Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Blue Moon III: Call of the Alpha
Author: A.E. Via
Series: Blue Moon #3
Heroes: Call/Apha and Lion/Omega
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 244 Pages
Publisher: Via Star Wings Publishing
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: THIS IS THE THIRD INSTALLMENT IN THIS SERIES and CAN STAND ALONE.
Book 2 is recommended to read first.
The Story of ALPHA, CALL, OMEGA & LION ALONG WITH A COUPLE OTHER FAVORITES
It’s been a couple years since Commander John Marion – the US Navy’s most decorated SEAL – hung up his dog tags, choosing his cherished Alpha over war.
Call and Alpha have settled comfortably into their carefree lives nestled in the mountains of South Carolina. No more combat for the Commander and no more ordered killings for the deadliest assassin in the world.
However, nothing stays peaceful forever.
When Alpha’s brother Omega comes to their secluded home with a distressing message from their Order, Alpha has to answer the call. But what neither of them expect is for the Order to send them a new assassin, one just as deadly as both of them, to seek their counsel and bring them back Persia.
Lion’s commanding presence was not at all what any of them anticipated. Especially Omega. Lion realizes what Omega is to him right away, but the stubborn man fights his every advance. Lion knows he and Omega have to connect if they’re going to be victorious. He was sent to bring back an army but if he can’t get his cherished to yield to him, they are sure to fail.
Call refuses to let Alpha fight a gang of rebel assassins without him. Omega will fight by his brother’s side, no matter what… and Hawk saw them coming for his help before anyone else. Together they’ll fight the toughest opponents they’ve ever faced. As always… these badass warriors are up for the challenge.
Review: First, this can technically be read as a stand alone, but you really should read the previous books to fully understand the relationships that are in place (Hawk/Pierce, Alpha/Call), as well as what is going on with the newest pairing (Lion/Omega). As with the previous books, this story focuses on both couples, and while it sounds like it will mostly be about Call and Alpha, it spends much more time on the new one of Lion and Omega.
This starts with Call and Alpha, two years after the last book. They have both retired and are living peacefully in a secluded cabin basically just winding down and enjoying their new life together. Until Omega shows up with news of corruption in the Order of which Alpha and Omega belong and grew up. The three then travel to the home of Hawk and Pierce to gain their help, along with some of the other of Call’s Beastmasters.
Once at Hawk and Pierce’s, the guys had to wait on Viper to complete their team. During that time, the story focused mainly on Lion and Omega. Lion quickly determined that Omega was his “cherished” one, and that the Order had surely been grooming them to be an arranged pair. But, Omega had no interest in settling down with anyone. He had pretty much retired when Alpha did, but had decided there was more work for him to do to serve his purpose and made the decision to go back to work. Therefore, he pretty much had no interest in Lion and fought him off at every turn. Until he didn’t. It was pretty abrupt, and once that happened, it was a total 180. To be honest, I never really cared for either of these guys and really just bided my time until the others were present. Their names are used a lot, mostly their call names, but sometimes their given names as well. I suppose it was needed to keep everyone straight, but it felt like too much and kept pulling me from the story. The constant talk about the “cherished” one also got a little tiring.
As for the rest of the story, it was interesting with a few twists and action, but it just didn’t hold my interest as much as the previous books had. I loved seeing Alpha and Call together, though I felt like I missed a huge part of their relationship in the time that had passed, and I longed for more details from them. It was also great to see some of the other Beastmasters as well. I seem to be in the minority on this one, so it is most likely a case of “it’s me, not you.” While I didn’t love it as much as the prior stories, it was still enjoyable and a fitting end to the Blue Moon saga.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*