Author: Chris T. Kat
Book: Alpha Unit One, New York
Page/Word Count: 161 pages, 51K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Shifter Romance
Release Date: 27th July 2018
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood
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.
5✨s – What a great take on human/shifter society by Chris T. Kat. Shifters have been apart of the general population for around 50 years now but there is a stigma against small animal shifters and baby shifters – when someone shifts, their animal is still young in age, regardless of their human age. Nick has made it to his dream job, as a part of Alpha Unit One. He just needs to keep calm and ensure no one finds out about him. Which is fine, until he meets his Team Leader, Sam Black – Lion shifter, and the rest of the team which is made up of shifters and humans. Sam needs to figure out what it is about Nick that is getting to him. He’s human so there’s no reason for him to be feeling so much around the human. With the team becoming more hostile, he’s struggling to understand what’s going on. Events eventually lead to the truth coming out, as it inevitably does, and Nick and Sam allow themselves to accept their connection and become mates. However, because of the laws in place, will Nick be able to stay in his job or will Sam keep his promise? I really enjoyed the change up in the shifter story line and found it intriguing as to the baby shifter dynamic in the community. It leads to secrecy but also the basis of the criminal element of the story. The characters are introduced very well, we get an overview of the team and enough details to intrigue, wanting to know more about them all. I’m hoping for a follow up with others on the team or with Nick and Sam and how they adapt to their relationship whilst at work. Nick has a lot to worry about while at work, the possibility of revealing himself bringing more stress than the work could ever do. He knows he’s capable and a good fit on the team but he’s fighting against years of oppression towards his kind. Sam you just instantly know is a big man physically but also with his presence. He loves the members of his team like a family but it’s amusing reading him trying to work out his attraction to Nick. His reaction to finding out about Nick, however, is not good. It’s a good thing he comes across as the caring alpha, wanting to love and dote on his mate. The best parts for me, is when they are both shifted. Freaking adorable! The supporting characters bring such a lot to the book. They have fun but are serious about their work and the safety of the ones that need protecting on their team. The other part of this story regarding drugs and a previous attack on a separate Alpha Unit, brings the team to the edge. Fighting against each other and the bad guys gives us a good story alongside the mating of Nick and Sam. I definitely recommend this book and am hoping that there is a book two for Alpha Unit One, New York. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
About Chris T. Kat:
Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to Chris loves to write and to read. She writes whatever floats her boat, which means her stories vary from contemporary to paranormal, fantasy, bittersweet dreams or sci-fi. All of her books have a strong romantic element and she’s happiest if she can write about shapeshifters. In real life, Chris is a teacher and couldn’t have hoped for a better job. She’s blessed with a wonderful and supportive family.
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