Erryn reviews The Reluctant Alpha (West Coast Wolves Book 1) by Susi Hawke. The book was published August 30, 2020 and is 230 pages. The audiobook was published December 9, 2020. It is narrated by Nick J. Russo and is 6 hrs and 32 mins length. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
“As much as I felt bad for this Elisha person – God, my heart was breaking for the young man and all he’d been through – I was also angry. I’d left that pack in my rearview 10 years ago for a good reason.”
Matthias Longclaw is happy living his life on the back of his beloved Harley with his five best friends and brothers-in-arms at his side. The West Coast Wolves are a rare pack of alphas, made up of unwanted orphans and second-born sons. The packs they were born to may not have wanted them, but they’ve built a solid family of their own. They help where they can, doing random acts of kindness and expecting nothing in return, just helping to build a world they want to live in.
Then Matt gets a call from an old childhood buddy. He’s being called back – begged to return – to reclaim his birthright and save a life in the process. The problem is…to do it, he will have to take a mate. And if he refuses? The omega will die.
Torn between his duty to help others and his resentment of his old pack, Matt never expects for Elisha Whitetail to tilt his world and change everything. Can Matt and Elisha rebuild a broken pack while tending to a new love and a growing family while dealing with outside threats from neighboring packs
They’re wolves. Strong, proud, and willing to do what it takes when their community needs them…whatever it takes.
This is the first in a new mpreg series about finding joy in a hard world, building family, and discovering that life can surprise a person when they least expect it. Although this world has harsher themes than my previous books, it still has the same heart you’d expect. Plus a dose of my irreverent humor and all the naughty, knotty heat that comes with true mates. It wouldn’t be a Susi Hawke book without it. Be sure to listen to the author’s note at the beginning for possible trigger warnings.
Elisha has known joy and pain. His papa was good to him and his younger brothers. When papa passed, though, his life changed. And when he’s kidnapped and used as a pawn in a political game, his father doesn’t come to his rescue. Instead he tries to see what he can make out of the situation. We don’t know all this when the book opens, though. The first scene is gut-churning as we realize Elisha is in big trouble. And it appears there’s no one to save him.
Matthias left home at eighteen, tired of being abused. As an alpha son, he was due to inherit, but he decided that wasn’t the path he wanted to take. He joined with other alphas in a motorcycle group that travel up and down the California highways. He loves his life – the lack of responsibility brings freedom and relief. He no longer has to think about his horrific past.
Except life doesn’t work that way, does it? He’s summoned home to save a life and then save a pack. As an alpha wolf shifter, he has a strong desire for pack. He’s just not sure he’s ready to go back to the people who turned a blind eye to the horrors he’d endured.
But an omega needs him to save his life and Matt isn’t so callous as to let the young man die. What he doesn’t expect is to find a brave young man who is determined to protect the pup growing inside him. He doesn’t expect to find his fated mate.
Now, Susi Hawke books tend to be on the shorter side and I like that about them – consumable in one sitting. This book was a bit longer and it continued even after the love story was pretty much wrapped up. There was a lot about politics and rebuilding a community – all of which was interesting, to be sure. Also, she’s spent a lot of time setting up future books and this one even ends with a cliffhanger for another character. So, needless to say, I’ll be snapping the next one up to find out what happens.
Nick J. Russo is narrating this series and since he’s talented and fun to listen to, I enjoyed the book. I can’t wait to see where the overall arc of these five West Coast alpha wolves goes.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
I’m a total fan of M/PREG Paranormal Romances, first and foremost as a reader. I’m excited to share my own omegaverse(s) with you. What’s not to love about adorable Omegas and the Alpha men who love them? If I’m not writing about men sporting baby bumps, I’m definitely reading about them!
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