Book Reviews

Breaking Up With The Alpha (Dark Hollow Wolf Pack 6) by Shannon West at Secret Cravings Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-March-2013

Book Blurb

Nicky’s living his happily ever after with his handsome mate Marco. He thinks he’s finally getting his life together now that the Hunters are gone, and he and Marco have the relationship he always wanted. When Marco falls desperately ill, Nicky sees his world crashing around him. Nicky’s prayers are answered when Marco awakes, but he’s horrified to discover that the illness attacked the bloodmatch, and Marco has no memories of Nicky and their life together. Even worse, Marco has reverted back to the overbearing, dominant alpha Nicky first met. Desperate to regain what they had, Nicky agrees to the D/s relationship he never really wanted, but unable to be submissive, he asks Marco for a separation, only to discover that Marco can’t let him move on. In despair, Nicky runs away. Can Marco find him and regain what they had? Or will they lose each other forever?


Book Review

This was a tough book for me to read. I loved that it focused on Nicky and Marco, from book 1, but the blurb made me dread it at the same time. What do you mean – they break up? But – they love each other, why in the world would they break up? And let me tell you, this story is as heartbreaking as it sounds.

Marco is acting weird. I mean, weirder than normal. It was pretty clear what happened, but it takes the pack a while to figure out what caused his changed behavior, and it leaves little room for hope. The Marco in the fist book, traditional and a domineering bastard is back in full force, but this time, he isn’t even sorry for what his demands do to Nicky. I'd have had a far more difficult time being understanding for so long than Nicky!

Nicky has no idea what to do. He loves Marco deeply, but he isn’t submissive (except for in the bedroom, and even there it is more play than a serious behavior for him). I thought it was heartbreaking how hard he tries, because he thinks he wants Marco at any price, but it just doesn't work and he has to leave.

This is the most emotional book in the series yet. Probably because Nicky and Marco have been there since the beginning, and kept appearing in all the books. But also because the problem is very real: what if you cannot like what your partner needs? What if you try to be the person your partner wants but it makes you truly unhappy? "Love at any price" is proven to be unworkable and the fallout is painful. If you like stories with tons of emotion and heartbreak, if you enjoy the drama of two lovers becoming truly incompatible, then figure out how to deal with it, and if you're looking for another story dedicated to Nicky and Marco, then you will probably like this book.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 102 pages/35432 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-December-2012
Price $4.99
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