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Alpha's Pride

K. Piet
S.L. Armstrong

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Alec and Nahale are feral-Maith, genetic offshoots from a fantastic race. Their clan is home to many kinds of feral characteristics, but the powerful predators—wolves and felines alike—are the protectors, hunters, and leaders. Both Alec and Nahele enjoy their arrangement, finding pleasure with one another away from prying eyes, but Alec's worries about their clan's security have long fallen on deaf ears.

Under pressure, Alec challenges Nahale for leadership of their clan, threatening to destroy the relationship they'd been building for years. Nahele is anything but weak, and his stubbornness could endanger the clan's stability, not to mention his own life. When push comes to shove, Nahele is confronted with the most difficult choice a leader can face: resist and maintain his pride or yield control of the clan to the feral-Maith he once trusted.

The evening bonfires were quiet. Tense. Alec was sure most of the clan knew what he planned to do tonight, even if Nahele didn't. Nahele's beta, Hyrad, should have sensed the rumblings, the intent to challenge, and told the Alpha, but Hyrad had never been that great of a beta. It was just one more reason Alec thought a change was needed. When the one who is supposed to be watching the Alpha's back can't be bothered, how was the clan itself safe?

He tossed his bowl of glistening meat aside, nodding when three young cubs sniff at it. There was no reason for the food to go to waste. The three descended on it hungrily, and Alec chuckled. A few months after he took over, if he took over, he'd need to mate with one of the strongest females and produce a litter. It had been years since he'd had cubs of his own. The cubs left nothing behind, and when the central bonfire had begun to die, Alec stood. His heart pounded in his ears, and he was afraid. As afraid as he was, though, he was just as determined. The clan needed him. The clan needed change, and he was willing to die to bring it about.

Alec stopped on the opposite side of the small bonfire Nahele, Hyrad, and three of the elder clan members claimed as their own. Nahele smiled when he approached, but when their eyes met, the smile faded.

"Alec," Nahele said, putting aside his empty bowl.

It was now or never. Alec took a deep breath, his voice carrying easily when he spoke. "Nahele, you are no longer fit to be Alpha," he said, and was surprised that his voice was so steady. "It's time for you to step down and another to step up."

5 - Cole at The Armchair Reader
"I liked this story quite a bit and I felt that we were given just enough information critical to make the story a success.... I certainly would have enjoyed an expanded story, with more of the external forces in addition to the internal strife between the two characters, but the story certainly works well as it is."

4.5 - M/M Good Book Reviews
"This is a great short that seemed longer than it actually was.... This is an erotic, brutal brilliant story that makes you wonder if our ancestors civilization started out like that and keeps us reading as we wonder if these two characters will sort out their differences to have what they had before. I think that readers who enjoy primitive races, hot sex, brutal vicious fights, dominance, love and a good story will love this one because I did."

4.5 - Zee at Fire Pages
"One tribe. One leader. One lover. ... This was one of my favorite stories in the [Wild Passions anthology]. The relationship between Nahele and Alec is not simple, as most real relationship are not, and the obstacles they face could destroy their friendship. The story is excellent. I was constantly engaged, and I enjoyed reading about the struggle of doing what one wants versus doing what is right. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4 - Cryselle at Dark Divas Reviews
"[This story] looks at authority and complacency as well as the relationship between two strong males. ... I bled with them because neither is entirely right or entirely wrong. ... [A] fine story. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4 - Alex at Between the Covers
"This story starts hot and heavy and ends hot and heavy, with love and pain as its filling. ... [A] well-executed story about the good of the clan overcoming the individual's pride and the benefits the individual can reap from that. The main characters struggle through their personal emotions and what they know they need to do while still loving one another. It is a touching, and at times heartbreaking, story. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4 - Jenre at Well Read
"The parts of this story which worked for me were in the character of Alec and his struggles, both internally as to whether he should do the right thing and challenge Nahele, and physically after the challenge. I felt all of his anguish and frustration, especially in trying to be a good leader. ... [W]ell written with some interesting touches to the setting. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4 - Tina at Two Lips Reviews
"[A] very well written book. I liked that even though the story is short the two authors were able to write it so that you felt as if you were reading something by just one person. The ideas they had blended well together to make a really nice story. I felt Alec's pain and strength shine through and I thought he was an amazing character, who I won't soon forget. "

4 - The Romance Reviews
"The story moved pretty fast and contained only a few sex scenes. However, I found each of the scenes hot and sexy. Since I enjoy rough sex and forced sex, I was happily humming with delight at the forced sexual submission. What I enjoyed most about this story was the emotional aspect of two lovers who become opposing forces. While they still love each other but one does everything in his power to hurt, it moved me. The added mix of D/s submission brings a smile to my face."

3 - Leenie at Review Roses
"The story is short but it ask can a submissive, one of the clans gamma , become a strong leader when a clan is in need and can a Alpha, who is a Dominate, learn to follow when it is in the best interest of the clan? It captures the struggle of Alec and Nahele. and I found myself rooting for them, even as they struggle to find there way in the new lives and that even as a new Alpha its always alright to let your inner submissive out. It is worth reading, The sex scenes are hot, aggressive. "

Series

Wild Passions

Length

13,100 words
22 pages

Release Date

December 09, 2011

Book Type

Short Story

Categories

Gay

ISBN

978-1-937058-35-7

Cover Art

Nathie Block

Keywords

anthropomorphic, violence, dubious consent, fantasy, M/M, friends with benefits