Book Reviews

Nemesis (Alpha Unit One 2) by Chris T. Kat at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Officers of the Law / Shifters / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 16-August-2019

Book Blurb

Nicky Reed may have won the battle regarding baby shifters working as policemen, but he’s not so sure about the war. His mate and superior officer, Sam Black, is still overprotective with a capital O. As a result, Nicky sometimes finds himself repressing some of Tiny’s—his snow leopard cub other half’s—natural urges. Which leads to frustration on Nicky’s part.


With a new drug called Nemesis killing in record numbers, Alpha Unit One must find out who’s behind this horrible narcotic and get it off the streets—a tall enough order without press accusations that baby shifters are to blame for the team’s lack of success.


Their investigation into Nemesis leads Nicky and Sam and the rest of the team into unexpected waters. Will the stress rip the squad apart? The baby shifters may find themselves unable to perform the job they love: protecting the people of New York City. And Nicky may be in over his head—in more ways than one.


Book Review

I remember when I finished book one in this series and I was hoping the author was going to continue this world, make it into a series, and have it resume to focus on Sam and Nicky. As much as I adored the worldbuilding and all of the characters that I met in ‘Alpha Unit One: New York’, I didn’t feel as if I really knew Sam and Nicky as well as I would’ve liked. So imagine my glee when I discovered the author was continuing the world and creating a series from it. I was so excited to read more about these guys, their team, and of course, Tiny, Nicky’s name for the baby shifter snow leopard cub he shifts into. (Hint: he might just be the most adorable thing I’ve ever read!)

Alpha Unit One handles the drug problems in New York City and the newest craze is Nemesis. Nemesis is responsible for so many deaths and the team is under serious pressure to do something about it. Nemesis is comprised of an enhancement gene, a whole lot of amphetamines, and hippo blood, specifically female hippo blood. The humans who are taking this drug are certainly feeling the effects of being a shifter – enhanced strength – but they’re dying in droves mostly from heart attacks. Sam and his team are on a deadline to figure out who’s behind this and the grumblings coming from the populace that the two team members who are baby shifters (Nicky and Connor) are inhibiting the team’s ability to do its job, isn’t helping matters at all.

I do enjoy the world in this series as listening to Tiny with his baby wants and needs is hysterical compared to Nicky in his human form. Tiny is also freaking adorable. I did find some inconsistencies which were frustrating and led to me not liking this story as much as I had wanted to. Overall, the drama with Nemesis was disturbingly predictable although written fairly well. I would love to see more detail and, considering the topics dealt with, more grittiness from NYCs bada** alpha shifter team. However, if you like baby shifters, fated mates, and sweet plus super cute, then this might be the novella for you.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 164 pages/49489 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-August-2019
Price $5.99 ebook
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