Title: Nemesis (Alpha Unit One, Book #2)
Author: Chris T. Kat
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 16, 2019
Genre(s): Paranormal; Shifters
Page Count: 176
Reviewed by: Kristin F.
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Alpha Unit One: Book Two
Nicky Reed may have won the battle regarding baby shifters working as policemen, but he’s not so sure about the war. His mate and superior officer, Sam Black, is still overprotective with a capital O. As a result, Nicky sometimes finds himself repressing some of Tiny’s—his snow leopard cub other half’s—natural urges. Which leads to frustration on Nicky’s part.
With a new drug called Nemesis killing in record numbers, Alpha Unit One must find out who’s behind this horrible narcotic and get it off the streets—a tall enough order without press accusations that baby shifters are to blame for the team’s lack of success.
Their investigation into Nemesis leads Nicky and Sam and the rest of the team into unexpected waters. Will the stress rip the squad apart? The baby shifters may find themselves unable to perform the job they love: protecting the people of New York City. And Nicky may be in over his head—in more ways than one.
These are brain candy books for me, something I turn to when I need to escape from everything for a while, where I don’t have to think, and I can just curl up and enjoy. I do recommend you read the first book as it sets the foundation for Nemesis.
I believe I noted in my review of Alpha Unit One, I was attracted to the variety of shifters. It’s not limited to our wolves and cats, but includes small critters, birds, and baby shifters. What a fun concept that when someone shifts, they transform into the baby version of their animal, where even as an human adult they carry the traits of a immature critter.
Because this is a review, and even though these are brain candy books for me, I have a couple of items that detracted. This first was one I noted in book one as well, Nick’s character lost the adult aspect of a grown human man and much of the book was spent behaving/talking like a cub. Cute for a while, but I could have used some adulting sans pouting.
The characters hit one of my quirks – a grown man pulling another grown man into their lap (this would bother me if were a woman as well). You pull a small child into your lap, not an adult. And anatomically, it’s just awkward.
Lots of time spent as cubs in this book, not just Nick but his teammate as well. There is some light angst as Nick is still adjusting to being mated, questions of self-worth which bring up plenty of self-doubt. Overall, the book rolls along at a quick pace and can be easily devoured in a lazy, uninterrupted afternoon.
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