An Alpha's StormTitle:  An Alpha’s Storm
Series:  Water Bear Shifters #1
Author:  Sloane Meyers
Published:  November 25, 2015
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Borrowed with Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Panda shifters are the rarest, and most legendary, of all the bear shifters. And Brett Smith is one of them. When tragedy leaves him without a clan, he hides out in the United States Coast Guard, using his beastly, alpha strength to save lives on a daily basis. He’s used to getting what he wants, and when he meets a beautiful marine biologist who sends his bear into a frenzy, he can’t help falling in love. She’s hesitant to let him in, however, and when she discovers that he’s been keeping shifter secrets from her, she refuses to even speak to him anymore.

Aubrey Carter is a busy woman. She pours her heart into her job as a marine biologist, and doesn’t have time to deal with a boyfriend. But when she finds out that the handsome stranger next to her at the bar is actually the Coast Guard rescue swimmer who saved her life, she’s tempted to make an exception. After discovering, however, that he’s been keeping deep secrets from her, she goes from curious to angry. She swears never to talk to him again, but she can’t seem to stay away. Is it possible that she still needs saving, and that he’s the only one who can rescue her?

Can Brett make amends for his mistakes before it’s too late? And will Aubrey finally open her eyes to realize that true love is worth the risk? Find out in this steamy bear shifter romance.

The Shifters in this series might spend a lot of time in the cool ocean waters, but they are still steamin’ Hot – which means 18+ readers.

Ready for a new Sloane Meyers Shifter Series?  Then read on for my thoughts about An Alpha’s Storm.

I have a special love for the first book in any new series.  The possibilities are endless, these are brand new characters to get to know and love.  And when it’s done right this first story will do the world building we need to fall into these characters lives naturally and with an understanding of why they are and some of what makes them unique.  Or why we should care about them or their situation at all, basically.

In An Alpha’s Storm the first of the Water Bear Shifters series, we are given everything we need to fall into this world easily within the first chapter.  There has been an epidemic within the panda shifter world, the rarest of all bear shifters.  A virus has wiped out clan after clan of men, women and children.  Even worse, it wasn’t a natural virus but one created by scientists specifically to wipe out the panda bear shifters forever.  An enemy whose hatred is so fierce they would destroy an entire race.

Four men, four panda bear shifter alphas have survived against all odds.  Brett, Lance, Ben and Ace are the last members of their clans alive.  They cannot stay where they can be easily found and killed by their mutual enemy.  The four alphas will bond together, determined to survive and make their way into hiding in plain sight, among the humans who would destroy them if they knew of them.

An Alpha’s Storm is Brett’s story.  Working as part of the Coast Guard’s rescue team Brett has found a way to make a life for himself among the humans and work that requires his strength, agility and intelligence as a member of an elite rescue team.  This night they are called out to find survivors of a boat capsized.  Here he will meet Audrey and his life will be forever changed.

Audrey is a marine biologist with an extremely chaotic and busy schedule.  She simply doesn’t have the time for the annoyances of a relationship.  Men get angry at the lack of time she has to offer them, jealous of her work and in the end just as she is beginning to care for them – it’s time for them to walk away because she cannot provide them with the time and attention they feel they deserve.  And they aren’t totally wrong she is forced to admit.

She and Brett meet again, by the fates perhaps, in a crowded bar.  They move from friends, to friends with benefits rather quickly – but mainly because Audrey will accept nothing deeper.  When an event happens that changes the dynamics between them, each is forced to face what life would be without the other.  And what risks are a necessary part of loving someone else.

I enjoyed An Alpha’s Storm very much.  As the first story in the series, it quickly set the background, and introduced the main characters in a natural, easy flowing way.  Brett and Audrey were a fun couple.  Each leery of being hurt again, each with their own ideas of what a relationship would do to change things between them.  When push comes to shove, Audrey has a decision to make.  And she certainly doesn’t make it easy for Brett along the way.

It’s a good solid beginning.  And I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the alpha’s stories.

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