Erryn reviews The Defiant Alpha (West Coast Wolves Book 2) by Susi Hawke. The book was published December 28, 2020 and is 159 pages. The audiobook was published February 25, 2021. It is narrated by Nick J. Russo and is 4 hrs and 51 mins length. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
“Between the thick fur and my own nerves, it took longer than it should’ve to find the fluttering proof of his heartbeat. I’d known he was alive since he didn’t smell like death. No…he smelled like…home. Like my home. The one place where I would always belong.
Lucian Smith, unwanted at birth, is a defiant alpha who’d not only dare anyone to call him unclaimed, he’d proudly display the proof. He doesn’t want or need a pack other than the family he’s built with his crew – the West Coast Wolves. For so long, it was just them – an unlikely pack of alphas who took to the open road and helped where they could, doing random acts of kindness and expecting nothing in return.
Until the first of one of them stepped up when duty called and took his own pack to rule. This ended the brothers-in-arms’ days of riding wherever the road took them when fate conspired to give each of the brothers a pack to rule. Even Lucian… the unlikely defiant alpha who would not only dare anyone to call him unclaimed, but proudly display the proof.
While out on a night’s ride, Lucian comes across a half-dead dog on the side of the road. After stopping to help, he discovers it’s no dog, it’s a shifter – an omega wolf. The true mate Lucian never dared hoped for is now in his arms, if he can just rescue him first. Little does he know there are a dozen more omegas who need saving; his mate is just the start.
With a secret over 20 years old and millions of dollars at stake, the people who stole innocent babies with plans for the ultimate payday won’t let go of them easily. Except, even omegas have hidden strength and their own ways to fight back. With the help of his crew, Lucian is in a unique position to help these lost young men and set right to old wrongs.
This is the second book about finding joy in a hard world, building a 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.
Note: possible trigger warning for mentions of stillbirth, medical abuse, and child abduction.
Some Susi Hawke books are funny. Some are sweet. Some are dark. Then there are the West Coast Wolves books. These books go there. To the dark places. To the horrific events that can be wrought upon the weak by the powerful.
Thirteen is being held captive. He doesn’t understand why. He’s been held since he was an infant, forced to grow up in a virtual prison with other omegas. He’s watched enough movies to know his life isn’t normal. He’s been indoctrinated into how his purpose in life is to serve alphas. He just doesn’t know to what end. Then things become clear, and he knows he has to escape. Right now.
Lucian was a bastard, never claimed by anyone. He bears no scar above his heart. He belongs to no one. Except he’s joined with a rag tag group of alphas who roam up and down the California coast, setting to right injustices, but keeping their own counsel. He’s a member of the West Coast Wolves Motor Cycle Cub and he does belong, but he’s also missing something.
Then he finds a dog in the road and his whole life changes. The dog is a wolf. An omega. And Lucian’s fated mate. And as much as he wants to claim his mate, there are things to be figured out – like where this omega has come from and why is he so skittish? Who are his kin? What danger might they be in?
The alpha and the omega come together, and then it’s incumbent on the West Coast Wolves to right the wrongs perpetrated against Thirteen and his ‘brothers’. Proof that family is more than just blood ties.
Like I said, this book goes to tough places. There are trigger warnings for a reason. But there is also hopefulness in the story. And, of course, because it’s a Susi Hawke, I also got my happy ending.
Nick J. Russo narrates these stories, and I have to say it’s a good fit. He does the books justice and there are more in the series, so here’s hoping they come to audio soon.
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!
I’m a native of Las Vegas, NV, so I’m pre-wired to love everything weird ~ although I don’t find any kind of love to be weird. I’m a cis woman who’s been happily married to the same lovable lug for 18 years. We have a 16yr old son, well, at least I think we do? Either that, or we have a ghost that eats all our food and uses up all wifi playing xbox while screaming into a headset.
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