Title: The Alpha Heir (Kingdom of Askara #2)
Author: Victoria Sue and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 19th 2017
Genre(s): Fantasy Romance
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Man and wolf. Sworn enemies in the battle for Askara. Can hate and betrayal ever lead to love?
Caleb Harken has spent six years wrongfully imprisoned for his father’s treachery. Tortured and reviled by the very wolf pack he should have been leading as alpha, he is not surprised to learn he’s finally to meet his death at the hands of the human rebel leader, Taegan Callan.
Taegan gave up his dreams of a life-mate and a family after seeing too many humans butchered at the hands of the wolves – even if Caleb doesn’t seem to be the bloodthirsty savage he expects, and even if he starts to long for a different kind of future with the wolf.
Can Caleb become the alpha he was always meant to be and lead his pack, or will he finally realize that winning his freedom means nothing when he has already lost his heart?
The Alpha Heir is the second in the Kingdom of Askara series, but it actually runs concurrently with book one, The Alpha King. Told from both Caleb and Taegan’s points of view there is slightly less world-building and a bit more romance than The Alpha King.
Victoria Sue certainly knows how to put her characters through hell and bring them through to the other side. I loved that it is a human who hates wolves that bonds with Caleb and ultimately helps him heal from the mistreatment of his own kind.
While The Alpha Heir contains some pretty graphic descriptions of torture, the hurt/comfort in this is strong with some really good character development and a wonderfully paced romance considering what Caleb has been through.
Joel Leslie captures the emotion of the story well with crisp pacing and easily distinguishable character voices.
I wish the ending didn’t feel so rushed…I would have liked to have had more time with Caleb and Taegan as mates, but there is some set up to the third book The Alpha Prince which will hopefully tie up some loose ends.
Overall this was an entertaining listen, but I would recommend reading/listening to The Alpha King before starting this.
NOTE There is no Mpreg in this.