Title: The Alpha’s Claim
Authors: Holley Trent
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: ~160
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 0.50 stars out of 5
Jim West, the New York Coyote pack alpha, has successfully defended his territory from external threats for almost fifteen years. Pack politics may be a pain in his ass, but his command has never been doubted, his authority never questioned.
Until Teddy, an argumentative pancake-house server, challenges more than his patience. The lithe, pretty human calls to Jim’s baser instincts. He knows instantly Teddy is his mate – but the timing couldn’t be worse. Tension within his pack is growing, and adding a human mate to the mix could spark an uprising, with Teddy as the target.
Teddy’s smart mouth may heat Jim’s blood, but with a full moon only days away, getting Teddy to let down his guard and accept him – the man and the beast – is his main priority.
There’s no fighting the pull of a mate, but learning his lover is a literal predator might make Teddy run right into the danger Jim’s desperate to control.
I thought day one would never end! Seriously, this book was ridiculously slow. I’m not lying when I say not even the first 24 hours can be read within the 61% mark. It wouldn’t be so bad if there were other situations/conflicts happening within the time period besides fooling around and sex. I know it can be done, because there are books out there that do just that.
So, if you haven’t guessed as to where I am going next, here it is: This book lacks conflict! In the blurb we are given,
He knows instantly Teddy is his mate – but the timing couldn’t be worse. Tension within his pack is growing, and adding a human mate to the mix could spark an uprising, with Teddy as the target.
Not to mention, he
has successfully defended his territory from external threats for almost fifteen years,
but we are really never given any concrete examples. Well, if the tension consists of his cousin not really knowing he is gay and not knowing of another alpha in his predicament. Or that two of the members of his pack mention Jim not having a mate, then I’m wowed! <—-see my sarcasm there???
I was seriously bummed about his book. I really enjoy reading shifter books and this one sounded decent. Unfortunately, this book is all smoke and mirrors. Jim’s pack supposedly doesn't like humans but we are never told why. More like we are just suppose to take it at face value.
Then there is the chemistry between the Jim and Teddy in the beginning. To be honest, it starts out nice and hot, but then it starts wearing away at you. It loses its momentum and hotness factor. In addition, there is a mention of a bite, but it doesn’t say if it is a claiming bite; or even if one is needed to be claimed. Just that Jim left a part of him behind when he bit Teddy. The author just states that they are mated so it’s all very confusing.
Next, are the two lieutenants that Jim sends out to find mates to strengthen their pack and to help bring in new blood. He trusts these two men to make a good, non-selfish decision. Jim later makes several comments that he doesn’t know if they will come back. That there is a possibility that they will stay with their mates pack. See, it doesn’t make sense. Oh, and to confuse the reader further, Jim doesn’t make a secondary plan to replace them just in case they do not come back. Not to mention, are they even keeping in touch? Does he know what is going on at all? What kind of Alpha doesn’t keep in touch with his pack members? What kind of pack is he running?
In addition, there's the fact that Jim doesn’t seem like an Alpha. He is constantly looking towards his mom and cousin for decisions he should be making. Seriously, he needs to put on his big boy panties, look in the mirror and chant “I can do this” and act like the fucking ALPHA the blurb says he is!
Oh, and his whining about people and situations, yet Jim doesn’t do anything about it. Case in point, his maid that treats him like crap and doesn’t do her job. He does nothing about it because he is supposedly so busy. But what is he busy with because again the author doesn’t give us anything.
In conclusion, this story seriously lacks information and the story that the blurb promised. I cannot tell you how frustrated I was reading this book after the 35% mark. However, I kept reading because I had hope. Hope that the tides would change for the better. Unfortunately, it didn’t and I cannot recommend this book.