Author: Amber Kell
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
All profits from this book will be donated to the Autism Society of Washington
Stanley didn’t expect his life to change when he went jogging one night. Barely surviving a dog attack he woke in a strange bed with odd urges. He didn’t mind the sexy man hovering over him. In fact if Fen wished to join him in bed he’d have no objections.
Fenris wanted the alpha at his first growl. The sexy man’s commanding air and sweet smile were a combination out of Fen’s hottest dreams. Unfortunately family issues and outside forces tried to push the lovers apart and keep them from their happily ever after.
Faced with opposition Stanley did the only thing he could. He let everyone know that the new alpha on the block wouldn’t accept anyone getting between him and his man.
First things first. Buy this book. Not because you love shifter stories. Not because you are an Amber Kell Fan. Buy this book to help support a worthy cause. It is $2.99, but Kell’s profits are going toward the Autism Society of Washington. If you don’t think your life has been touched by autism, you aren’t looking around. Just by reading this blog, you life has been touched. Just by reading in this genre, your life has been touched. For what it is worth, this review is based on a copy I purchased.
While I have had the pleasure to meet Amber Kell on a couple of occasions, she is not a goto author for me. Mostly because she writes in a sub-genre that I don’t read that much. Well, I guess that isn’t true anymore, but I just never got past the mental block of “I don’t read her stuff because I don’t read paranormal”. Amazing what the mind can do, but I digress. I picked up Unexpected Alpha because I wanted to support the cause. I picked it up and wanted to review it in order to get other people to support the cause. What I didn’t do was pick it up and expect to enjoy it as much as I did.
The premise of Unexpected Alpha is a man who, after a wolf attack while running in the park, becomes an alpha wolf shifter. Apparently, he becomes a pretty damn strong one. It took me about two chapters to settle into the story. I kept feeling like I was missing something. The frequent point of view shifts didn’t help that feeling. However, once I got comfortable with the pace and style of the story, I started to enjoy it more.
The interactions between Stanley and Fen are witty and fun. It had me chuckling on a few occasions. My favorite scene is probably the one after dinner with Stanley’s parents.
Fen raised a brow. “It’s kind of hard to have sex with you fully dressed. I don’t think you’re getting into the spirit of the ravishment. Do you need instructions, pictures, maybe finger puppets?”
Stanley pretended to give it some thought. “You have finger puppets?”
But there were a number of other places where Kell’s dry wit came through.
Sandy dropped her magazine. “You punched Sebastian? What did he do?”
“He bled on the floor,” Fen announced with glee.
While I felt like there were places the story could have easily been expanded, the style helped keep the story moving forward. The inevitable conclusion was a bit predictable but satisfying.
I can’t say that Unexpected Alpha is the end-all-be-all of shifter stories, but it is certainly enough to move Amber Kell to an author I will happily read again.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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