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Taken by the Alpha King by Abigail Barnette

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Born into a secret society of werewolves and betrothed to a mate she didn’t love, Bailey Dixon made the choice to leave her pack for five years. Now, she’s back and fully committed to becoming the werewolf she was destined to be.

But destiny–and the new pack king–have other plans. Rich, handsome, and utterly ruthless, Nathan Frost demands absolute obedience from the Toronto pack. When he sets his sights on Bailey, she’s plunged into a world of politics, sex, and violence she’s not equipped to navigate on her own.

With her life in danger and enemies emerging from every corner, Bailey is forced to rely on the mysterious stranger who’s usurped the throne of her pack. And even he can’t be trusted…


This new take on werewolves is an interesting modern and ancient mix of intrigue and dark magic set in Toronto. It appears people are trying to kill the king and queen of werewolves, but who? The suspects are many and the journey to find them has only just begun.

As Bailey is thrown back into the life she left for five years, her fate is to become queen to a ruthless and unfeeling king. Bailey and Nathan’s intense attraction is something they cannot explain considering he is a pompous ass and she despises his lifestyle. A life filled with treason, attempts on their lives, and possibly the end of the world as they know it.

Bailey is a young fighter and survivor. The extremely tough choices she makes are tragic and painful, but she shows her strength as queen by standing up for what’s right. Unfortunately, trusting her husband is trying and downright exhausting. His disrespect for her is sad, but she sticks to her guns and proves her worth as a savvy and smart queen. Nathan is an entitled and vain man who comes across as unfeeling and self-centered. He has to make some harsh and cruel decisions as king and with Bailey’s council and voice of reason, he slowly starts to listen and show some promise. But I’ll have to wait for the next book to see what happens to them.

Ms. Barnette does a good job sussing out the good guys from the bad. There is always that feeling of mistrust and doubt from the very people the protagonists are close to and whether they will turn on them.

The action and suspense are tense and sometimes uncomfortable to read and the book is a bit long, but I couldn’t put it down. If you enjoy spicy paranormal romance with mythology and magic thrown in, give this one a try. 

Thank you to Ms. Barnette for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.



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Abigail Barnette is the pseudonym of Jenny Trout who is a USA Today bestselling author, blogger, and funny person. Jenny writes award-winning erotic romance, including the internationally bestselling The Boss series (written as Abigail Barnette), as well as young adult and new adult novels.

As a blogger, Jenny’s work has appeared on The Huffington Post, and has been featured on television and radio, including HuffPost Live, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, and National Public Radio’s Here & Now. But her proudest achievement was playing the role of Hunyak in Center Stage Theater’s 2020 production of Chicago.

She is a proud Michigander, mother of two, and wife to the only person alive capable of spending extended periods of time with her without wanting to kill her.

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