The Alpha’s Weave by CM Torrens ~ Book Review by Caroline

31870081Title: The Alpha’s Weave
Series: Pack Born Book 1

Author: CM Torrens

Publisher: DSP Publications

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/25/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

After years of abuse in his old shifter pack, Dante found a new life with Alpha Victor. He would do anything for Victor. Anything but stay away from Jesse, the half-blood stray. But when Victor names Dante his heir, he has no choice but to accept the duties given to him even if it means relinquishing the possibility of love. He owes his life and sanity to Victor, and that’s a debt Dante can never fully repay.

But Dante should have known the good life couldn’t last. His former alpha, Caster, is not a male who lets anything of value slip through his grasp. When rumors fly of Caster’s return, Dante knows the man will stop at nothing to possess him and his talent once again. When Jesse is kidnapped and Victor falls victim to an untimely death, his worst fears are realized. His old alpha has finally returned to reclaim him. Dante must use his fears and nightmares to save Jesse and his pack, even if it means sacrificing himself.

My View:

What a great start to new series! The Alpha’s Weave introduces us to Dante and Jesse as the books main characters but there are a myriad of secondary characters that are very relevant to the story and the paranormal world that CM Torrens has begun to build.

The Weave is the very essence of the pack and is what holds together and comforts all its members. The Alpha holds the Weave allowing him to always know where his members are, if they are in trouble, to call them en masse if he needs them and to keep up the harmony of so many people living together. As in everything in life there are good and bad alphas – here we have the good that is Victor and the bad that is Caster and they both want the same thing – Dante. To Victor Dante is like a son and is the alpha heir to the pack. To Caster Dante is a pet, something to play with and hurt, something he feels Victor stole from him and he will stop at nothing to get him back.

Jesse is a stray and as such doesn’t have the safety and comfort of a pack – strays are seen as less than and are often killed on sight. Jesse has a good heart but has been dishonest in some of his actions – he has the protection and the love of Dante even though Dante has been forbidden to get involved with him. Jesse is probably the only thing that Dante will defy his alpha about – then Victor dies.

This is a fast paced story which is often violent and gruesome and the author has no problem with killing off characters. By the end of the book the pack dynamics have changed drastically but you are left with the feeling that this is only the beginning. Dante and Jesse may finally get their HEA and Dante may have fought his old alpha and won but you are left with the feeling that there is much more to come and not all of it will be easy. I look forward to seeing where the author will take their story in book 2.

Links

The Alpha’s Weave on Goodreads
DSP Publications
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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