Title: Longing for Shelter (Alpha’s Homestead: Book Three
Author: Alex Jane
Length: 264 Pages
Category: Paranormal, Shifters, Western
At a Glance: One of the things I enjoyed about Longing for Shelter is that it managed to engage my emotions towards the characters. I did have a couple of laughing-out-loud moments, especially when Seth was talking about his uncle’s living arrangement, but there was also a moment that I shed a tear for Seth.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: Seth Mason arrives at the Alphas’ Homestead under duress. The Council have made it clear that if his cousins, Caleb and Jacob, can’t tame Seth’s wild ways his very last chance will be used up and he’ll have nowhere left to go.
Seth is horrified to find that he’s going to have to spend a year living in the backwaters of Nebraska. He hates the Alphas. He hates the dirt and the horses. He hates the nearby town and everyone in it.
In fact, the only thing he doesn’t hate is Malcolm, the deputy sheriff. Unfortunately, Malcolm doesn’t seem to feel the same, especially when Seth uses his bad behavior to try to get the deputy’s attention.
Jacob feels for Seth—knowing what it’s like to lose family—but when his cousin’s bad behavior turns the town, not only against Seth but against all the werewolves at the homestead, he has to put his sympathies aside and fight to save his family and the place he’s called home for the last five years.
Sometimes the only shelter we can find from ourselves is in the hearts of others.
Review: Out of the three stories that have come out in the Alpha’s Homestead series (a historical alternate reality series where werewolves live amongst humans), I feel that Longing for Shelter is the best.
Seth starts off as a bit of a butthead and as I became familiar with his character, I couldn’t help becoming more and more motherly towards him. He was sent to Caleb and Jacob as a last ditch effort to help save this rebellious young man from himself, and the fate that awaits him if he can’t conform to pack rules.
As I learned more about this young man, I felt Seth was acting out his grief and guilt towards being the only surviving member of his family (his pack was brutally murdered). He came across as a lost soul who had trouble making any kind of connection with any of the Alphas that were there to help, and it seemed that his trouble with the law was more in the lines of self-destruction and a cry for help.
At one point, I didn’t think there would be any way that this young man would come around.
Then he meets Malcolm, another outcast because of his Indian heritage. Now, the two don’t get off to a good start when Seth enters the town saloon for a drink, and mistakes Malcolm for one of the “workers”. Seth propositions Malcolm, who turns out to be a deputy that works for the town’s sheriff. But eventually, the two tentatively become friends. And Malcolm has his doubts about Seth since he’s always manages to get himself in trouble. But there’s something there between the two that they have in common, and it eventually helps ground Seth.
One of the things I enjoyed about Longing for Shelter is that it managed to engage my emotions towards the characters. I did have a couple of laughing-out-loud moments, especially when Seth was talking about his uncle’s living arrangement, but there was also a moment that I shed a tear for Seth. Where I actually could see where this young man was coming from. Bout broke my heart, that scene.
For me, Longing for Shelter is a 4.5 Star rating, and even though I think it can be a standalone read, it doesn’t hurt to read up on the previous two stories.
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