Sunday, September 20, 2015

Bad Alpha Man Love Edition by Various Authors

Title: Bad Alpha
Series: Man Love Edition
Author: Nicola Cameron, L.D. Blakely, James Cox, Elizabeth Monvey, Doris O’Connor, Angelique Viosen, Gale Stanley
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre and Pairing: MM, Contemporary, and historical
Reviewer Name:Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Bad Alpha features a select collection of stories with shifters so ruthless they will stop at nothing to protect their pack. These aren't sugar-and-spice heroes. Our alphas are feared, inked, and don’t ask questions first. They take what they want, never give in to their enemies, and think love is for the weak—until they meet their mate. Are you ready to learn how to tame a savage heart?

Bad Alpha Man Love Edition by authors Nicola Cameron, L.D. Blakely, James Cox, Elizabeth Monvey, Doris O’Connor, Angelique Viosen, and Gale Stanley has a little bit of everything in here. The first story is historical, or rather I think it is …never really says but reads like a turn of the century story.  Bully Boys by Nicola Cameron, this one is the only one I felt was really well done but did not fit with this anthology.  I like there to be something cohesive about my anthologies.  All the rest of the stories are contempories. With a similar theme.  This one is very well done but not a true reflection of all the other books to come.  The characters are strong, and really well done.  If not in this anthology I would truly love this first story all on its own.  Arthur is an orphan raised by a maiden aunt. He is upper classed.  And he has a promising career as a Junior Solicitor.  Then he takes a turn down an alley and meets Gunner. He is having a skirmish with a local gang member.  He ends up keeping Arthur who is his mate.  I liked Gunner, rough around the edges, kind, fair, and pure alpha male.
Now the next story I particularly found fascinating is Yellow Eyes by Gale Stanley. She is one of my favorite MM authors , and her story really caught my attention. We have Wyatt, gay alpha of his pack, who really thinks he is worthless and then there is Camden. Camden is shy, kind, takes care of the one person in the world who loves him. His mother.  He has always hated his eyes were yellow. That is until he finds out more about himself and meets Wyatt. Together they learn to have confidence and love.  I really would love to see this story expanded. Really is beautifully done.
All the stories in this anthology have heart, soul, and really great writing.  Some feel like snippets from the character’s lives and some will leave you wanting more.  Over all this is a great way to meet some maybe new to you writers, and ready some short but amazing stories. 

                             Five Shooting Stars

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