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Reviewed by Diane Lynch for Readers' Favorite
Surprising the Alpha: The Venn Pack in Love by Elodie Parkes is a believable and entertaining paranormal romance novel appropriate for an adult and new adult audience. This wolf-shifter story takes place in the contemporary setting of a dying town in the United States. Joshua Venn, alpha of the Venn Pack, feels pressure to save his people from the failing economy of their hometown. When urban regeneration entrepreneurs Dani Cruz and her brother Jason waltz into town to help save the day, all he feels for the siblings is resentment and a determination to be the person to save his pack.
Elodie Parkes did an excellent job creating a heartwarming story for the first book in the Venn Pack in Love Series, Surprising the Alpha. I felt bad for Joshua. He did not really get the respect from his pack that most Alphas I have read about do. That being said, his pack was small and made up of his siblings. Therefore, the fact that they gave him a hard time is very credible. He has doubts about his ability to be a good leader which makes his character realistic. Dani is a surprising heroine. She is smart and determined. The two have an intense chemistry that is fun to read about. I like that Dani and Jason wanted to save the town because their grandparents fell in love with it while they were on vacation there many years earlier. The story was well-written and full of details. I enjoyed the plot and its resolution to the story. The plot and characters are very believable. It had some unexpected twists that held me captivated. This is a great foundation for a series.