Saturday, July 28, 2012

Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack #1) by Shelly Laurenston

Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack, #1)

Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston

What's an Alpha Male to do when he meets the Alpha Female of his dreams? Step one, hide all sharp objects. 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.


I give Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston 4/5 stars for having some of the best dialogue I have read so far.

Pack Challenge is definitely an alpha book for sure; male alphas, female was definitely alpha galore! 

Pack Challenge review: 

Sara Morrighan doesn’t live an easy life. Orphaned by her parents at an early age, Sarah was sentenced to live with her insane, paranoid, gun-wielding grandmother. If only that was the worst of Sara’s problems. Having barely survived the animal attack that took her father’s life, Sara must wear the scars across one-side of her face and leg, which bring her enormous pain and a none to flattering limp. Though, there is a bright-light or two in Sara’s life; her two crazy best friends, Miki and Angelina, who would do just about anything to protect her. However, when the Pride comes to Texas looking for retribution for the crimes Sara’s parents committed against them, Sara will need more than her friends to help her. The help Sara needs, unbenounced to her, is in the shape of Zacharias Sheridan, or just Zach for short. 

Zach Sheridan is ready to be pack leader. He has the strength, motivation, capabilities, and the permission of the pack alpha when he steps down. The only problem is that the current alpha female is bent on keeping her position and power no matter what. For that reason, Zach finds himself in the small nowhere town located in Texas. His explanation for being there is the beautiful, insane girl he just can’t keep out of his thoughts. Of course this is a terrible thing since Zach had ridden off the idea of family. 

I think I’ll leave to Zach to further explain his exact feelings on the topic:

“He decided he wanted to be Alpha Male . . . He didn’t want kids. He’d be more than happy to let the other Pack mates breed and then raise their little whelps to take over when he was too old or tired to hold the leash. But every wolf female he’d met wanted to breed their mate’s kid. So, Zach had decided, any mate he chose would be fixed.”


Yes. I would recommend Pack Challenge for any reader looking for a good shape-shifter book. 


I seem to be in a great debate with the rating I give for novels I read lately. I blame it on becoming such an analytical reader now. Having said that, the only reason Pack Challenge received a 4 star rating from is is solely on the crude language used multiple times throughout the entire novel. I am in no way an innocent reader. Profanity and crude sexual terms don’t faze me at all. On the other hand, in Pack Challenge, I think it just became too much and started to rub me the wrong way after a while. I understand that these are how the characters speak, which is perfectly okay, but for some scenes I felt it was overwhelming; mainly the sex scenes.

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