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Taming the Alpha

(Crescent Moon #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  2,155 ratings  ·  150 reviews
After a year of lusting after his sexy employee, werewolf pack-leader Grant broke his no-involvement-with-humans rule and made a move on Talia. A month later the sex is still red hot and everything between them is perfect. Or so he thought. Until the night he shows up at her place expecting their usual ritual of mind-blowing sex and finds out she has other plans. And they ...more
Nook, 128 pages
Published May 9th 2011 by Savannah Stuart (first published May 8th 2011)
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
Taming the Alpha by Savannah Stuart aka Katie Reus

1st in the Crescent Moon series. Shifter paranormal romance novella.

Talia has had enough of Grant’s treating her like a Friday night secret. She wants more. Grant acknowledges that Talia is right and he needs to let her know how much she means to him. Telling her that he is the alpha of the local wolf pack may be a bit difficult since she has no clue such a world exists. But he’s not willing to let her go.

Super sexy and tantalizing.
The audible
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Narrator Review:
Jeffrey Kafer was such a treat to listen too! He did the part of Grant justice with that sexy voice of his. I also loved how he did Talia's voice. I'm so glad he did not try to do a high pitch version of hers. That never works for me. Jeffrey is going on my list of must listen to narrators! Borrowed on the Audible Romance Package

Story Review:
This is a short but oh so good story from Savannah Stuart. Grant was just delicious. Alpha of his pack, dominant and very possessive of his

A quick, funny and hot read!

I really liked that we got dual POV, otherwise I would probably dislike Grant even more for how he at first treated Talia. Thankfully, the girl knows her self worth and makes him see his mistakes. I loved seeing him grovel and also how protective and possessive he was with her. Talia was a spitfire and I really liked how she didn't let Grant just walk over her. She definitely also knew how to drive him crazy, that's for sure. And don't get me started on the many hot,
Indelicate Reviews by DD
Didn't love it. Didn't hate it. So with this falling in my "Meh" category I could be done with the series or keep going......I am going to keep going with this. There is enough substance there to see if the storyline and character writing builds.

This is not quite an insta-love but is somewhat close to it. Stuart picks up 1 year into the duo knowing each other, but it did leave me feeling like I was missing something. The storyline lacked information to make me feel connected. I realize this is a
Nice little shifter story.
Grant and Talia have been seeing each other for about a month, but have known each other longer. Talia feels Grant only uses her for sex and decides she has had enough. She's tired of feeling like she comes last with him. She has fallen in love with him and wants a relationship that has a future. Grant didn't even see Talia's goodbye coming. It wasn't until she pointed out their issues that he even realized there was a problem. He has kept secrets from Talia for fear
Sofia Lazaridou
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book shows that sometimes men don't get everything right. They like it simple and women make it complicated. It was good enough and it had an alpha male as the hero. Do I need to say any words after the alpha male to make you read this? I don't think so. I love how shifters are controlled by their wolf and act possessively.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
It might be steamy, but Grant was a jerk. Did not like him and thought she could have done so much better.
Meh. This was a little short and the relationship between the MCs a little undeveloped. I think this was something like 70 pages, including an excerpt from another novel and a moderately detailed fight scene between the hero and a vampire. I didn’t feel all that invested in the relationship.

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Yesenia Gonzalez
Alpha leader Grant met Talia when she came into his bar looking for a job. He knew there was something about her when she first walked in little did he know she was his mate. Human, Talia is human and Grant never expected to mate with a human before. After a year of flirting and growing the desire with each other he finally makes his move. When Grant shows up for their Friday night sex meet he finds her dressed in a killer dress and fuck me heels but she isn't dressed up for him. Taila has had ...more
Jackie  Kiwibooknerd
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: katie-reus
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If I had known this was Katie Reus, I would have read this ages ago.....I adore her writing.... This was short and sweet and I loved it!!!!! :)
If you enjoy paranormal romances, this is definitely a read that I’d highly recommend.

“If I’m not your boyfriend, then what am I?”
“You’re my boss,” she whispered.

Taming the Alpha is the quick, steamy and immensely entertaining debut of Savannah Stuart’s Crescent Moon paranormal series. Savannah Stuart is the pseudonym of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus. Under Savannah Stuart, she writes slightly hotter romance than her mainstream books. Katie is one of my favorite
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was o kay.... Nothing more,nothing less...

I wanted to like it.... I really did,I loved the concept and the idea and the description sounded really cute... But sadly this turned out to be one of those types of books I'm getting really,really SICK of!!! Almost no plot and almost ALL sex.... And I'm soo tired of it, I'm one of those odd readers that actually likes some story with my sex, am I a horny sexually unfilled Woman sometimes reading books like this to life vicariously thru these
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Right off let me state, love me some werewolves! This short intro read into this series focuses mainly on a new dating relationship between Grant and Talia. Right up front they have smexy chemistry. Whoot! So my four star rating is based soley upon all that smexiness...hey this is why I read romance people!! Add in the PNR elements? Dang right it needs to be intense(er) LOL
Not a lot of deep or descriptive world building in book 1, just focuses on Grant sorting out his feelings for Talia and
My Thoughts - 3.5 out of 5 Unicorns - I more than liked it!!!

The cover is definitely some nice eye candy even though he has no face :)

I bought this back in 2013, and I decided that I should read it :) I’m definitely glad I did! This is my first time reading Savannah’s work or Katie’s for that matter. I didn’t realize until doing my review that Katie Reus is Savannah. My mom and my grandma have both read books by Katie and will buy anything she writes :)

This is a novella length story and the
3.5 star read

Grant is the alpha on his werewolf pack, Talia is a human and works for him in one of his clubs.

They have hot sex on a regular basis, too regular in a way and Talia has had enough and wants more, but does grant have it in hm to step up and be what she wants? She doesn't even know his a werewolf how will she react?

Ths is a novella length book, and is a good read, loved the characters but would have been great if longer and a bit more angst with it.
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
One of my newest fave authors, Katie Reus, also wrote this Crescent Moon series, so when I saw that I had downloaded this book a while back and still hadn’t read it, I dropped everything else and jumped right in.

It was a surprise to read Taming the Alpha because it was so different than the stuff I’ve read under Katie Reus. It might have been the length of the novella, but it felt super rushed. When we finally started to get some action, suspense, that signature heat combusting between he MCs,
Stories in Review
It was a great read. Little steam, but not much. She did go out on a date trying to get over the H. No epilogue it just ends.
Mari (Smut Duchess)
This was an RU listen. It was short and smutty about an alpha werewolf and a human. More sex than story. The narrator was excellent.
3 1/2 Stars

I liked that the story started out into the relationship already, it was good for the novella to get the background in advance but the ending was too abrupt.

Grant, alpha of his pack and owner of several bars and properties run by and housing his pack has been sleeping with his human employee for a month. He waited a year, trying to fight off his attraction but couldn't wait any longer and broke all his no employee-human-fraternization rules because of his feelings for her. The sex is
Grant and Talia. I listened to this one on audio and it was quick but still kinda boring. I liked the characters, but the story was predictable and not engaging. Maybe it needed more humour or some humour? Talia is tired of Grant coming to her for Friday nights sex like clockwork but their relationship never goes any further. She feels used/taken for granted by Grant. But there's a lot about Grant that she doesn't know. Grant is really into Talia, but she is human and he's basically ...more
From the owner Alpha leader Grant met Talia, he has been fighting the growing desire for her. As a human, she could react badly to what he is and as Alpha, his number one concern is for his pack. After a year though he finally makes a move on the bartendar, and finds that the attraction is not one sided.

When Grant shows up for their weekly Friday night romp though, he finds she is dressed to kill, and not for his pleasure either. Thrown in a tailspin, he realizes that the messages he has been
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not impressed. Not much of a storyline, just sex and standard shifter reveal. There is nothing that stands out to make me remember this other than the fact I paid a dollar for this, and it was a waste.
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
I hate to say any book is "ordinary", but that's the only word coming to mind. Decent writing, average shifter - based storyline, nominal amount of angst. It wasn't bad, but nothing really stood out either.
2.5 i know its erotica and all but i wish there was a little bit more plot to it
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-pnr-uf
3.75 stars
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Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ehhh, okay.

There is no doubt that Grant and Talia have chemistry, but that is all this story accomplishes. There is brief interaction with the vampires but it is over in a page or two. This is the freshman book to a series that has at least six books. I expected better. Character development could be much better and there are some editing issues. But at least it is a stand alone story.

Not on board for this series if books one and two are any indication (read book two some time ago—no better).

Christine Galletly
I thought that this story was excellent!

It was fast moving and really well developed and such a page turner too!

I had it read from cover to cover in no time at all, the author had excellent attention to detail and I flew through the pages. I thought that the characters were great and they worked well together.

It was a really good read, easy to follow and digest - and it is another 5 stars from me for this author!

Very highly recommended - I love her books!!
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Savannah Stuart is the pseudonym of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus. Under this name she writes slightly hotter romance than her mainstream books. Her stories still have a touch of intrigue, suspense, or the paranormal and the one thing she always includes is a happy ending. She lives in the South with her very own real life hero. In addition to writing (and reading of ...more

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“If I’m not your boyfriend, then what am I?”
“You’re my boss,” she whispered.”
“Remember our first kiss?” He dropped his own voice a couple octaves.
Nodding slowly, she wrapped her arms around herself as her cheeks tinged bright pink.
Their first kiss had been in this cooler of all places. After dancing around their attraction to each other for almost a full year he’d decided to stake his claim on her. He still wasn’t sure who’d made the first move.”
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