Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Alpha Unit One, New York
Author: Chris T. Kat
Heroes: Nicholas & Sam
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 161 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 27, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The cat’s out of the bag….
In a world that accepts shifters as normal and thinks nothing of human/shifter couples, baby shifters and small shifters are treated as subpar. They are not allowed into the more dangerous professions, and their mates have legal control over what they can and cannot do.
Nicholas Reed is about to challenge the established rules. At twenty-eight, Nick has just been accepted into New York’s Alpha Unit One—an elite law enforcement team, composed equally of humans and shifters, that specializes in drug crimes. It is Nick’s dream job. But if they find out what he’s hiding, his career could be destroyed.
Enter a huge complication in the form of Sam Black, an older lion shifter who is the leader of the unit… and Nick’s mate. Nick wants Sam, and he wants to keep his job, but he can’t have them both. He also can’t choose between them.
I absolutely ADORED this book! I was drawn in right from the start and couldn’t put it down. I loved that it had to do with ‘baby shifters’ trying to make it in a society where baby shifters were considered too precious to make their own decisions. It was interesting to see how Nicholas tried to hide his shifter status because he didn’t want someone controlling his life. At the same time, I loved that Sam was drawn to Nicholas right from the start. He knew that Nicholas was keeping a secret but had no idea that Sam was so drawn to Nicholas because of being a baby shifter and mates. It was adorable seeing the push and pull between them and what finally pushes them to really give a relationship a try. Add to that, I absolutely could not get enough of Nicholas in baby shifter form. IT WAS SO FREAKING CUTE. I want a little kit of my own now! Plus, I just loved how Sam and the other adult shifters handled the baby shifters and how careful, but not dominating, they were towards them. I just couldn’t get enough!
My only big issue with this one is that Nicholas was a bit of a…. brat towards the end. That’s not really the right word but he definitely lived up to the temperament of a baby shifter… even when he wasn’t shifted. I found that odd when it happened because before then, he was such a strong character who refused to let any of his baby shifter tendencies show then all of a sudden, he kind of just forgot he was a strong shifter and embraced his whining and squealing. It was a bit disconcerting when it happened.
All in all, though, I absolutely loved this book. I loved Nicholas and Sam as characters and really enjoyed seeing them dance around their attraction. I also loved all the secondary characters and just had so much fun with this book! If you’re looking for something a little outside the shifter norm that was just a ball of fun, definitely give this one a try!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*