by A.E. Via
The King & Alpha, #1
Publication Date: September 23, 2017
Genres: Adult, M/M, Romance, Paranormal
An Enemies to Lovers
Shifter, Vampire True Mates story.
Justice Volkov is the youngest Alpha Zenith to ever lead the wolf shifters. Following in his father’s large paw prints was a responsibility he met head on. Now at age thirty-three, he is alpha of the alphas. As a direct descendant of the original Siberian pack, his wolf is bigger and stronger than Justice, himself is sometimes able to control.
“His wolf howled long and hard but Justice kept it inside. It felt like a bass drum beating against his rib cage. The harsh breaths, angry snarls and the determined pacing inside him was overtaking him. All the while… his mate kept calling.”
Justice takes his role of leadership and his legacy very seriously. He has little time for romance, not to mention a true mate. His packs are his priority. With a human government trying to regulate them, an uprising of rogue shifters, and a violent team of scientists trying to experiment on them, Justice has his hands way too full.
Chadwick ‘Wick’ Bentley is not enthusiastic when the captain of his escort tells him he has to leave his comfortable London home and go back to the States. As the Vampire King, he has no choice but to get his species back in line before they cause anymore chaos. At over two-hundred years old, Wick is no one to trifle with, but his smooth, charismatic manner makes him quite unique, despite the negative reputation vampires have. Wick has had nothing but time up to this point. He doesn’t feel the need to make issues pressing. Nothing is urgent in his life. Until he meets Justice. His beloved.
“Natural enemies can’t be mates.” Or so Justice thought. He knows his skepticism and rejection is hurting his mate, so while he fights their connection, Wick gets help from a source very close to Justice to help him win his beloved’s heart. Wick is a force all on his own, but when he’s blessed with a special gift from the Mother herself, not even Justice’s powerful wolf can prevent the prophesy from being fulfilled.
This story DOES NOT contain/mention MPREG.
No multiple pairings. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has an HEA.
Warning: This book is MM paranormal: If you DO NOT like hot, alpha men shifting into large wolves, or vampires feeding from their mates, this may not be your read.
This is the first book in a new vampire/shifter series. I have several books by A.E. Via on my Kindle, but this is the first I’ve read by her. This book was kind of middle-of-the-road for me. There were some things I liked, and quite a few that I didn’t.
What I liked: I’m a sucker for the fated mates trope. It’s one of my favorites, and it’s done moderately well here. We see there is a very strong connection between Justice and Wick, one that actually goes back generations; they’ve been fated for each other for centuries. I also liked Justice’s family; his brothers were fun and cute and I’m assuming the rest of the series will show each of them finding their mates. I also really liked a couple of the vampire side characters, especially Henry.
What I didn’t like so much: The prose is pretty purple-y. The blurb and premise of the book lead me to expect something grittier, more dangerous, but that’s not what we have here. The entire plot leads up to two main things: Justice and Wick’s mating, and the fight with humans who are experimenting on shifters and vampires. But the fight with the humans, which should’ve been a pretty big plot point, is completely brushed over. We’re told the planning happens and that it is ingenious, but then the entire action happens off-page (with none of our main characters involved) and is summed up by one character to another in about three sentences. That was a major let-down. Other minor drawbacks: the sex scenes were very… unsexy. I grimaced my way through the first one, and the rest I just skimmed through. I love the sex scenes in fated mates stories because there’s so much possibility for truly beautiful connections. I didn’t get that here. Also, I’m really curious how Wick was able to feed from Justice 2-3+ times per day without completely draining Justice of blood. I kept waiting for him to feel lightheaded or weak or anything, but nope. I really feel this should’ve been explained.
Also, and maybe I’m missing something that might get explained in a future book, but the title of this book appears to be a grammatical error. Prophesy is a verb – to predict or foretell a prophecy. From what I understood throughout this book, no prophecy is being foretold. Instead, Justice and Wick are finding out they are part of a prophecy. Two different things. I can oftentimes forgive grammatical errors inside books, but the title? The copyeditor in me makes that a bit harder to overlook.
All in all, this book was an okay one for me. It ends with an HEA for Justice and Wick (I mean, their story isn’t finished, but, like, they’re fated mates, so, it’s pretty HEA) but it’s clearly set up the next book in the series. It can most definitely be read as a standalone.
An advance copy of this book was received in exchange for review on OMGReads.
ABOUT A.E. VIA
A.E. Via has been a best-selling author in the beautiful gay romance genre for four years now, but she’s no stranger to MM. She’s been an avid reader of LGBTQ Romance for over fifteen years before she picked up her laptop to place her own kiss on this genre. She’s also the founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books, having published a couple great new up and coming MM authors.
A.E. has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Virginia Wesleyan College that she used to start her own paralegal firm after she graduated in 2008. She spent five years preparing and filing bankruptcy petitions for struggling blue collar workers who couldn’t afford to file with a lawyer. It was a rewarding and satisfying career… but another path called to her. Writing.
A.E.’s writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, to scandalous. Stories that often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
Now that she’s gotten over her 10 books published hump, she’s kind of known now for her hardcore, play rough and love hard, bad boy, alphas. However, she does like to push herself to step out of her comfort zone, exploring with different tropes, but she won’t push herself into a whole other genre. She’s head over heels for MM romance and has tons of more hot stories to tell.
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