Call Me ‘Alpha’

“I hate this fate. I am pretty much born to grow up, find my mate, be a good wife and pop our babies for him so he can continue his family name. I am sick of this! Why can’t female wolves become leaders? Why can’t we become Alphas? I am well capable of making important decisions without a man’s approval. I am a much better role model than my brother is! Life can be so unfair! Especially in the werewolf community. But I don’t let that stop me. I am doing pretty well for myself.” (Call Me ‘Alpha’, Chapter One)

“Great. Another Alpha. I know the type. Powerful, cocky, strong and dominating. They’re all the same. I have met a lot of Alphas in my life. I have not been a fan of a single one of them…I suppose, I always wanted to be a leader, not a leader’s partner. Someone who stands by him and supports him through his duties. No. I refuse. I will not be someone’s house wife. I am destined for much greater things. If he thinks I am going to do his cleaning and pop out his babies on his demand, he is very mistaken.” (Call Me ‘Alpha’, Chapter Seven)

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.