Title: Prophesy (The King & Alpha Series #1)
Author: A.E. Via
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Release Date: September 23, 2017
Page Count: 285
Reviewed by: ParisDude
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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.
Justice Volkov, gorgeous, proud, and powerful descendant of a Siberian pack, is the unchallenged Alpha Zenith (or Supreme Leader) of the shifters. He’s a considerate, sensitive and sensible man in his thirties who takes his duties very seriously. Luckily, he’s surrounded by his numerous alpha siblings and other emphatic counsellors, who do their best to assist him. Until now, he’s managed to keep the shifters’ dealings with both humans and vampires conflict-free and more or less harmonious. But that changes when he’s informed that a fight between shifters and vampires has broken out in Nevada and that a human has been killed in the process.
In Nevada, he encounters a bunch of hostile police officers. And he meets the Vampire King Chadwick “Wick” Bentley, a handsome and refined 175-year-old Brit, who has rushed to Nevada as well in order to investigate the case and deal with his species accordingly. Both are immediately struck by a sudden recognition: Wick is Justice’s True Mate, and Justice Wick’s Beloved. Both terms mean they are destined for each other and cannot fight the overwhelming power of attraction that sets to work between them at once.
I received this book, the first in the “King & Alpha”-series, because I asked for the ARC of book #2, which will be released at the end of this month ARC. I do like paranormal stories, don’t have anything against wolves, shifters, and vampires, but I have to admit I always steered clear of that whole M/M alpha-to-omega-business. Domination/submission is just not my cup of tea, neither intellectually nor emotionally nor sensually. It was therefore a huge relief that that wasn’t the main focus of “Prophesy”, even though I quickly stopped counting how many times the words “alpha” and “mate/mating” were used. I was able to like bits of the book, basically the two main characters, who do come across as endearing, nice guys. Their insta-love was for once explained rather logically and satisfyingly. But. There wasn’t much of a plot, Justice and Wick spending most of their time (and most of the pages) bonding and shagging. Don’t get me wrong, nicely built sex-scenes can help a story-line unravel. When they are the only thing going on in a book, however, they can get repetitive and almost dull. The conflict that brought Justice and Wick both together is dealt with in a too off-hand manner for my taste, too, meaning we don’t get to see how it is resolved, alas. That’s one of the major flaws of the book, too. As the ramifications of the whole universe are rather complex, we’re told lots of things, which would have been more interesting if they were shown. We already get a hint of what’s going on in book #2 at the end of this one (another alpha-shifter finding his True Mate/Beloved in the person of another vampire). Let’s hope there’ll be more plot, less explaining, more showing.