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Title: Alpha Turned
Series: Wolf Appeal #1
Author: KB Alan
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Published: March 7th 2018 (first published September 21st 2009)
I’ll start with the warning that this is a werewolf/shifter romance with extremely steamy/erotica scenes, including a graphically described, brutal gang rape. If that’s a trigger for you, don’t bother reading this book.
I did like the explanations of the hierarchy of werewolves, their governance, rules and justice systems. The author has set up and explained a system that can easily lead into future stories, but the prevalence of erotic descriptions seemed inappropriate as the mystery/adventure aspect of the plot warranted more emphasis. It also has some bits that just didn’t sit well with me, such as how the victim was obviously traumatised by the experience yet had no hesitation in accepting that Zach’s her mate and doesn’t have any of the anxieties you’d expect a rape victim to have, in fact is an eager participant in consummating (repeatedly) their relationship. Personally, the story has too much emphasis and detail on that side of their relationship and this detracts from what is potentially a great start to a new series. However, that is a very personal point of view and others may well love all aspects of reading this book!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Not all men are bad…
Strong, independent, and happy on her own, Hillary has grown from the naïve person she was four years ago, after a brutal rape turned her into a werewolf. The normal life she’s made for herself is only upset when the moon calls to her and she has an uncontrollable urge to turn furry and chase small creatures. And she doesn’t need a man for that…until she finally meets another werewolf, this one a gorgeous, sexy guy who is determined to change her mind about one furry man in particular—him.
No, some men are very, very good…
The minute Zach scents Hillary he knows she’s the mate he’s been searching for. Though both the wolf and the man are itching to claim her, first he has to convince her that he’s one of the good guys, and that there are certain benefits to being an alpha werewolf. And there’s no better way of making Hillary see that than giving her himself—body, mind and soul.
Too bad it didn’t measure up to your expectations. Better luck with your next book.