Thursday, September 10, 2015

Review: Alpha Coder by Kathryn Sparrow

81PA MB932L._SL1500_Title ~ Alpha Coder (Geek Pack Book 1)

Author ~ Kathryn Sparrow

Publisher ~ Loose Id 

Published ~ 27th July 2015

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance





As the second son, Liam Reed never expected to be a werewolf Alpha. He preferred to develop software for Soft Corp, but when his brother Jason died in a car accident, their father forced Liam to assume leadership of the pack. Liam plans to govern with compassion, instead of ruling through fear, but pack member Bradley Karr undermines Liam’s leadership, biding his time before challenging for Alpha. Tired of pack politics, all Liam wants is to program and find his mate, but he fears that neither is in his future.
When his mate, werewolf Cody Jones, starts working at Soft Corp as Liam’s intern, sparks fly. However, a relationship with Cody could get them both fired for fraternization. And, that's not the worst problem. Cody doesn’t seem to accept Liam as his mate.
Liam’s only chance at happiness is to win Cody over while keeping their relationship a secret. But really, Cody would never stay with an introverted geek like him, an ineffectual Alpha failing to live up to his brother’s legacy. Would he?

Liza’s Review

Liam is an Alpha who really never wanted to be one, he lives for computer code and little else. But circumstances being what they were, he finds himself the Alpha of his pack, dealing with petty problems and a couple of people who would be more than happy to challenge him for his position.

So in one respect the last thing he needed to find was his mate - a male mate. He had never thought about being with a male before, and the fact that Cody also works for him as an intern makes the situation all the more difficult - the company both men work for have a strict no fraternization rule. Cody not being ready for a mate yet, was just the icing on the awkward cake.

There are plenty of baddies in this story, not only in the pack but in the company too. Somehow Liam and Cody pick their way through the mess, working on trying to be together. The mental arithmetic thing was quite cute and that about sums up this book - it is cute. Personally I prefer my alphas with a bit more backbone and Liam really didn't show his until the end of the book. Even Cody seemed a bit whiny to me, and not in the wolfy way, but in a human one. It is mentioned more than once that a wolf longs to meet their mate, but when it happened for these two, Liam is worried his mate is a man and Cody is worried he won't have any more freedom in his life.

Tiger Johnson was a menace, as was Bradley. Alice was an unknown quality and Julie was just a plain psycho. It was the secondary characters that really made this story because they brought out Liam and Cody's flaws in a big way. But the second guessing, which was probably supposed to be cute as well, did get a bit annoying at times. The sexual harassment suit went away a lot quicker than I thought it would but was another crucial element of the story.

Overall this is a sweet read and it was really well written. Unfortunately I couldn't get past the fact I wanted to slap both Cody and Liam around the ears more than once, but that didn't detract from a really interesting storyline. Would recommend for a wet Sunday afternoon for any shifter lover.

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