Reviewed by Amber
SERIES: Kingdom of Askara #2
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
NARRATOR: Joel Leslie
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 7 hours & 34 minutes
RELEASE DATE: December 19th, 2017
Man and wolf. Sworn enemies in the battle for Askara. Can hate and betrayal ever lead to love?
Caleb Harken has spent six years wrongfully imprisoned for his father’s treachery. Tortured and reviled by the very wolf pack he should have been leading as Alpha, he is not surprised to learn he’s finally to meet his death at the hands of the human rebel leader, Taegan Callan.
Taegan gave up his dreams of a life-mate and a family after seeing too many humans butchered at the hands of the wolves—even if Caleb doesn’t seem to be the bloodthirsty savage he expects, and even if he starts to long for a different kind of future with the wolf.
Can Caleb become the Alpha he was always meant to be and lead his pack, or will he finally realize that winning his freedom means nothing when he has already lost his heart?
When I read The Alpha King, Kingdom of Askara Book 1, I enjoyed it for the most part so when it came out on audio I wanted to see if I felt the same way I did when I read it. I actually liked it better on audio so when I saw that the audio edition of The Alpha Heir was up for review I was eager for the story since I hadn’t read it yet. One thing is for sure, these books are standalone which I think was a pretty clever move by this author. Seems as though book 1 and book 2 are basically occurring at the same time so there’s none of the same characters until later in the book and it’s brief.
The Alpha Heir had none of the same intensity as The Alpha King did and in all honesty, this book was just really boring. Even the attraction and chemistry between the two mc’s was dull. I was rather disappointed with this whole story.
Caleb and Taegan meet under dire circumstances. Thinking Caleb is more than he is, Taegan kidnaps him thinking he’ll help his cause in the rebellion. Taegan is suspicious of all wolves having had some tragedy in the past that was caused by wolves. So trusting Caleb isn’t something he believes he can do. As the time passes Caleb proves he’s different than other wolves and the bond between the men grows.
Like I mentioned there is none of the spark between these men that there was between Luca and Kit. I also wasn’t as invested in Taegan and Kit like I was with the mc’s in book 1. This book does a lot of telling. We get tons of back history and while I find this world interesting this book was just too much telling and not enough showing. I found it so hard to get into which made it difficult to finish.
While I really like this author this book was just ok for me.
I knew going into this story that Joel Leslie is just not a narrator that I like but I wanted to give this a try. There’s something about his voice that makes me feel like he’s trying too hard and I should have listened to my inner voice and steer clear if any books narrated by him. I don’t know if he hurt this story anymore for me since I wasn’t a big fan to begin with but I know for sure he didn’t help it.