Alpha’s Claim ManLove Edition by Tyler Robins, Avril Ashton, Pelaam, Nikka Michaels, JC Holly, Lucy Felthouse, Karly Germain, Eileen Griffin, Tamsin Baker, Giselle Renarde

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Alpha’s Claim ManLove Edition by Tyler Robins, Avril Ashton, Pelaam, Nikka Michaels, JC Holly, Lucy Felthouse, Karly Germain, Eileen Griffin, Tamsin Baker, Giselle Renarde
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Length: Full Length (232 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Strength. Power. Domination.

The shifters in our Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition anthology have one thing in common—they won’t take “no” for an answer. Whether they lead packs of their own, or whether they walk a solitary path, these alphas won’t let anyone stop them from claiming their men.

Lose yourself in these ten sinfully delicious love stories. After all, who could deny an Alpha’s claim?

The Alpha’s Claim Anthology from Evernight Publishing was a pleasing, yet not terribly meaningful read. Personally, I like anthology stories that offer an ending and not a to be continued ending, unfortunately, some of the stories in Alpha’s Claim ManLove Edition had open endings. One thing is certain, however, most of the alphas in this antho were hard core. The sex was sizzling, even though there are several stories that include men ejaculating in their partners faces, something of which I am not particularly fond of but does not distract from the overall value of the story.

The Becoming by Tyler Robbins: One of the best stories in the anthology. Ms. Robbins is a seasoned mm author who knows how to describe things very clearly and drew me right into the story with her characters, Josh and Braden. It was an emotionally romantic and scorching read.

Bite Harder by Avril Ashton: The second best story in this anthology. The reluctant partners and rough sex was incredibly hot. The characters were fascinating and I’m glad I’d already read the M/F edition of the anthology to find out what happened to Rory’s cousin (not a prerequisite in any way to read this story). Unfortunately, there were quite a few distracting editing mistakes throughout.

Bad Moon Rising by Pelaam: Most romance stories have an element of predictably but this story was, I’m afraid, terribly clichéd. I knew what was going to happen and almost what the characters were going to say. The ending was inconclusive and extremely unsatisfying. I found this to be a shame because Ms. Pelaam’s original pair of a bear and a lynx was unusual and very promising.

Waking up Wolf by Nikka Michaels: As an animal lover I loved the idea Ms. Michaels introduced in this story about humans not understanding that animals could talk because we don’t listen. The story was incredibly sweet even though it was placed in a sort of post-apocalyptic world full of dangers.

Laid Claim by JC Holly: Craig was one of my favorite alphas. He’s extremely direct and just plain demanding. He’s a shifter that knows what he wants and doesn’t think twice about showing you/telling you. I loved the way the characters met and came together. The sex between the characters was well described and the emotional journey they made, though short was also present. I think this might be the third best story in the antho.

Out in the Cold by Lucy Felthouse: Intriguing from the beginning, I couldn’t stop turning pages. It’s barely the beginning of the relationship but Ms. Felthouse left me deeply satisfied at the end.

His Great Dane by Karly Germain: I liked this story by Ms. Germain because of the unique shifters in it. It was a sweet story, with some extremely intense moment, some dangers and of course, some steamy scenes.

Claiming Ayden by Eileen Griffin: Very interesting back story with a fight for survival amid the desperation for Thane to claim Ayden. Very well written.

One Mate by Tamsin Baker: A nice sexy story with two lovely characters, Lucas and Jasper.

Be the Boss by Giselle Renarde: This is the strangest story in the group. Ms. Renarde describes the characters emotions and the difficulty their relationship is going through in a marvelous way. I truly felt the lead characters, Markus’s anguish. The story itself was nice and well written but it was so bizarre I’m still trying to make something out of it.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time in this anthology.  It was a great introduction to some new-to-me authors and a hot way to spend a few hours.

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