Title: The Alpha’s Weave (Pack Botn #1)
Author: C.M. Torrens
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Genre(s): Gay shifter romance, alpha, violence, abuse, reference to rape
Page Count: 305 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
After years of abuse in his old shifter pack, Dante found a new life with Alpha Victor. He would do anything for Victor. Anything but stay away from Jesse, the half-blood stray. But when Victor names Dante his heir, he has no choice but to accept the duties given to him even if it means relinquishing the possibility of love. He owes his life and sanity to Victor, and that’s a debt Dante can never fully repay.
But Dante should have known the good life couldn’t last. His former alpha, Caster, is not a male who lets anything of value slip through his grasp. When rumors fly of Caster’s return, Dante knows the man will stop at nothing to possess him and his talent once again. When Jesse is kidnapped and Victor falls victim to an untimely death, his worst fears are realized. His old alpha has finally returned to reclaim him. Dante must use his fears and nightmares to save Jesse and his pack, even if it means sacrificing himself.
What do you do when your abusive ex alpha returns and tries to reclaim you and your new pack? You fight to the death of need be.
I have read a lot of shifter books but this one ranks up there with some of my favorites. Be fore warned ahead of time, there is a lot of abuse in this book. There is gore. There are some references to rape but no details on it and a lot of senseless death. Regardless of those things this is a book I would describe as a book about taking back control from the person that abused them previously and doing what is necessary to protect those that are there family, at the cost of oneself if necessary.
This book is full of action. At each turn there is trouble around the corner and at times I felt like this pack was never going to find any sort of peace what so ever.
Dante became the pack alpha a whole lot sooner then he ever thought that he would. But regardless of his past abuse and the things that old alpha that abused him, Caster, did to him or made him do Dante turned into the opposite of the person Caster was. Dante loves his family and his pack. He had a wonder example of what a good alpha would be in Victor. Dante in my opinion would do whatever necessary to try and protect the ones that he loves. He loves nothing more then his pack and he takes his role as the pack alpha seriously.
When his pack hurts, so does he. When they need soothing he does what he needs to through their weave and when it is time to step up and make the impossible decisions he does.
No matter how hard he tries to protect everyone in the pack from Carter he cannot . He takes this as a personal failure as thenoack leader. Regardless Dante and the remaining pack do what they have to do after losing such important members of their pack and try to rebuild again after the death and destruction that Carter left behind. They are no where near whole with the gapping holes left in them but if Dante can he will do whatever is necessary to make them all as whole as he can. And he has Jesse at his side to help,
This story was such an up hill battle for this whole pack. It broke my heart for all the pack members at the lose they had to endure. I felt their grief as I was reading and I felt their hate for what Carter did to them. I found myself wishing that someone, anyone would come to their help but that did not happen. Instead they had to help themselves which they did but not without a great lose.
I cannot wait to read the next book in the series because even though Carter is long gone, August and Jesse’s sister are still on the lose and I think they will be a problem for Dante and his pack. This was a great read with no lax in the story line. C.M. Torrents did an amazing job on what I would call a dark read. I look forward to the next book in this series because I am sure it will be just as good if not better.
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