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Monday, April 18, 2011

The Alpha’s Fall by Kiera West

The Alpha’s Fall by Kiera West
Great Wolves of Passion, Alaska 2
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (91 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/F/M/M, menage, spanking, anal play/intercourse, mild BDSM
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Scientist Eve MacMillan might have bitten off more than she can chew. She has taken on six lovers, all of whom happen to be werewolves. Worse, there is now someone out to get them. Ethan is still recovering from his attack when his brother, Noah, the alpha, makes it clear that he wants Eve. But, she feels him pulling away from her outside of it.

Noah knows he’s made some mistakes. He hasn’t been paying attention to security like he should. His preoccupation with their mate has left them exposed and his brother fighting for his life. It hurts to ignore Eve, but he has to do it for the good of the pack.

Eve knows exactly why he’s pulled away, but now that she realizes her feelings for Noah go beyond lust, this is one woman who is going to teach the leader of the pack a thing or two about love.

Welcome back to Passion, Alaska, the daytime temperatures may run cold but there are plenty of hot blooded shifters to warm up the nights. In the second installment of this terrific series the focus is primarily on the building relationship between Noah and Eve.

Eve is a little intimidated by the thought of loving six men but Alpha shifter, Noah Dillon, is currently causing her the most internal stress. If he doesn’t stop blowing hot and cold with his emotions he’s going to have more than an unknown evil out to harm or kill the members of the Dillon pack to worry about. To quote Noah’s own thoughts when thinking about the prior Alpha, his father, “… he had held a lot of power, but all of them knew the one person they had to answer to was their mate.”

Ms. West has a wonderfully vivid writing style that draws the reader into the story from the very beginning. Noah has an intensity about him that vibrates off the page. He’s in the stressful position of being the newest Alpha of his pack and not being able to keep everyone safe. As an Alpha he has to be in control of the situation or he appears weak. He mistakenly thinks he has to protect everyone, especially Eve, even at the cost of her trust.

The emotions displayed by Eve are even more palpable. Ms. West created a beautifully strong character in Eve MacMillan. The reader can feel her anxiety and apprehension in regards to the idea of these men being other than 100% human. She’s overwhelmed by her own attraction to each of the Dillon men and those emotions boil over more than once in this short story. Ms. West brings the reader right into the room with Noah and Eve wither they are fighting each other or simply fighting their combustible chemistry. One of my favorite lines in the book comes from Eve trying to keep Noah from distracting her. She tells him “You touch me, and I lose all ability to think”.

If strong characterization and layered plots are what draw you to a book, you won’t want to miss the Great Wolves series. These are not stand alone books but each story focuses on getting to know one of the men and seeing how they develop a bond with their mate. Book 3 can’t come out soon enough for this reviewer but until then pick up The Alpha’s Fall if you’re already invested in the series or it isn’t too late to see how it all began with Seducing Their Mate. Join me in Passion, Alaska for this wonderful adventure. You’ll be glad you did!

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