Review: Cole’s Redemption by J.D. Tyler

Review: Cole’s Redemption by J.D. TylerCole’s Redemption by J.D. Tyler

Series: #5 Alpha Pack
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Signet on March 4, 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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Zan has been such a vital part of the Alpha Pack team since the beginning and his personality and care of his friends made him easy to like.  I was so glad this poor guy was finally getting his story after all that has happened to him.  At first, it seems like life is dealing him another blow when he finally encounters his bondmate.  She is nothing like he imagined, but she is more than he could have ever hoped for since she has the power to save him.

The story opens with Zan contemplating the fact that with his debilitating injuries, he might be a liability to his team.  A near fatality during a fight with vampire rogues leaves him feeling like his fears are justified.  He feels its best if he leaves the team, but promises Jax that he will let it ride for a while.

Selene Westfall waits outside the compound with revenge on her mind.  Her father is in there and she hates him for killing her mother and running off selfishly leaving Selene behind to face all the fallout alone.  She knows he’ll need to come out eventually.

Nick Westfall, leader of alpha pack, has a lot eating at his soul from his own past mistakes and what his gift (or more aptly put, curse) shows him of the future is about to get ugly for him.  On a run in his wolf nature to clear his mind, he is attacked by his very own daughter.

Zan is out running to just enjoy the freedom of being alone and outside the medical facility. He is shocked to run across a wolf attacking his leader.  He races to the rescue and just when he’s about to deliver the death blow, something stops him, but not before he bites her.  The murderous wolf is his bondmate and he has just accidentally bonded them.  He has no idea what to make of it, but he’ll protect her as much as he can.  He wants to give this unexpected bond a try and convince her that she’s wrong about Nick.

Selene tries to hold onto her anger once she is brought into the Alpha Pack facility, but when she starts watching and listening, she discovers that things just don’t add up.  Her dad isn’t what she expected and neither are those he leads.  Her new mate and everyone else coaches her to take an open mind and believe only what she observes for herself.  Selene is confronted by new feelings when danger comes to both Nick and Zan and it has her rethinking all she knows.

She’d suffered quite a blow to her ‘Get Nick’ campaign, and her world paradigm was shifting.  Without her anger to use as a shield against the world, she was lost.

She was simply a woman who needed her man to hold her bruised heart.

So that’s what he did all through the afternoon and into the night.  He tucked her close to his heart and let her know, without words, that she could trust him.  That she was his.    p. 159 Zan from Cole’s Redemption

The vampire rogue threat sends everyone into mission mode and things get intense from there.  Zan and Selene along with Nick discover that sometimes time runs out before you’re ready and you missed your chance.

The story threads on this one kept things pretty busy, but there weren’t so many that it was distracting or confusing.  It stayed tight and on target with no lag.  There were three narrators:  Zan, Selene and Nick.  This story had several components including Zan’s recovery and acceptance of his place on the team, Selene’s revenge turned truth-seeking mission, Zan and Selene’s romance, and finally the story of Nick’s past and a hint of his future.  All these stories were great and worked really well for me though the romance was probably a tad under-developed.

That being said, it wasn’t really lacking so much as it just happened quickly- fated mate type thing.  With Selene’s personality, Zan was a perfect match for her.  Usually its the female who smoothes out the rough on the male, but this story its the opposite and I loved that.  Zan is no weakling by any stretch and he has fighting skills, but he’s not aggressive and is more a team player than other big strong men tend to be.  Selene was all prickles at first, but Zan stuck by her.  It was his loving nature that won her over so that she wanted the mating as much as he did.  And that beautiful, heroic male just kept giving and sacrificing for others so that I teared up watching him give it all.

I only had one real botheration for the whole story and it was the way everyone, including Nick, regarded the events from Nick’s past.  Maybe I’m wrong and didn’t grasp what was actually happening, but honestly, other than survivor’s guilt and regret?  I didn’t see what he had to beat himself up about and I certainly didn’t see how he could be held to blame by Selene and his former pack. An evil being did wrong- there is where the blame should lie.  Nick was totally in a no win scenario there.  I was heartbroken for the guy. Nobody should have to make the choice he did and then go through what happened afterward.  So as happy as I am that he got what he needed from Selene and others, it was way overdue in my book.  Speaking of Nick…I want his story really, really bad.  This guy needs a second chance romance of his own to heal his battered soul.

All in all, this was a strong entry in this series that lovers of passionate shifter romances and paranormal romance should take up for a try.  I would recommend that the series be read in order for optimum enjoyment.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for my honest review thoughts.

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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.
  • Role reversals, I love that it’s the girl who’s a little wild and the dude is left to tame the shrew.

    • Yep, the roles making Serena alpha was a refreshing change.

      • Yes, nice change, I like that idea 🙂

        • Me too! Have you read any from this series, Iza?

          • Not yet, but I want to !

            • LOL! I say that a lot too. So many books…so little time.

  • This is the only one I’ve read so far but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Now just need to find time to get back to the others. I’m with you on Nick! I can’t wait for his story and agree about his past as well. Glad to see you enjoyed it Sophia!

    • Thanks! I was really angry when Nick’s whole story came out. Poor guy!

      I’ve read book one, the novella and this one so I need to go back for 2,3, and 4. I hope to do it before Nick’s story, but probably not. Shari’s the smart one and doing them in order. Haha!

      • Shari Delighted Read

        I have read books 1-3 and the novella. Thinking of reading book 4 next as my review commitments are in late July/August and I am catching up on my TBR pile. Amazing how wonderful reading is when you aren’t under a gun on time.

        • Wow! You’re doing great. I need to get close to that situation with my reading commitments too. Haha!