Molly Reviews and Giveaway: Taking a Stand by Bronwyn Heeley (An Alpha’s World Book 1)

One Werewolf. One Vampire. One night.

Dem lives in a world ruled by two things: the moon and his alpha. Something inside of him has always yearned for more, and a chance encounter with a vampire helps Dem realise what he craves. Now that Dem knows what he wants, is he strong enough to reach out and take it?

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This is one of those books that’s really hard to review because what I expected the book to be, what the author likely intended the book to be, and what the book reads as are three different things. I also have a feeling what Ms. Heeley intended the book to be and what the book reads as isn’t exactly in line with each other either.
My expectation going into the story was  little more romance than is actually there. Which is fine because I was able to throw that expectation out pretty quickly when I realized I was reading an erotica with a bit of plot thrown in. There’s more plot than your average erotica and I have to say I was completely fascinated by the pieces we are given and I really hope the next book in the series delves more into the plot aspects here. There’s a bit of world building I enjoyed and wanted to know more about the rules behind shifters because it seemed completely different than I’m used to. I also hope to see more about why there’s tension between vampires and shifters. I can feel that story there right on the edge and I’m eager to know more.
The sex scenes in this story are really good. The first one reads as dubious consent though I don’t know if it’s intended that way. We are dropped into the middle of that scene and I feel like if we’d gotten to see how it started the consent would be far more obvious. Or it may be far more obvious dubious consent. As it stands it was kind of either/or and ambiguous. The second sex scene, and the bulk of the story is this scene, is so very hot. The BDSM is obvious and you can feel Dem’s emotions more clearly here. His need to submit but struggle to give in because it’s against the rules. We’re never told expressly why that is or why shifter as a whole seem to have that need to a varying degree. But it’s very clearly a hard and fast rule that Dem struggles with. Those emotions are wonderfully written.
However there are some aspects of the story that just didn’t work. There are a handful of plot holes that needed addressing. The feeling of being dropped into the beginning mid scene was jarring and would have benefitted from being fleshed out more. The ending was abrupt.  There wasn’t much explained or resolved. It just, ended. You can tell there’s an attempt at making a happy-ish ending. It just didn’t fit with the rest of the story.
Overall I think if you’re looking for a hot BDSM erotica and can look past plot holes and ambiguous consent then this definitely is one to pick up and read. But if you’re like me and are going to see them and question them, you may not get what you’re looking for.
Three and a half

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