Author: RJ Scott, Stephanie Hecht, Amber Kell
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
The New Wolf by R.J. Scott
A dangerous lone wolf is intent on destroying the beginnings of a pack and when Connor is attacked and near death, there is only one thing that can save him. A wolf shifter’s bite.
After a hate crime leaves one of them near dead, Veterinarian, Josh Nolan and Cop, Connor Vincent are starting a new life in Black Creek, a remote town on the edge of the Adirondack State Park, Vermont.
Josh is taking over his grandfather’s practice and Connor settles into working in the sheriff’s office covering the area.
When Connor pieces together a whole list of unsolved crimes going back fifty years he puts his life, and that of his partners, in danger.
A dangerous lone wolf is intent on destroying the beginnings of a pack and when Connor is attacked and near death there is only one thing that can save him. A wolf shifter’s bite.
One Bratty Omega by Stephani Hecht
Lies…lies…lies….all of it is lies…until the truth comes back to bite you in the ass, and you have to deal with it or risk losing everything you fought so hard to protect.
Donny left his childhood pack behind him when his father couldn’t accept the fact that his son was just an Omega. Destined to be the lowest on the pecking order of the pack, Donny acts out in ways that are sometimes not too healthy for his wellbeing. Proctor is coming to Black Creek to visit an old friend. The last thing he expects is to find himself hanging out with some young, blond brat. What’s more, Proctor doesn’t expect himself to be attracted to the little troublemaker. But things aren’t what they seem to be in Black Creek, and as Proctor digs deeper, he discovers secrets that are explosive. Will he be able to accept the truth? And more importantly, will he be able to accept Donny?
The Alpha’s Only by Amber Kell
Tiberius has met the man he wishes for his own, but Keir isn’t willing to be one of many. He plans to be the Alpha’s only.
Tiberius, Alpha of the Black Creek pack, is tired of being alone. When Keir, a new Beta joins the pack, Tiber is startled to learn he’s found his mate. Keir isn’t interested in becoming one of a couple of Alpha mates. He plans to be the one and only. First, however, they need to defeat their enemies and weed out the ones who are trying to destroy them from within.
When I decided to review the Building the Pack trilogy from eXtasy Books, I thought I would be writing three separate reviews. However, I don’t recommend reading any of these books as a standalone. While the main love pairing in each is resolved within the bounds of each novella, you would miss much of the world building, and the connecting story arc if you chose to read only one story.
The order of these three stories is The New Wolf by RJ Scott, One Bratty Omega by Stephanie Hecht, and The Alpha’s Only by Amber Kell.
Each author brings their unique voice and style to the world while seamlessly taking the reader through the trials and tribulations of the Black Creek pack. Unlike many multi-authored series, I never felt disjointed from the previous books in the series. I enjoyed the story of the villain, which helped hold the three stories together. Meanwhile, I got to fall a little in love with our main characters in each story — Josh and Connor, Proctor and Donny, and Tiber and Keir. Keir was probably my favorite of the six main characters. He was a sassy little thing.
Each couple faced their challenges. Connor and Proctor both started the series as human. Yes, there could have been a little more involved in their individual transition storylines, but given the limitations of the novella format, that is something that was easily left out. The point is made without beating it to death. As for Tiber and Keir, they are given time to fall for each other, despite being the only fated mate pair in the bunch. I liked seeing that there was more to their relationship than fate.
Would I rate each story as highly if I hadn’t read them all together? Maybe not. But props have to be given for a multi-authored series that overcame many of the typical challenges of a multi-authored series.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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