Title: Awakening the Alpha
Author: Carolina Valdez
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal
Page Count: 119 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.8 stars out of 5
Blaze Canis is doing what he loves best. As a shooting range instructor just outside Yellowstone National Park, the former Navy SEAL sniper is still handling firearms. When Shoshone Native Logan Swift Rider walks into his target shooting class one morning, the attraction each man feels for the other is swift and magical. Since Blaze’s SEAL teammates never knew he was gay, let alone a werewolf, he’s confident his new lover need never know of his two natures.
Logan opens his heart and body to loving Blaze in the most intimate ways possible. When he learns what Blaze has hidden of himself, Logan is shattered. Although raised in both the white and Native worlds, it’s Logan’s Indian heritage that tells him he may have fallen for a witch, a skinwalker.
Can Blake convince Logan there’s no evil involved in what he is or will Logan remain convinced he’s been making love to a monster?
The instant ex-SEAL and current firearms instructor Blaze Canis looks into Logan Swift Rider’s eyes they both feel an actual physical connection between the two, with Logan even able to see what he believes is Coyote, the Trickster, in Blaze’s eyes.
The connections startles both men, for different reasons. Blaze has been suppressing, or outright hiding, his wolf side for years. Even to the point he’s able to suppress the need to shift even on full moon nights. But Blaze knows there’s something about Logan that calls on an even deeper level to him.
Logan is a renowned artist with works hanging in galleries worldwide, and he’s only back in town to visit with his beloved Grandfather on the reservation. He’s unsure about taking a chance on Blaze, but the pull between them is too strong, and Logan allows his walls to fall to be with Blaze.
When Blaze is forced to save Logan and show his wolf, Logan’s heritage makes him think Blaze is a skinwalker, a witch, which is far more frightening a prospect than it just being Coyote, the trickster, playing with him.
The story is from both Blaze and Logan’s POV. I liked seeing the love and respect between Logan and his Grandfather, but, on the whole, I didn’t really connect with the characters or story. I felt like the side story seemed a little forced, and I would have liked to see more interaction between Logan and Blaze’s wolf side and gotten a better idea of what the connection between them was.
- Side Note
- (Side-note: I thought the Shoshone tribe was one of the Native American tribes that accepted Two-Spirit people?)
Also, there were a couple of editing issues, which I wouldn’t normally bring up unless it’s really noticeable to the point it drew me out of the story (one example: a character’s name goes from Kaye, to Kay, to Kate within a couple of pages).
Sometimes I’ll read a story that just doesn’t quite resonate. Unfortunately, this was one of those times. But don’t let that stop you from checking it out – maybe you’ll love it!
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