Format: Digital ARC
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Werewolf Natalya Stravinsky's outspoken sidekick, Aggie McClure, is featured in this prequel novella. Before Agatha set foot in South Toms River, New Jersey, she had the fight of her life to face. Destined to be the alpha female over her Manhattan pack, Aggie was fully prepared to take on her role until her father arranges a marriage without her consent. She wants out–but the only way is with money–something her new controlling husband won't give her to escape. But such odds never kept a wolf like Aggie down. To sever the twisted tie, she finds herself pitted against raging wood nymphs and backstabbing brownies in an underground supernatural fighting ring. With every victory, the sweet taste of freedom is closer, but her husband isn't willing to let her go that easily. Until the very end, Aggie must fight for the one thing she's never had: a choice.
BITTER DISENCHANTMENT by Shawntelle Madison is nothing like what I expected it to be. See, in the previous Coveted novels, Coveted and Kept, Agatha "Aggie" McClure, struck me as this cheeky, bubbly chick with a healthy appetite. When SMadison said that she's releasing Aggie's novella, I was excited, expecting a slew of cheap romances she had in New York, a chick-lit kind of romance and maybe a peek on her past. I always wondered why she's at Toms River instead of living the good life in New York. By novella's end I had my answers with my jaw on the floor because Aggie's backstory is a big, pleasant, kickass surprise!
Should I see if Macy's had any f*cking pride on sale? 'Cause I just got robbed of mine in broad daylight.
BITTER DISENCHANTMENT paints a great picture of Aggie's family life and why in spite of being the daughter of a powerful Alpha, her life is a far cry from being that of a princess. At a very young age, Aggie's been treated like a disappointment by her father because she's a girl and her mother wasn't able to bear him a son. When Aggie was a little older and developed a very healthy relationship with food, Desmond McClure, locked out the pantry, sent her to therapists, shipped her off to camp to relieve Aggie of her food cravings. And as if these aren't enough to drive the message that she's Desmond's property, Aggie's married off to a rich, debonair and a complete douche bag named Victor Pershing, who only wants her for the babies she'll breed in exchange for the position of future pack Alpha. Aside from this, Aggie's mom, Morwyn McClure (LOVE the name!), a once powerful and respectable female Alpha herself, was discarded by Aggie's dad like trash in favor of a new wife and that was the nail that sealed Desmond's coffin as far as maintaining any relationship with his daughter is concerned. To say that Aggie rebelled is an understatement. She REVOLTED.
To get her freedom back Aggie took extreme measures and joined an underground fight club! Damn! My girl can throw some serious punches WITHOUT shifting! She's no Alpha female for nothing that I promise you. Hand to hand combat with some of the most vicious otherworldly creatures from nymphs, fellow werewolves and other creatures, Aggie more than earned her independence and she sure had me rooting and cheering for her in the sidelines. Every punch, kick and jab was backed with raw physical strength and power I was proud and scared of her at the same time. Aggie's not someone I want to cross plus her sense of loyalty to those around her is very humbling. Overall, Aggie is one impressive female.
BITTER DISENCHANTMENT won't leave you bitter. It might be a novella but it'll make your heart pound with excitement, your jaw clenching in anger towards Desmond and Victor, and your hand clutching your chest on those moments where Aggie's had close calls. Agatha McClure is a female worthy to be called a HEROINE. This girl is begging for a spin-off!