The Alpha’s Claim by Holley Trent


Carina Press Presents

Publishing May 15 2017


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.


I do love me some shifter action! I was excited to see a new shifter book by a new-to-me-author. Especially since it was coyotes and that means a little somethin’ different, right?

Well…. Hmmm. If you read the blurb you can tell that the basic premise is Jim “thinks” Teddy is his Mate, but his pack isn’t stable and that could be a problem.

What it doesn’t say is that there is a vague “mate pull” but it’s nothing like what you’ve seen in other books. It also doesn’t tell you that until the 80% point we don’t even begin to CONSIDER how to tell Teddy – the human! – about being a shifter – and that the push/pull between them seems to drag on and on and on and on.

If this were a short story – heavily edited- it might work. As it stands it felt far too long without nearly enough conflict or “problems” to resolve and the problems that are mentioned are either still present or somehow disappear without much fanfare.

I didn’t particularly like either MC nor did I feel an attraction to them. I was even disappointed by the mating itself. (See spoiler if you want more info.)

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In any case, I was kinda confused, a little bored and not very connected to this story. I won’t say I’d never read anything by this author again, but I’d need to wait for reviews I think, first.

2.25 (rounded to 2.5) of 5 stars


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