A Stella Review: Nemesis (Alpha Unit One #2) by Chris T. Kat

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RATING 4,5 out of 5 stars

Nicky Reed may have won the battle regarding baby shifters working as policemen, but he’s not so sure about the war. His mate and superior officer, Sam Black, is still overprotective with a capital O. As a result, Nicky sometimes finds himself repressing some of Tiny’s—his snow leopard cub other half’s—natural urges. Which leads to frustration on Nicky’s part.

With a new drug called Nemesis killing in record numbers, Alpha Unit One must find out who’s behind this horrible narcotic and get it off the streets—a tall enough order without press accusations that baby shifters are to blame for the team’s lack of success.

Their investigation into Nemesis leads Nicky and Sam and the rest of the team into unexpected waters. Will the stress rip the squad apart? The baby shifters may find themselves unable to perform the job they love: protecting the people of New York City. And Nicky may be in over his head—in more ways than one.

I can’t explain how happy I was when I saw this new release out. I wasn’t waiting for a new installment in the Alpha Unit One series and I was over the moon. I’m a big fan of the author, I often come back to her titles when I seek comfort in my readings. This series is no exception.

This time Nicky and Sam and their whole team are busy trying to catch who is behind a new drug that’s killing people on the streets and they will have to face some dangerous moments. While they are investigating, I was able to follow my adorable couple around and I discovered they are still deep in love: Sam is still too overprotective of his mate, sure he’s making progresses, he’s trying really hard to treat Nicky as one of his teammates, but it’s not easy to ignore their connection. And then there’s Nicky, who is fighting to gain the respect he deserves although some people seems to be too stupid to see beyond his baby shifter.

As in the first book, Nemesis was another great success to me, quick and easy to read, the focus remains on the main couple, but there are some amazing second characters too, I truly hope the author will write their own stories in the future. Alpha Unit One is a light paranormal series, not once shallow, but full of action, friendship and loyalty. Plus be ready for a lot of cuteness, Nicky as a snow leopard cub is hard to resist.

The cover art by Cate Ashwood is well done, I like everything this artist designs, I can easily see Sam in the model on this cover.

Buy links:

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BOOK DETAILS

ebook, 1st edition, 164 pages

Expected publication: August 16th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN13 9781644054246

Edition Language English

Series Alpha Unit One #2

Chris T. Kat on Romance and the new release Nemesis (Alpha Unit One #2) ~ author guest blog

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Nemesis (Alpha Unit One #2) by Chris T. Kat

Dreamspinner Press
Published August 16th 2019
Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood

Buy links:

Dreamspinner PressAmazon  

 

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Chris T. Kat here today talking  about Romances and the new release Nemesis (Alpha Unit One #2).  Welcome, Chris!

 

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Romances

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today! Dreamspinner Press has released my new m/m shapeshifter novella, Nemesis, Alpha Unit One: Book Two, on August 16th. It’s a continuation of Alpha Unit One, New York.

I don’t know about you, but when I was a child, and even as a teenager, I never read romance books. I read suspense and horror stories, and if the author dared to put in a romantic element into “my” books, it would make me really mad. I actually hated those parts when characters professed their love for one another because it took me away from the suspense part. Even as an adult, I read those parts with gritted teeth and was happy when the romantic parts were over.

After my first child was born, my reading interests started to shift slightly, so that I didn’t mind the romance parts so much anymore. I still wasn’t a fan of them, but they didn’t drive me crazy anymore either. After my second child was born, I realized that I had started to enjoy the parts where people found out they loved each other, and books without a romantic element in them began to bore me. When I found my “home” in the m/m world, I needed the story to have a romantic part. It didn’t need to be sexual, simply that these guys found love and happiness. Nowadays, I rarely read books without romance in it. If I do, I’m always waiting for someone to fall in love with someone else and, if that doesn’t happen, I feel let down. I don’t necessarily need the falling in love part in my books, established relationships work just fine for me.

I guess nowadays I need my fill of warmth and joy and I hope that’s comes across in my own writing as well. Nicky is definitely a bundle of happiness, especially when he’s in his cub form, and Sam adores his partner and would do anything for him.

Blurb:

Nicky Reed may have won the battle regarding baby shifters working as policemen, but he’s not so sure about the war. His mate and superior officer, Sam Black, is still overprotective with a capital O. As a result, Nicky sometimes finds himself repressing some of Tiny’s—his snow leopard cub other half’s—natural urges. Which leads to frustration on Nicky’s part.

With a new drug called Nemesis killing in record numbers, Alpha Unit One must find out who’s behind this horrible narcotic and get it off the streets—a tall enough order without press accusations that baby shifters are to blame for the team’s lack of success.

Their investigation into Nemesis leads Nicky and Sam and the rest of the team into unexpected waters. Will the stress rip the squad apart? The baby shifters may find themselves unable to perform the job they love: protecting the people of New York City. And Nicky may be in over his head—in more ways than one.

Excerpt from Chapter One:

Nicky

Where did you hide it? I shrieked. I couldn’t help myself. This couldn’t be asked in a normal tone of voice—not anymore. Where the hell did she put it?

You’re obsessed with that freaking ball, you know that? Connor prowled along Annie’s back in his shifted form as a polar fox kit, his white fur a stark contrast to her orange-and-black stripes. He seemed so very small in comparison to Annie, and it didn’t help one bit that a pregnant Annie was an even bigger Annie than normal.

Where is it? If I’d been in my human from, my lower lip probably would’ve wobbled. Although maybe not, because in my human form, I wouldn’t lose it about my most favorite ball—ever.

It has to be here somewhere, Annie replied in a startlingly soothing voice. She only used that tone when she played with Connor and me in our baby-shifter forms. We’d dubbed it her mother-voice, which she hated. Of course we liked to tease her mercilessly with that. But… but not now. Now I needed to find my ball!

You kicked it away, I muttered, you go and find it. I want it back!

“Having trouble with the kids, darling?” Jake, Annie’s human mate, crouched low and petted her head, grinning. Annie gave him a withering stare that would’ve sent anyone else fleeing, but not Jake.

Connor proceeded to walk back and forth on Annie’s back, sometimes jumping and barking. Very funny. Why was no one helping me find my ball? It was bright red and fit perfectly in my mouth. Didn’t they see how important it was to find it?

I plunked my butt dejectedly on the floor and tried to control the urge to cry. Lunch break was supposed to be fun, not the end of the world. Which it was. At least for Tiny—my name for my snow-leopard-baby-shifter form—who very much ran the show at the moment.

A big hand lifted me up in the air, and Roland’s mangled face came into view. While strangers still shied away from him and I still caught the others sometimes throwing pitying looks at him, I had no qualms. When he held me close, I reached out with my paws and pressed them against his cheek. He smiled, and I gave the tip of his nose a swift lick.

“Ugh.”

That certainly wasn’t the reaction I’d hoped for. He liked me doing this. Sometimes. I think. Or not?

My ears drooped and my whiskers trembled as I stared at him. Roland settled me against his chest and repeated, “Ugh.” Not aimed at me, then.

Curious, I turned my head, and sure enough, Annie had shifted back into human form and was now assaulting… uh, kissing… Jake. I mirrored Roland’s “ugh” with a protesting mewl. Jake’s hands were tangled in Annie’s long reddish braid while she held him as closely as possible to her body.

Connor shook himself as he too shifted back to human, causing his white-blond hair to fly around wildly. “Please,” he groaned. “Get a room. We’re supposed to be tough cops, not some lovey-dovey… I don’t know whats.”

Jake freed himself from Annie. “If you can be a tough cop and a baby shifter, I don’t see why I can’t be a tough cop and a lovey-dovey something or other.”

I gazed back at Connor, waiting for a witty reply, but none came.

Turning my attention back to Roland, I wondered why he had picked me up in the first place. Which reminded me—my ball!

A cry escaped my mouth—it was supposed to be a growl, but try growling when you’re a snow leopard cub—and I climbed up on Roland’s shoulder for a better vantage point.

“There’s no need to cry, kiddo. I saw that ball go underneath Sam’s desk.”

I bunched my muscles to jump to the ground, but Roland closed both hands around my middle and stopped my forward momentum. Irritated, I wriggled in his hands. Let me down!

Before Roland had a chance to say anything, the office door banged open, revealing a wild-eyed Sam. My Sam, to be precise.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris T. Kat

Chris T. Kat stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between teaching, taking care of her family, reading, and sometimes writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as romance, paranormal, and suspense. She also buys way too many fabrics and spends a ridiculous amount of time behind her sewing machine.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/christi_kat1

e-mail: christi_kat25@yahoo.com

A VVivacious Prerelease Review: Nemesis (Alpha Unit One #2) by Chris T. Kat

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Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

Nicky and Sam are back and there is a new drug on the streets, Nemesis. As the team works to stop Nemesis from claiming more lives, Nicky finds himself rethinking his every move.

As the force adapts to baby shifters working among them, Nicky finds himself curbing some of his natural urges as a baby shifter. Over time, this seems to make Nicky unable to do the job he loves. With things coming to a head in the search for Nemesis’ creators, things take an unexpected turn and it is up to the team to deliver justice.

I loved this one. It has been a year since I read the first book in this series and I wasn’t even aware that there would be a sequel, but my glee at knowing that this book exists was way over the top. I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and the moment I started reading I found myself back in this world and it was like I never left. I loved how the story just picks up and you find yourself caught in the flow.

At the beginning of this book there was just so much to fix that I was overwhelmed. Nicky is hiding things from Sam and this fact had alarm bells ringing in my head and I realised that while things were better they were no where near settled. People on the force are still getting used to working alongside baby shifters and as the team comes under scrutiny for having baby shifters on board, Nicky finds himself second-guessing his ability to do his job.

The amazing thing about this book was that despite the fact that, there was so much up in the air at the starting, everything is handled exquisitely. Just seeing things work out so perfectly for Nicky and Sam made me so happy. The best thing was that their compromise was so flawless it didn’t even appear to be a compromise, it just felt like a part of being an amazing mate.

Nicky and Sam were so amazing in this book. I love these two so much. There entire team is so so good. Connor and Jesse are still working out things but I love where we leave them by the end of this book. I would really love for them to work things out between themselves. In fact, dare I say, I would love to have a book with them as the main characters. I really want to know more about these two. Roland is amazing, I love him, I love how good he is at supporting everyone in his team and seeing him with Nicky and Connor at the end was so heartwarming. He is so good. We get more of Annie who is as fearless as ever, Jake, Julie, Chris and Reese and I appreciated them all.

I can’t wait to delve more in this world and the ending makes me optimistic that we might just get another book in this series. I have said this before and I will say this again, I love the world the author has created for this series, it is so ingenious. If you liked the previous book in the series, this is one you definitely don’t want to miss.

Cover Art by Cate Ashwood. The snow leopard steals the show in a pretty magnificent cover. I like how the covers of the books in this series give off the same vibe despite being different.

Sales Links:   Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 1st edition, 164 pages
Expected publication: August 16th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN13 9781644054246
Edition Language English