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Instinct

(Holloway Pack 0.25)

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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Werewolf Sean Holloway treats the village marketplace like a sexual buffet, though his charm does little to win over his latest entr e of choice. Whether because of Jem Stonehouse's unique scent, her headstrong nonchalance, or the fact he is forbidden to see her by his pack's rules, Sean wants her.When Jem is nothing but flippant toward his advances, he pursues her with vi ...more
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Published January 1st 2012 by J. Taylor Publishing (first published December 13th 2011)
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Aimee Laine
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All historical, paranormal romance lovers who also love werewolves!
As a fellow author with J.A. Belfield, I have the opportunity to read ARCs of her works. In fact, I've read this one so long ago that I had to re-read the ARC to remember all the minute details. Like how Sean is so amazingly loving to this women when you know (for a fact) he's a damn womanizer. How Jem is so snobby and hoity-toity (that's a southern thing) that she reminds me of the southern belles of the south.

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Danielle Smiley
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is such a beautiful novella; historical, paranormal and an epic love story all in one. As a prequel, it's not something that needs to be read beforehand nor does it need to be read after the first book. It's amazing as a stand alone story without the support of the series (other than you'll be left wanting more!).

The story is told from Sean's point of view and it is so well done. Belfield's descriptive writing immerses you in the story until you can feel the forest around you. The plot move
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Ronda
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading about Sean (Mr. Holloway) and his courting of Jem. I've read about wolves in many books but this way of living in the Holloway Pack seems to be way in the past. I'm looking forward to opening the next novel.
Ambur
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, own-ebook
Well, I'm sure it will come as no surprise that I loved Instinct. I have yet to read one of J.A. Belfield's books that I haven't liked, or loved actually...and if Sean's involved, it usually leads to an automatic love for me. (Although, I love me some Ethan, too, but I think everyone does really. ;D)

Instinct is a novella that predates Darkness and Light, it also predates the Sean and Jem from it...in fact, this novella shows the very first Sean and Jem. I love that we get to see Sean and Jem in
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Beth The Vampire
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of urban fantasy, PNR, werewolves
Okay, so the main reason that I read this novella was to try out my new kobo ereader (which is fantastic by the way!). I do have the first book in the Holloway Pack series, and I thought I would give this novella a go before I started the book. It was a sweet little story; a love story with a supernatural twist. Sean is a ladies man, until he meets Jem...well it's actually her scent which attracts him at first. The gradual unfolding of their relationship was done very poetically, and the end cul ...more
Cassandra
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay I won the book Blue Moon, and I thought it didn't make sense to read the 2nd book first. So I bought this short story and book 1. This was my first taste of J.A. Belfield, and I loved it :) I loved the story of Sean fighting for Jem. The story sucked me in, and I wanted more. I definitely want to read the entire story :)
Tina
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
4.5
I really enjoyed getting to know Sean and Jem and watching their relationship develop.
Their forbidden love adds to the story. I would like to know more about Sean, James and their pack,so I am looking forward to reading more stories in this world.
Terri Rochenski
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Ms. Belfield delivers. A love story with a little less tension than D&L, but the emotion is there. My senses were engaged from the first page.

Lola
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than I expected. After reading Blue Moon the second book in this series I decided I also should read the prequels, which up so far I forgot about. And I was surprised at how good and interesting the story was.

This prequel is about when Jem and Sean meet in another time period, I am not totaly sure which time period. I think this is the first time they meet. The story is a bit predictable and I think they fell in love a little bit too fast, but it was a very enjoyable prequel
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Dahlia (yadkny)
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Lovers
Sean Holloway's insatiable appetite for the female form knows no bounds until a new scent captures his attention. When the hunt for the owner of such captivating aroma brings him to Jem Stonehouse, Sean is at once taken by the sight of her and intrigued by these sensations she solely stirs. Her fragrance stays with him long after she boldly turns down his attentions and walks away, but Sean's pursuit is only further piqued by this and will not be denied. Not even by the firm objections from his ...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
MY REVIEW

Instinct by J.A. Belfield is a novella "prequel" and is the beginning of the Holloway Pack Series.
I really loved this novella, its kind of the prequel or the history you need to know for the next books to make total sense. It's well written to the point you cannot put it down. The descriptions make it possible for you to visualise the surrounding of the characters as well as what the characters look like too.
Its a lovely romance. I love how Sean finally meets his mate and lets say his m
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Renée
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
In this way to short but amazingly funny prequel to the sexy novel Darkness & Light is womanizer Sean Holloway mesmerized by the scent of the beautiful Jem Stonehouse.

Belfield does it again. When you read the novel you can feel the love between Jem and Sean. Jem is a lucky girl, who in the world doesn't want to be loved as much as Sean loves her.

The only thing that bothers my about this novel is that it's way way way way way to short!!! I want to read more about the adventures of Jem and Sea
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Tiffany
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I've had several of my goodreads friends recommend J.A. Belfield's books. I finally decided to dive into the world of the Holloway Pack and I'm ever so glad I did. The writing was elegant and the plot was well thought out and interesting. I loved seeing the start of Jem and Sean's relationship. I will admit I am not a fan of historical writing but I did enjoy it in this aspect especially knowing it is setting up for a modern day story. This is a short but great start to the series and I
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CupcakeBlonde
This novella really delves into who Sean and Jem first met. I loved it being from Sean's point of view. I had enjoyed the excerpts from his point of view at the end of Darkness & Light. His narration is more satisfying for me and straight forward. Their first meeting was more sweet and restrained then I thought. My only gripes are what was missing from the story. Like their binding ritual. When the book ends there is no mention of Jem's mother accepting Sean and their love. And how did Sean ...more
April Pawless
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love this quick read

This is a great prequel to a series. I can't wait to read more about this couple and this pack.
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Enjoyed meeting the Holloway Pack! Looking forward to reading more!
Angarad
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First meeting for Sean and Jem from Sean's point of view. It help understand him better ad see and feel what he feels for Jem. Wish I had one sexy werewolf for myself.
Marie
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book from J.A. Belfield!! It was sooooo awesome to see how everything started! This book did not read like a short story!
Sue Tint
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
One of the best novellas I have read in a long time. Review to come
Maghon Thomas
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
I love this series. Especially since I read books 1 and 2 before this one. This is the back story, where Jem and Sean from another life, another time, are together. I loved seeing them together like this and I especially enjoyed understanding how everything finally worked out. this made the present stories make so much more sense to me. And I freaking LOVE reading from Sean's view. And my only complaint is that it's short. I'd love more time from Sean's POV! But I loved seeing how different the ...more
Tina
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5
I really enjoyed getting to know Sean and Jem and watching their relationship develop.
Their forbidden love adds to the story. I would like to know more about Sean, James and their pack, so I am looking forward to reading more stories in this world.
Perla The IB Teen Book Blogger
Loved this prequel, but I was so confused when I tried reading the sequel that I just quit trying and stuck with my good memories of this one.
Janel
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Instinct

I love this prequel. I love J.A. Belfields writing. Her story line in this series is awesome. Can't wait t o read the next one.
Alexandria
May 11, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for this fun little read.
Danielle
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I am not a hugh fan of historicals or when the rake is completely converted because of one, er, girl in this case.
Anastasiaadamov
Cute and simple short story and prequel to Darkness and Light
melissa street
rated it really liked it
Oct 06, 2012
Julie Reece
rated it it was amazing
Aug 09, 2011
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J.A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with the best husband in the world, aka Mr B, a couple of now-adult but cheeky as heck kids, a pooch she treats likes the baby of the house, and a cat that like to vomit in unnecessary places.

Although best known for her erotic romance THE THERAPIST, and the Holloway Pack series: THE WOLF WITHIN, BLUE MOON, CAGED, UNNATURAL, CORNERED, amongst other titles,
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Holloway Pack (5 books)
  • The Wolf Within (Holloway Pack, #1)
  • Blue Moon (Holloway Pack, #2)
  • Caged (Holloway Pack, #3)
  • Unnatural (Holloway Pack, #4)
  • Cornered (Holloway Pack, #5)
“At that moment, I wished I were the wind, free to dance across her flesh, seep through her clothing, and explore the forbidden depths of her body beneath.” 8 likes
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