Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Shifter and Vampire True Mates story.
Alek’s older brother, Justice—the Alpha Zenith—was the first shifter to mate with a vampire in many generations, and it was believed the rare, fated pairing would stop at him. But, it hadn’t. Aleksei ‘Alek’ Volkov was second beta, next in succession to the most powerful shifter in the world. He was proud of his title and he took his duties seriously. It was all he had. Until his true mate literally showed up on his doorstep.
While his brother—the overachiever—excelled at having a vampire as a mate, Alek wasn’t that optimistic he would. He wasn’t averse to love, and he’d often thought of how different his life could’ve turned out if he’d ever experienced the emotion. His life was a mess and he’d worn a mask of stability for a majority of that time, only showing his siblings and pack what they needed to see—a strong Volkov alpha. Not the damaged man he was, with a tortured soul and a rogue wolf.
Alek dropped his heavy head in his hands. Now, for some reason, I’ve been granted a true vampire mate. And not just any vampire. The intimidating Belleron Liatos. Lord High to the King and the leader of his army.
Belleron ‘Bell’ Liatos had come to the states for one reason—his best friend and Vampire King, Chadwick Bentley. He certainly didn’t come to be pounced on by a wolf that could act independently of its master. Not only was his destined cherished a complicated and confused man; but he was also unaware of the powerful presence that lurked in the shadows of his soul. Bell didn’t know he’d be the key to unlocking an exceptional triad that would play a critical role in fulfilling the prophesy.
This story DOES NOT contain or even mention MPREG.
No multiple pairings. No cliffhangers. Ends with a very HFN.
Warning: This book is M/M paranormal: If you DO NOT like alpha men shifting into large wolves, or vampires feeding from their destined beloveds, than this may not be the novel for you.
This series continues to be largely different than other books by this author and I keep feeling like something is missing, but I don’t know what it could be. There is just so much going on I think it may be hard to keep track while there is so much background on the prophesy that we are getting spoon fed it’s not helping.
There were so many points of view and thoughts to keep track of in this book with Alek having separated Wolf and Wrath from himself when he was younger and most of the beginning was him arguing with himself. I still don’t quite understand how he was able to separate them from himself but it basically causes Bell to have three mates that end up learning to work together and coexist but still being separate and coming to the forefront at different times. The story is still well written as all others by this author I just wonder if it’s this world that is throwing me off though I want to continue to see what happens as the prophesy continues to be fulfilled.
This is my first book narrated by Troy Duran and he did a nice job. He really had the right gruffness that I associated with Alex, Wolf and Wrath. His narration and the voices he used help me to keep track of the story.
I liked how the cover art by Jay Aheer shows how different Justice and Wick are and it gives great visuals of the characters.
Audiobook, 9 hrs 23 min
Published: November 19, 2019 by AE Via
Edition Language: English
Series: The King & Alpha Series #2