Announcing Our Final Selection for Season 5: THE HARD MATE by Alyssa Brandon!

Jean and StellaDear Swoon Readers,

Surprise! We have one last addition to our 5th Swoon Reads list: The Hard Mate by Alyssa Brandon. This paranormal New Adult romance about a teen werewolf whose mate is not at all what she expected is so hot and sexy that we were all swooning over it. Welcome to the Swoon Reads family, Alyssa!


Jean Feiwel

What We Loved

We adore a good paranormal romance, and we’ve been dying to find a great New Adult novel for the list. Fortunately, The Hard Mate was exactly what we’ve been waiting for. Hot and sexy and filled with wonderful paranormal elements, yet still relatable to teens getting ready to head off to new, exciting areas of their lives. Alyssa really nails the feeling of dreaming of something for years and then finding out that it’s really not what you expected at all. And did we mention it’s hot? We’re going to have so much fun with one!

Meet the Author: Alyssa Brandon

hard mate cover not finalWhere did the idea for The Hard Mate come from?

It started with the title actually. I knew I wanted to write James as a bit of a jerk (to match the title) but for there to be a really good reason he was that way, for Megan to feel really out of her element and for the warrior pack to be revealed slowly to Megan (and the reader). I got the idea about different types of werewolves from two of my favorite vampire series (JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy) and after that it all just kind of clicked for me and I knew how the story was going to go.

Which pack member is your favorite?

Robin in some ways is my favorite, because he’s just so good and charming. I also really like Dante (even though he isn’t technically part of the pack). He’s really damaged yet acts normal which is interesting to write.

If you had a one day vacation from life and could go anywhere, what would you do?

That’s easy; I’d go to Hogwarts and play Quidditch. Or if we’re talking about the real world, Australia to see kangaroos and koala bears.

Who would play your characters in a movie?

James: Richard Madden

Megan: Nina Dobrev or possibly Emma Stone.

Robin: Alex Pettyfer

Sorelle: AnnaSophia Robb or a blonde Willa Holland

Dante: Ben Barnes

Lucy: Elle Fanning or Maddie Ziegler

What makes you swoon?

Slow burn romances and stories with characters totally in denial about their feelings. Battle couples. Soulmates finding their way back to each other.

That's it for our Season 5 selections! Read The Hard Mate before editing begins!

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