Sunday, July 7, 2013

Book Review: Alice's Alpha

                                                       Today's review is on Alice's Alpha by Ann Gimpel

I can only offer this advice after reading a great amount of books by Gimpel. If you haven't read any, read some. If you have read some, read more. Especially the novella's. Though you will find some commonality in each; sexy men, woman in some sort of distress, happy ending, you will be captivated by each scenario. And did I mention the sexual tension? Or the actual copulation?

Gimpel's ability to make the reader a little hot under the waistline without crossing over to the XXX zone is pretty much unparalleled. And in a short piece, that's a mighty good feat. If she were to venture into the true erotic! What do you say Ann?

In Alice's Alpha we of course meet Alice, a civil engineer who enjoys mountain climbing. Because her career and her hobby are viewed as masculine many men are intimidated by her, leaving Alice a 30 year-old virgin. But that's about to change, or so she hopes.

Alice has been friends Brent for quite some time and has hopes that their relationship will change to a more romantic one. But pressing up against him or flaunting her breasts seems to have no effect. Then, while on a climbing adventure he has to leave right away and basically deserts her, she just about gives up any hope for a future with him. But Brent has a secret. One he cannot tell anyone.

Alice makes it down the mountain but she isn't able to reach her car. Thankfully she sees Lon Chaney's cabin where she meets Jeddediah (Jed), an amazingly handsome man who offers to let her stay in the cabin until the morning. Unknown to her however is that Jed is a wolf shifter and the leader of his small pack. Nor is she aware that she is Jed's mate.

Passion burns throughout the pages leaving me wanting more. Again I suggest Gimpel try to hop on over to a true erotic novel.

5 of 5 stars
Available at Amazon

Book Description: via Amazon

Alice has given up trying to find a man, that is, until she meets wolf shifter Jed. As desire burns between them, Alice is surprised to discover her life has changed forever. But not as surprised as when she learns she is also the bonded mate of two of Jed’s pack mates! The pages ignite with passion in Book 1 of Ann Gimpel’s hot, new paranormal series, Wolf Clan Shifters.

It’s 1936. Thirty-year-old Alice has almost given up finding a man. Between civil engineering and mountain climbing, her interests are so masculine she scares men away. A poor route choice lands her next to horror movie star Lon Chaney’s cabin deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She’s wary when Jed, a strikingly handsome man, offers her shelter.

By the time she discovers he’s clan leader for a pack of wolf shifters, she’s in way too deep to back out. Her carefully tended wasteland of a heart cracks wide open. Her preconceived notions shatter. Snared by the mate bond, Alice discovers passion hot enough to change her forever. She’s just getting used to Jed when his lieutenants show up, and she discovers she’s mated to all three.

About the Author: 
Ann Gimpel is a mountaineer at heart. Recently retired from a long career as a psychologist, she remembers many hours at her desk where her body may have been stuck inside four walls, but her soul was planning yet one more trip to the backcountry. Around the turn of the last century (that would be 2000, not 1900!), she managed to finagle moving to the Eastern Sierra, a mecca for those in love with the mountains. 

It was during long backcountry treks that Ann’s writing evolved.

Unlike some who see the backcountry as an excuse to drag friends and relatives along, Ann prefers her solitude. Stories always ran around in her head on those journeys, sometimes as a hedge against abject terror when challenging conditions made her fear for her life, sometimes for company.

Eventually, she returned from a trip and sat down at the computer. Three months later, a five hundred page novel emerged. Oh, it wasn’t very good, but it was a beginning. And, she learned a lot between writing that novel and its sequel.
Around that time, a friend of hers suggested she try her hand at short stories. It didn’t take long before that first story found its way into print and they’ve been accepted pretty regularly since then. One of Ann’s passions has always been ecology, so her tales often have a green twist.
In addition to writing, Ann enjoys wilderness photography. She lugs pounds of camera equipment in her backpack to distant locales every year. A standing joke is that over ten percent of her pack weight is camera gear which means someone else has to carry the food! That someone is her husband. They’ve shared a life together for a very long time. Children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out their family.
@AnnGimpel (for Twitter)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me, Annette! Alice and Jed, the stars of Alice's Alpha are really pleased to be here, too. I always appreciate reading your reviews of my books!