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4 hours ago
StarBlue

Aria is treated poorly by her stepmother and stepsister, forced to live in horrible conditions and banned from going to school, though she loves to learn. Zane lives a life vastly different than Aria; he is a powerful business man who has the respect and fear of those around him. He is devoted to his siblings and mother, ensuring that they are well cared for after his father’s death. Zane’s father was murdered by a woman claiming self-defense, though this has not stopped Zane from pursuing his revenge against the woman. When Zane and Aria meet in the mall, their electrifying connection is undeniable.
Zane learns that his father was actually defending the woman from two male attackers, making him wonder why she lied. The woman is Aria’s stepmother; seeking answers, Zane kidnaps Aria, thinking that he can use her against her mother. When Zane discovers that Aria cannot help him, he does not give up his quest for revenge or the beautiful young woman under his roof. Zane’s desire for Aria’s body and soul becomes an obsession, something that is not immediately shared by the young woman. Will Zane and Aria fall in love? Or will Zane quench his desires and leave Aria behind?
This work has a lot of grammar and spelling issues that distract the reader from the story. It is difficult to get through one sentence without finding problems that slow the pace of the novel and keep the reader from engaging with the book. The formatting of the novel could also be improved, as it is sometimes difficult to know who is talking or whether or not a character is speaking or thinking. Overall, this work would greatly benefit from the help of a dedicated editor.
I appreciated the way the novel brought Zane and Aria together. After their first chance-encounter, they do not randomly bump into each other a few times. Though it seems like a coincidence that her step-mother was the one that witnessed the death of his father, this actually brings some good outside drama into their relationship. They met by chance, but they are stuck together because of forces outside of their control (at least outside of Aria’s control). This combination of fate and circumstance makes their meeting far more realistic.
Zane is definitely the stereotypical romance bad-boy that desires a woman who he has never met. He is a powerful businessman, someone who likes control and authority over others. To get answers, he’s willing to kidnap a woman he has only met once, instead of hiring a private investigator or asking the girl some questions in a calm way. When Zane wants someone, nothing stands in his way. However, his cliché personality makes him fairly boring and predictable. Yes he is a bad boy, but I have to assume that Aria’s love will soften and redeem him, so why focus on his bad behavior.
Zane proves himself to be possessive and very, very jealous, even before he and Aria begin a relationship. He has met her once and he is blind with fury when he sees her in the company of another man. Again, he has met her once for a total of twenty seconds. He has no right to be so possessive, not matter how he feels with her. This jealousy only gets worse as their relationship progresses, making him an unlikable character.
One point in Zane’s favor is his devotion to his family. He loves his siblings, especially his younger sisters. He takes care of his mother and runs the family company after his father’s death. He wants to prove his father’s innocence and spoil his young sisters with love and jewelry. While he may be intense and violent and hurtful with Aria, his devotion to his family is supposed to soften his actions and cruel behavior.
I disliked the fact that Aria is a bit of a shrinking violet who needs Zane to save her from her life. She lives with her abusive stepmother and stepsister, living off of their crumbs even though her father left her his fortune. I wish she had left her family, especially since she owes them absolutely nothing. She has been beaten down by life to the extreme, making her timid and weak. Even once she has the love of Zane, she considers herself too cheap and pathetic for him to truly love. I wanted Aria to take up more room in her own life, asserting herself amongst her family and her potential love interest.
Overall, this is an adequate romance novel that struggles with its grammar, spelling, and formatting. Aria is the classic shy and beautiful protagonist, while Zane fits the profile of the dark and brooding billionaire.

4 hours ago
StarBlue

Victoria has always dreamed of being her pack’s alpha. Her father refuses to pass the title to a girl, though she is far better suited to the role than her brother. She works hard in school and ignores the swooning of other werewolves over potential mates, instead focusing on her training and friends. Though the unconditional love of a mate sounds nice, she doesn’t want to play second fiddle to a man.
Victoria is shocked and frightened to meet her mate, facing the glares of the women around her as they awkwardly take each other in. She quickly excuses herself from the conversation and holes up in her room for days trying to sort out her emotions. Victoria is freaked out when her mate, Trey, tracks her to his house, though they didn’t exchange names or information. Though she thinks he might be a stalker and her brother takes an instant dislike to him, she agrees to go on a date.
She is disappointed when she discovers that her mate is the alpha of a powerful and influential pack. Her father is bursting with joy; he wants to see his daughter as the wife of an alpha instead of an alpha herself. Though she has a great time on the date, she is upset when she learns that her best friends gave Trey her information and helped to plan the date. Victoria wants a real connection with Trey, not a relationship built on the assumption that they are destined to be together. When Trey shows that he is not the typical Alpha, will Victoria accept that she can be a leader and a mate?
I absolutely love Victoria’s outlook on life. She is dedicated to her studies and her pack, wanting to become a leader in the business world since she will not become her pack’s alpha. Victoria is strong, courageous, and intelligent. She doesn’t care about finding a mate because she wants to lead, not support a leader. But Victoria is not totally against finding a mate either. She wants what she wants and she works to get it, even if it is something she never before expected. Victoria is a strong, realistic, interesting protagonist that carries the novel to success.
This novel twists a lot of the tropes and clichés of the paranormal romance genre. Instead of the male love interest rejecting the idea of mates, it is Victoria who is unsure if she has really received a blessing from the Moon Goddess. She doesn’t fight the urge to be with her mate because she has some idiotic idea that mates weaken a person, but because she is used to being independent. I can respect her for progressing slowly in a world where mates usually jump each other within seconds of meeting. Trey is not like other male love interests in this genre. He can be handsome and mysterious while also being kind and respectful. In a genre where female protagonists often suffer physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their mates, Trey’s immediate dedication and love for his mate is refreshing.
Victoria has to battle the social hierarchy and traditions of werewolf culture. Her father doesn’t think that she can be an alpha purely because of her sex, dedicating his attentions to his worthless son. Victoria doesn’t take this sexism lying down. She trains hard, increasing her skills and achieving high grades in school. Her dedication is twofold; she wants to prove herself to others, but she also knows that she is a born leader. Victoria knows her worth, even if the sexist culture in which she was raised does not. This does not mean, however, that Victoria is not flawed. She believes that having a mate will immediately place her in a secondary role. She does not believe that any man would let her lead or be an equal partner in the relationship, though Trey might surprise her in that respect.
I liked how this novel repositioned the relationship between Victoria and her mate. He is secretive and mysterious at first, making her caution something to be commended. Trey is the one that must chase her, instead of the other way around (which we often see in paranormal romances). It’s nice to see a male love interest chasing the female protagonist in a fairly normal, respectful way.
Call Me ‘Alpha’ is a shining example of what the paranormal romance genre could be. This novel couples a strong female protagonist with a respectful male love interest who is interested in his mate. While battling the deeply ingrained hierarchies of pack mentality, Victoria does not rush into a relationship with a man she barely knows, instead treating their relationship as a more traditional courtship to the benefit of the story.

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