Monday, May 15, 2017

The Alpha's Claim by Holley Trent

Title: The Alpha's Claim 
Author: Holley Trent
My Rating: B+

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Series: Bad Boy Ballers #2
Main Characters: Jim and Teddy
Release Date: May 2017
Publisher:  Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Jim West, the New York Coyote pack alpha, has successfully defended his territory from external threats for almost fifteen years. Pack politics may be a pain in his ass, but his command has never been doubted, his authority never questioned.

Until Teddy, an argumentative pancake-house server, challenges more than his patience. The lithe, pretty human calls to Jim's baser instincts. He knows instantly Teddy is his mate - but the timing couldn't be worse. Tension within his pack is growing, and adding a human mate to the mix could spark an uprising, with Teddy as the target.

Teddy's smart mouth may heat Jim's blood, but with a full moon only days away, getting Teddy to let down his guard and accept him - the man and the beast - is his main priority.

There's no fighting the pull of a mate, but learning his lover is a literal predator might make Teddy run right into the danger Jim's desperate to control.

This book is approximately 45,000 words. 
My Review:
Um, okay? Did I read the same book as everyone else (looking at all the really low rated reviews) because I really, really enjoyed this one.

This story is about Teddy, a human waiter/actor who is tired of getting stiffed by the local motorcycle guys when they sit in his section of iHop super late at night. Jim is a coyote shifter and alpha of his pack. He's also super-rich. He's only been stiffing Teddy's tip because he's hoping to get a rise out of him. That works because Teddy has finally had enough of the crappy tips so he follows Jim out of the restaurant and confronts him. And things progress from there. 

Teddy has no idea that shifters are a thing. Jim knows that Teddy is his mate and that he needs him, but Teddy is obviously leery of him, so he decides to slowly integrate Teddy into his life and even into the idea of being boyfriends. Teddy is really leery of relationships. His past has proven that he's not the best at choosing guys to date. To make things even more complicated, at some point in his life Teddy was attacked by a dog/coyote and he's absolutely terrified by them now. Jim is aware that finding out he can shift into a canine form is NOT going to go over well. 

I like how naturally Teddy and Jim fit together. At first that isn't obvious, but it quickly becomes apparent that Teddy is a caregiver and Jim needs one of those in the worst way because he's too busy to take care of basic details of his life.

The story felt very natural to know, or as natural as a book about paranormal shifters can be. I liked the story and how things played out in both the pack and the females in Jim's family. That final scene at iHop was perfect and left me with a smile on my face. 

Like I said, I truly did enjoy this one. I was in the mood for a quick fun, m/m story and am always good with shifter romances so this one worked for me!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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