Sep 17, 2013

{Review} of Surrendering to the Alpha by Lia Davis

Surrendering to the Alpha by Lia Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Paranormal Romance
THEME: Mature, Magical, Shifters
AUTHORS BLOG: Lia Davis' Blog

Ashwood Falls’ leopard Alpha, Keegan Andrews holds onto the pain of his deceased mate as his own personal hell—a reminder that not all things are what they seem. The Pack Scribe, Addyson Lewis is no exception. She’s intrigued him like no other since the day she stumbled into Ashwood territory about twenty-five years ago. When he discovers that just being near her calms the storm inside him, he can’t stay away even if it means exposing her to the evil she tried to escape.

Over a hundred years of psychological torture at the hands of the rogue Onyx Pack has left Addyson with no memories of her life before captivity and with the inability to control her psychometric nature. Anything or anyone she touches sends her into their darkest past and secrets, causing her pain she wouldn’t wish on anyone. Without the ability to control it, she’s forced to deny her leopard the connection she craves from the Pack that welcomed her with love and without judgment. That is, until the day Keegan involuntarily touches her bare skin and she finds the peace she’d craved for far too long.


Lia Davis brought back my love for shifter romance novels, I’ve been at a slight hiatus and this book got me out of my slump. Surrendering to the Alpha is the third book in the Ashwood Falls series, but can be read as a stand-alone. I have just finished the first after reading this one. Even though the first introduces you to this magical world of shifters I felt I was able to connect to the character easily in the third.

Surrendering to the Alpha follows Alpha of the Ashwood Falls leopard Keegan Andrews. He’s has had a lot of ups and downs through his long life, a down being the loss of his wife after a tragic incident and luckily has his children to keep him strong after all these years. But then he meets Addyson who has caught his attention and seems to light the fire that went out so many years ago. Their attraction to each other is undeniable but with the pain of his past and the threat of the enemy getting closer, will Keegan and Addyson find the missing piece in their hearts or will something stand in their way.

Keegan is a mans man, tough and used to being in charge of everything since he has been Alpha for hundreds of years. But he has now decided to step down from his position and let his eldest take over. One of my favorite parts of this story is the family bond, how sons and daughters are so close and respective of their parents. There is so much love and dedication to protect their kind and families. Keegan also has a lot of pain from the past and through out this story discovers some shocking things about his wife and tries to move on with Addyson. She seems to help him get rid of the pain. He and Addyson have such a smoking hot connection and Davis really knows how to make the readers love them as a couple and hope they can get through all the challenges thrown at them.

Addyson is a complicated character, she is known as a Scribe in her pack. Sadly she feels the pain of others when she has skin-to-skin contact, except for when she touches Keegan. She is still learning about herself and magic, it’s nice to see a powerful character still innocent and trying to start her life over after her sad past. The one piece to Addyson story, which we didn’t get, too much information on is her past, which is missing from her memory. I’m hoping in the future books Davis will go back and mentioned it.

Overall this is a nice quick read, I do feel this could have been longer since there was so much that could have been touch on. I liked learning about the magic of the packs and that even the enemy had some shocking secrets. I will definitely be continuing this series and look forward to catching up with these characters as well as the other who were introduced. This is a shifter series that focuses a lot of family, magic, and of course love.


This is an adult novel meant for mature readers for it’s sexual content. Fans of Rachel Vincent’s Shifters series and Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series will enjoy Surrendering to the Alpha.

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