Title: Prophesy (The King & Alpha #1)
Author: A.E. Via
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Release Date: September 23, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal M/M
Page Count: 294
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
An Enemies to Lovers
Shifter, Vampire True Mates story.
Justice Volkov is the youngest Alpha Zenith to ever lead the wolf shifters. Following in his father’s large paw prints was a responsibility he met head on. Now at age thirty-three, he is alpha of the alphas. As a direct descendant of the original Siberian pack, his wolf is bigger and stronger than Justice, himself is sometimes able to control.
His wolf howled long and hard but Justice kept it inside. It felt like a bass drum beating against his rib cage. The harsh breaths, angry snarls and the determined pacing inside him was overtaking him.
Justice takes his role of leadership and his legacy very seriously. He has little time for romance, not to mention a true mate. His packs are his priority. With a human government trying to regulate them, an uprising of rogue shifters, and a violent team of scientists trying to experiment on them, Justice has his hands way too full.
Chadwick ‘Wick’ Bentley is not enthusiastic when the captain of his escort tells him he has to leave his comfortable London home and go back to the States. As the Vampire King, he has no choice but to get his species back in line before they cause anymore chaos. At over one-hundred years old, Wick is no one to trifle with, but his smooth, charismatic manner makes him quite unique, despite the negative reputation vampires have. Wick has had nothing but time up to this point. He doesn’t feel the need to make issues pressing. Nothing is urgent in his life. Until he meets Justice. His beloved.
“Natural enemies can’t be mates.” Or so Justice thought. He knows his skepticism and rejection is hurting his mate, so while he fights their connection, Wick gets help from a source very close to Justice to help him win his beloved’s heart. Wick is a force all on his own, but when he’s blessed with a special gift from the Mother herself, not even Justice’s powerful wolf can prevent the prophesy from being fulfilled.
This story DOES NOT contain/mention MPREG.
No multiple pairings. No cliffhangers. It ends with a very HFN.
Warning: This book is MM paranormal: If you DO NOT like hot, alpha men shifting into large wolves, or vampires feeding from their mates, this may not be your read.
This is not an action-packed book. The action kind of plays out on the sidelines (with one or two exceptions, but those ended pretty fast). The romance is the main focus of the story. Just how I like it.
Justice is the Alpha Zenith. He is the most powerful Alpha in existence and he is a fair and loved leader.
Wick is the vampire King. He is strict with his vampires and he doesn’t tolerate them misbehaving. But he is also a gentle man, who is more affectionate than any ruler before him.
When these two meet the ground shakes, literally. It is clear that Justice has found his True Mate, and Wick found his Beloved. But neither expected the other to be who they are. So Justice’s first reaction is to reject Wick. Wick feels blessed to have found his Beloved, but is heartbroken when Justice rejects him.
Both go to their respective houses where they are visiting, but they both feel the immense pull. It is not long before Justice has no idea why he is resisting the vampire. He goes to Wick and knows he has some groveling to do. But Wick doesn’t need apologies, he just wants Justice.
When the two spend more time together it is clear they are made for each other. Especially when Wick feels something inside him react to Justice’s wolf. Wick might not only be a vampire..
But there is a threat looming over the shifter and vampire community. Human scientists have recruited shifters to capture other shifters so they can experiment on them. Wick and Justice have to get everyone working together to stop them..
These guys were so incredibly sweet together. There was almost no relationship angst, besides just a tiny bit at the beginning when Justice rejects Wick. But that was solved so fast I can’t say my heart had time to break.
These guys came together with a BOOM. Everything felt intense when they were together. They so wanted each other and were not afraid to show their affection in front of others.
As I said, this book doesn’t have a lot of action despite the storyline. There were two instances where someone had to fight someone, but this was all over rather quickly. And the confrontation with the humans in their facility happened off page. I was totally fine with that since it was clear the relationship was the main focus, not necessarily the plot with the scientists.
There were enough sexy times to make me happy, and the feeding was so freaking HOT!
This was truly a great shifter/vampire story. I loved all the secondary characters and I can’t wait for the rest of the books.