Curse of the Alpha: Episodes One and Two : Curse of the Alpha

  • by Tasha Black
  • Narrated by Addison Spear
  • Series: Curse of the Alpha
  • 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ainsley Connor is determined to turn her back on her shifter past.
But the wolves of Tarker's Hollow call on her to choose the next alpha, and Ainsley becomes the object of desire for every eligible wolf in the quiet college town.
Surrounded by seductive shifters, all desperate to claim her, Ainsley wants nothing more than to leave the pack behind forever. But her newfound passions will not be ignored.
Ainsley soon finds herself torn between the mysterious stranger with the dark secret, the gorgeous and loyal friend from her past, and the hunky sheriff that wants her all to himself.
And the shifters aren't even the strangest part of Tarker's Hollow.
As she struggles to come to terms with her true nature, Ainsley is thrust into the center of a steamy web of shifters, ghosts, witches and warlocks, caught up in a life-and-death struggle for control of the pack she tried to abandon.
But for Ainsley Connor, the toughest wolf she must face might just be the one inside herself.
Curse of the Alpha is told in six installments, or episodes, like a TV show. Each episode contains a cliffhanger to entice the listener to tune in for the next one. If you're not a fan of the serial format, all six episodes are also available in a complete bundle!
In Episode 1, Ainsley Connor is on a mission to get back to the penthouses of Manhattan before the full moon. Will the wolves manage to stake their claim on her before it's too late?
In Episode 2, Ainsley learns about the danger facing the pack, and discovers that someone she trusts is hiding a dark secret. Will she be able to restrain the beast inside as it struggles to break free?

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An engaging, well-paced story

If you've never read a "shifter" book, this story would be a good place to start. First of all, the main character is compelling and I felt connected with her story. What is interesting is that, aside from just a paranormal romance, the story feels like it is deeper than that... with a bit of mystery, and we see our main character grow and change and confront some serious issues. It is a fun and engaging read, and the main character's story has some complexity to it, that makes it more than just a straightforward paranormal romance.

Our heroine suffers a fair bit of tragedy (but I don't want to give away any spoilers or wreck the story with a plot summary) that lead her to some painful life choices, and repression of who she is, and some personal crosses she has to bear. She returns to her home town, after a period of self-exile/hiding, and she is confronted by a responsibility she's avoided till then - she is needed and she can't escape her own nature forever. Her romantic choice will be critical in determining what life path she chooses and have an impact on her role in the town - so the stakes are high. But it isn't as simple as just picking the guy she likes best. I appreciated that there was some complexity to the character, and that the story was neither overly complicated nor simplistic - an interesting mystery at times, and by the end of the story I felt drawn into and very involved in her story, her life. The writing itself is also strong, and the story is well-paced and well-developed, with a bit of mystery that unfolds well and characters that we come to care about/have genuine interest in.

Also, the narrator does a really great job, and it is very well performed - the characters seemed voiced in a distinct, compelling way that made it feel like real interactions, and the flow of the narration was solid and engaging. Also, if you like a bit of steamy sex scenes, the book delivers some of that that without being excessive or silly about it. In other words, it doesn't cross into the annoying territory of a "story" that seems to exist solely to kill time between bedroom scenes - that isn't the case at all in this book. Rather, these elements were used well, and often in a unique way, and served to increase the intensity of the relationships, and to illuminate some of the mysteries/dilemmas our heroine is grappling with.

The story is a cliff hanger, so I will need to read the next to find out how it concludes. But even though the story doesn't really end, it doesn't just stop - the ending is not at all unsatisfying and in fact it is pretty intense. On the whole, I enjoyed this story, which Tasha Black gave me for my unbiased review through audiobookblastdotcom. It was interesting and engaging enough that by the end I really want to know what happens next.
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- Grace C.

A must read / listen for wolf fans

What made the experience of listening to Curse of the Alpha: Episodes One and Two the most enjoyable?

The story was unique and captured my attention right away.


What did you like best about this story?

How it kept me interested the entire time.


Have you listened to any of Addison Spear’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I very much dislike Julian. Once you listen to it you will agree. Haha.


Any additional comments?

I received this story in exchange for an honest review. May contain mild spoilers.

Tasha Black does a wonderful job of creating a new and unique world in something that is continually visited. Ainsley is a beautiful and independent woman who is looking to pave her own way in life and choose her own destiny. When her parents are tragically killed in a car accident she returns to Tarker's Hollow and her childhood home. From there the story of her destiny begins to unfold.

Of course being the strong woman she is she refuses to fold to everyone's words of how she needs to return home.

While she's back in town she runs into a number of old acquaintances and friends including her childhood BFF turned hunky construction worker Erik. She learns from a friend of her father's that he wished her to mate with Erik.

She also comes across a new resident in Tarker's Hollow named Julian Magie. She's immediately drawn to him for his good looks and love of Russian literature. But all is not what it seems with the enigmatic Mr. Magie.

Ms. Black's world instantly draws you in. I loved how there wasn't a huge build up to the story and how she had to go back home. She was instantly there and the story begins with an action filled dream.
One of my favorite parts of the story is how Ainsley is constantly attracting good looking men. When her wolf mojo kicks in, no one stands a chance. She's quite the hot commodity.

I have decided that I'm Team Erik all the way. He seems so sweet and genuine. I think he would make a good balance for Ainsley.

I'm not sure why but I immediately didn't trust Julian. Something about him just didn't sit right with me. The end of Episode 2 leads me to believe that my judgement was correct. The only way I'll know for sure is to continue to Episode 3. I fully intend to do just that and believe you will too when you read the story.

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- Alysha M Parent

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2015
  • Publisher: 13th Story Press