Author: Kathryn Sparrow
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/27/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
As the second son, Liam Reed never expected to be a werewolf Alpha. He preferred to develop software for Soft Corp, but when his brother Jason died in a car accident, their father forced Liam to assume leadership of the pack. Liam plans to govern with compassion, instead of ruling through fear, but pack member Bradley Karr undermines Liam’s leadership, biding his time before challenging for Alpha. Tired of pack politics, all Liam wants is to program and find his mate, but he fears that neither is in his future.
When his mate, werewolf Cody Jones, starts working at Soft Corp as Liam’s intern, sparks fly. However, a relationship with Cody could get them both fired for fraternization. And, that’s not the worst problem. Cody doesn’t seem to accept Liam as his mate.
Liam’s only chance at happiness is to win Cody over while keeping their relationship a secret. But really, Cody would never stay with an introverted geek like him, an ineffectual Alpha failing to live up to his brother’s legacy. Would he?
I will admit the only thing that drew me to Alpha Coder by Kathryn Sparrow is the fact that both MCs, while being shifters, are geeks. Computer geeks to be precise. This is a world that I know all too well. The geek side, not the alpha shifter side 😉
Sadly, I there wasn’t a whole lot else about this story that stood out to me. While it was a solid enough story, on the whole, it wasn’t as tight or as special as it could have been.
The main issue I had with Alpha Coder was that the main characters were fighting a battle on three fronts. There were multiple baddies with which to contend. One (maybe two) in the human world and one in the shifter world. Two of the story arcs were not satisfactorily fleshed out, and they were resolved without any real explanation or solid motivation. They were trite and unimaginative. The endings were telegraphed clearly throughout the story and there left me unsatisfied in the end.
The relationship between Liam and Cody also left me with some discontent. They are fated mates, however, even for fated mates the “relationship” was rushed. Cody was only working for Liam for a short time; they could have waited. Instead, they go from hello, to we can’t do this, to moving in together in the span of a couple of days. Even for fated mates, it was just too much.
As characters, I enjoyed watching both Liam and Cody grow into the wolves they are supposed to be and solidify/take their roles within the pack. I will likely continue this series if only to give the author one more shot to impress me.
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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