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The Alpha's Claim by [Trent, Holley]
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Length: 142 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Jim West, the New York Coyote pack alpha, has successfully defended his territory from external threats for almost fifteen years. Pack politics may be a pain in his ass, but his command has never been doubted, his authority never questioned. 

Until Teddy, an argumentative pancake-house server, challenges more than his patience. 

The lithe, pretty human calls to Jim's baser instincts. He knows instantly Teddy is his mate—but the timing couldn't be worse. Tension within his pack is growing, and adding a human mate to the mix could spark an uprising, with Teddy as the target. 

Teddy's smart mouth may heat Jim's blood, but with a full moon only days away, getting Teddy to let down his guard and accept him—the man and the beast—is his main priority. There's no fighting the pull of a mate, but learning his lover is a literal predator might make Teddy run right into the danger Jim's desperate to control. 

 

This book is approximately 45,000 words 

 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1533 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (1 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Enterprises
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N6WBZS1
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #439,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars B+ rating... 16 May 2017
By Smitten with Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
My Review:
Um, okay? Did I read the same book as everyone else (looking at all the really low rated reviews) because I really, really enjoyed this one.

This story is about Teddy, a human waiter/actor who is tired of getting stiffed by the local motorcycle guys when they sit in his section of iHop super late at night. Jim is a coyote shifter and alpha of his pack. He's also super-rich. He's only been stiffing Teddy's tip because he's hoping to get a rise out of him. That works because Teddy has finally had enough of the crappy tips so he follows Jim out of the restaurant and confronts him. And things progress from there.

Teddy has no idea that shifters are a thing. Jim knows that Teddy is his mate and that he needs him, but Teddy is obviously leery of him, so he decides to slowly integrate Teddy into his life and even into the idea of being boyfriends. Teddy is really leery of relationships. His past has proven that he's not the best at choosing guys to date. To make things even more complicated, at some point in his life Teddy was attacked by a dog/coyote and he's absolutely terrified by them now. Jim is aware that finding out he can shift into a canine form is NOT going to go over well.

I like how naturally Teddy and Jim fit together. At first that isn't obvious, but it quickly becomes apparent that Teddy is a caregiver and Jim needs one of those in the worst way because he's too busy to take care of basic details of his life.

The story felt very natural to me...you know, or as natural as a book about paranormal shifters can be. I liked the story and how things played out in both the pack and the females in Jim's family. That final scene at iHop was perfect and left me with a smile on my face.

Like I said, I truly did enjoy this one. I was in the mood for a quick fun, m/m story and am always good with shifter romances so this one worked for me!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
2.0 out of 5 stars not too good 17 May 2017
By Zarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Look, this wasn't baaaaad, but it just wasn't very good either. The writing was ok and I liked the characters (even if the alpha was decidedly not alpha-like), but the story, the plotting, and conflict (lack there of) were a problem. Plus, I found what I consider a fairly large hole in the plot. I'll address it first.

The basic idea is that Teddy is Jim's mate. Jim recognizes him, immediately wants to make house with him and that's that. It appears to be a fated mates kind of deal. But one of the few conflicts in the book is that there is a lack of females near the pack and the pack members keep finding mates that Jim won't approve to join the pack. But if the world is set up to have fated mates, how can that be? It's not like finding a new girlfriend, they're MATES. I spent the whole book being like, what?

Secondarily annoying is the fact that I really don't understand the whole "he's a jerk to me constantly, so I lust after him" thing. I have never met a man or woman who purposefully treated me like crap, let alone came into my section of a restaurant, ran me ragged and then stiffed me on a tip (every week for months) and found them appealing, let alone sexy. So, chapter one I was already side-eyeing this story. And that is also a perfect example of how juvenile alpha-Jim is. He picks on the man he likes to get his attention.

The only relationship conflict seemed to hinge on Teddy being generically treated poorly in the past and therefore being wary of jumping into another relationship, which he does anyway. So what's the point in giving him a weakly described tragic past? And if you're going to do that, maybe be a little more descriptive and imaginative.

Then there is Jim. I liked Jim. He's puppy dog cute, but puppy dog cute is not an alpha. He never once did anything alpha-like. His pack is walking all over him. In fact, he seemed to want to find his mate in order to have someone to stand up for him and make the decisions. Speaking of, what he really wanted was a wife. Sure the book called it a keeper or a minder, but he wanted someone to clean and organize his house, fire his staff, keep him in line and sleep with him. He wanted a wife. And that wouldn't be a problem, except why write a male/male romance and then uncomfortably force one of them into such a cliched, gendered role?

All in all, I basically thought this a weak offering. It could have been bulked up, better thought out and plotted and been something special. Trent's actual writing skills seem fine and the characters are cute, but the book needs to be more and better.

Note: I received a copy through Netgalley. I chose to read and review it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Deeds Reads Review 22 July 2017
By creativedeeds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Okay, so I try not to read reviews before I read a book - I've been burned by spoilers a few too many times so I consider avoidance the safest way to go. However, I do look at ratings. I don't always make decisions based on those ratings, but I kind of like to know what I'm in for. This book had a LOT of low ratings, but there were a couple from trusted readers that I know have the same taste in books as I do that rated it higher. Those couple of reviews/ratings are what made me decide to take a chance on Alpha's Claim and I'm really glad that I did.

I've never read any other book by Holley Trent, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Alpha's Claim wasn't perfect, but I really liked the story and I liked Trent's writing style. Teddy was a fun character. He had no idea how crazy it was to be talking back to an alpha. He was human and basically thought that Jim and his friends were jerks. The fact that he didn't back down and actually stood up to Jim was just one of the things that attracted him to Teddy.

I also liked the dynamic of Jim's pack. You'll have to read the book to understand what I'm talking about. I've read a lot of shifter books and series and the sense of family in Alpha's Claim was one of the strongest I've read in a while. Yet, just like in every family, there were a few members who weren't quite as loyal to the pack as the rest.

The only real complaint that I have about Alpha's Claim is that I wanted more. There were things that I wanted to know and spending more time getting to know Jim and Teddy wouldn't have been a bad thing. ;)

I received The Alpha's Claim in exchange for a fair and honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick enjoyable short story, Jim is the perfect alpha 23 May 2017
By Kris Diaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
M/M
The blurb sounded interesting so I took a shot on this short novella. It was a good read! I enjoyed the interaction between the main leads, Jim & Teddy. Jim is the alpha of a NY pack of coyotes. Teddy is the waiter at the small diner the pack frequents. Jim is a grade A jerk and seems to want to annoy Teddy every chance he gets. After nearly stiffing on a tip for the entire table Teddy confronts Jim in the parking lot. It's just the opening the Alpha is looking for, he tells Teddy to come to his house & get his "tip". Intrigued by this annoying man, Teddy does just that much to his own annoyance. Jim is all male & all Alpha and also, he's a moon shifter. He's bossy & domineering and tends to back Teddy into a corner. Teddy is afraid of dogs let alone something more and has no clue about Coyotes or moon shifters. But also he's wanting to lose himself in yet another bossy boyfriend!
Teddy tries to hold back from falling too fast but the pull of this man is too much. Not to mention Jim needs to come clean about what he is! Teddy both loves the dominate side of Jim and hates it. I liked the chemistry the boys had with each other. I also found some of the pack politics being against Jim having a male mate interesting. I hoping to read more about these two!
2.0 out of 5 stars Jim is super rich but gives poor if any tips to Teddy ... 24 May 2017
By Angel Hatfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Jim was a coyote shifter and the alpha of his pack. Jim had defended his territory for fifteen years. Then he discovers Teddy is his mate. Teddy is a human waiter/actor. He is tired of being screwed over for tips. He works at I HOP. There is some tension in Jim’s pack. Also Jim knew Teddy was his mate and wasn’t too sure how his pack would handle this. Right know if Jim let it be known that Teddy is his mate he wasn’t so sure the pack wouldn’t go after Teddy. The pack keeps finding females for mates but Jim won’t approve them. Then Jim sends two of his lieutenants out to find mates but wasn’t sure they would come back. Jim is super rich but gives poor if any tips to Teddy to get him to say something. Finally Teddy follows Jim out to face him about the tips. Teddy doesn’t know about shifters or mates and what it means.He also doesn’t know he is Jim’s mate.
I didn’t particularly care for this story usually I love shifter stories. But i felt this story was very slow. Almost just a lot of fooling around and sex no real plot.It was a confusing read and I didn’t feel that Jim acted like any alpha I had ever read about and liked at least. I just didn’t enjoy this story but I am sure some one else will just not meant for me.

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