Awakening The Alpha by Carolina Valdez

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Awakening The Alpha by Carolina Valdez
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal
Length: Short Story (119 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

Two very sexy men meet, feel a strange, mystical connection, and come together in a hot, passionate and deeply intimate relationship.

Blaze Canis is doing what he loves best. As a shooting range instructor just outside Yellowstone National Park, the former Navy SEAL sniper is still handling firearms. When Shoshone Native Logan Swift Rider walks into his target shooting class one morning, the attraction each man feels for the other is swift and magical. Since Blaze’s SEAL teammates never knew he was gay, let alone a werewolf, he’s confident his new lover need never know of his two natures.

Logan opens his heart and body to loving Blaze in the most intimate ways possible. When he learns what Blaze has hidden of himself, Logan is shattered. Although raised in both the white and Native worlds, Logan’s Indian heritage tells him he may have fallen for a witch, a skinwalker.

Can Blake convince Logan there’s no evil involved in what he is or will Logan remain convinced he’s been making love to a monster?

Blaze Canis holds gun handling and safety classes and sometimes private shooting lessons in Yellowstone park. During one session he meets Logan, who is interested in refreshing his skills with his own gun. Chemistry sizzles and the two men are instantly attracted to each other. How will Logan react when he finds out Blaze is a shifter?

I really enjoyed this story. Readers who like really heavy-duty world building and lots of background explaining the paranormal world in their stories might find themselves disappointed with this book. While Blaze does think about this internal wolf a fair bit – and there’s a bit of Logan’s spiritual beliefs from his Indian heritage – there is not a lot of explanation or storyline revolving around the wolf packs, or other paranormal elements of the author’s world.

I found that for more than half of the story apart from the fact Blaze referred to his inner wolf, there wasn’t very much of a paranormal element to the story really at all. For most of the story the focus was entirely on the romance building and growing between Blaze and Logan. Toward the end (the last 35 pages or so) the paranormal elements of the story really come to the fore, and this satisfied me and my enjoyment of the shifter/alpha aspect of the story, but I could easily understand that some readers picking this story up purely for a strong paranormal romance story might find this didn’t tick the box for them in that respect.

I really enjoyed the romance and relationship that was built between Logan and Blaze. The two men were hesitant at first – as new acquaintances they didn’t even know if the other was gay or not – and I felt the pacing here was really to my tastes. Slow enough that it didn’t feel unrealistic, but with enough forward momentum that it was clear from almost the start that they were both interested in each other and happy to pursue the chemistry and attraction drawing them both together. The sex was steamy and I found it quite erotic, best of all the emotional and spiritual connection between Logan and Blaze helped it feel a whole lot more than just sex. As a spicy romance story this really fit the bill for me. It was clear the author had studied up quite a bit on wolves and their behavior, the explanations in the final few chapters were incredibly realistic and showed the research the author had done.

A fun and interesting M/M romance with a bit of a shifter/paranormal edge. I found this to be a good story.

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