RELEASE DATE: October 12th, 2015
BLURB: When Brandon finally gets his chance to train to become an alpha, he’s ecstatic. His joy doesn’t last long, however, when he soon finds himself one of the two most unpopular of the new trainees, along with a former house-human named Cody. Even their trainers, Rhys and Tucker think they don’t have what it takes and despite a growing attraction to the men, both trainers seem determined to wash them out. Even worse Brandon is more and more convinced that Rhys is his true mate. After a violent encounter with other recruits, both Brandon and Cody find themselves back home, wondering how it all went so wrong. Then Quinn, the Supreme Alpha, comes up with a bold new idea for a Black Ops team, and to Brandon and Cody’s surprise, they’re chosen as members, along with their former trainers Rhys and Tucker.
Brandon and Cody are determined to make good on this second chance, but their alpha partners doubt their abilities to perform their duties. The fact that Rhys is attracted to Brandon almost against his will only complicates things. When the new team is called up, it means Brandon has to work undercover for Mikkail, the hated homophobic bigot who tortured Brandon’s wolf the last time he got his hands on him. It soon becomes clear that the men will have to draw together to become a team or risk losing everything, including their lives.
I admire both Shannon West and Victoria Sue as individual writers, both have strong alpha traits themselves and I have to admit that I did wonder when this coalition happened, if they would be having their own battle for Supreme Alpha position? If they did, any rebellion certainly didn’t rear its ugly head here, it was cohesively written which highlights their strengths as writers.
This is the third book in the series and for me, I find each new book growing stronger and stronger in relation to storyline intricacies and character development. This time around its Rhys/Brandon and Tucker/Cody’s stories.
The Authors take the traditional love/hate relationship (that we readers love to devour but torture ourselves in the process of doing so) with Rhys and Brandon to a whole new level! I lost count of the number of times I wanted to take Rhys’s “alpha-ness” and shove it up his arse, his arrogance rubbing me up the wrong way when it rose to the surface, especially when proclaiming “this is purely biological. I don’t love you”. Way to go Rhys! You showed everyone that you should have been born an Ass rather than the Wolf that you are. I really didn’t think that Rhys deserved Brandon’s love. Unlike Tucker and Cody, these two were meant to be, I was seriously crazy about them, the way the Author’s didn’t overplay their hands on their story, worked so very well.
For me, Victoria Sue’s biggest strength is her incredible detailing. She reminds me of archeologist, leaving no stone unturned in her quest for delivering a comprehensive story, her skills were certainly highlighted in this book, her portrayal was superb.
Shannon West’s influence was seen throughout the book. It’s a given fact that she leaves most Authors standing when it comes to writing erotic sex scenes, but I’ve always felt she was underrated when it comes to her depiction of a repressive “baddie” – boy-oh-boy, does she write a good one (or should that be a bad one? lol). Her word building and characterisation of her MCs is just so impressive.
Loved this book, love the series and love these two writers writing together.
Five alpha strength stars from me.
****I would like to thank the author for the opportunity and privilege of reviewing this ARC. My opinions of this book, were entirely my own.****