Novel: Alpha Unit One, New York
Author: Chris T. Kat
Genres: Paranormal, Shapeshifters, Romance
Part of Book Series: Alpha Unit One (#1)
Summary: 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.
Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.
Usually, when alpha shifters are mentioned, immediately we relate them to the omegaverse genre. Although the Alpha Unit One Series centered around animal shifters and a heavy topic on mates, the similarities ended there as it doesn’t feature any Mpreg.
The series took a twist on baby shifters – humans who transform into baby animals regardless of how old they are in human years. This situation resulted in a lot of prejudice and inequality in society, taking away their choices and putting them in the hands of their mates or guardians. As baby shifters are known for their playful nature, it was almost impossible for them to join the dangerous field of work, such as the police force. But the MC, Nicholas Reed, was about to change that.
What I liked about this book is that the baby shifters are so adorable! I absolutely loved it when Nicky got all whiny and playful like a cub should be. It put a smile on my face when I imagine such a tiny little thing go around partaking in dangerous missions and shorten his mate’s life by attempting to give him a heart attack each time.
The plot idea was uncommon and interesting, but I noticed sometimes the issues were repetitive. I knew the focus were about mating a baby shifter, dangerous job, bla, bla bla, but I didn’t need it to be mentioned in every other chapter. Also there were too much PDAs of a straight couple in this book (not that I have anything against it) but if I want to read about them, I would’ve chosen an M/F romance instead.
Overall, it wasn’t a bad book at all. The cute characters made me enjoy the book quite a lot and it was a good change of scenery from all the dark books I’ve been reading.
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