Alpha's Pride

S. L. Armstrong; K. Piet
Alpha's Pride
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Storm Moon Press
Release Date
December 2011
Alternate Universe, Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ

Alec and Nahale are feral-Maith, genetic offshoots from a fantastic race. Their clan is home to many kinds of feral characteristics, but the powerful predators--wolves and felines alike--are the protectors, hunters, and leaders. Both Alec and Nahele enjoy their arrangement, finding pleasure with one another away from prying eyes, but Alec's worries about their clan's security have long fallen on deaf ears.

Under pressure, Alec challenges Nahale for leadership of their clan, threatening to destroy the relationship they'd been building for years. Nahele is anything but weak, and his stubbornness could endanger the clan's stability, not to mention his own life. When push comes to shove, Nahele is confronted with the most difficult choice a leader can face: resist and maintain his pride or yield control of the clan to the feral-Maith he once trusted

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Feb 24, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
201 people found the following review helpful
Alec loves his alpha, who has been his mentor for decades. Nahele has kept the clan safe for centuries. Perhaps it has been centuries too long as he has been letting things slide which bothers Alec. Alec does his best to ask Nahele to change, but nothing changes and Nahele scoffs at Alec's worry. With no recourses left, Alec challenges Nahele for the Alpha position to implement his changes. Alec wins. Feeling betrayed, Nahele undermines Alec at every turn.

I feel for Alec. He loves Nahele but he wants to protect the clan. This was a moving story about how a mentor-lover situation turns into adversaries. My heart hurt as Nahele slices Alec's heart into pieces with every disrespect. While I understand Nahele felt betrayed, it didn't have to play out the way he forced it. Nahele's pride and vanity was his downfall.

This world created by duos S.L Armstrong and K. Piet is different. I liked the characters who are humans with animal body parts. I particularly enjoyed the tails. I've always wanted a functional tail. To read about a race with functional tails which also can be used for sexual petting had me over the moon. The story moved pretty fast and contained only a few sex scenes. However, I found each of the scenes hot and sexy. Since I enjoy rough sex and forced sex, I was happily humming with delight at the forced sexual submission.

What I enjoyed most about this story was the emotional aspect of two lovers who become opposing forces. While they still love each other but one does everything in his power to hurt, it moved me. The added mix of D/s submission brings a smile to my face. As with most stories, it takes the possibility of death to change their perspectives. I enjoy books which cause me emotional pain. I recommend this story to paranormal romance readers who enjoy m/m lovers.
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