by A.E. Via The King & Alpha, #1
Publication Date: September 23, 2017
Genres: Adult, M/M, Romance, Paranormal
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. All the while… his mate kept calling.”
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 two-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. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has an HEA.
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.
4 out of 5 stars
Prophesy is the very first paranormal story from author A.E. Via, and it happens to be the start of a new series.
The King & Alpha series is going to follow Justice and his brothers and one additional Alpha shifter as they find their mates. In this first book we meet Justice and his family, who happen to be part of the ruling class of shifters. Justice is the Alpha Zenith, which is the head of all of the wolf shifters. His three brothers, Alek, Taleb, and Mac, along with his sister Farica, make up part of his circle of advisers and protectors. Justice is in the middle of going to handle some rogue shifters who were provoking some of the local vampire population.
It just so happens that the King of all the vampires is in town to handle his people who fought with the shifters. Justice sees this is the perfect time to meet with the King and attempt to work out a plan for both their people. Little does Justice know that he's going to get the mother of all surprises the first time he physically meets Wick, the Vampire King. Their meeting throws Justice for the proverbial loop and puts a strain on both him and Wick for the moment. Now I'll leave the rest of the tale for you, the readers, to discover as you dive into this story. Because you're really going to want to read it.
So this is the first book in this series and while it does have some rough edges, mainly missing background and/or world building, it is still a very enjoyable book. This is in a different 'voice' for this author. It's not her normal OTT alpha male posturing with the heavy dose of action-adventure tossed in with things that get shot up or blown up or otherwise destroyed. This is an introduction to this new world, and with that different author voice comes a different pacing to the story. It's still engaging, and will keep you turning pages, but it may have you re-reading passages over to make sure you really caught what you read. Trust me that sentence will make more sense after you read Prophesy.
I generally enjoy this author's storytelling abilities and with this new series, that is no different. But as a huge paranormal fan I have a lot of unanswered background and world-building questions that I hope she'll fill in the blanks in the rest of the stories. I tend to like knowing the author's version of the mythology for her shifters and vampires and that wasn't there in this story. But again she has at least 4 additional stories planned in this series. (And I'm hoping that eventually we get Ramon's story ..even if it might be m/f). Overall though this kept my interest and didn't want to put it down while I was reading it, so it is well worth the read.
I highly recommend this book, both for fans of this author's and for those that love a good shifter story.
ABOUT A.E. VIA
A.E. Via has been a best-selling author in the beautiful gay romance genre for four years now, but she’s no stranger to MM. She’s been an avid reader of LGBTQ Romance for over fifteen years before she picked up her laptop to place her own kiss on this genre. She’s also the founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books, having published a couple great new up and coming MM authors.
A.E. has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Virginia Wesleyan College that she used to start her own paralegal firm after she graduated in 2008. She spent five years preparing and filing bankruptcy petitions for struggling blue collar workers who couldn’t afford to file with a lawyer. It was a rewarding and satisfying career… but another path called to her. Writing.
A.E.’s writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, to scandalous. Stories that often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
Now that she’s gotten over her 10 books published hump, she’s kind of known now for her hardcore, play rough and love hard, bad boy, alphas. However, she does like to push herself to step out of her comfort zone, exploring with different tropes, but she won’t push herself into a whole other genre. She’s head over heels for MM romance and has tons of more hot stories to tell.
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