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Elemental Mating

(A.L.F.A. #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  510 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Their existence was a secret the government stumbled upon. In exchange for continued autonomy, the paranormals entered an alliance with the government. Now they are A.L.F.A.: Alpha League Federal Agency, sworn to protect and serve humanity.

Brilliant scientist Melinda Caster has discovered a new strain of the Zika virus that stimulates synaptic growth in embryos, causing ne
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by InterMix
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Marta Cox
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
My first book by this author whose name I've frequently seen pop up and I'm a little on the fence with this one I'm afraid. I really liked that Melinda is a bright scientist doing a job that's really important and not just an average girl on the street. It meant that she could talk about things to Parish that totally confused him which added greatly to the sense of fun. Melinda has discovered something that on paper shouldn't be that dangerous to mankind but this story went in a completely unexp ...more
Elemental Mating by Milly Taiden is something I found while browsing NetGalley. It sounded really good, but it turned a little woo-woo for me around about chapter 15. Plus, the hero and heroine both made so many ridiculous choices based on the circumstances they were in. I can generally set aside all disbelief when reading a PNR, but I just couldn’t this time.

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Just when I start to think it's too difficult to find a good shifter romance series that brings back those feelings I used to have when reading these years back, here comes Milly Taiden with the A.L.F.A. series.  And I'm so glad for that!  Light, fun and sexy shifters, yes please.

ELEMENTAL MATING is a classic fated mates story with "some" military elements.  The hero, Hamel, is a jaguar shifter (OMG MY FAVE!) and part of the ALFA team.  Think CIA but for the paranormal.  His mission is to prot
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!
***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! I will be adding this to my collection in the future!

The cover is awesome, and it is also my favorite kind of shifter cover because it shows both forms of beautiful beasts!

This is the first book in a new series! It is for adults only due to the steamy content. For whatever reason
Tanya Davis
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Elemental Mating is the first book in Milly Taiden's A.L.F.A. series. This is also my first experience with this author. A.L.F.A. is a group of secret agents that work for the government. The government knows they are shifters while the world is kept in the dark that they exist. The government uses their special skills on dangerous missions in exc

Ann Lorz
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog:

From the moment I saw the cover of Elemental Mating I knew I wanted to read it. I've never before read Milly Taiden but that fact didn't deter me. In fact, it was a plus. I love trying new authors.

Some I love, some I don't, and some, I find so-so.

Elemental Mating turned out to be a so-so for me. After looking so forward to read it I was a bit disappointed in it. I think for me it was the writing. I'm not saying it
Kate's Corner
Apr 20, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf, arcs
On hold @ 29 % - I couldn't wait to read this book it sounded really good alas I don't know what I got. The heroine was awful IMO. The Hero was cool and the plot of the story didn't keep me hooked.

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Lyndi W.
Sep 06, 2017 marked it as d-n-f
At least I was warned of the main character's insane levels of horniness on page one and her hatred of men and tendency to go on man-bashing rants by page three. Fuck that noise.
Novel Grounds
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing


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This was a super fun sexy shirfter read that was non stop from the very start. I love a Mates-at-first-sight type of book. I feel like they are full of need and I love the angst that seems to come with them.

A brilliant, headstrong, and wonderfully sassy scientist, and the man sent to protect her under the guise of being from the CDC. From he very tart I loved the tension between these two. Hamel was smart, alpha, and still a bit goofy. I lo

Elizabeth Neal
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
**3.5 Stars**

Melinda, a scientist, has discovered something exceptional, something I can't even begin to describe. LOL But, suffice it to say, it could change everything, and some people will do anything to acquire it, including breaking into her lab, which means someone has been watching her and knows exactly what she's found. When vital data is accidentally lost, you'd think the threat to Melinda is over, however, this brilliant woman has a certain ability that makes her invaluable in recoveri
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, this is probably my favorite book by Ms. Taiden yet! A scientist, a jaguar shifter, and a virus someone or something is willing to kill for. To me that sums it up. There was so much action that I was on the edge of my seat reading this book. Yeah the sex scenes were hot, but the action and mystery are what made me fall in love with this book.
Melinda is a scientist who had discovered a virus, one that causes her to need a bodyguard that she doesn't need to know is there as a bodyg
I will never look at dreams the same way again. What a fun book. I really didn't know which direction the book would take from one page to the next.
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I really like Milly Taiden's Paranormal Dating Agency series, so I was looking forward to this new series. However, it didn't grab me nearly as well as PDA did.

Melinda Caster is a scientist working in Uganda on a previously undiscovered virus. It doesn't kill people, instead it seems to give extra cognitive abilities. She's been researching the effects, and trying to come up with some hard facts. That's what she respects, hard facts. She doesn't believe what she can't see. A lot of that is link
Barb Lie
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Elemental Mating by Milly Taiden is the first book in her new A.L.F.A. series. Melinda Caster, our heroine, is a scientist who is working in Uganda. She has discovered a virus and a possible antidote. Parish Hamel, our hero, arrives on the scene a short time after Melinda discovers how the effect of this serum acts on mice. It turns out Hamel is a government agent for A.L.F.A (Alpha League Federal Agency), and he is a Jaguar shifter. Hamel has been assigned to protect Melinda, though she does no ...more
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Elemental Mating is the first installment of An A.L.F.A. series by Milly Taiden.

Melinda Caster is a scientist who has discovered a new strain of the Zika virus that enhances the development of a normal human being. However, when her lab is broken into, she realizes that someone has been secretly keeping tabs on her work. Thankfully they didn’t get any information when she destroys the crucial data, but with her photographic memory, she now has a target on her head.

A.L.F.A sends out Agent Par
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a marvelously breathtaking story that will sweep you off your feet and carry you into a stunningly ingenious world created to enthrall and entertain every part of your heart and mind. I truly hated to see this journey end because I feel in love so hard with these beautiful and amazing characters. They made me feel and savor them every second that I was a part of their world.

Nothing could have dragged me away from the wonder and brilliance of this incredible adventure!
What do you get when
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just wow!! This new series is going to be freaking amazing if the first book is any sort of indication. Melinda works in Uganda as a scientist identifying new diseases and looking for cures. She is currently working with an unknown virus that seems to significantly increase brain mass and its capabilities. Hamel is a jaguar shifter and has been sent to Uganda to protect Melinda based on rumors of some dangerous parties wanting their hands on the serum she is working with. Who it is that wan ...more
Heather andrews
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Melinda is one snarky lady, “do not call me ‘darling,’‘sweetheart,’ or ‘honey’ or I will turn you into a eunuch before you can even think to cover your balls.” It's like Hamel always knows what to say, “first off, I’m not most men. Secondly, I’m here to protect you. No place better than your bed to do that.” He slid his finger along her smooth cheek and jaw. “Thirdly, I really like you, Melinda.” His finger pushed her chin up so he could see her eyes. “I really, really like you, Melinda.” I real
Tena Barnes
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Milly Taiden did not disappoint in this story

This story had shifters,witch doctor, demons and scientist. Throw all that together in one book and you have an awesome story. Can the scientist believe what they don't have facts on. Read this book to found out what all these characters together can make happen.
Lani ⚔⚔  the Destroyer ⚔⚔
2.5 stars
I never really connected with the characters. The heroine came off as a man hater most of the time and the hero seemed weak/ a push over. The plot was good, the details were awesome.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This eas a great starter for a new series... This book had me hooked from the beginning. .. Melinda and Parrish could not be anymore different but for Parrish the call to his mate is very strong and the fact that she is in danger will push him to do anything including give up his own life.. This new series is exciting and suspenseful and of course this authors books are always HOT.... Can't wait for the next book...
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Strange and quirky but I kind of dug it!
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, adult
3.75 stars
Tina Christopher
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
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May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Not my favourite from this author.
I love Ms Taidens’ Paranormal Dating Agency series for its quirky humour, feisty heroines and hot alpha men, so I was looking forward to this new series thinking it would be on the same lines. I know one shouldn’t expect similar but that is Ms Taidens type of writing style.
However, it didn't grab my attention all the way through and I found it very easy to put down and go do something else. An interesting tale but it didn't rush me along on the ride l
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars an excellent read, would recommend to others.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: k
This first book in her new series showcases Ms. Taiden's talents as a world builder and story teller. Very strong well developed characters carry this story from beginning to end. I loved the interactions and the dynamics between all of them.

Melinda Caster is our heroine, a betrayal back when she first joined the CDC by the man she thought she loved has hardened her heart to anyone really loving her. Along with a very religious upbringing that has caused her believe only what she sees and can p
Book Binge
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
I found Elemental Mating while browsing NetGalley and was intrigued by the premise. Alpha shifter vs nerdy scientist? GIMME! Unfortunately, it wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped it would be.

Melinda Castor is a research scientist who discovered a new strand of virus that seems to give those infected supernatural powers (ESP, telekinesis, etc). Parish Hamel is an A.L.F.A. (Alpha League Federal Agency) agent and a jaguar shifter. He’s assigned to watch Melinda and keep her – and her research on the
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Milly Taiden (also writes as April Angel) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean (to her) known as the Dominican Republic. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

When she’s not working full-time, texting with her best friend Heidi in England, chastising her son for pulling the dog’s ears, shopping with her sister Jewel or watc

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