Title: Owned by the Alpha: Manlove Edition
Authors:Maia Dylan, James Cox, Jules Dixon, Elena Kincaid, L.J. Longo, Pelaam, & L.D. Blakeley
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Length: 88,780 words
Characters: 7 individual stories
POV: Mostly third
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, some Alternate World/Fantasy
The Alpha lives for the hunt…
Driven by instinct, an Alpha shifter recognizes his fated mate from one scent, one touch. He’ll pursue his man, regardless of the cost, and anyone else would be smart to get out of his way. He won’t stop until he takes possession of his prize.
Although the hunter doesn’t need convincing, his mate certainly does. The Alpha will have to prove himself as a lover and convince his man that he plays for keeps.
As an anthology, it is definitely one of the better anthologies I’ve read. Each story was individualistic enough that they didn’t run or merge together, and yet each stuck to the main theme. I wasn’t sure whether it would be a bland take on the overwhelming mate-bond, a bit of soft reading, or something better, and I was pleasantly surprised. The stories each stood on their own, they all had a clear background and ‘verse, and the characters were well written.
A Tiger’s Luck by Maia Dylan started out strongly the hero’s bad luck putting him smack dab in the middle of a bank robbery for the first scene, followed by James Cox’s Last Alpha Standing, in which the beta, only son of the wolf shifter king is the prize. Jules Dixon’s Mooncrest offers us the politics surrounding an alpha’s death, and His Guardian Panther by Elena Kinkaid has a good Samaritan finding himself being hunted by panthers in reward for stopping to help someone. I must admit, though, that The Scarf by L.J. Longo was one of my favourites, only partially for the unusual world and the fact that humans weren’t really mentioned at all. Pelaam’s A Matter of Trust, set in New Zealand, has a landscaper paying for his brother’s lack of care in his work, in a rather unusual way, and lastly, L.D. Blakely’s Conflict of Interest shows us just how narrow the line between love and dislike truly is.
I am definitely going to be keeping these stories on my ereader for when I need an enjoyable, well-written reread, and suggest if for anyone who likes slightly dark stories with a dash of sweet, mixed with two men who are strong in their own rights. So, excuse me, but I’ve got some new-to-me authors to look up.
Reviewed By: Alison
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