Alpha Born by Stormy Glenn
True Blood Mate, book 2
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (207 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Peppermint
Alpha Caleb Redding has spent 20 years trying to bring his first love back into his life. When he finally devises a plan, the Council of Elders agrees to it, but they add their own stipulations. In order for the mate covenant to happen, Caleb has to agree to give up his clan and alpha status, submitting to Grayson.
Alpha Grayson Cane has watched Caleb from afar, never able to touch him or speak to him due to clan conflict. It's been a heartache that has stabbed at him for 20 years. When a peace treaty comes in the form of a mate covenant between their two clans, Grayson is all too eager to agree, especially when he learns that Caleb must submit to him.
But when the vampire mediator sent to broker the peace agreement disappears, will their second chance at being together also vanish? And what happens when Grayson accidentally mates the vampire while trying to save his life? Will Caleb have to give up his clan, his alpha status, and his dream of being with Grayson? Or will being alpha born have its advantages?
I really don't think anything could have prepared me for the journey this story took me through, but I would not trade the journey for anything.
It has been a long time since a story evoked such strong emotions from me. I can definitely say that I identified strongest with Caleb and, when he felt betrayed or I felt he was betrayed I was an emotional wreck. I literally was almost in tears when Caleb was upset by Grayson’s and Noel’s actions. The next second I was so angry that I had to stop myself from flinging my Kindle across the room. I had to be satisfied with putting the story down and walking away because I was so upset. I walked away shaking my head wondering why I was so affected by the fact that I thought Caleb was being mistreated. I mean it is just a story right? Luckily for me when I got my feelings back in check I returned to the story to see the happily-ever-after I knew Caleb, as well as Grayson and Noel deserved.
While I did feel emotionally attached to Caleb in depths I still don’t quite understand, I still also felt sympathy towards Grayson and Noel. They were all victim of circumstances out of their powers. There was nothing anyone could have done to prevent them for bonding with one another. In the end all three men were able to work out their relationship and make it work for them and seeing them happy made me happy.
The conflict within this story was excellent! These men had piles and piles of odds stacked against them. The premise of the story is based around Caleb and Grayson being driven apart by their alpha status when they were young but that is just were the trouble really begins. Not only does their relationship have obstacles in front of it, but then comes Noel -- the mediator sent to help them work out a peace agreement, who further complicates things when he mates with Grayson.
Now all three men have to fight werewolves and whoever else tries to come between their volatile relationship. These numerous conflicts definitely added richness to the story and also incorporated some interesting justice of their own. It also allowed the men to work through the relationship in a way that guaranteed them success. I do not think that the author would have been able to give them a nice tidy ending had these additional threats not been there.
This story really does have everything you can ask for: plot, characterization, conflict, irony, and imagery. Any story that can turn me upside down the way the way this one did deserves a Best Book rating. It is a story that has made its way to my must read again list and I would suggest anyone with a fascination with m/m and shifters to read this story.