Alpha vs. Alpha by Francesca Hawley
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (77 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia
Alpha female Serena Goldwolf has spent a lifetime vowing never to be a submissive mate to any Alpha male. But all it takes is one surprisingly sexual meeting with Damien Blackwolf, a dissatisfied client of her shapeshifter dating site Predator-Match.com, and she’s down on all fours, wanting to be mounted by the hottest male on two legs—or four—whom she’s ever met.
Damien Blackwolf doesn’t understand why the voluptuous Serena won’t admit they’re True Mates. To convince her, he decides to bring out her baser desires by dragging her off to someplace private to get to know her…intimately. But how can he convince her of their destiny when she runs away from him? Guess he’ll just have to hunt her down and persuade her.
In a passionate battle of wills, there most definitely can be two winners.
Serena is an accomplished, independent alpha in her own right. She shudders at the thought of letting a man dictate to her, which is part of the reason she's surrounded herself with betas and omegas, both in business and in the bedroom. After a scarring experience earlier in her young life, Serena harbors deep insecurities, the likes of which have shaped the woman she is today. She likes control too much to give it up to anyone, but she underestimated the power of a True Mate's need to submit. Especially to a conceited, arrogant Alpha who's intent on owning her.
Damien is Alpha with a capital “A” and he's looking to Mate with one woman forever. In order to narrow down his search he employs a matchmaking agency, never thinking that the company's owner would be his True Mate. Claiming her should be easy enough since she's in heat, but the infuriating vixen is determined to make him work for her submission and admission to what he knew to be true since he laid eyes on her. Damien knows it's a "now or never situation" with Serena's heat condition, but he wants forever and will use any means necessary to get it.
Serena and Damien are the epitome of Alpha characters. Both are shrewd in business, but when it comes to matters of the heart they show their vulnerabilities. Serena is also very insecure about being voluptuous. The push and pull of their relationship is evenly paced throughout the story and makes this quick read that much faster, as the does the intense and arousing sex scenes found throughout. There is a slight scene of public exhibitionism that doesn't go all the way, but it's enough to make you think they just might have if not for an interruption.
My only complaint is with the ending -- I think that needed to be extended. Other interesting secondary characters both good and bad make appearances that lead me to believe there is still much to explore in this erotic world of shape-shifters and I look forward to a sequel.
I loved it and will definitely be back for more from this talented author!