Book Review: Strained by Marcia Colette

strained_originalTitle: Strained

Author: Marcia Colette

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Alexa is keeping a secret from her husband and being half werewolf isn’t it. After all, he’s a full-blood and doesn’t care that there are those who think their union is an abomination. Despite their abnormalities, the Yorks have settled into suburbia and gone out of their way to look like the couple next door.

Their rouse may have fooled an entire community, but not the Georgia Pack. The Yorks have encroached on their territory. Most interlopers end up dead, especially when the bounties on their heads invite stalkers, killers, and psychos to collect. Despite the trouble the Yorks have brought with them, the domestic suburbanites have intrigued the pack.

Alexa’s less domestic than she seems. Eight months ago, her bounty hunting club disbanded after several team members lost their lives in an ambush. Since then, the club has reemerged and are expecting Alexa to take her rightful place among the ranks.

Keeping the truth from her husband about her extracurricular activities will strain the Yorks’ marriage and risk everything they’ve worked hard for. But, that’s the price Alexa pays when her deception becomes deadlier than her aim. A deception that also keeps her alive.

Strained is the third book in a series, but the first one I’m reading and reviewing in this particular series. Despite it being the third book, it didn’t take too long for me to connect to the characters, figure out who is who, and what was going on. Alexa York, the main character, is half-werewolf, which means she’s shunned by most of the other werewolves. Despite that, she’s strong-willed, independent, witty and smart though, and she doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do.

I loved Alexa. She’s tough, and I liked that. Even Matt, her husband doesn’t have much to say over what she does and when she does it. I liked the world-building too. The author, Marcia Colette, has managed to craft an intriguing world filled with supernatural beings.

If you like urban fantasy, I would recommend this series. Although you might want to start with the first book. I hope I find some time soon to pick up books one and two.


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