Reviewed by: Amanda
Rating (out of 5): 3 stars
Note: while this review will be spoiler free, it may make reference to previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Beauty Dates the Beast.
Readers first met Savannah and Connor in Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter, when Connor’s pack kidnapped Savannah in an attempt to flush out the female wolf they swore the Paranormal Alliance was hiding. When they finally met to do the exchange, Ramsey stepped up and claimed Sara as his mate… and Savannah was pregnant.
On the verge of going into heat when she’s taken, Savannah lucks out with Connor, the only decent member of his pack. He fights to free her, and when he can’t, he helps her through her heat.
Oh gee darn. Such a hardship.
Except when it’s all over, Savannah wants nothing to do with him. Connor’s been in love with Savannah for years, and he refuses to give up even as she pushes him away. She’s his mate, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get her to see that.
I wanted to love this book. I was intrigued by Savannah and Connor in Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter, and I was eager for their story. And there were certainly parts I loved and squee’d over. So let’s start there. Connor was everything I hoped and dreamed he’d be. Sweet, protective (and growly with it), with an easy charm and just enough alpha in him to make you sigh. He didn’t have it all figured out. He made mistakes, couldn’t figure out what he’d done wrong, and then he’d get frustrated. It was a welcome shot of normalcy and put him at the top of my book boyfriend list.
I had some issues with Savannah. While they both had communication issues, I felt hers were worse—she just wouldn’t talk to Connor and made him have to guess at what was bothering her. Still, I could sympathized with her; she ended up in her current condition because of Connor’s family, and the heat took her choice away. But even that ended up annoying me, because she starts off rationalizing it, and then afterward, she’s hurt and angry, but still doesn’t bring this up to Connor.
The plot felt comparatively thin compared to the first three books in the series, focusing mainly on Savannah, Connor, their non-relationship that kept trying to be a relationship, and the impending birth of their kids. It takes a good portion of the book for them to put aside their problems, so when they do, the ending felt rushed. Some of the best parts of the story, though, revolved around them trying to teach the Primordials about modern life. There’s a scene at the grocery store that had me snort-laughing (imagine giant toddlers. In a grocery store. Yeah).
Alpha Ever After isn’t quite the satisfying conclusion I wanted for Savannah and Connor, but it did give me Connor, and that is absolutely appreciated. If you’ve read the other books in the series, it’s worth a read.
Sexual content: graphic sex