Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blog Tour, eARC Review & #Giveaway: Protector Of The Alpha (Shifting Needs Book #1) by Parker Williams

Parker Williams believes that true love exists, but it always comes with a price. No happily ever after can ever be had without work, sweat, and tears that comes with melding lives together.Living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Parker held his job for nearly 28 years before he decided to retire and try new things. He enjoys his new life as a stay-at-home author and also working on Pride-Promotions, an LGBT author promotion service.

Or you can visit his website: ParkerWilliamsAuthor.com 

Book Name: Protector of the Alpha: Shifting Needs Book 1
Author Name: Parker Williams
Pages: 237 pages
Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Laura Harner

Adopted at an early age by a wealthy family, Jake Davis’s life appears easy. Even in college, he is blessed with good grades and an apparently clear path to a pro football career. Good thing his best friend keeps hanging around to keep his head from getting too swollen. Zakiya Incekara has always been...odd. Being fluent in six languages and having a flair for international cooking should open the world to him, but those skills leave him isolated.When Jake sees Zak for the first time, with water beading down his slender form, something inside him shifts, and it hungers for Zak. To have him. To claim him. And Jake knows that whatever it is, it won’t be denied.

Jake's hand was rough, his skin dry. Zak loved how his fingers gripped tightly, but not so much that it hurt. Jake said nothing as they walked along the streets of the campus. There were few people around, but Zak did not care if everyone was watching them. He was confused as to his attraction to Jake, but it was something he could not deny.

The soft jazz music poured from the door of the pub when Jake pulled it open. Jake's hand on his lower back urged him inside. Zak sniffed appreciatively at the scent of Cajun spices, no doubt from the blackened catfish special. His stomach protested, and he heard Jake snicker, but he could not seem to raise the ire he should. Jake escorted him to a booth and allowed Zak to sit back against the brushed leather.
“Two dinner specials coming up,” Jake said brightly.
Zak gazed at Jake's hulking form as it moved away, marveling at the sinewy grace as he dodged patrons and servers. It was odd. He had never met anyone like Jake. He doubted there was anyone like Jake. He felt comfortable in his presence. Jake’s size did not intimidate him. In fact, that made him all the sexier. But his eyes were what made Zak melt into a puddle of goo. The way they twinkled in the dimmest of light. When Jake so much as glanced at him, Zak felt he was the sole thing Jake saw.
Jake turned from the bar, and Zak watched as the bright smile turn into a sneer. He dropped the tray, the catfish crashing to the floor, before he stalked to where Zak sat. Jake grabbed a man, probably about forty, by his throat and pushed him against the wall.
“You don't so much as breathe near him,” Jake snarled.
The man looked cool as he smiled and croaked out. “You are everything I had heard you would be, and more, my lord.”

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

I have lost count the number of shape-shifter, paranormal stories I have read but I remain a true fan. There is nothing like a good paranormal read, especially when the only aim for the day is to relax. 

Protector of the Alpha is a shape-shifter story with a twist. The expectations of the readers over how the usual story develops and the how the usual characters are going to behave will have to take a back seat for a lot of the unexpected comes in at the most unexpected times.

If one was to look at tags and it says alpha male, the immediate visuals would be of a hunky, uber-attractive man whose muscles bulge. They would eventually utter or cry out the inevitable primeval cry of 'mine' somewhere in the story when they meet their mates. In this case, these elements are all there, but the twist also starts from there.

We have Jake, the quintessential all-American quarterback with the looks, money and intelligence to make him irresistible, suddenly smelling his mate. Unfortunately, he knows nothing about the shape-shifter world neither does he understand why 'mate' comes to mind more often than not.

Then we have Zakiya Incekara, a smaller man whose ways and manners are somewhat courtly. I found him a strange one, especially when he started speaking using formal grammar and words the layman would need a quick dictionary app to know the meanings of. So we all look to the title and wonder, who is the protector of the alpha male in this story and where does this title come in? The answer is the other twist for it is unexpected and unusual. 

Now this is a simple tale but it turns out to be a complicated one by the twelfth chapter, which in my mind I consider as Part II of the book. This is right after the twists came out. It got me thinking that the story is now going to behave like the little formula that it should. Then another twist in the plot happens once again and suddenly the whole arc of this story goes into a very different direction. 

So the story finally meshes and Jake and Zak discover truths they thought had been nightmares. Foretold at birth, both Jake and Zak could not continue fighting against their converging destinies. They must either go and meet it head on or turn their backs forever on a people who may lose their lives to a cruel leader. Suddenly, they have responsibilities and truth of the matter is, they are really just kids who thought they were going to college and eventually find jobs. They never once thought to rush off to Alaska and be the saviors of a people they knew nothing about.

Although this has 237 pages worth of text, I found this a fast read. Well, fast in my case for I done and finished this in around two hours. No, I did not skip and no, I did not have to click forward for this is a very light read. What kept me interested was the way the story went and it continued to surprise me. I did see some minor flaws in editing; then again, what book has no minor flaws in any editing so I care not for that issue. What I did read is a simple tale that is not and this is just the first book. It may get more complicated. Especially when Jake's best friend, Casey, meets his own destiny... and the ghosts from the past appears.

Definitely wanting to know what comes next.

Tour Dates: November 11, 2014

Tour Stops:
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