Bethany and Eloreen duo-review ‘Protector of the Alpha’ by Parker Williams. Self-published on November 10th, 2014
We were offered a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Adopted at an early age by a wealthy family, Jake Davis has always seemed to have an easy life. Even in college he was blessed with good grades and an apparently clear path to a pro football career. Good thing his best friend keeps hanging around to keep his head from getting too swollen.
Zakiya Incekara has always been…odd. Being fluent in six languages and having a flair for international cooking should open the world to him, but those skills leave him isolated.
When Jake sees Zak for the first time, with water beading down his slender form, something inside him shifts, and it hungers for Zak. To have him. To claim him. And Jake knows that whatever it is, it won’t be denied.
When they are approached by a man who claims knowledge of a secret past they share, Jake and Zak are thrust into a world they would never have believed existed. The forests of Alaska might seem an odd place to find your destiny, but these men will meet the challenges head on, as they learn that sometimes you have to make sacrifices to be Protector of the Alpha.
Why Bethany read this book: This has been on my TBR list for a while now and when I saw that RGR would be taking place in the Blog Tour for book two, well I thought perfect timing.
Why Eloreen read this book: The blurb for book 2 intrigued me and I wanted to know more. Bethany mentioned it and it’s shifter paranormal. I love paranormals, especially shifters. I also like to read series in order. Since this series looked to be a little different than a normal shifter series, I had to read this one too.
Bethany: Ok so if you have read my previous reviews you know that I LOVE a good shifter book. I have read hundreds of them, so to find something different isn’t always an easy task. But Parker Williams did just that. This one was new and inventive and oh so much fun to read.
I was instantly drawn into the dynamic between not just Jake and Zac, but between Jake and Casey as well. See all three play a very vital role in this book. Yes the book is about Jake and Zac and finding out what lies in store for them, but Casey is a must. But there is nothing romantic between Casey and Jake, they have been best friends for many many years. The way that they interact with each other had me laughing in so many different places. Casey always felt like the outsider in his family as well as in school. Jake is his cornerstone, the one person who has always been there for him. Without Casey, Jake feels like a piece of him is missing. So by now you are probably wondering why I am talking so much about Jake and Casey when the book is about Jake and Zac. It all works, I promise.
Oh Jake and Zac, well see Zac is unlike any character I have read to date. He comes off as cold, with an almost rude air about him. But you see, my dear sweet Zac sees the all-american football player and all he can see is heartbreak. He doesn’t think he could be anyone that Jake would want to be with. I wanted to wrap him in a hug and tell him it will be ok. When Jake looks at Zac, all he sees is someone he has to be close to, someone he wants so desperately in his life. There was a lot of push and pull with these two.
Now here is where it gets a bit complicated, well maybe not complicated per say, but it is when the fates reveal the big things that Jake and Zac are about to face. I loved how all three boys handled what they learn, and how they go about dealing with it. This book is fantastic, the story makes you not want to put it down, even when the kids are demanding dinner. It is a suspenseful, romantic, hilarious, action packed, beautiful book. There is a mystical element about it that leaves you begging for more. Like I said above, this shifter story is unlike any I have ever read, and one that I highly recommend if you are looking for something new and fresh. A wonderful start to the series, I am looking forward to the next one very much.
Eloreen: I love shifter paranormal stories, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. It definitely was different in a good way. There are not many stories where a MC doesn’t know they are a shifter. There are even less where human/shifter pairings are the norm and it’s the human side that rules. It is hard to describe this review without giving too much away, and I try not provide spoilers.
Zak Incekara and Jake Davis are thrust into a world that they had no knowledge, a departure from a lot of shifter stories. This story follows the orphans as they learn about their history, and become more than college students looking to find themselves, and start their lives. It’s packed with action, humor, wonderful interactions between themselves and secondary characters, and the evolution of their love and bond. It transcends life and death and shows it in a heartfelt realism. It will make you cry. It will make you smile and laugh. There were some awkward wordings and sentences in the beginning and I had to re-read a few times to understand. The writing style is also different, and took a few pages to get the flow of things, but, I couldn’t put it down. Above all, you will want to read the second book. Go and get it, and Scent of a Heart. A must read.
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Parker Williams believes that true love exists, but it always comes with a price. No happily ever after can ever be had without work, sweat, and tears that come with melding lives together.
Living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Parker held his job for nearly 28 years before he decided to retire and try new things. He enjoys his new life as a stay-at-home author and also working on Pride-Promotions, an LGBT author promotion service.
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