Title: The Alpha’s Revenge
Author: Shane Keleher
Publisher: Loose ID
Release: 8th September 2016
Genre: Paranormal M/M Romance (shifter)
Justin Crane thinks he's met the man of his dreams in Parker. Not only is the man smolderingly sexy and mysterious, but he's also gentle and caring, the full package. Little does Justin know that Parker has a secret. He comes from a family of werewolf hunters and their new relationship has attracted the ire of one particularly vengeful alpha werewolf who’s vowed retaliation against those who’ve hunted his kind for generations.
Then one night it happens--the alpha strikes. And it gets its revenge by attacking Justin and turning him into what Parker’s family hates most--a werewolf. Now Justin is caught in the middle of an ages-old battle between hunters and werewolves. Each side has sworn the destruction of the other, and if Justin makes the wrong move, it could spell disaster, not only for himself, but for countless others.
Can Justin make the correct decision and align himself with the right faction? And of greater importance to the men, can their growing love survive the ferocious clash between hunter and werewolf?
There’s an exciting beginning to this story. The first couple of chapters are gripping and draw you into the conflict. Justin meets ‘shy’ Parker during a rare night out at a club and the two make out in an alley nearby. Unfortunately they are interrupted and Justin is attacked by a werewolf. Luckily for him, Parker sticks around to take him home and explain the consequences of being bitten by such a creature. He also informs Justin that his brothers are werewolf hunters. So Justin has to deal with a new sexy boyfriend, the fact that he is now a werewolf, and that it’s likely that Parker’s brothers will kill him if they ever find out Justin is a werewolf. Things go from bad to worse when the werewolf who bit him returns and wants Justin to join his pack to ward off the hunters.
I liked the overall premise of this plot; the conflict between werewolves and hunters and that Parker’s allegiance to his brothers is in question because of his new love interest. The scenes where Justin transforms and the clashes between the werewolves and hunters are vividly described.
I always wonder what happens to clothing when werewolves shift and I liked the idea of clothes being wriggled off as the human transformed. Once or twice some of the garments actually stayed on, especially if the shift was during a fight scene. “...shaking off his human clothes and using his hind legs to try and kick off his socks, which now dangled from his paws.”
The Alpha’s Revenge is an easy read with some well-written passages. There’s quite a bit of telling—Justin realized, Justin noticed, Justin saw… and I have to say it’s repetitive in places with recurring phrases, thoughts, and actions. I didn’t count the exact number, but the phrase ‘wasted no time’ must have been used forty or fifty times. It was even used several times within the same scene and once or twice in the same paragraph. I’m surprised this wasn’t something the editors noticed or fixed. And frequently an action took place for the ‘better part of a minute’. Lots of similar thoughts went through Justin’s mind. Some are understandable as he’d recently been turned into a werewolf: he couldn’t make sense of it, couldn’t believe he was a werewolf and how his life had changed in the last few days/week, he couldn’t believe he was caught up in the middle of a battle between werewolves and hunters, he didn’t want to alert the hunters otherwise he might be killed, plus he didn’t want to put his friends in danger by joining the pack. And he still knew very little about being a werewolf...
Luckily he had Parker to distract him from it all. They ‘wasted no time’ getting down to business most evenings they were together. In fact, so much so, Justin declared, “...I guess we have been going at it pretty hot and heavy... Maybe we should slow it down a bit.”
Parker is a nice guy, as is Justin. They quickly become fond of each other and are not willing to go their separate ways. “I’ve been a part of this my whole life,” and yet, unfortunately, we don’t really get to hear much about Parker’s past and his involvement with the werewolf hunting. He stands by Justin from the start and tries to shield him from his brothers. “I’m glad you’re in my life. And none of this is your fault,” Parker tells Justin when he tries to take the blame for their dire situation. “Everything was so crazy right now, but being with Parker made him feel he was home.”
There's an exciting finale to the story and a satisfactory resolution to the conflict. Overall, a fun read with plenty of action.