Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Duty of a Beta

Title: The Duty of a Beta
Author: Kim Dare
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-489-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Shape-shifter
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

As the new pack Beta, Gunnar takes his responsibilities seriously. One of those duties is to take Alfred, the pack troublemaker, as his intended mate. He knows what’s expected and is determined to carry out his Alpha’s wishes, even if doing so just about kills him, body and soul.

The problem is that his eyes keep straying to Talbot, but that doesn’t mean his plans to mate with Alfred need to change, does it? The Alpha mates of his pack believe in love, but Gunnar’s life is ruled by responsibility and duty. But if that’s the case, why can’t be keep his hands off the sweet little body of the pack Omega?

The Duty of a Beta is book three in Kim Dare’s Pack Discipline series and since the plots and characters are so interconnected, I recommend they be read in order

I’ve liked Talbot since his introduction, so I’ve been waiting to see this sweet little Omega get a story of his own. But I must admit I was surprised that stoic Gunnar was his perfect match. These two are as opposite as opposite can be, but somehow it works, even if poor Talbot spends a great portion of the story convinced he’ll never have a chance of a happy life with the man he loves.

That was one aspect of the plot I found confusing. It’s a known fact that the Alphas believe in love matches—both themselves and Steffan and Francis in the last release—so why wouldn’t they believe in something similar for Talbot and Gunnar? That a love match would be acceptable for one pack couple and not another didn’t make sense to me.

The overall pacing is fast, and the character development good…even if I did have trouble warming up to Gunnar until near the end, and the sex is sizzling hot. I look forward to the next release in the series, Love of a Mate, featuring Caden and Alfred.

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