Series: ALPHA PACK
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Chase the Darkness (8/2015) (Micah Chase's story)
"Phoenix Reborn" (novella, release date TBA) (Phoenix and Noah's story)
As the book opens, Nick is contemplating suicide because he is haunted by the traumatic emotional effects of his horrific torture and believes that he will never again be normal. That would be bad news for the Alpha Pack and also for Calla Shaw, the beautiful vampire who is Nick's Bondmate. The romance story line follows the development of their relationship as Nick tries to overcome his overwhelming fear of being fanged by his new lady love during lovemaking. In past books, the male in a soul-mate situation has been the one to waste away because he is too stubborn to accept the mate bond, but in this novel, it is Calla who suffers because Nick won't freely accept the bite that will complete the bonding process. One other angst-filled personal problem for Nick is his estrangement from his brother, Damien.
Meanwhile, a new threat emerges when a vampire seeks revenge against Nick and Prince Tarron Romanoff (Calla's brother) for past wrongs. He keeps his identity and his motives a secret for most of the book while he and his minions kidnap a key character, infiltrate both the Pack and the vamps, and attack Tarron's stronghold.
Other than the switcheroo in the sick-Bondmate situation, this novel is typical for the series, with good-old-boy banter amongst the warriors, angst and anxiety between the lovers, and dastardly deeds by the villains, who do their worst but receive their just desserts in the end. Most of the conflicts are resolved, but a few loose plot threads remain, particularly the possibility that Jinn, the villain's powerfully magical right-hand man will be causing some serious problems for the Alpha Pack according to one of Nick's pre-cog visions.
All in all, I'd say that this is a middle-of-the-road shifter romance series with the usual alpha males running around back-slapping and knuckle-bumping each other and growling if someone touches their mates. Click HERE to go to a page on the author's web site with brief biographies of the members of the Alpha Pack. Each entry describes the person's inner animal (if he or she is a shifter), Psy skill, and history with the team. To read an excerpt from any of these books, go to the book's amazon.com page and click on the cover art.
NOVEL 3: Black Moon
This book concludes the love story of Dr. Mackenzie (Mac) Grant and the sorcerer/were-panther Kalen Black that began in the e-novella, "Black Magic." In that story, Kalen and Mac were attacked and injured by Malik's Sluagh monsters, giving Malik an entry into both their minds. Malik is the villainous Unseelie Fae megalomaniac who is at the heart of the shifter experiments being carried on in various laboratories, with the goal of producing unbeatable soldiers whom Malik will lead to world domination. (There always seems to be an arrogant someone in these paranormal series who wants to take over the world.) To protect Mac, Kalen gave her his magical pentacle pendant, but that left him vulnerable. Now, Kalen constantly hears Malik's evil voice in his mind as Malik attempts to lure him over to the dark side.
NOVEL 5: Cole's Redemption
Meanwhile, Zander is dealing with his own problems. In the pack's last big battle, he lost his hearing because he was too close to a magical explosion. Since then, he has been feeling like an impediment to his team because he can't hear the enemy coming and he can't communicate with fellow warriors during battles. In fact, Zander was just about to resign from the team when he and Selene had their bonding experience. Miraculously, Zander's hearing begins to get better as soon as their mate bond kicks in, and he is soon back to normal in that respect. But there is still one more serious problem: Zander has been using his healing powers so frequently and so intensely that he has nearly fried his brain. If he doesn't stop healing people for a month or so, his brain will hemorrhage, and he will probably die. The love story between Zander and Selene is a bit wimpy and sappy, although they do have plenty of graphic love scenes. Selene begins as a rage-filled daughter and segues into a horny lover. Although she was supposedly her former pack's enforcer, Selene comes across as shockingly ineffective in every scene in which she tries to use her fighting skills.
Now for the action part of the plot: Nick has received reports about a series of rogue vampire killings that appear to have been carried out by a large gang of well-trained rogue vampires who can walk in the sun. Nick gets in touch with Prince Tarron Romanoff, leader of the North American vampire coven, and the Alpha Pack heads for Tarron's underground compound deep within the Smoky Mountains where they plan to combine their forces in order to defeat the rogues. A series of battles follows, and as events evolve, Nick finally discovers the identity of the person who has been betraying them. He even learns how and why his team of Navy SEALs was ambushed six years ago in Afghanistan. As part of the inevitable showdown battle, Selene discovers powers she never knew she had (just in the nick of time, of course).
The "big secret" that Nick keeps from Selene throughout most of the book doesn't really pack much of a pay-off punch, and to my mind, Nick didn't deserve the cruel punishment he received from his former pack for his actions twenty years ago. Near the end of the story, Nick learns the real truth about the circumstances of his mate's death under devastating circumstances. This isn't the strongest book in the series, but it is a must-read just to learn who has been behind all of the troubles the Alpha Pack has been dealing with throughout all of the previous novels.
The next book will tackle Nick's love story. Poor Nick has a rough time of it in Cole's Redemption, and near the end, he realizes with horror that his bondmate is a vampire: Tarron's sister, Calla Shaw. Tarron may have also found his bondmate in the person of Dr. Melina Mallory, the Pack's physician and the widow of the now-deceased and disgraced former Team Leader, Terrence Noble.