Saturday, June 15, 2013

BOOK REVIEW...The Loneliest Alpha (The MacKellen Alphas, #1) by T.A. Grey

One look will change their lives forever.

Lingerie designer Alicia Clarkson just had to open her stupid mouth. Now thanks to trying to defend a fellow pack mate, Alicia’s been blindfolded, tied up, and carted off to the new alpha of the Oregon pack—Gavin MacKellen. 

However, the blindfold doesn’t come off so soon as Gavin reveals he’s searching for a mate. But Alicia’s curiosity gets fired up when Gavin refuses to reveal his face to her. Just what happened to him? He talks to her from shadowy corners and behind closed doors. The man is as allusive as a squirrely fox. But Alicia doesn’t play games and the quiet spoken, hoarse voiced alpha doesn’t stand a chance against her. They settle on an agreement, thirty days for them to get to know each other because that’s the only way this cowboy alpha will have it.

Gavin MacKellen needs a mate. But he knows no good woman would ever want to look at his face after the incident he suffered. After one look at Alicia Clarkson all his plans fly out the window. The woman’s beauty has stunned him damn near speechless. She torments his thoughts and Gavin finds himself yearning to know everything about her. He admires her creativity and intelligence, the cool way she handles herself in stressful situations. Most of all, he aches deep in his chest to taste her lips. Those beautiful sweet lips, but in order to kiss her without showing her what a monster he was, he has to get creative. 

A relationship forms and as love threatens to grow between them Gavin struggles to cope with his physical appearance in the face of the beautiful Alicia. Will she be the one to stand in the face of a monster and accept or will she turn her back on him as everyone else has?
Published June 14th 2013 by T. A. Grey
“Sweetheart, I’m gonna f*ck you till you can’t see straight.”

So before I begin, "The Loneliest Alpha" takes place shortly after book six of the Kategan Alphas.  Remember Vanessa Kategan and her marriage to Alpha Joseph Harrington?  Well, this is the aftermath of what happens to his pack after he is murdered.

Alicia Clarkson is a passionate lingerie maker who dreams of expanding her business.  After opening her mouth by trying to save a female pack member she is then taken to another pack as a possible mate for the newly crowned alpha in Oregon.

Enter Gavin MacKellen.  As an alpha, Gavin needs a mate to rule by his side but after a horrible incident that left permanent scars on his face who could even want to look or consider him?  He scurries the country for possible brides and is instantly taken with Alicia the moment he lays eyes on her.

Now the question is, how to woe Alicia into staying and becoming his mate and queen?  How will she react to his horribly disfigured face?  And with tensions on the line, old rivalries resurface, and a new enemy that threatens a huge betrayal to the pack and threat to Alicia's life, how will it all turn out?

My Casting For Gavin MacKellen

My Casting For Alicia Clarkson

My thoughts:

HOLY SH*T can't even comprise of what I'm thinking after I finished reading "The Loneliest Alpha."

Normally even though I may be a fan of a writer or some of their previous works there's normally a book or two that will fall short for me.  Well, not "The Loneliest Alpha!"  I swear, T.A. Grey knows how to write some addictive story lines with new and refreshing characters.  I was literally turning the pages at a rapid pace because I was so engulfed and captivated by what was going to happen next in the story.

I liked how this series tied into Ms. Grey's previous series on Lykaens, The Kategans.  It was a nice touch  and I really appreciated it since that is my all time favorite book series from Ms. Grey thus far.

Everything from the plot and characters in this story to the placing  were flat out amazing and just right which is NOT OFTEN for me.  There was never a time where I got frustrated with unnecessary plot gimmicks, character issues/personalities, or even problems with the pacing being too fast or slow so I really commend Ms. Grey on that.

My heart really broke for Gavin after he learned some hard truths within his own pack.  He already suffers major esteem issues from his appearance, personality (which I found funny since he's so much like me except for the alpha/dominating trait! lol), interaction with women, and his public dishonoring of his youngest brother in the alpha dual (which he of course won).  Then he had to encounter a MAJOR betrayal by someone who he trusted wholeheartedly? I wouldn't have known what to do in his shoes.  Some of the events I could predict but this one was heartbreaking.

Trust me guys.  This is a WORTH READ.  Gavin and Alicia's relationship was so plausible and complimentary to each other that I could see how they could "work" together as a couple.  I also found it so endearing that Gavin really wanted Alicia to come around on her own terms to want to mate with him and fall in love with him for him (scars and all).

"What if you’re the one?”
“The one what?” “The one woman who can stand to look me in the eye. The one who will give it a
chance. I need you to get to know me so you can see past my face."

And YES GUYS, there is definitely some steam factor in this book!!  I often had to fan myself from the sizzling chemistry they have for one another and the "smex" scenes. *wink wink*  ;)

Don’t know if I’ve ever felt anything this good,” he said roughly.
“Wait ’till you’re inside me.

“Holy hell, I have to get inside you,” he said against her lips.

“A lot has happened... but I don’t wanna talk about that right now. I just want my mate, naked, in my arms.”

I'm now a little curious as to where Ms. Grey is going to take the next installment, Hanna and Alex's' story.  I read the teaser at the end and am exhilarated.  Ms. Grey you are such a tease! *sticks out tongue*

My Rating:

-Overall : 10
-Plot : 9
-Writing : 9
-Characters : 9
-Cover : 9

1 comment:

  1. I love your review! Thank you so much! :-) The pictures are simply fabulous!

    -T. A. Grey