Audiobook Review: When He’s an Alpha (Olympus Pride, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

When He’s an Alpha by Suzanne Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The golden rule of shallow flings is not to get attached, right? Well, Havana Ramos broke it. Big time. There’s just something about Tate Devereaux that pulls at her. Assertive, compelling, and self-assured, the Alpha cat shifter pushes every one of her best buttons. Like really, really hard. Having overheard an enlightening conversation, she knows he won’t give her more than a fling—something, to be fair, he’d told her well in advance. If she doesn’t want her heart to get bruised, it’s time to end what little they have. It’s not like he’ll care or anything. Except … it turns out that he does.


Newly-appointed Alpha Tate Devereaux is never bothered when women walk away. He can’t exactly blame them, given his distrustful cat’s habit of withdrawing from relationships. But when lone shifter Havana ends their fling, everything within Tate rebels against it—including his cat. Even as she and Tate work together to crush the threat looming over her, Havana holds him at arms’ length. But if she thinks she can end their fling with no real explanation and that he’ll just tip his hat and walk away, she’s forgotten one very important thing—there’s nothing easy about shaking off an Alpha

When He’s an Alpha

So many unusual shifters!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎤🎧🎙🗣
Romance: ♥️🖤💙💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📘
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 🤕🤬🤯😲🥰

The heroine: Havana Ramos – a “loner” shifter, she is not a member of a pack or pride. Though she is best friends with other loners (Bailey, the black mamba shifter and Aspen, the bear cat shifter), and their landlord is Tate Devereaux, whom she is also having a fling with.

The Hero(es): Tate Devereaux – Alpha of the Olympus pride of Pallas Cats. Tate had once nearly bonded with a member of his pride who later left Tate for her true mate. Tate never wanted to go through that again, so now he has short flings with women but doesn’t get serious.

The story: Havana starts wanting more than a fling with Tate and knowing that he will never want more, she breaks things off with him. However for some reason Tate doesn’t want to give Havana up. So when there is a threat against Havana from a half-shifter named Gideon who is behind the kidnapping and selling of lone shifters, Tate swears he will protect Havana.

Like all of Suzanne Wright’s shifter books, this one has amazing supporting characters as well as a great storyline based on a person or group that presents a threat against the protagonists. I loved all the supporting characters, especially Aspen and Bailey whose animal were always fighting each other in the living room. Havana, Aspen and Bailey are all strong female leads who used to work for “The Movement” and each have their own very strong and terrifying animals.

There were also some great side characters like Dieder, a bird shifter who was an ex of Havana’s and Camden, a tiger who is best friends and roommates with Aspen but there seems to be more there even though he dates guys. I also loved Tate’s family. I love how his sister Elle acts like his brother Damien is the spawn of the devil due to his name and never lets up on him about it. They are hilarious.

Tate tipped his chin at their youngest brother, who was walking along the opposite side of the street with a friend. Damian waved at them.

Elle perched a hand on her hip. “Look at him strolling around like he’s a normal person and not the son of Satan. He blends well—I’ll give him that.”

Tate sighed. “Do you think you’ll ever reach a mental place where you no longer feel compelled to brand our baby brother the Antichrist?”

I just love that Suzanne adds all of these unusual animals as shifters, she added the pallas cats a while ago, but the addition of birds, snakes, bear cats, Tasmanian devils, bush dogs, cheetah’s and more just adds to stories. The romance was also super hot and steamy and there is plenty of humor and action to boot.

For some reason it took me a while to get into this story. It might have been because Havana and Tate started out having a fling. I really like the first meeting between the protagonists so I can get into the romance from the beginning. But I eventually did get into the story. The narrator Samantha Cook, was terrific, though I do like it better when there are both male and female narrators.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.


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  1. I somehow have fallen behind and NOT read this one??!! haha This book sounds so delicious, And yes its so unique that this author will have various animals and not just the standard ones that are more commonly used.

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