Here’s the best way to summarize my review for this book:
HALLELUJAH FOR ALPHA FEMALES WHO ARE TRULY ALPHA FEMALES!
I could end my review there and be happy but that wouldn’t make for much of a blog post. I have read so many books where women leads must face horrible demons from hell sent to our universe to destroy everything but the second a man comes into the room they go weak in the knees and can’t make a decision about anything. This book was not like that at all and I read it with gusto.
I remember years ago, sitting in a college literature class, discussing Grendel’s mother. The professor told us that female characters in all of literature were either mother, lover, damsel, or bitch. This author did a fantastic job of creating a female character who was a leader without being a bitch. She stayed true to the alpha shifter trope but still managed to be a partner and love interest.
I also liked the authentic dialog. The men sounded like men and the women sounded like women. She also did a good job of using harsher language in a way that enhanced the story instead of just throwing it in to sensationalize the plot. Her adult scenes were well-written not just plain gross. The fight scenes were easy to follow and visualize. The plot was fast-paced and energy filled. It was truly one of those books where I wanted to skip to the last page and then go back and read the book.
Sierra Kanoska fought hard for her position as wolf alpha of the Red Rock pack, and intruders in her territory receive the full brunt of what her claws, fangs, and smarts can accomplish. So when Dax Williams, de facto alpha of the Silver Springs pack, pays an unwelcome visit, Sierra’s ready to toss him out. However, the man’s in a tough spot. The pack elders sabotaged his fight for alpha against his brother, driving him from his lands. Sierra hates underhanded moves like that, so she agrees on an alliance.
As they work together, she witnesses an alpha who wants to do right by his pack, not just the cocky wiseass she first met. Their growing attraction blazes hot, but the moment she and Dax lock lips, a mating bond emerges. Sierra sure as hell isn’t ready to share that intimate connection with a stranger, and the thought of forever sends Dax running.
Before they can talk, the Tribe commanding the East Coast shifters arrives to settle the dispute. Dax and his brother’s punishment for their pack’s civil war is a free-for-all on their lands. Not only does he have to defeat his brother, but any challenger in the region. Despite Dax and Sierra’s initial resistance, his wily charm relaxes her control-freak tendencies while her steadfast support bolsters his strength. Yet every new opponent places their newfound relationship under siege–one misstep, one wrong blow in the ring, and Dax could leave in a bodybag.
Strong women. Strong words.
Katherine McIntyre is a feisty Irish chick with a big attitude despite her short stature. She writes stories featuring snarky women, ragtag crews, and men with bad attitudes—high chance for a passionate speech thrown into the mix. As an eternal geek and tomboy who’s always stepped to her own beat, she’s made it her mission to write stories that represent the broad spectrum of people out there, from different cultures and races to all varieties of men and women. Easily distracted by cats and sugar.
*I want to thank the author for giving me a copy of this book to review.