Strained by Marcia Colette {Review Tour + Giveaway}






Alexa is keeping a secret from her husband and being half werewolf isn't it. After all, he’s a full-blood and doesn't care that there are those who think their union is an abomination. Despite their abnormalities, the Yorks have settled into suburbia and gone out of their way to look like the couple next door.

Their rouse may have fooled an entire community, but not the Georgia Pack. The Yorks have encroached on their territory. Most interlopers end up dead, especially when the bounties on their heads invite stalkers, killers, and psychos to collect. Despite the trouble the Yorks have brought with them, the domestic suburbanites have intrigued the pack.

Alexa’s less domestic than she seems. Eight months ago, her bounty hunting club disbanded after several team members lost their lives in an ambush. Since then, the club has reemerged and are expecting Alexa to take her rightful place among the ranks.

Keeping the truth from her husband about her extracurricular activities will strain the Yorks’ marriage and risk everything they’ve worked hard for. But, that’s the price Alexa pays when her deception becomes deadlier than her aim. A deception that also keeps her alive.



Several shots exploded along the streets. Pedestrians screamed and ducked out of the way. Glass shattered from stray bullets.


My heart pounded in my chest. My nerves frayed to the point that revenge was the only thing on my mind. He needed to know what it felt like to have someone he held close to his heart nearly snuffed out before his eyes. How dare someone ruin a perfectly good night to use us like China plates in a shooting gallery? I tried to push past Matt’s thick body to get a peek at our enemy. I wanted to memorize their faces in case we met again. Preferably when I had my crossbow or bowie knife to level the playing field.


Whoever was in the car was gone. There were too many witnesses and too many potential witnesses. If they were smart, they’d ditch the car at the first subway station lot.


“Is everyone okay?” Stephan was the first on his feet and hitting the speed dial on his cell phone. He hurried back toward the sidewalk, stretching his neck to get a good look at the car.


“He’s not calling the police is he?” I finally manage to get out from under my husband who seemed more compact than a wolf about to pounce on his prey. In fact, Matt remained a little too quiet for my taste. I met his unyielding gaze. “What is it? What’s…?”


The smell of blood touched my nose.




I received an eARC when I signed up to host the book tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own.

I hadn't realizedtha this was book three of the series but I didn't have a hard time connecting the ins and outs of the characters and found this urban fantasy an enjoyable read. Alexa is hiding the fact that she's a half breed from her husband but I won't spoil this story for you. I will say that you will love this author's writing style and her world building is excellent. I will be reading the first books in the series and I recpmmend that everyone read this book.

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Author Marcia Colette didn’t start out reading or writing books. She had earned a bachelor's in Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before going on to complete her Masters in Information Technology at American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, GA.


While riding the MBTA train back and forth to her job in Boston as a software consultant, she picked up a copy of John Saul and never looked back. It wasn’t long after that when she started writing her own stories. Five years later, she signed a contract with Double Dragon eBooks to publish her first urban fantasy novel.


Her next novel was a paranormal romance entitled Unstable Environment and was picked up by Parker Publishing, LLC. She went on to sell her next urban fantasy entitled Stripped to Samhain Publishing, LLC. During that time, she also released Bittersweet (YA), Hazardous Environment (Paranormal Romance), The Spider Inside Her (Urban Fantasy), and Deadlier by the Dozen (Urban Fantasy) under her own independent publishing label Dusk Till Dawn Books. She has sold several short stories and novellas to Mocha Memoirs Press and has continued her Alexa York series with Purple Sword Publications.


Marcia also writes science fiction under another pen name.


Still holding her own as an IT Manager, Marcia is a single mom who lives in South Carolina.






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  1. What an exciting excerpt. The review was outstanding.

  2. I have enjoyed the tour and learning about your book.

  3. Thanks for your review! Great excerpt, this sounds like my kind of book, thanks for sharing Strained, I enjoyed following the tour and learning all about it, Good luck!

  4. Wow! This book sounds amazing! Thank you for the great post and contest!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway and I like the excerpt. :)

  6. Great review! I've enjoyed following the tour and learning about Strained, I'm looking forward to reading it and enjoying it myself.

  7. A great review. Definitely going to add to my tbr.

  8. Wow! This has been a fun tour! Happy writing to you, Marcia!