Thursday, July 25, 2013

Alpha Second by Violet Joicey-Cowen

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Date Published: June 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62740-002-2
Genre: m/m, Paranormal, Shape-shifter
Obtained via publisher
Reviewed by Marieke


Charlie was kidnapped by his stepfather when he was eighteen because he’s a werewolf and gay. He was abused and tortured for three years when he managed to escape and get back to his mate Perry.

Perry, pack alpha, has been missing his mate ever since he disappeared. When Jason, a member of the pack, finds Charlie stuck in a bear-trap he rescues him and takes him to Perry.

After a long recovery Charlie is finally doing better and wants his mate to claim him, but Perry keeps his distance. Charlie finds a listening ear with Jason, telling him everything about his years of captivity and torture, not knowing Perry is hearing the whole story too.

Perry is shocked when he hears all that his mate has been through and finds help to rescue all the other paranormals that are still being held captive.

Eventually, it takes another pack member to get Perry to move along the relationship with Charlie, even though he’s scared of hurting Charlie more than he already has been.

The story is the first one in a series and I liked the way the author is introducing pack members. You get the feeling that they all have a story and I hope she will write them all.

There is a lot of angst and excitement in this story. I liked the whole atmosphere of the book and the mention of other paranormals. The relationship between Charlie and Perry is a struggle in the beginning, but develops very nicely. It’s romantic but hot at the same time.

The only thing I might say I didn’t like, is that it sometimes goes a bit fast from one scene to the other. I would have loved an even slower and more detailed romance. But I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

This is not an endorsement of this book. This is an objective unbiased review.

 Alpha Second

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