Title: A Winter Tale with Marshmallows
Author: Stephanie Beck
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: December 6 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 54 pages
Rating: 4.75 Diamonds
Heat Level: Spicy
Date: November 20 2010
No winter night is complete without marshmallows. Pregnant and on the run, Mona Renalds is a werewolf with trouble nipping at her heals. She wants a new life for herself and the twins she’s carrying. Embracing the future can’t happen until she finds an alpha male strong enough to take on her former pack leader. Chris Meyters is alpha of Haven Pack. Mild mannered and progressive, he tries to reverse the archaic methods of his pack’s previous leaders. When Mona comes into his diner requesting sanctuary, his primitive instinct to claim her nearly consumes him, but he fights himself to give her the choices she was denied in her former pack. Surrounded by the Pennsylvania winter of snow, sledding parties and creamy cups of hot chocolate, Chris and Mona are prepared to do whatever it takes in order to maintain the domestic bliss they’ve found with each other.
I know I am going to curl up with a good story when I see Stephanie Beck's name on the cover, and I have to admit as a reviewer I make it a point never to look at the author when picking a book to review, I look at the description. You can imagine my thrill to download this one and find Ms Beck had written it.
Like all of Ms. Beck's characters her men are strong where they need to be strong and are soft as well. Softness only their heroine can see or find. There is such power in her heroes and Chris is the ultimate in Alpha Males. And her Heroines, or at least the ones I've have read are strong women from flawed families who can make it but sure do enjoy the strong shoulders they have been given to lean on. her Secondary Characters are also well formed and have a depth many authors don't give the time to.
I do believe that one scene in this book will be burned into my senses for a long time to come, and with out giving it away I can just tell you that the anger and need Chris feels illuminates off the page, and Mona's sense to go to him is just as strong the whole scene is so beautifully crafted that I actually read it again.
My only complaint in the story is that there should have been a warning at the beginning... WARNING YOU WILL CRAVE HOT ALPHA MALES and a CUP of HOT COCOA. My advice have some on hand before reading the book.