Friday, January 05, 2018

Review: Alpha’s Law (Mountain Wolves #1) by Sara York and H.L. Holston

alhpas lawTitle ~ Alpha’s Law

Author ~ Sara York and H.L. Holston

Published ~ 11th December 2017

Genre ~ M/M Romance, Shifters





Max Gaines has known one thing all his life: he loves Jamie Matthews. Best friends since childhood, Max and Jamie are inseparable until the day of Max’s sixteenth birthday when he presents as an Alpha instead of an Omega. With Jamie being an Alpha too, they cannot bond and all their dreams of a future together are dashed.
Jameson “Jamie” Matthews has only ever wanted one man, his best friend Max. He doesn’t care when Max turns out to be an Alpha just like him, Jamie is willing to disregard society’s rules and mate with Max anyway. But when Jamie’s rut comes, all their hopes of bonding are in ashes. Jamie joins the Army to hide his pain and to hide from Max.
Left behind, Max is determined to find a way for them to be together. But time is running out as Jamie’s unit is captured by the anti-shifter group The Amity Brethren. Can Max save Jamie in time, or does fate has something different in mind for them?
The world built for the series contains - Mpreg, omegas, fated mates, knotting, and sexy Alphas who sometimes like it rough


Freya’s Review

As a child, Max was believed to be an Omega – not an Alpha like his father. Jamie had always been an Alpha. He saved a small Max from bullies. Since then, the two had been inseparable. Max looked forward to being Jamie’s Omega – then the unthinkable happened and Max became an Alpha. And two Alphas bonding was against the Alpha’s Law.

This is a shifter story, and throughout the characters talk about their Alphas as another being more than integral instincts. E.g. ‘The Alpha within him….”.

Anyhow, regardless of the law, when Jamie and Max try to be together, their Alphas take over making their coupling close to impossible. Jamie is convinced they can make it work, but Max is scared that he’ll hurt Jamie. When Jamie’s family recite the Alpha’s Law, Jamie leaves. If he couldn’t have Max or had the support of his family, then what was the point in staying in Lyons. He goes to the nearest fort and joins up. The big foe is the Amity Brethren – a group hell-bent on ridding the world of shifters.  Even if Jamie couldn’t have Max as a mate, he would happily give his life to make sure he was safe. When Max discovers what Jamie has done, he does what he must to be with Jamie. After that, fate plus desperate times mean desperate measures, carries this shifter tale forward.

The story is told in the third person, and as such, there is a little head hopping, but not as much as there could be, and there are some autonomous body parts. Focus is put on the relationship between Max and Jamie and their time together. Otherwise, the story tends to skirt over other scenes like the military manoeuvres. I am a fan of soldierly exercises in stories. As such, I felt that the story missed the element of drama and build up that these can provide. However, written as it was, the story does move along pretty quickly.

Did I enjoy the story? Yes, I did. Max and Jamie make a delightful pair, and I was rooting for them all the way. The tale was a lesson in overcoming differences and experiencing life from another viewpoint. The shifter universe is an effective backdrop for this type of narrative. It reflects many minority societies that strive for change and to be accepted.

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Meet the Authors

SARA YORK - Writing is Sara’s life. The stories fight to get out, often leaving her working on four or five books at once. She can’t help but write. Along with her writing addiction she has a coffee addiction. Some nights, the only reason she stops writing and goes to sleep is for the fresh brewed coffee in the morning.

H.L. Holston is a teacher by day and a sometimes author by night. She dreams up ideas with her writing partners Sara York and Eleanor Bruce, but occasionally she ventures out on her own.
She admits she is a horrible blogger, even worse in keeping up on Facebook, and wishes she could retire to New Orleans and eat beignets every day at Café du Monde. Until then, she will tutor writing classes and write books about sexy men loving each other.
Previous pen name: Sue Holston.


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