Alpha Exposed by Anya Breton

Alpha Exposed by Anya Breton
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (107 pages)
Other: M/F, Anal play/Intercourse, Exhibition
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

When Samantha’s sister goes missing, all signs point to supernatural foul play. Her fellow Air witches won’t help, leaving her with one miserable choice—to beg for assistance from Dion Hebert, the odious weretiger Alpha she shot down months ago. In front of his pack. What’s a witch to do?

Dion can’t believe Samantha has the nerve to come begging after she humiliated him in front of half the supernatural Underground. He agrees to help in exchange for the one thing he’s always wanted—Samantha Avila. Naked. Wrapped around him in every delectable position he can imagine. But since the witch humiliated him publically, Dion wants the sex to be public too.

The thought of getting naked with Dion turns Samantha on, as much as she tries to deny it. The thought of getting naked with him in front of everyone leaves her part aroused and part horrified. When Dion makes good on his end of the bargain, Samantha’s deepest, darkest desires are unleashed. And the result is pure, sexy magic that can’t be tamed.

Air witch, Samantha Avira, readily agreed to the explicit terms set by Alpha weretiger and mob boss, Dion Hebert, in exchange for finding the spellweaver who had abducted her sister. Sam may have thought she was the one doing all the giving in this contract but it’s pretty clear by the end that Dion is one who has something to give.

This little novella was a lot of fun to read and mostly because it has depth. Yes, there’s the set up of Sam’s sister missing in the beginning but this story is more about Sam and Dion discovering that they are more alike than each other realizes. Sam isn’t simply the uptight air witch who humiliated Dion in front of the were community and Dion isn’t the “odious” bad guy who occupies her dreams. I’m always interested to see how a book title relates to a story. Without retelling the story, I can say when this alpha is exposed to his true nature Sam is more than pleasantly surprised.

Something I would have liked to have seen in this short story was the actual original confrontation that made Dion so aware of Sam. Ms. Breton sprinkles in a few details throughout the book but it would have been fun to witness the actual scene. Also, even though this is a paranormal story that involves weretigers there isn’t any shifting. These guys are certainly stronger and faster than “vanilla” humans and have a super sense of smell but they never shed their human skins for stripes. Some readers might take issue with that but, for me at least, it didn’t detract from the story. There’s a couple of small skirmishes but no big battles that would truly justify shifting.

One thing that captured and held my attention was the hero who was something of an anti-hero. Dion is pretty powerful in the were community. He’s the guy who’s in the know about everything that happens in the city and you don’t want to cross him. At least that’s the face most people see. It’s who Sam has convinced herself he is. And then he kisses her. Awwww…yeah, he lays one on her and she just melts. What’s better is he can’t keep his hands off of her. They both try to convince themselves they’re merely fulfilling a contract but I knew there was more to it. I loved it.

Sam really is a bit uptight since she’s had to be the responsible adult for her younger sister for quite a while. They’re both air witches but because they aren’t pure bloods they’ve had to deal with prejudice within their own coven. Dion is vital to bringing Sam out of her comfort zones, pushing her boundaries and getting her to admit to loving things that others consider taboo. It made this reader squirm a little to witness those moments but it was so well written and truly hot I couldn’t look away.

Having insight into what was happening between Sam and Dion that they couldn’t see or wouldn’t admit to as well enjoying scenes that made me want to hide my eyes is a testament to the writing. Ms. Breton crafted a beautiful short story that isn’t short on detail or chemistry. I would like to see Ms. Breton continue the series with Kari and Kevin’s story if it hasn’t already been written. This a paranormal that’s a little different and shouldn’t be missed.

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