All’s Fair in Mate Bonds and Publishing by Alana Ankh ~ Book Review by Teresa

Book 1 in the Confessions of a Werewolf Editor series

AllsFairInMateBondsandPublishingLG Title: All’s Fair in Mate Bonds and Publishing

Author: Alana Ankh

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars


For Killian Marsden, werewolf romance is overrated. After all, he should know, since he’s a half-werewolf and an editor for a romance-publishing house. He’s tired of reading mate bond fairytales, because real life doesn’t work that way. In the real world, Alphas abandon their half-breed children. Not that Killian’s jaded or anything. Simply realistic. So when werewolf Alpha Brett comes knocking, demanding explanations on a rejected manuscript, Killian reels away, or at least tries to.

Brett is a walking, talking Alpha cliché: big, possessive, and growly. His last name is Wolfe, for crying out loud. But Brett is also trustworthy, devoted to his pack, and a little silly when in love. Soon, Killian discovers that maybe, just maybe, he might love Brett in return.

Unfortunately, Killian is not the only one who wants to claim Brett. He will have to set aside his beliefs about mate bonds and deadbeats if he wants his own happily ever after werewolf romance.


All’s Fair in Mate Bonds and Publishing is a departure from the author’s previous fantasy works, but I must say I was hooked from the first paragraph of the prologue:

I HATE vampires. The oh-woe-is-me-I’m-immortal thing is seriously getting old. For some reason, the greatest tragedy in the world is living forever and having to drink blood to achieve it. I see them every day—when they remember to use anti-UV cream—but mostly, at night, wearing their distinctive black clothes and black sunglasses, like they’re in constant mourning of their own mortality. Would it kill them to put on some color from time to time? Of course not, they’re already dead.

Now, the book isn’t about vampires, and it isn’t in first person, but the tone set in that paragraph carried through the story creating a fun book that didn’t take itself too seriously.

Killian works in the romance publishing business and so has seen it all. He has become jaded and biased against Alpha wolves partially because of his own heritage. Along comes Brett, Alpha werewolf extraordinaire, and things change.

I loved the light heartedness of the story; the way it took clichés and turned them around or made fun of them. The writing was smooth and easy to read and I devoured the story. There wasn’t as much world building as other novels of hers I’ve read, but as this is set in the contemporary USA it wasn’t needed. I would have liked a little bit more knowledge of the werewolf lore but the length of the book didn’t allow for that and I think it would have bogged the story down.

I definitely am looking forward to book two!

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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