Reviewed by Susan65
Author: A.E. Via
Series: The King & Alpha #2
Heroes: Justice Volkov/Chadwick “Wick” Bentley
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 294 Pages
Publisher: Via Star Wings
Release Date: September 23, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: An Enemies to Lovers
Shifter, Vampire True Mates story.
Justice Volkov is the youngest Alpha Zenith to ever lead the wolf shifters. Following in his father’s large paw prints was a responsibility he met head on. Now at age thirty-three, he is alpha of the alphas. As a direct descendant of the original Siberian pack, his wolf is bigger and stronger than Justice, himself is sometimes able to control.
His wolf howled long and hard but Justice kept it inside. It felt like a bass drum beating against his rib cage. The harsh breaths, angry snarls and the determined pacing inside him was overtaking him.
Justice takes his role of leadership and his legacy very seriously. He has little time for romance, not to mention a true mate. His packs are his priority. With a human government trying to regulate them, an uprising of rogue shifters, and a violent team of scientists trying to experiment on them, Justice has his hands way too full.
Chadwick ‘Wick’ Bentley is not enthusiastic when the captain of his escort tells him he has to leave his comfortable London home and go back to the States. As the Vampire King, he has no choice but to get his species back in line before they cause anymore chaos. At over one-hundred years old, Wick is no one to trifle with, but his smooth, charismatic manner makes him quite unique, despite the negative reputation vampires have. Wick has had nothing but time up to this point. He doesn’t feel the need to make issues pressing. Nothing is urgent in his life. Until he meets Justice. His beloved.
“Natural enemies can’t be mates.” Or so Justice thought. He knows his skepticism and rejection is hurting his mate, so while he fights their connection, Wick gets help from a source very close to Justice to help him win his beloved’s heart. Wick is a force all on his own, but when he’s blessed with a special gift from the Mother herself, not even Justice’s powerful wolf can prevent the prophesy from being fulfilled.
This story DOES NOT contain/mention MPREG.
No multiple pairings. No cliffhangers. It ends with a very HFN.
Warning: This book is MM paranormal: If you DO NOT like hot, alpha men shifting into large wolves, or vampires feeding from their mates, this may not be your read.
Review: What a great start to a new paranormal romance by A.E. Via. I am a huge vampire fan so reading this book was a no brainer; it was going to happen. Fortunately, it lived up to the hype and my own expectations. I am also a big fan of shifter books. Not much gets by me since I read almost every paranormal book I can get my greedy hands on, so it’s always a pleasant experience to find new twists on a fan favorite.
Justice Volkov is the Alpha Zenith (AZ), which makes him the supreme alpha of all shifters. King Chadwick (Wick) is the king of the vampires. Vamps and wolves have been enemies for centuries, but a few run-ins with the human laws, and an outlaw pack, has put both species under the microscope and in peril. To bring order to both sides they must find a way to work together. But who knew a wolf shifter, especially the top dog, would find his true mate in a vamp, and the top chomper, at that.
There is also more to Wick than meets the eye. He is a king, but becomes playful once he meets his mate and learns to live and allows himself to feel and show emotions. He also has some secrets that are revealed. His beast was the most genius, I couldn’t have planned that better myself. I knew something was there but didn’t expect what it was.
This story is part romance, part setting the stage for the series, and part building an alliance that will combine the forces of the vamps and wolves. The purpose was obvious, but the outcome was anything but. As the story progresses, we meet more and more characters who will play prominent roles in future installments. We have most of the necessary information on Justice and his family. But we still just barely touched the surface on Wick and his court. I am looking forward to seeing more of these guys in the next book.
However, the next story belongs to Bell, Wick’s vampire bestie, and Alek, Justices brother. These two start off on the heavy side of drama, but that dynamic was kind of funny, too. I know their story will be just as entertaining as this one, and I, for one, can’t wait. Highly Recommended.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*