The complete collection of The Alpha Trio!
Among the hidden world of the supernatural, the secret Shifter police squad known as the Alpha Trio is renowned for their fierce expertise. Only the best fighters ever rise to join their storied ranks.
Emilian Lupei and his brothers are the best of the best. But even they need a night off to kick back and relax!
While sampling the night life at 5tM, the hottest club in the city, a gorgeous young woman stumbles into Emilian's path and it’s just his luck that she’s being chased by a vampire.
Now he’s got to deal with the potential supernatural incident on his hands. But that's not his only problem...
Even more importantly, will he be able to keep his hands off Cat, the luscious human woman who needs his help?
Please stop putting Ana Vela in erotica...b/c none of her books are!
Frustrating... Yes the story was good...somewhat...i got bored after story two...but seriously...none of these stories are erotica... the smexy is skimmed over... hardly even mentioned...
Narration was ok.
Not even a recommendation b/c you expect one thing and get another... Ugh!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Cats & Dogs (Alpha Trio #1)
Quick yummy little read! Not a lot of story here but what there is was well developed.
Cat is sassy and fun, while Em is deliciously Alpha!! Oh yeah, expect the smexy!! It hits hot and heavy! Delicious bit of steam makes a gal feel all warm and fuzzy.
Things happen quick, but it is a short read. I can also buy into the whole mate lust link. It happens often in shifter books.
This is like the beginning of a great story, I would love to see it expanded. There is so much possible with these characters.
The New Girl (Alpha Trio, #2)
The second book in the series is just as yummy as the first. We get a little more of the overall story and another brother mated.
Drei is the leader of the group and a delicious bad boy! Pair him up with Cassandra who is sassy and independent, instant fireworks!!
The steam here is a step beyond normal, when your gal can read you thoughts things get hotter!!
It is another nibble of a read. Short story that carries on the plot of the first book. Quick and to the point, I wish it were longer.
Can't wait to read the last brother's HEA.
A Special Taste (Alpha Trio, #3)
The last of the brothers to find his mate, Grig is lucky Kall came along to save hid drunkin butt!!
Uber-hot steamy action is serve up in the smexy scene!! I am talking some serious foreplay and wicked sex! A girl just can't get enough of that kind of reading!
The story finally comes to it's conclusion in this last short story. It was a really interesting mini-series and I would have loved it to be longer. Terrific concept that has great potential for more.
I listened to this book on audio and found narrator Meghan Kelly delightful. She does a very nice job with all the voices, she keeps them distinct and consistent. The men had a nice deep timber and the women had a smooth sassy quality. It was a nice steady read, evenly paced. I like things a touch faster so I switched to double speed.
This is a really interesting little series of short stories. I would love to see them expanded and made into at least novellas. The character and world building is really well done for the short time frame. Definitely had me wishing they were all longer.
Each book is sold solo or in the collection. I highly recommend getting the collection as individually they are quite pricey. While they are well written and engaging, the price is a little steep it you buy each book separately. Get the collection for a fair prince and enjoy them all at once.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Good story, could have had some more details about families and societies, but no internal contradictions to drive me crazy. Performance wise, the narrator speaks very fast. I listen to it at about 75% speed to feel less breathless.
Note: This book is composed of three separate, stand-alone short stories: Cats & Dogs, The New Girl, and A Special Taste.
In regards to the collection, each story follows one of three Lupei brothers and a woman. Emillian (Em) and Cat feature in the first book, Andrei (Drei) and Cassandra in the second, and Grigore (Grig) and Kall in the last. The three brothers are wolf shifters of the Alpha Pack and work in a kind of supernatural police force. Their mom is their boss. The boys like to blow off steam at the night club, 5tM, in the VIP section. They tend to run into vampires there and do what werewolves do when they meet a new vampire – attempt to kill it. But all that is just back drop for the sex, for this is, indeed, erotica. No doubt about that. Over all, all the parties involved are gorgeous and the sex is hot. Below is a short review of each individual story.
Cats & Dogs
For some reason, Emillian brought a rather silly and immature girl as his date to 5tM. He’s bored with her. Luckily, he notices a scuffle in the back alley and rescues Cat Dennis. His mere presence scared off the foe, so he can get right to the business of charming the slightly scuffed young lady. Vampires are soon on the scene however and Em must whisk her away to his apartment (where she will be perfectly safe…. in his shower) while his brothers fight the evil undead. Sparks build between these two and pretty soon Em is opening up to her a little, and then she spreads her legs and they have a very good time. There’s a mystery surrounding Cat and danger continues to be an issue, but for the moment, she can enjoy nuzzling her new-found shifter lover.
Em gets a background, a job, real thoughts, and real lines. Cat eventually gets a job (though we learn almost nothing about it) and no background. She also doesn’t get insightful lines or thoughts. So, I found her rather vapid. The sex between the two was hot, but since I wasn’t connected to Cat, I couldn’t get into it that much.
The New Girl
Andrei is the biggest, most heavily muscled of the three brothers. He’s also very tall. So it is very rare for anyone to ignore him, especially straight women. But there is this red-headed barkeep (Cassandra) at 5tM that is doing just that and it is extremely aggravating to Drei. I think this is good for him, pushing him to grow his interpersonal skills. So the boys and Cat end up in the back alley again, and once again silly vampires show up and attack. Grigore is injured and needs tending to pronto and, luckily, Cassandra knows just what to do. Of course this freaks the Lupei brothers out, since she is a mere Mundane human and shouldn’t know anything about shifters or vampires. Turns out Cassandra has a special gift and she is whisked away to Alpha Pack headquarters. There, the Big Boss (the Lupei brothers’ mom) decides she needs round the clock protection for a while. Drei offers to keep her entertained….with his manhood.
More bedroom gymnastics ensue and it is super hot! Cassandra has more personality and backstory than Cat, so I was intrigued by both Drei and Cassandra in this story. It made their mating more intimate.
A Special Taste
Grigore is starting to feel like the fifth wheel at the party – both his brothers have Mates and are into public displays of affection. Grig is wallowing in his single, unattached stud status one night, drinking way too much. He ends up in the alley behind 5tM and is ambushed by several vampires. Lucky for him, a dark-haired warrior swoops in and rescues him. They have to hide for a bit in a dark sewer where they over hear some nefarious plans by the vampires (and make out a little). Once safe, Kall introduces herself and lists her demands. She has an idea of why the vampires keep returning to 5tM and how to stop them for good. But she is also a highly capable warrior….and something more, and the more could be a threat to the Alpha Pack. She is whisked off to Alpha Pack headquarters where she tells her story and lays out what she knows. Plans are made. The warriors must rest before they act, so Kall and Grig end up sharing a room with bunk beds. However, instead of sleeping, earth-shattering sex occurs instead.
This was my favorite of the three and I think it is because Kall had the most back story of the three ladies. Oh, and she is a badass warrior too. She’s armed and wears practical boots for vampire stomping. Also, the sex scenes were more aggressive as Kall likes telling her man exactly what she wants.
Narration: Meghan Kelly did a great job with the voices. Each of the brothers had a distinct voice but all sounded related. She had distinct voices for all the ladies. She even had hissy vampires voices (when needed). Mostly, she pulled off all the sex scenes quite well with no hesitations. The parties involved all sounded like they were having a very good time.
Have you listened to any of Meghan Kelly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is the second book of Ms. Kelly's I have listened to. The other, The Advocate's Betrayal, was set in the children's court system. These stories are a totally different genre than the other book. Ms. Kelly shows wide range in voices, tempo and inflections. I would like to listen to more of Ms. Kelly's work.
Any additional comments?
Alpha Trio is a trilogy of stories about the Lupei brothers. The brothers, shifters/werewolves, are an elite team out to fight vampires. Each brother gets his own story and his turn to shine.
Ms. Vela writes a good action packed story and the romantic description is hot, but I felt some of the dialogue during the sex scenes was a little ... sophmoric. It played like a bad made for cable soft core movie. I think if the dialogue could be fixed the story would get at least 4 stars from me. I would like to see where the Alpha Trio goes from here.
I would recommend these stories to my friends who like their paranormal steamy but can take the dialogue with a grain of salt.