Alpha In Disguise by Afton Locke

Alpha In Disguise by Afton Locke
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (89 Pages)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

When her mother is shot by a rancher, Lara Wolfe becomes the last Dominant of Yellowstone’s Lamar Canyon pack. Her mother’s dying wish sends her to South Dakota’s Black Hills to find her mate, but Lara would rather continue her mission—saving her pack.

When Ogden Woods, lumber supplier for the Tao pack, offers the newcomer a place to stay, an explosive attraction reveals they’re mates. Afraid of unleashing his inner Dominant and a secret that could get him exiled, he’ll do anything to avoid mating.

Although he begs Lara to stay in Los Lobos where she’ll be safe, she can’t turn her back on her pack. As her mate, Ogden is bound to protect her, but following her means risking his home and his very life. Are they willing to pay the price?

It was a pretty good read. This book easily snagged my interest because I love shifter stories. However, it was the strong plot, with engaging characters and a fairly steamy romance that pulled me in and had me reluctant to put it down until the end.

This book broke my heart right from the beginning, when tragedy set Lara Wolfe on a mission to fulfill her mother’s last wish. “The Black Hills of South Dakota. Your destiny is there.” So was her mate, who as it turned out, happened to be hiding a few secrets of his own. Ogden Woods had a few problems, and at first Lara wasn’t sure that he was the wolf for her. The funny thing about this story, and maybe the part that intrigued me the most, was how they had that instant connection and still very nearly turned their backs on the mating. To me that was what made this story original to most shifter books. They didn’t like each other either and had some misunderstandings between them. It was a conflict that made the book more interesting. While I never fully understood the reasoning behind Ogden’s deception, I did like the way he resolved it in the end.

For a short story, this book was one of the better ones I’ve read. It was well written and the plot was fast moving. It covers a brief time span so I couldn’t get into it quite as much as I’d have liked. Yet I found it very enticing to discover it is part of a series as this is what I actually prefer to read. I liked all of the characters and I’m rather curious about the rest of the Black Hills Wolves Stories. Something to look forward to reading later.

I enjoyed this one. I think that Alpha In Disguise is most certainly a book that anyone would enjoy as well. I recommend it to my fellow shifter lovers.

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