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A Werewolf Kind of Christmas

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With war hanging in the balance, Erin has one change to stop it: Find her fated mate with the alpha of the rival pack, Tristen Kerr. But when the mating mark doesn’t appear Erin has to stall while trying not to fall for the alpha she can’t have. Meanwhile, her father has his own plans to take over Tristen’s pack. While romance blooms between the two they fight to keep the war away and hope for a Christmas miracle.

56 pages, Kindle Edition

Published December 11, 2018

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A.L. Kessler

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A.L. Kessler is a paranormal romance and steampunk author residing in Colorado Springs. Since she was a teenager she's loved weaving stories and spinning tales. When she's not at the beck-and-call of the Lord and Lady of the House, two black cats by the names of Jynx and Sophie, playing with her daughter, or killing creepers and mining all the things with her husband, she's either reading, participating in NaNoWriMo, or writing in her Blog Writing Rambles.

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May 30, 2020
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Silver Dagger Book Tours and Blood & Ink Press for this free copy.

So I honestly don’t know what it was about this novel, but it definitely reminded me of the show Bitten, which I know is based off a book series, but I honestly never read it and I don’t know if I will. But that’s besides the point. I think the reason why this book reminded me of Bitten was really because of our main character Erin. She wasn’t exactly like Elena Michaels at all, but having a female werewolf that has close ties with the alpha of her pack may have been somewhat of a reminder.

In this case though, Erin isn’t really treated well by the Alpha of her pack, which just so happens to be her father. Since he wants to take on more territory, he sends Erin to a rival pack to basically see if her being in physical contact with their Alpha will leave some sort of mating mark on her, which would end up combining their clans without any bloodshed. That way, Erin’s father gets more land and he doesn’t have to lose any of his pack members in the process. Her father is basically pimping her out for the sake of territory, and Erin isn’t really okay with it.

However, she has no choice in the matter, because if she does anything outside of her father’s orders, she will be seen as a traitor and her former pack members will have to hunt her down.

Talk about being between a rock and a hard place.

Luckily for Erin, it seems like Tristen, the “rival” Alpha of this pack is a gentleman, even doing things that would seem “beneath” the rank of an Alpha. It’s quite refreshing for her, and she notes that as she compares her father’s Alpha self to him.

For a novella, I was disappointed that it was over so quickly! I mean, yes I know that’s what I get for reading a novella, but while I was reading it, I almost forgot that it’s less than 100 pages and I was like “wait, where’s the rest of it!” So that is a very good sign, and I personally liked Tristen a lot from the moment I got to meet him. I did like Erin as well, just not as much as Tristen. I thought he was a pretty admirable Alpha and I could see why Erin was already enamored with him from the moment they met, even if she “tried” to hide it. Of course, a werewolf love story wouldn’t be what it was if there wasn’t some drama and action to it, so don’t think happily ever after happens right away. Stay tuned for the ride, and enjoy the mini holiday battle that basically happens in this novel. Just because werewolves are celebrating Christmas doesn’t mean things aren’t going to get violent.

It happens.

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17 reviews2 followers
December 20, 2018
Delightful Christmas story

AL Kessler did not disappoint with her Christmas Werewolf Story. The heroine gets her Christmas gift in her mate, new pack and new life.
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2,459 reviews6 followers
November 29, 2019
A Christmas gift
Were you looking for a Christmas miracle? Well you don’t have to look any further. The author has created this perfect little pack of wolves and brought the perfect addition into their lives. I love how she created these characters with such open hearts that, mate mark or not, they welcome their newest member with open arms. It’s a good thing for her as her dad is a little bit of a bully, okay a lot of a bully, and very self-absorbed. The author used every bit of page space to give us the perfect Christmas story and a HEA you’re going to want to read again and again. I can’t wait to read what she creates next.
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614 reviews79 followers
December 1, 2019
A very short, fluffy, and cozy kinda story set during the holiday season. Perfect for a read-a-thon or a nice break in between longer stories. With that said I enjoyed the passion and compassion between Erin and Tristen and would love to read more installments from them.

*I was given a free copy of this story for an honest review.
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473 reviews61 followers
December 12, 2019
To get a few house keeping items out of the way, this is NOT a story intended for children. This is a novella (shorter than a normal book). And I was given a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

AND this is a stop on the Silver Daggers Book Tour (click here for the link).

Alright, now that the housekeeping is out of the way…

Written by A. L. Kessler, A Werewolf Kind of Christmas follows Erin, the daughter of an alpha wolf, who has been sent to Tristan’s pack in the mountains to find out if she is his mate.

The story was sweet, and I really enjoyed Erin and Tristan as characters, as well as the supporting characters in Tristan’s pack. It is a fast paced little book, everything takes place over the course of two days if I remember correctly, but the author does a great job of really showing us who her characters are.

My one gripe with this is the number of grammatical errors that where in it. The story was interesting, and I enjoyed the sweet, quick, romance the author gave us between Erin and Tristan (and, alright, I have a soft spot for a Scottish leading man), but is little errors bother you or take you out of the story, you might want to be aware of that.

If you love a short romance, or if you love werewolf novels, this is worth a read.
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2,910 reviews47 followers
December 13, 2019
A wonderful holiday novella - An idyllic fireside read

Erin is the bargaining chip - The practice fodder for the pack.
Her father has sent her to the neighboring pack as a peace offering in the hopes she will be the mate to their Alpha.
He needs more land, more territory and what better way to acquire it than if his daughter were to be the mate to their Alpha?

Tristan (roll that r he's a Scottish hunk) has agreed to entertain the possibility of matting with Erin and combining the packs. Agreeing to host her at his home for the holidays. Not only would it give them a chance to get to know each other better but it would be nice if the fates gave him a queen to share his world with.

Things don't quite go as anyone planned.
Enemies emerge from the woodwork putting the holidays and the tentative truce at risk.

Can Tristan protect his pack?
Is Erin being honest?

A well-developed novella that easily entertains.
Though it was a little "ruff" around the edges - some editing issues
I read a comp copy
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1,388 reviews35 followers
December 21, 2019
This was a great little shifter novella set in holiday season. Erin has been sent by her father to mate with the alpha of a rival pack, and if the mating mark doesn’t appear then he will declare war.

Her father sounds like a right piece of work using his daughter as a commodity in such a way, and she finds things in Tristan’s pack to be more relaxed than she is used to.

The attraction between Erin and Tristan is instant and even though the mark takes a while to appear you can tell these two are meant to be mates.

There is a fair bit of action in this short book and I would love to read more from these two packs.

4 stars.
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4,257 reviews79 followers
January 7, 2020
Cute, sexy werewolf read. I enjoyed Erin and her strength. Tristan is the perfect werewolf alpha, loves and respects his pack. It's a short easy read that leaves you wanting more.

Review by Raychel

Enjoyable! I volunteered to read this book for United Indie Book Blog. A Werewolf Kind of Christmas by A.L. Kessler. This is the first book I read by this author. I enjoyed Erin and her strength. Tristan is the best perfect alpha. It's a great book to read. Great job.

review by Logan
January 20, 2020
Enjoyable! I volunteered to read this book for United Indie Book Blog. A Werewolf Kind of Christmas by A.L. Kessler. This is the first book I read by this author. I enjoyed Erin and her strength. Tristan is the best perfect alpha. It's a great book to read. Great job.
901 reviews3 followers
December 14, 2019
Merry Christmas

Very short story. Great action and I enjoyed the passion of the hero and heroine. Would love to know what happens next.
February 22, 2023
A Werewolf Kind of Christmas

Erin a Werewolf, was sent by her father, to see if she was the Fated Mate for Tristan. Erin arrived in front of Tristan Alpha of the Monarch Pack. Erin and Tristan are going to be surprised, what th Fates have designed!
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