All’s Fair in Mate Bonds and Publishing

Author: Alana Ankh

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 2.5 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Standalone Novel

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  For Killian Marsden, werewolf romance is overrated. After all, he should know, since he’s a half-werewolf and an editor for a romance-publishing house. He’s tired of reading mate bond fairytales, because real life doesn’t work that way. In the real world, Alphas abandon their half-breed children. Not that Killian’s jaded or anything. Simply realistic. So when werewolf Alpha Brett comes knocking, demanding explanations on a rejected manuscript, Killian reels away, or at least tries to.

Brett is a walking, talking Alpha cliché: big, possessive, and growly. His last name is Wolfe, for crying out loud. But Brett is also trustworthy, devoted to his pack, and a little silly when in love. Soon, Killian discovers that maybe, just maybe, he might love Brett in return.

Unfortunately, Killian is not the only one who wants to claim Brett. He will have to set aside his beliefs about mate bonds and deadbeats if he wants his own happily ever after werewolf romance.


Review: Killian Marsden is an editor of romance novels. Brett Wolfe is sent by his evil fiancée to force the publication of her book and stop the publication of a book that was clearly plagiarized from her book. Or that’s what she told Brett. Lo and behold, it turns out Brett and Killian are mates. Killian is only half werewolf and rather disdainful of werewolf culture. Brett is about to enter into an important political marriage and was having no plans to ever explore his bisexuality. Brett has no plans to walk away from his mate. Killian has no plans to walk with his mate. He can’t really understand why he agreed to a date with Brett! Then Brett turns out to actually be a nice guy. Ugh. Things just get more complex from there.

To put it bluntly I didn’t really enjoy this book. It was a fascinating premise that I felt was horribly executed. I love explorations of tropes. This felt more like an expose of clichés. The fiancée was a horrible character with no explanation given for her behaviors. Pointing out how clichéd her behavior was didn’t make her something other than a cliché. Unfortunately, it wasn’t only the fiancée that felt like a bad cliché to me. I just found myself repeatedly frustrated.

I do feel this book wasn’t 100% bad. It was funny and many people will find it very funny. The world building was interesting. How people who are between cultures fit into either one or another is always a fascinating topic.

People who love humor and shifters, especially shifter clichés and tropes, will enjoy this book despite the fact I found myself disappointed.


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