by A.E. Via The King & Alpha, #1 Publication Date: September 23, 2017 Genres: Adult, M/M, Romance, Paranormal
An Enemies to Lovers Shifter, Vampire True Mates story.
Justice Volkov is the youngest Alpha Zenith to ever lead the wolf shifters. Following in his father’s large paw prints was a responsibility he met head on. Now at age thirty-three, he is alpha of the alphas. As a direct descendant of the original Siberian pack, his wolf is bigger and stronger than Justice, himself is sometimes able to control.
“His wolf howled long and hard but Justice kept it inside. It felt like a bass drum beating against his rib cage. The harsh breaths, angry snarls and the determined pacing inside him was overtaking him. All the while… his mate kept calling.”
Justice takes his role of leadership and his legacy very seriously. He has little time for romance, not to mention a true mate. His packs are his priority. With a human government trying to regulate them, an uprising of rogue shifters, and a violent team of scientists trying to experiment on them, Justice has his hands way too full.
Chadwick ‘Wick’ Bentley is not enthusiastic when the captain of his escort tells him he has to leave his comfortable London home and go back to the States. As the Vampire King, he has no choice but to get his species back in line before they cause anymore chaos. At over two-hundred years old, Wick is no one to trifle with, but his smooth, charismatic manner makes him quite unique, despite the negative reputation vampires have. Wick has had nothing but time up to this point. He doesn’t feel the need to make issues pressing. Nothing is urgent in his life. Until he meets Justice. His beloved.
“Natural enemies can’t be mates.” Or so Justice thought. He knows his skepticism and rejection is hurting his mate, so while he fights their connection, Wick gets help from a source very close to Justice to help him win his beloved’s heart. Wick is a force all on his own, but when he’s blessed with a special gift from the Mother herself, not even Justice’s powerful wolf can prevent the prophesy from being fulfilled.
This story DOES NOT contain/mention MPREG. No multiple pairings. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has an HEA.
Warning: This book is MM paranormal: If you DO NOT like hot, alpha men shifting into large wolves, or vampires feeding from their mates, this may not be your read.
ABOUT A.E. VIA
A.E. Via has been a best-selling author in the beautiful gay romance genre for four years now, but she’s no stranger to MM. She’s been an avid reader of LGBTQ Romance for over fifteen years before she picked up her laptop to place her own kiss on this genre. She’s also the founder and owner of Via
Star Wings Books, having published a couple great new up and coming MM authors.
A.E. has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Virginia Wesleyan College that she used to start her own paralegal firm after she graduated in 2008. She spent five years preparing and filing bankruptcy petitions for struggling blue collar workers who couldn’t afford to file with a lawyer. It was a rewarding and satisfying career… but another path called to her. Writing.
A.E.’s writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, to scandalous. Stories that often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
Now that she’s gotten over her 10 books published hump, she’s kind of known now for her hardcore, play rough and love hard, bad boy, alphas. However, she does like to push herself to step out of her comfort zone, exploring with different tropes, but she won’t push herself into a whole other genre.
She’s head over heels for MM romance and has tons of more hot stories to tell.
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I don't know how to give a review on this without actually spoiling any of the story, so sorry if its a little vague!
I think there's some interesting things that happen that should unfold as a surprise as you're reading, and Wick's secret is a doozy. I loved the basis of this story, an Alpha Zenith (Alpha of all packs and Alphas) and a Vampire King. A prophecy to save their kind from fighting against each other and those that want to do them harm.
I know this story is just the set-up for more to come (5 to be exact) but I wish I would have seen more action. I would have loved to have been in that building rescuing weres and vamps, instead the focus was more on the bond between The Alpha Zenith and The King. Which is fine and all, but to me It seemed the main issue of the Red Dome clan and what they were covering up should have been more important, but was put on the backburner. I would have also loved getting more information on wick’s mother. it is a little unclear as to who she is, is she the “great mother” or someone we haven’t talked about?
The King, Wick, also seemed to have flipped personalities. He came in all high powered and regal, then became kind of silly (which I loved) and whiny (which I didn't love). He redeems himself by the end, of course, with his challenge against the enemy. He holds his own and becomes the same graceful and regal man that entered the story.
The ending, to me, seemed kind of rushed. All of a sudden, it seemed half the guard was about to be mated. Henry and Taleb were adorable (I’m pretty sure they get a story and I can’t wait for that). Alek though, already claiming his mate, and kind of brutally might I add. When I think of true-mates I think of a more soul-deep bond and it's all very romanticized. What happened with Alek and Bell was neither, even Justice was afraid of what it would lead to between the 2 species. Hopefully in the next book Alek and Bell will have slowed down. Maybe we will also get to be in the fray of the enemy take-down? I am excited to see where this will all go. I am very, very curious about Bell!
All in all, I think this is a great premise to a series. I love the brother-hood of the pack and the accepting the vampires into the fold. I think Wick is beautiful! He and Justice will be something to behold. I’m also very curious if there will be an uprising and how deep the enemy goes.