Title: Kian’s Alpha (Dark Hollow Wolf Pack: Book Thirteen)
Author: Shannon West
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press
Pages/Word Count: 127 Pages
At a Glance: So, do I recommend this book? If you’ve read the rest of the series, then yes. However, if you have not, I can’t say that I do.
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: Kian had a history of bad luck with alphas. Because when you’re an omega, with the palest shade of blond hair and eyes an odd shade of frosted blue, alphas were nothing but trouble. Most alphas wanted to use him for his looks or for what he could do, but no good had ever come from any interaction Kian had ever had with one of them. Kian had certain other abilities that made him even more special and more attractive to alphas.
It was this special ability that brought him to the attention of the Dark Hollow Wolves. And they had a new alpha. He was downright gorgeous, stern, and old-fashioned. But one thing he said he’d never do was mate an omega. As their love struggles to take root, Kian must learn to trust in Jim and they have to stand together against the sinister outside forces that sent Kian to the pack in the first place and that threaten to drive a wedge between another one of the alphas and his mate to tear both them and the pack apart.
Review: As you can probably tell by now, I really enjoy shifter stories, especially between Alpha and Omega wolves. So, when I got this book, I was excited by the premise, though I struggled with it. Part of the problem may be that this is the thirteenth book in a series that I have not read before. While it was a bit difficult to figure out the backstory, with so many characters not just in the background but as an active part of the story, I did manage to get the gist of things. However, the primary issue I had was with the main characters Kian and Jim.
While reading the story, I felt the characters changed, and not in a good way. They started off acting one way, and then their personalities seemed to switch. For example, at the very beginning of the story, Kian appeared very meek and would hide from one of the shifters who lived with him, afraid of being abused, and yet after the other Alphas from Dark Hollows rescued him, he acted like he didn’t care what was done to him. And Jim went from a quiet, aloof character to…not. It’s hard to describe, but it just felt off to me.
In the end, the continuity issues in the characters’ actions and behavior made Kian’s Alpha difficult to read. Aside from Kian and Jim, the other characters did seem interesting, and the premise of the pack and their partners, from what I could tell, appeared unique. I will go back and read the first book to see if my opinion changes. If it does, I will continue to read the series. I think it’s only fair to give the earlier books a chance.
So, do I recommend this book? If you’ve read the rest of the series, then yes. However, if you have not, I can’t say that I do. Maybe go back and give the first one a chance before you jump into the thirteenth book like I did.
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