Title: Bad Alpha: Manlove Edition
Author Name & Publisher: Doris O’Connor, Nicola Cameron, Angelique Voisen, Gale Stanley, L.D. Blakeley, James Cox, Elizabeth Monvoy (Evernight Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 21, 2015 – 213 pgs
“Bully Boys” by Nicola Cameron
When Victorian solicitor Arthur Finter is forced to cut down dangerous London alley after work, he stumbles upon pit bull shifter Alpha Gunner Jones in the middle of a dogfight with a rival shifter pack. The hardnosed bully boy scents Arthur and recognizes him as his mate, but will events orchestrated by the other pack separate them before Gunner can lay final claim?
“The Alpha’s Assassin” by Doris O’Connor
Bear shifter Zayden Reid makes his living doing what he does best—killing people. The sought after assassin doesn’t have to think twice when he’s offered a lot of money to kill the Alpha of a wolf pack, until he scents his mate.
As the Alpha of his pack Quinton Thorn is used to giving orders. He may be gay, but that doesn’t mean he’s weak, and he’ll squash any challenge to his leadership with ruthless efficiency. When the threat comes from a source he trusts, however, can he afford to give into his feelings for his mate, knowing that he’ll endanger everyone under his protection?
The mating bond cannot be denied, no matter what the consequences, and they might well kill.
“Discarded Pup” by Angelique Voisen
Betrayed by his beta and abandoned by his pack, Cole Reyes wasted the last ten years of his life rotting behind bars. A cage is no place for a wolf, and wounds left open, fester. Cole has zero tolerance for mercy. The time Cole spent in prison didn’t just bleed out all the decency he once possessed. It broke him. Made him hard and unforgiving. Cole’s vengeance starts now, beginning with his beta’s new toy.
“Yellow Eyes” by Gale Stanley
The brutal war between shifters and humans is over, but each side still sees the other as a threat. The only thing they can agree on, is that they can’t agree. Humans live east of the bridge, shifters live west. Camden is a halfbreed, the product of a rape that happened during the war. Neither side wants him, but he lives with his human mother. The night she dies, Camden goes west looking for revenge. He knows he won’t find his father, and he’ll probably get himself killed, but he doesn’t care. As long as he takes a shifter with him, he’ll die happy.
Wyat is alpha of the pack living in the west. He’s a warrior who believes in separation of the races. Then on the night of the full moon, he discovers a half- breed hiding in the alley. The man’s scent makes him burn with lust, and against his better judgement, he takes him home—and discovers that sleeping with the enemy might just lead to a better future.
“Destined” by L.D. Blakeley
Caleb Stokes has had a shit night. Too bad catching his boyfriend in flagrante delicto with the club DJ isn’t the worst thing he’ll witness before the night is through. Marick Gevrees has no time for romance. He has even less time for a tipsy twink looking for a man to fill some Daddy fetish. But what the hell is he supposed to do when said twink wanders headlong into the middle of a bloody vendetta that could result in the exposure of his clan?
“Trouble” by James Cox
Tremarc is sleeping his way through the entire Bear Shifter Clan. He’s sent to the moon, under the colonized dome to stay out of trouble. When he meets sexy alpha Lyon and his mated human, Quinn his life takes a sharp turn that may just find him his happy ending or get him kicked out of yet another bear shifter clan.
“Outlaw Wolf” by Elizabeth Monvey
Dekker ran away from his pack in an order to protect his lover and Alpha, Grey, when he overheard two higher ranked wolves talk about killing him. When Grey finds him six months later, Dekker tries to convince the man he loves to go away. But Grey won’t take no and as the two talk it out, their mutual attraction overwhelms them.
In desperation, Dekker renounces Grey as his Alpha. But when another force tries to punish Dekker by silencing him forever, Grey must choose which stand he’ll take…being the alpha for all his pack, or being the man Dekker needs, even if it means breaking the rules.
Bully Boys by Nicola Cameron – 3.5 stars
I felt but line I was thrown into the middle of a story with this one. While we got to know a bit about one main character, we didn’t really know much about the history of the shifters. It took me a good bit to realize that the story was indeed in the past, not present.
While the plot was actually good, I wish we’d gotten to know more about the pack. Then there was the whole being gay side of things. Had the characters been with other people or had they been gay before each other?
At the end of the story I felt like a lot was left unanswered and it could’ve been expanded out to a much longer story that was much more captivating as we got to learn about such a protective and amazing alpha.
The Alpha’s Assassin by Doris O’Connor – 4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this story. It was a bit scary at times, but super sexy and amazingly written at the same time. I couldn’t get through it fast enough. I wanted to know what was going to happen with Quinton since he was supposed to be the one who took him out.
Discarded Pup by Angelique Voisen – 5 Stars
I think this was my favorite of the anthology or at least one of them. I loved the danger Cole radiated and the fear we felt from River as we waited to find out what Cole was going to do with him. It was hot, fast and I read it as quick as I could wanting to know how things turned out!
Yellow Eyes by Gale Stanley – 4 Stars
This was in a different time than the others and there were times where I didn’t understand what had happened or that the shifters lived in a different part of the town than the others. However, I did like the beginning as we learned about this big strong man, however, as the book moved on, he turned into more of a weakling. However, other than that it was a good story.
Destined by L.D. Blakeley – 5 Stars
I found this story to have some funny bits (hello bar scene), but it was all so well written and had me wishing I could have a car to hide under (and yes, I was thinking it was Marick that had done the killing.
Great story that I wished was longer!
Trouble by James Cox – 5 Stars
Oh yes, yes, yes… A male threesome! And some humor thrown in too. I loved the opening scene even if our main character is a bit of a slut (or a lot of one), but I liked the way the other two men wrangled him in and came together as a hot as sin threesome. Very well written that it didn’t even seem odd to be off planet.
Outlaw Wolf by Elizabeth Monvey – 5 Stars
This was probably one of the more painful stories to read for me. It was sad to see that these two men had loved each other but couldn’t be together due to prejudice. There was hate and anger that they had to deal with but in the end it was an excellent story that I LOVED the ending of.