Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: His Alpha’s Alpha
AUTHOR: Casey Cameron
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 116 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 8, 2016
Ethan has been flirting with Nick, the hot alpha photographer who visits his coffee shop, for a few weeks when they make an accidental connection that throws Ethan into an early heat. With an alpha at his side, dealing with his heat should be a simple matter, but there’s just one problem: arrogant alpha Corey Masters, real estate heir, reality TV star, tabloid regular…and Nick’s boyfriend.
Nick wants Ethan, and Ethan wants Nick. Corey wants nothing to do with omegas, but there’s no way in hell he’s going to leave his lover alone with a stranger. Could there be a future for the three of them, or will two alphas be too many for Ethan to handle?
This is a non-shifter M/M/M menage romance with the heat level turned up to 11, featuring knotting, male pregnancy, and a happily-ever-after ending with no cliffhangers.
I’m going to start this off by confessing that I wasn’t truly expecting to be overly impressed with this book. The whole alpha/omega dynamic, ménage, only 100 pages, knotting… Throw in m/preg and I didn’t go into this with very high expectations. So why even agree to review it? Because even though I admit that many books of this bent are total rubbish, I’m kinda addicted to them. They’re my guilty pleasure. BUT… this story was something different. Something better. Something special.
This isn’t the first book that I’ve read that inhabits an alternate reality world where the titles of alpha, beta and omega apply to humans rather than wolves. A world where pheromones can lead you to a potential partner and biting to mark is the way you claim your mate. I’m still uncertain where I fall on my opinion of this reality. I’ve never understood – why bother ditching the shifter aspect if they behave exactly the same anyway – but whatever, it’s not something that’s going to affect my rating. So here we have one omega barista, Ethan, who likes to get his major flirt on with regular customer, alpha Nick. Nick’s and Ethan’s flirting reaches the point where they end up alone, sniffing and licking and getting all up in each others pheromones, when something unexpected happens. Nick’s boyfriend, also an alpha, Corey, catches them together and he’s less than impressed. Now Nick and Corey have an open relationship, and neither has been jealous before, but this time Nick has bonded with Ethan and sent him into heat, and Corey is unsure how he feels about that. But what self respecting alpha could abandon an omega he sent into heat? So despite Corey’s and Ethan’s misgivings, Ethan returns to the couples apartment to spend four days with the two alphas.
What made this book a standout for me was the way it spotlighted the endless struggle for equality of the sexes. In this story the author really did make one of the men “the girl” as omega Ethan bemoans the fact that many alphas see themselves as superior to their physically weaker counterparts. Omegas are the nurturers, the breeders, the subservient class who struggle to get the top jobs because they either can’t possibly go toe to toe with the alphas, or they leave to have babies. But as a contrast we have Corey, who is an alpha, yet doesn’t appreciate the stereotype that accompanies that. He doesn’t want to be out looking for omegas to dominate, not like he’s taught that he should. He wants to be with Nick, even if he is another alpha. This book is laden with social messages. And they aren’t subtle either. They’re shoved right in your face, and kudos to the author for doing it.
What I didn’t like so much about this story was the dynamic between the three men, and I totally understand that that’s a personal thing that often affects my enjoyment of ménage stories. I love a good ménage as much as anybody, but this one felt kind of unequal to me. I felt that for much of the time, even when they became a threesome, Corey was left on the outer. Except in the bedroom. There is a lot of sex in these pages, a lot. And I’m normally the first one to put my hand up and suggest that less sex is better. But I have no complaints about the amount of time spent burning up the sheets in His Alpha’s Alpha. The sex scenes were hot, there’s no denying that, but mostly I think it was the one place that I felt a real connection between all three men.
If you intend to purchase this book then I absolutely recommend signing up to the author’s mailing list and receiving the free 4500 word epilogue. That’s not to say that the story is incomplete without it, but…free. Why wouldn’t you?