Strength of the Alpha by Shannon West / Victoria Sue ~ Book Review by Caroline

26761420Title: Strength of the Alpha

Author: Shannon West / Victoria Sue

Publisher: Dark Hollows Press

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/13/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, M/M Romance

Blurb:

When Brandon finally gets his chance to train to become an alpha, he’s ecstatic. His joy doesn’t last long, however, when he soon finds himself one of the two most unpopular of the new trainees, along with a former house-human named Cody. Even their trainers, Rhys and Tucker think they don’t have what it takes and despite a growing attraction to the men, both trainers seem determined to wash them out. Even worse Brandon is more and more convinced that Rhys is his true mate. After a violent encounter with other recruits, both Brandon and Cody find themselves back home, wondering how it all went so wrong. Then Quinn, the Supreme Alpha, comes up with a bold new idea for a Black Ops team, and to Brandon and Cody’s surprise, they’re chosen as members, along with their former trainers Rhys and Tucker.

Brandon and Cody are determined to make good on this second chance, but their alpha partners doubt their abilities to perform their duties. The fact that Rhys is attracted to Brandon almost against his will only complicates things. When the new team is called up, it means Brandon has to work undercover for Mikkail, the hated homophobic bigot who tortured Brandon’s wolf the last time he got his hands on him. It soon becomes clear that the men will have to draw together to become a team or risk losing everything, including their lives.

My View:

Although the books in this series fit in easily with each other, are a continuance of an overall story and I would recommend them being read in order each book also takes the reader on a different journey. In book 1 we had a very dominant wolf with a submissive human then in book 2 they completely flipped that dynamic round. This book gives us something new again – two couples – one entirely wolf and the other entirely human. Add to that an enemy to lover storyline and Strength of the Alpha is a clear winner.

This story concentrates on Brandon and Rhys and Tucker and Cody although we do get to see our old favourites too.

Rhys certainly wasn’t likeable and not at all popular with me at the beginning. Too quick to make assumptions, too easily led by the gossip and too full of himself to stop and think. He took being an alpha to the extreme and in doing so missed who Brandon truly was both to him personally and as a person. Basically he was an ass but underneath all that was a deep fear of falling in love – he does redeem himself a little at the end.

Devon is attracted to Rhys at the same time as hating his guts mainly down to how the other man treats him. As Devon opens up you learn more about what happened to him under his old alpha, before his brother rescued him, it’s not pretty and nor is he fully healed.

Tucker is a human alpha male. He’ll never be as strong as his wolf counterparts but he doesn’t back down and is just as possessive and grouchy. Putting in humans as equals to the wolves is a clever way of expanding the story, I like it, and his feelings for Cody were just as strong as any mating pull even down to ‘mine’ and the good old alpha chest beating.

Cody was just cute. So much smaller than everyone else but doggedly determined not to give up, it took so much for him to learn that his skills were just as important as being able to fight. He was funny, even when badly beaten his humour remained and he was adamant he didn’t want to go back to being a house human.

Their stories run alongside each other and it is Cody and Brandon that really save the day when the chips are down. This was a great third book in a series that keeps surprising me with its twists and turns.

Links

Strength of the Alpha on Goodreads
Dark Hollows Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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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