Review: Avoiding Alpha by Aileen Erin

Posted 22 May, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Avoiding Alpha by Aileen ErinAvoiding Alpha by Aileen Erin
Series: Alpha Girl #2
Publisher: Ink Monster on May 13, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 147
Reading Challenges: 2014 Fur and Fangs Challenge, 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Prequel and Sequel Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
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Seventeen-year-old Tessa McCaide has come a long way since her abrupt entrance into the world of werewolves, but she still has just as far to go before she’s comfortable with turning full wolf. In the meantime, she’s avoiding the topic of shifting to four legs any way she can. Thankfully her mate, Dastien Laurent, is quite the distraction.

When she finds her best friend, Meredith, getting sick in the bathroom, Tessa knows something’s majorly wrong. Meredith was cursed years ago, and the dark magic kept her wolf dormant—only now the wolf is awake, and that same spell is killing her.

Tessa has no intention of sitting around while Meredith wastes away. Even if it means playing with magic she doesn’t understand, she’ll do anything to save Meredith’s life. Including bargaining with the local coven of witches and its crazed leader, whose only goal is getting Tessa to join the witchy ranks.

Can Tessa save her friend without losing herself?

reviewCheck out my review of Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl #1)

Favorite Quotes

 “‘How much attention do you pay to our bond?’ Holy shit. My mate was blushing. I wasn’t sure I’d ever seen him blush. ‘Please tell me you’re not going all creeper on me and looking in twenty-four-seven.’ ‘Creeper? Really? You’re my mate.’ I widened my eyes. ‘What would you call it?’ ‘Keeping watch. You do have a tendency to get yourself into crazy situations.’”

Why I Picked It Up

I absolutely adored the first novel in this series, Becoming Alpha, so I had to see what happened next.

Plot

This novel focused on the fact that Tessa’s best friend, Meredith, has become sick because her wolf is fighting the curse that the witches placed on her. And if Tessa can’t find a way to quiet her wolf, her best friend will die. This novel takes place over merely a day, but it seemed so much longer than that. Tessa does a lot of dangerous things in this novel to find help and with all of it going on I found myself frequently forgetting that it all happened in one day. Erin was able to draw this day out extremely long—and she did it very well. By the end of the novel, she had me crossing my fingers in suspense of what would happen.

Leading Lady

Tessa was the leading lady in this novel, as she was in the previous one. In this novel, she comes to learn more about her witchy heritage. She travels to the coven and learns more about magic in this novel than the last. But she is also having trouble controlling her wolf—she is hesitant to shift and it’s something that she struggles with for the duration of the novel. In this novel, we really see Tessa’s selfless side—she is willing to risk anything and everything to save her best friend. It made me love her character even more.

Leading Male

Dastien would be considered the main male protagonist in this novel. Dastien was the rock in this novel, always there for Tessa for support, even though he was dealing with the impending Tribunal. We didn’t see quite as much of him in this novel, seeing as the main focus was Meredith and Tessa. But he was there and as calming as ever.

Romance

“‘We’re mates. Two halves. They can’t separate us. I won’t let them.’ He paused. ‘You asked me what you do for me. Well, you balance me. I never laughed this much before you came into my life. Sure, you get into crazy situations, but I like being there for you. It makes me happy and keeps things interesting. I like that I can do things for you. Sharing my life with you is like the best Christmas present ever. Don’t doubt what we have.’”

There wasn’t too much romance in this novel, again because the main focus was helping Meredith. But Tessa and Dastien did have their moments, which was nice. They got along with each other just as well as they did in the previous novel, with both of them being pretty Alpha but getting along well because they love each other. I wish there would have been more romance simply because I love this couple so much, but that being said, I didn’t really even realize the lack of it until I was finished reading: the plot was that captivating.

Other Characters

This novel revolves around Meredith and calming her wolf. We finally get Meredith’s story about her curse in this novel, which was something that I had been wondering about after reading the previous novel. We also get a glimpse into Meredith’s love life, which was interesting to say the least. We learned a lot more about Meredith’s back-story in this novel.

Conclusion

Avoiding Alpha was another fantastically written and engaging novel from Aileen Erin. It hinted towards the Tribunal, which is hopefully what the next installment will be about. This novel was as great read and I couldn’t recommend this series more highly.

4 Stars

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About Aileen Erin

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Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd—from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

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