiting for this latest instalment. We had been introduced to Cavanaugh in Hunted by a Jaguar and I was looking forward to getting to know him better. All we really knew about Cavanaugh was that he had left his pride and his fated mate behind and was counting down the days until he could return to be with her again.

What I didn't know was that Cavanaugh was the pride's alpha and that he was forbidden from being with Eloise because she was a low ranking female in the pride. Cavanaugh was so in love with Eloise that he walked away from everything he knew and has been biding his time until he officially loses his place as alpha so that he can return home to her. Eloise has no idea that Cavanaugh is her fated mate but he was her best friend and her first love so he broke her heart when he left her behind. The pride is in trouble though so she has put her anger and hurt to one side and come looking for Cavanaugh's help. Just as Cavanaugh is close to achieving his goals Eloise comes back into his life, returning to the pride early to give them the help they so desperately need could cost him everything he's ever wanted but if he refuses then Eloise may never forgive him.

Craved by an Alpha is one of the shortest stories in the series so far but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Cavanaugh is the kind of hero it is easy to fall for, he is honest and caring and although he has made a few stupid decisions he has always had the best intentions. I was angry with his pride for their old fashioned traditions and the way that they would have kept Cavanaugh and Eloise apart because of her status and in a way I wish he had challenged those traditions and shaken things up a bit. However, I was pleased with the way he handled things in the end and I think everything worked out in the best possible way.

Eloise was a really sweet woman, she loved Cavanaugh more than anything but was willing to give up her own happiness to protect the people in her pride. She was stubborn and refused to take no for an answer when it looked like Cavanaugh would turn his back on them once again and I was pleased to see her standing her ground. It was also nice to see the pair of them fighting together to achieve their goals. This story may be shorter than the others but it has a stronger focus on the romance and the relationship between Cavanaugh and Eloise so things never felt rushed between them. They have a long history of friendship and it was obvious how much they both meant to each other so I was rooting for them to find a way to be together. I hope we'll get to see more of them as the series continues but in the meantime I'm just happily looking forward to the release of Bitten by a Hellcat which releases in a couple of weeks.

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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