Bethany reviews ‘Belligerent Beta’ by Poppy Dennison. Published by Wilde City Press on May 17, 2014, 98 pgs.
Why I read this book: This week is “new to me author” week and as I was looking through the vault I came across this one. And I was in the mood for something short and shifters. WIN WIN
This book was provided by Wilde City Press in exchange for an honest review.
When a human is chosen to lead the pack instead of him, Beta Dan Keller struggles to find his footing in a rapidly changing environment. Committed to his pack and not one to turn away from a challenge, Dan follows his Alpha’s request and works with Nathan Ross, the new pack Omega. Though he is initially concerned that Nathan’s weakness will harm the pack, Dan learns there is more to the shy wolf than meets the eye.
As Dan struggles to balance his growing feelings for the young wolf with his responsibilities to his pack, new threats emerge and Nathan’s loyalty is questioned. Not understanding the basics of being a wolf leaves Nathan vulnerable and the pack at risk. Can Dan embrace the true role of a beta so he can protect the man he has grown to love and save his pack?
Note: I was previously sent the paperback ‘Accidental Alpha / Belligerent Beta’ from a friend, so I was able to read the first book. That said, book two can absolutely be read as a standalone (but characters from book one do play a part in book two).
This series is a fresh take on shifters. And I would know, I love shifter books and have read PLENTY of them. Like I said above you can read this as a standalone but I decided to read the fist one from my paperback and this one as an ebook. And I must say, I kinda really did NOT like Dan in book one, and was wary about Nathans weakness and how they would fit together.
Oh man there is no need to worry. Dan completely redeems himself and Nathan, well our sweet Nathan shows us not to doubt him. Dan at first comes off as this gruff beta, and title he wasn’t planning on keeping. He had plans to be the next alpha, but the fates had other things in store for him. He has a tendency to think only of himself, not know what goes on with other pack members. ‘Till Nathan.
No this was no insta-love for Nathan and Dan. Far from it actually. Nathan is terrified of Dan, scared of his size and the “toughen up” attitude he takes. Till the alpha puts Dan in his place and calls him out and challenges him to look a little closer at Nathan. And Dan is not one to back down on a challenge. So he gets to know Nathan, seeing why he is so skiddish and learning to take a chance.
I really enjoyed this book, it is short but packed with solid writing and a story line easy to follow. It was an light read with minimal angst. Its very light on the smexy times but you don’t miss it. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a different take on shifters. And if you do read this as a standalone I bet you will be going back to get book one.
Add two parts sass and one part sweet and you have Poppy Dennison to T–sweet tea that is. Raised by a gaggle of Southern women who love reading and have backbones of steel, Poppy was brought up to see the best in people but always speak her mind. Mix it all together, like Grandma’s famous cobbler, and you get a sassy, Southern lady with a quick wit and loads of charm, who will soften any blow with “Bless your heart.” Her books reflect her small town roots, are filled with all the comforts of home, and come with side dish of spicy, because that’s the way she likes it.