His Alpha’s Alpha (Kristin’s Review)


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Title: His Alpha’s Alpha
Author: Casey Cameron
Publisher: Self
Release Date: September 9, 2016
Genre(s): m/m/m, (non-shifter) paranormal
Page Count: 111
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Ethan has been flirting with Nick, the hot alpha photographer who visits his coffee shop, for a few weeks when they make an accidental connection that throws Ethan into an early heat. With an alpha at his side, dealing with his heat should be a simple matter, but there’s just one problem: arrogant alpha Corey Masters, real estate heir, reality TV star, tabloid regular…and Nick’s boyfriend.

Nick wants Ethan, and Ethan wants Nick. Corey wants nothing to do with omegas, but there’s no way in hell he’s going to leave his lover alone with a stranger. Could there be a future for the three of them, or will two alphas be too many for Ethan to handle?

This is a non-shifter M/M/M menage romance with the heat level turned up to 11, featuring knotting, male pregnancy, and an HEA ending with no cliffhangers.


A couple of items upfront – this is NOT a shifter book but it does involve paranormals, there is knotting involved (tastefully done), there are three hot guys, and a male pregnancy.

This is completely my quirk – I really don’t care for the whole male pregnancy trope, but the premise of the book intrigued me enough that I decided to give it a whirl anyway.

Ethan is an Omega, who works at the Daily Grind coffee shop. Nick, an Alpha who’s been coming in for coffee, asks Ethan if he would model for one of Nick’s photography projects. Ethan agreed, but when in the confined space of a photography studio, pheromones took over and the two realized they were Bonded. But Nick has a complication – his Alpha boyfriend and reality TV star Corey.

The idea or concept of shifters who don’t shift was pretty cool. There appears to be male and female alphas, betas and omegas. The omegas (male and female) go into heat and to various degrees, require the assistance of an Alpha to guide them through the hormonal changes (ie, they are horny as all get out). Everyone seems to have scent glands located in various pulse points on their bodies, which is what attracts others – or deters them. I thought this whole concept was well thought out and well written.

Knotting can also be a huge turnoff in paranormal books because it brings a sense of bestiality to the story. Here too, I thought the concept of knotting was tastefully done, made to be sensual and sexy, and emphasized the non-shifting paranormal aspect without becoming crass.

Bonding in My Alpha’s Alpha was less “Mate!” and “Mine!” than an understanding that two individuals recognize through pheromones that they have the potential to be a couple. This was also a refreshing change from other shifter books.

The few things *I* didn’t care for: male pregnancy and the use of the phrase “I need…” during sex. Again, my quirks. BUT, the “pregnancy” was a very small part of the plot, well written, and I will admit, added a sweet touch. There are some minor editing issues that should be cleaned up (typo’s, grammatical errors), small, but they are there.

Ultimately, I really enjoyed this neat twist on paranormal society that brought three different personalities together. A fun and fast read and I’d be interested in reading more by this author.


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Galley copy of His Alpha’s Alpha provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.

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I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: “Never leave home without a book (or two or three).” Though once I learned how to knit that became “Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project.”

A long-time fan of science fiction, I’ve since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian’s (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that’s not a run-on sentence, I don’t know what is…

I’m not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult.

Thanks for reading my reviews!

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