This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
About The Book
The golden rule of shallow flings is not to get attached, right? Well, Havana Ramos broke it. Big time. There’s just something about Tate Devereaux that pulls at her. Assertive, compelling, and self-assured, the Alpha cat shifter pushes every one of her best buttons. Like really, really hard. Having overheard an enlightening conversation, she knows he won’t give her more than a fling—something, to be fair, he’d told her well in advance. If she doesn’t want her heart to get bruised, it’s time to end what little they have. It’s not like he’ll care or anything. Except … it turns out that he does.
Newly-appointed Alpha Tate Devereaux is never bothered when women walk away. He can’t exactly blame them, given his distrustful cat’s habit of withdrawing from relationships. But when lone shifter Havana ends their fling, everything within Tate rebels against it—including his cat. Even as she and Tate work together to crush the threat looming over her, Havana holds him at arms’ length. But if she thinks she can end their fling with no real explanation and that he’ll just tip his hat and walk away, she’s forgotten one very important thing—there’s nothing easy about shaking off an Alpha.
More, she shimmered with a feminine alpha energy that seemed to light her up from within. It glittered in those exotic, almond bluish-gray eyes that were framed with thick dark lashes.
When He’s An Alpha is the second book in the Olympus Pride series which is the current series that is being written by Suzanne Wright. At first glance, this book has a A typical theme that is in all of the shifter romances that this author has written. All the characters are alpha, can kick ass, and are fighters. While their set of circumstances are a bit different, there is a sense of typical style that can feel the “same” at times. But these books will have certain quirks that will work for many readers. I do love immersing myself in Suzanne Wright, but I will admit, that I don’t think that I could read a bunch of her books in order from each other. But every once in a while, it definitely has its own feel of being a “treat” but sometimes I do wish that I could get something different from these books.
“No one could ever replace Gaia for me. There’s no room in my head or heart for anyone else, and there isn’t enough of me left to give anyway. I’m not a full person without her, and I don’t wish I was. Because the parts of me she took with her when she died were all hers to take.”
Havana Ramos broke the golden rule of flings, and she let her emotions and her heart gets involved and now she will have to be the one to break the sexy relationship she has had with the alpha Tate. When Tate and Havana got together, they agreed that it would be for sex only, and emotions were too sticky. But when Havana overheard Tate talk with his brother about them and how it was just for a physical release, it was like the moment of splashing cold water on the face, clarity entered her mind and she knew what needed to be done before she became too emotionally invested Tate even though she feared she was too far into it. But when she tries to break it off with Tate, something happens that neither of them expects, that the relationship that has been building between them is two-sided. Tate doesn’t want to let Havana go. He has kept relationships simple mostly due to the betrayal he and his cat suffered and doesn’t want to risk being hurt again. But he is coming to realize how much Havana means to the both of them, and he will need to fight for her if he doesn’t want to lose her. But now there are dangerous men that are after Havana, and he wonders if he will be able to protect her and prove to her that he is worthy of fighting for,.
His cat hissed and clawed at him, wanting him to move, move, move and get to her. And the internal battle that Tate had been waging against the urge to brand her just … ignited. It became a rampant storm inside him that whirled and whirled and whirled. It then abruptly swept outward, smashing his mental shields into nothing. Like that, a primal knowledge hit him so hard it almost made his knees give out. He took a shuddering breath as several emotions rose up out of nowhere and thundered through him. Satisfaction. Certainty. Pride. Possessiveness. For months, he’d subconsciously prevented that primal knowledge from sinking in. Right then, he didn’t fight it. He let it take hold. Let himself accept it. Havana Ramos was his true mate.
What I Loved
There were so many aspects of the story that I definitely loved with every beat of my heart. I was pulled very quickly into this story. I had a blast with the sense of the humor that is reflected, there is some fun bonds of friendship that is built. I absolutely adored the three-way women’s friendship that is built with Havana and the women that she rooms with even though they are all a bit CRAZY!! But its the type of outrageous,, you can’t help but be amused. I did really respect how they always have Havana’s back but I did like that they aren’t like vengeful towards Tate in this situation that happens. The sexy scenes between Tate and Havana were super steamy and I absolutely loved it, Wright definitely knows how to write her sex scenes that is for sure. Tate was such an adorable hero, it was a delight to see him work to win Havana back in his life, but he also has vulnerabilities that I found so endearing. I did like that both Tate and Havana have relatable qualities to them. The sense of danger that builds within the story was pretty well thought out, and it kept me on my toes.
His cat puffed up in affront. “I don’t brood.” “So says every dominant male shifter. In reality, you’re all experts at”
What I Struggled With
The sense of sameness among this author’s characters, they are always around the same and have similar qualities but have little differences that if you are new to her writing you might not notice it, But I have read most of her books, and yeah, they feel the same to me. Like her heroes are the A typical hero in most romances, to be honest, so nothing new there. However, I like more personality dynamics in my heroines, and they are always alpha heroines who can kick ass and nothing different to them. For example in the world there are all types of women that are shapeshifters that aren’t always alpha females, some are more submissive in the pack but have their own strength. I would love to see more heroines like those (they deserve HEA’s too).
I found When He’s An Alpha to be an engaging, edge-of-your-seat, thrilling paranormal romance that kept me on my toes and delivered in sparks of humor and paranormal delights.
This was what her inner devil wanted in a partner—a male who’d protect, treasure, and avenge Havana. And, feeling it was time, the animal let the mental door finally creak open. And the mating bond snapped into place.
Title: When He’s Alpha
Author: Suzanne Wright
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Length: 318 Pages
Storytelling Quality: 3.75
Story Itself: 4
Character Development: 4
Writing Style: 4
World Building 3.5
Feels + The Romantic Heart 4
Cover Art 4
Overall Rating of the Book
Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy
Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.
Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.
Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.
The Olympus Pride
When He’s Dark-Pub 2020 #1 in the Series
When He’s Alpha-Pub 2021 #2 in the Series
When He’s Sinful-Pub 2022 #3 in the Series
When He’s Ruthless-Pub 2023 #4 in the Series
About The Author
Suzanne Wright lives in England with her husband, two children, and her Bengal cats. When she’s not spending time with her family, she’s writing, reading, or doing her version of housework – sweeping the house with a look.