Mitchell is an alpha among alphas in the brutal Mountain Ridge Pack. He rules with equal parts fear and respect, but his pack is growing restless after decades without an heir to his proverbial throne. Only an alpha and an omega pair can sire another alpha to lead the pack, but Mitchell's not-so-secret shame is the fact that he hasn't been able to impregnate any of his female omegas.
Unlike the other weaker packs, the Mountain Ridge wolves have always kept their omegas in line and at a safe distance through the infamous yet efficient Breeding Program. On the recommendation of an old rival turned tentative friend, Mitchell decides to try his hand--among other things--in a last-ditch effort at siring an heir with a rare male omega. When a transfer request for one of the only male omegas in the pack uncovers unspeakable abuse and corruption within the Breeding Program, the very future of the pack is thrown into question.
Angel's heart has turned to stone after a lifetime of abuse at the hands of the alpha shifters who oversee the Breeding Program in his pack unit. The only love he has left belongs to the three other omegas he shares his little corner of hell with. Angel will do whatever it takes to protect them, even if it means becoming the mate of the top alpha himself.
Angel knows better than to believe the gruff Mitchell when he claims that he's not like the others. Despite his best attempts to steel himself against the strange bond that forms between them, Angel discovers that Mitchell is the most dangerous alpha of all because he wants the one thing Angel has sworn never to give--his heart.
With war looming on the horizon, a pack in chaos and two hardened hearts melted by an unlikely spark of love, only one outcome is certain. The Mountain Ridge Pack will never be the same.
216 pages Wolf Shifter Alpha/Omega
Warning: this book includes rape and sexual abuse. If this is a trigger for you, consider carefully before reading this book.
Rating: 3.5 cups of tea
The book was interesting and a good read. Good flow to the writing, always a focus for me when I'm reading. Nothing stifles my enjoyment like awkward and distracting disruptions in flow. I liked Mitchell and Angel. I didn't think I would like Mitchell, judging from the first book, but I do. He's likable despite the rough pack world he lives in. He does care about omegas and how they are treated. Once he learns of what's been happening in his territory, he does everything he can to protect the abused omegas. He has a heart and is surprisingly caring. Angel is definitely tough and endures a lot. I did find the name Angel distracting though. I kept imagining a woman. Yeah, yeah, I know there are guys named Angel but my mind seems to directly to a woman.
This book left me with conflicted feelings. I enjoyed it but there were definitely aspects that were not my cup of tea. The openness of Mitchell's relationship with Angel is not my thing. Mitchell has sex with someone other than Angel multiple times. Granted only once after they start their relationship. At least some of the sex is portrayed as an aspect of pack dynamics. I understand this is part of the world the author created. It happens to be a part I don't enjoy. I don't want to read about the main character sleeping with someone else. Finishing the book, I felt as if Mitchell had more sex with other people than his mate. I'm probably wrong but it is how I felt. I'm not into reading about casual sex in the romances I read. It's my personal preference. If you don't have a problem with the main character having sex with other people, you'll probably enjoy this story much more than I did.
If you're looking for a book where the alpha sleeps only with the omega, this book probably isn't going to be one of your favorites. I enjoyed it but it's not one I'd buy or be excited to reread. Despite my conflicted feelings, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Hi. My name is Jordan K Prince. I live and breathe MM fiction. I am particularly fond of mpreg; I can never get enough. I'm in the process of writing my first MM novel, mpreg, of course.