Title: Alpha Unit One, New York
Author: Chris T. Kat
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 27, 2018
Page Count: 161
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The cat’s out of the bag…
In a world that accepts shifters as normal and thinks nothing of human/shifter couples, baby shifters and small shifters are treated as subpar. They are not allowed into the more dangerous professions, and their mates have legal control over what they can and cannot do.
Nicholas Reed is about to challenge the established rules. At twenty-eight, Nick has just been accepted into New York’s Alpha Unit One—an elite law enforcement team, composed equally of humans and shifters, that specializes in drug crimes. It is Nick’s dream job. But if they find out what he’s hiding, his career could be destroyed.
Enter a huge complication in the form of Sam Black, an older lion shifter who is the leader of the unit… and Nick’s mate. Nick wants Sam, and he wants to keep his job, but he can’t have them both. He also can’t choose between them.
I have a secret and I’ll be in a whole heap of trouble when I get caught.
I get it, I get it, Nick is pretending to be human and will be in deep shit if discovered. No need to repeat it so much. Luckily, otherwise I liked Nick: He is unabashedly sarcastic and cracking jokes even while rushing recklessly toward his doom. It caught and held my attention. I really relished reading Nick’s POV. I was less fond of Sam but that might be creepiness factor. Sam is supposed to be romantic interest, so hearing that Nick reminds him of a baby… In all fairness, that was in the blurb (baby shifter) and I willfully ignored it because the rest of it was so interesting. It does not amount to much so it was barely a blip on my radar.
While interaction between team members does occasionally veer in territory of too much to be true, it’s still highly amusing. It’s literal sass-fest with a whole host of unique and interesting characters. It was very easy to read and once we are introduced to team action quickly followed. The story is focused on romance so suspense plot is only there to help pair along to their happy end, but the setup is solid. Everything is peachy until Nick and Sam slam into prejudice that forced Nick to keep his secret. I loved Nick here! I was glad that he wasn’t about to throw everything he worked for just because Sam said so and he is in love with the guy. (Sadly this does happens in some books which toughly spoils the story for me. Don’t those characters have spine? Nick certainly does!)
The main impression on reading this book is lighthearted fun. It’s somewhat different take on shifter’s world while staying true to destined mates trope, so if that’s what you’re looking for this is one will definitely brighten your day.
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