Review: Elemental Mating by Milly Taiden

Elemental Mating
A.L.F.A. #1
Milly Taiden
July 18th
Berkley Intermix
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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 neuron development beyond normal human levels. Way beyond, like ESP-levels of cognitive abilities. When the lab is broken into, Melinda realizes that someone has been keeping tabs on her research and wants it for themselves. A happy accident destroys critical data before it can fall into the wrong hands, but unfortunately that makes Melinda and her perfect memory a target.

A.L.F.A sends in jaguar-shifter Agent Parish Hamel to discover who is after the virus and why. The beautiful scientist acts like catnip to his senses and throws his mating instincts into overdrive. And then she disappears along with the only sample of the virus…. Now Parish must canvas the darkest areas of the supernatural underground to rescue Melinda, and what he discovers is beyond a paranormal’s worst nightmare.

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 was bad, just not for me. I tried and tried to love it but I just couldn't. 

In the end I read it, but couldn't wait to finish. I did love the idea of the book and the characters, Melinda & Parish are both very likable. You wanted to know their story. I just had trouble getting through it. 

And as I said, the idea of the story is a good one, though the main characters actions weren't always what I thought as of smart. Don't get me wrong, if everything went perfect in a romance book it would be a very boring store, but who wants to wonder about the characters intelligence? 

I do feel that even though it wasn't my cup of tea that it's worth trying. 

If you've read Elemental Mating or anything by Milly Taiden I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for visiting and happy reading! ♡

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  1. I have always wanted to try her and I have a couple of her books. Good review!

  2. I am sorry to hear this didn't work for you like you wanted it to. I have read Milly Taiden and enjoyed her. But sometimes I never know if I will love her or have that so so feeling.

    1. Sometimes no matter how much you want it you just can't get into so one. I'm sure she has a ton of readers and won't miss me.


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