Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Longing for Shelter
SERIES: Alphas’ Homestead #3
AUTHOR: Alex Jane
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 264 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 27th, 2017
Seth Mason arrives at the Alphas’ Homestead under duress. The Council have made it clear that if his cousins, Caleb and Jacob, can’t tame Seth’s wild ways his very last chance will be used up and he’ll have nowhere left to go.
Seth is horrified to find that he’s going to have to spend a year living in the backwaters of Nebraska. He hates the Alphas. He hates the dirt and the horses. He hates the nearby town and everyone in it.
In fact, the only thing he doesn’t hate is Malcolm, the deputy sheriff. Unfortunately, Malcolm doesn’t seem to feel the same, especially when Seth uses his bad behavior to try to get the deputy’s attention.
Jacob feels for Seth—knowing what it’s like to lose family—but when his cousin’s bad behavior turns the town, not only against Seth but against all the werewolves at the homestead, he has to put his sympathies aside and fight to save his family and the place he’s called home for the last five years.
Sometimes the only shelter we can find from ourselves is in the hearts of others.
What I think is happening with me and this series is I loved how different and heartwarming book 1 was so much that all the other books just sort of fall short for me. One thing that doesn’t change is the fact that Alex Jane is a master storyteller. I really enjoy this paranormal, historical world that she’s created. The feel of the books is still very unique which I think still grabs my attention even though this part of the series wasn’t my favorite. I’m still very much invested in Caleb and Jacob’s thriving life and want to know more. I definitely think if Jacob and Caleb weren’t so present in this book I may not have enjoyed it as much as I did.
Longing for Shelter, Alphas’ Homestead Book 3 tells the story of Seth Mason, who is a troubled relation to Alphas’ Jacob and Caleb. After losing his family Seth feels lost and alone. Acting out is the only thing he wants to do. Getting into trouble one too many time Seth, a spoiled city boy, finds himself banished to relatives who live in the middle of nowhere.
Trouble seeming to always find Seth it’s no wonder he is continually running into Deputy Sheriff Malcolm. Their initial meeting a misunderstanding that sparks Seth’s attraction, this is indeed a slow burn where I think readers would have benefited a lot from being able to experience their relationship build. There are gaps and lapses where one moment Seth and Mal have just met…then in the next moment they’re incredibly familiar with each other. All the while the prejudice and hate is still very present in the town and causes undue stress and frustration to everyone on the Homestead.
Seth was a hard character. On one hand he lost everything and he’s understandly angry. But on the other hand he acts like a spoiled, unruly, angry unlikeable child and it’s hard to resign that with him being a love interest to a sheriff’s deputy. I got it but it was a struggle.
I loved catching up with Jacob and Caleb. I enjoyed watching Seth grow up and become who he was meant to become with Malcolm.
This was a good edition to the story and I look for to reading more about the happenings on the Homestead.