Bitter Disenchantment by Shawntelle Madison
Series: Coveted #0.4
Published by Indie
Published on: April 23, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
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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.
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I wasn’t a big fan of Aggie’s character in Coveted but my opinion of her completely changed after finishing Bitter Disenchantment. I’m so happy that Shawntelle Madison gave her a second chance to make an impression on me! Originally I thought she was a bossy, opportunistic, spoiled brat but now I see her in a whole new light. It’s amazing how drastically your opinion of a character can change once you learn more about what makes them tick. Aggie really is an alpha female through and through.
At the start of this novella, things seem to be going smoothly for Agatha; well, that is, despite the arranged marriage thing. Victor appeared to be a decent guy and even though their relationship wasn’t founded on true love I had hope that they’d get there eventually. I actually thought that this story might be kind of boring just because it started out so perfectly. However, if reading Urban Fantasy has taught me anything it’s to expect the unexpected! Things quickly escalate and instead of having the perfect life she envisioned Aggie’s now stuck in her own personal version of hell. Her father was grooming her to be the next pack alpha but now that there’s a new man in the picture her role has been reduced to that of a breed mare. Talk about a harsh demotion!
Everyone around Agatha is struggling to understand why she can’t just be content with her lot in life. I mean, is being a rich, kept wolf really the worst thing in the world? So what if she has to pop out a few babies; the servants will take care of them, right? I admired Aggie for refusing to accept her fate and for choosing the more difficult path even if it could ultimately result in her death. In Coveted I never really understood why Aggie ran away but now that I do, I have a new found respect for her. I’m with her, I’d rather face-off against raging wood nymphs and backstabbing brownies too rather than become a baby making machine!
Bitter Disenchantment is a great addition to the Coveted series!