Review: Bitter Disenchantment by Shawntelle Madison

Review: Bitter Disenchantment by Shawntelle MadisonBitter Disenchantment by Shawntelle Madison

Series: #.4 Coveted
Genres: Urban Fantasy
on December 31, 2013
Pages: 158
Source: NetGalley
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four-half-stars  

I really enjoyed the supernatural world that Shawntelle Madison created in her Coveted series so I was eager to read this prequel that was written about minor character, Aggie McClure.  After reading this one, I have to say that I think I enjoyed this one possibly more than the other books in the series.  It has made me want to go back and re-read the series for Aggie moments now that I’ve read what went on before for her.

Agatha McClure is the daughter of the powerful alpha werewolf of the Midtown Pack of NYC.  He has recently replaced her mother as his mate and now he’s arranged for her mating like a business deal.  After her initial anger at having her choice taken away, Aggie decides to give the mating a try since Victor is so nice to her, but then she discovers that he has made a deal with her father.  Victor just has to get Aggie pregnant and he gets a gold mine of a business deal and is the heir apparent to the alpha.  In the meantime, Victor controls her every move, takes over her responsibilities in the pack and her father’s business, and gives her a piddly allowance so she is left helpless.

This doesn’t set well with Aggie and see sets out with determination to end this farce of a marriage/mating and live her own life free to make her own choices.  Aggie’s efforts lead her into the world of underground fight rings to earn the money needed to break her mate bond and get her mother away from her father.  While there is some danger involved in the fighting, Aggie is also the person of interest to a mysterious group who try to kidnap or attack her.  Aggie soon learns the true cost of freedom and what some people are willing to sacrifice for others.

The story line kept me riveted from the beginning.  I always loved Aggie in the series as Nat’s best friend and roomie, but having her thoughts and seeing her struggles in this story just made her an even better character to me.  It was tough seeing what she had to deal with as well as Paula and Helm.  I absolutely hated her father, Victor and her mother’s replacement Kelly.  The way I got emotionally involved in the characters is a sign that it was a well written story for me.  I can’t help feeling greedy and wanting more of the minor characters to get their stories now.

Oh, and the short story that is included as a bonus featuring Heidi the Mermaid, Lillian the Succubus and Abby the Muse with a brief appearance by Nick (my personal favorite) was a fun read.

I can easily recommend this story for fans of the series.  To those who haven’t read the series, I would suggest you read through Coveted and Kept first before this one so you’ll have a feel for the worldbuilding of the series even if it chronologically is first.

Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this story for review purposes.

About Shawntelle Madison

Shawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She’d never admit it, but if asked she’d say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detassling corn, Shawntelle performed various jobs—from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university webmaster. Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular day when she’s not surgically attached to her computer, she can be found watching cheesy horror movies or the latest action-packed anime. She lives in Missouri with her husband and children.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.