Weekend Spotlight: Excerpt + Giveaway Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus

Alpha Instinct

Fear has a scent. So does desire… 

Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate. 

The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bondmate—his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again. 

But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor’s future, but the lives of the entire pack…


Excerpt (posted with permission)

After what felt like an eternity, Ana stepped out of the side door of the parking structure. She wore jeans, boots and a thick turtleneck. Too much clothing, his inner wolf shouted. She didn’t notice him until she was a few feet away. Something must be on her mind for her not to scent him.

She faltered for a moment. “Hey.”

That’s when it hit him. Connor scented someone else on her. A human. A man. “Where have you been?” The question came out more harshly than he’d intended.

She shrugged, and immediately he sensed her defenses going up. “The hospital.”

“Why didn’t you tell me where you were going?” The last thing he wanted to do was grill her, but it was as if she were being intentionally difficult.

She bristled at his question. “You didn’t tell me where you were going to be all day. I didn’t realize I needed to check in.”

“I’m your Alpha.” Not only did he have a right to know, but he also needed to know where she was. It was his job to keep his pack safe. Especially her. If an Alpha couldn’t keep his mate safe, he wouldn’t stay Alpha for long.

She muttered something under her breath as they neared the front steps to the guesthouse.

Our new place. His blood heated at the thought. He might have promised to give her space, but they’d be sharing a bed tonight. He wanted her with him whenever possible. The closeness would prove to be torturous, he was sure. But it would be worth it to have her by his side.

“Have you been inside yet?” she asked.

“No, and don’t change the subject.” He opened the front door.

The soft scent of orange-oil wood cleaner and some sort of fresh detergent lingered in the air. Ana hooked her purse on the coatrack by the door as he shut it. “I found out the human who was hurt last night is my friend, so I went to see her. It’s not a big deal,” she muttered.

“So why do you stink like a man?”

“I stink?” Her espresso-colored eyes flared.

“That’s not what I meant.”

To his surprise, she shrugged haughtily and turned on her heel. For a moment all he could focus on was the soft sway of her backside, before a burst of anger surged through him. He trailed after her to find her pulling a beer from the newly stocked refrigerator.

“Want one?” she asked as she casually held one out.

He snatched it from her hand and placed it on the table before advancing on her. He went at her fast, before she could move, crowding her until her back was against the counter. Caging her in with his hands, he flattened his body flush against hers. His canines had started to pulse with the need to extend, and he couldn’t hide his lustful scent even if he wanted to. He rolled his hips once against hers. Even though she could no doubt smell his hunger, he also wanted her to feel what she did to him.

The pulse point in her neck beat out of control and her dark eyes widened. A trickle of fear—and desire—rolled off her.

“Whose scent is on you?” he asked quietly.

Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus
February 7th 2012 by Signet
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Open to: US residents. You have until end day February 10 to enter, winner will be announced soon after.

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  1. Julie M. says

    Great teaser. I had the exact same thought. I must know. I’ll have to put this book on my tbr list.

  2. Stacy says

    That was a very well chosen excerpt……ending with that cliffhanger of a question! So of course I want more! Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

  3. erinf1 says

    Awesome and terrible teaser! Now I *must* read the book 😉

    Congrats on the new release and thanks for the giveaway!

  4. says

    Thank you so much for sharing this.. I have seen Katie’s name floating around lately. She is new to me, would love a chance to read.. And the excerpt, great teaser…

    Off to add Katie to my list to buy.


  5. Michelle W says

    Loved the blurb! Always like it when the “important” questions are said quietly in a story…..
    Would love to win!!!!

  6. Renee Brown says

    Okay, now I HAVE to read the book to find out whose scent was on her. Don’t you hate it when you read an excerpt then have to go find the book. It’s a readers love/nightmare. You can’t quit until you find it and read it. Guess excerpts work:)

  7. wanda flanagan says

    Hi Kate you aer a new to me author I love finding new authors to read I am a paranormal addict .I love your excerpt and definately must find out whose scent she had on her .Cant wait to get my hands on a copy of your book its my next must buy.Have a great weekend

  8. Julie W says

    I loved the excerpt! This part in particular got my attention: “That’s when it hit him. Connor scented someone else on her. A human. A man. ” For some reason, him scenting someone else on her is just plain sexy!! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of this book :)

  9. Cathy m says

    This excerpt conveyed the sexual chemistry of these two and now I can’t wait to read their next scene.

    Have a great weekend, Katie.

    caity_mack at yahoo.com

  10. Carl says

    That does seem to be the question of the day. Whose scent is that!? Guess we’ll all find out when we read the book. Thanks for hosting.

  11. Barbara Elness says

    Wonderful excerpt, now I can’t wait to read the book and find out just who is
    involved with who and what happens next.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  12. June M. says

    Oh, hot jealous shifter….YUM! Loved the excerpt and can’t wait to find out more about Ana friend, whose scent is on her, and what happens between her & Conner. This sounds like a great beginning of a wonderful new series.

  13. Tonya says

    Can’t wait to read Connor & Ana’s story!!! Sounds very intriguing!!! Love werewolf romances!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! :-)


  14. Little Lamb Lost says

    I love that the heroine has been the leader of her pack and imagine that the conflict with the hero will be wonderful with this background in mind.

  15. Susan W. says

    Who’s scent was it???? I have got to find out what’s going on! Thanks for the teaser excerpt!

  16. Martha Lawson says

    Wow!! Loved the excerpt. Can’t wait to read this one, it sounds fantastic!! Please enter me for a chance to win..

  17. Patsy Hagen says

    Oh that was good! Who couldn’t love those alpha males and their mates! There is always lots of action and lots of…oh boy!

  18. Emily Tardy says

    LOVED the excerpt! Now I really have to read the book! I love a Hero with an alpha complex =D

  19. says

    Thanks for the excerpt. He did get all Alpha over her I suspect. But the fang sentence makes think more vampire. Strange.
    Still, I would love to read this book myself! It is on the wishlist.

  20. Lexi says

    Oh wow, that was a hot excerpt. I hadn’t given this book much thought before, seemed like it might just be another shifter book. But now I am super intrigued and have to add it to my TBR list! Thanks for posting this excerpt!!!

  21. Pam B says


    I have seen this book on several sites, blogs, lists etc for the past few weeks and I am excited to read it. I love the excerpt.

    Thanks for the giveaway