Alpha (War of the Alphas #3) by S.M. Reine

AlphaNo longer an Omega, Deirdre Tombs has found her animal. She only had to die and rise from her own ashes to discover it.
And she’s returned with a purpose.
For the first time in history, the role of Alpha is up for election. If Everton Stark takes charge, he could disband the ruthless government organization that has made life miserable for shifters like Deirdre.
One problem: Stark doesn’t want to run. He only wants vengeance against his wife, Rhiannon, who killed many of his followers and stole the Ethereal Blade.
While Stark is focused on revenge, Rhiannon is focused on winning the election for Alpha. Victory means tearing the Winter Court apart with civil war. It means riots. It means unleashing a deadly unseelie assassin that devours souls. Anything to get her dragon shifter mate in power…with Rhiannon at his side.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1The Alpha Wars are heating up… I honestly didn’t mean that to be a pun, but it’s true regardless.

Deirdre spends a lot of time juggling between trying to keep Stark under control and keeping him from killing her. As if that weren’t a full time job in itself, she’s also found a few more enemies that want her out of the equation. She’s pulled in several different directions and I was pulled right along with her. Confusing, I know, but if you’ve followed the series of books leading up to the War of the Alphas, you’d totally understand my emotional upheaval. I know that Riley isn’t exactly who Dierdre thinks she is, but I also know that Dierdre has a legitimate complaint about what happened to her and others after Genesis.

There are a few characters that I am not at all confused about and Melchior tops that list. He is definitely someone who looks out for no one but himself. There is an ulterior motive to everything he does and his character is one of the few things that I totally agree with Stark on. He plays with Deirdre’s emotions and shows no mercy. He and Rhiannon both need to go down… how exactly that’s going to happen is anyone’s guess.

A few characters make return appearances in Alpha. Some were expected and some I was pleasantly surprised to see the roles they’ve taken since Genesis. This series may be shorter than the others in this world, but it’s not lacking in action or developments. Throwing vampires and the Fae into the paranormal mix has definitely made things more than interesting.

I’m not sure that SM Reine can ever turn Stark into a character that I like, but she’s trying to give him at least a semblance of humanity. Deirdre has her flaws as well, but she has definitely grown on me as the story progresses. I’ve come to the point that I can almost forgive her for her distrust of Riley. Almost.

If you’ve been following this series from the beginning, you might already know that the War of the Alphas was originally supposed to be a trilogy. As the story progressed, SM Reine decided that there was too much to squeeze into just three books and tell the story that needed to be told, therefore Omega, Beta and Alpha will be followed by PAS.  No complaints here. I’m personally never ready for a saga by this author to end. As I’ve said before, if she writes it, I will read it… period.

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