Or so he thought…
Being the Alpha is not the playboy lifestyle he’d imagined.
Despite devastatingly good looks and an impressive wit, he can’t seem to get Emma MacBride, the hottie doctor from another pack, to give him the time of day.
Unfortunately a bruised ego is only the beginning of Aeson’s troubles.
Someone has been poisoning the minds of other territorial Alphas, systematically pitting neighbor against neighbor. And the moment he takes control of the Long Teeth territory the rising storm of dissension finds a way into his pack.
Allying himself with the powerful Olde Town pack, Ace chooses comradery over aggression and invites warring neighbors to join him for a meeting to establish peace.
Diplomacy comes with a reward earning him a date with the elusive doctor MacBride.
But every choice the young Alpha makes is under scrutiny and when his peaceful summit ends with the death of a high ranking wolf, the fate of his pack and his leadership hangs in the balance.
I thoroughly enjoyed Ms Salidis' Chronicles of the Uprising series and it's a huge recommendation from me, but I'm a little disappointed by this take by her on wolves. I realise Being Alpha connects with others I've not yet read, but it just lacked something for me. I think it's possibly the characters felt human and there is very little that sets them apart as shifters. I'd expect a wolf to have amazing senses such as hearing and smell, so when something bad happens they could react quickly, but no, villains just creep about which meant I couldn't believe in their 'otherness '.
It does have suspense running throughout and the overall plot held my attention with an evil manipulative villain and the surprises kept on coming. Ace is still feeling his way and I liked that he occasionally struggled with his new mantle. What I really didn't like was the romance that felt forced. We are meant to believe this couple have chemistry and frankly, I didn't detect any, so even though I could empathise with Ace, unfortunately his scenes with the prickly Emma just left me cold. Plus, the end felt extremely rushed and that's possibly the only time I believed these characters had an animalistic blood thirsty side.
This voluntary take is of an advance copy and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair.