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The Alpha's Pet

(Dark Hollow Wolf Pack #1)

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,024 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Nicky Anderson is living a normal, if hectic life as an artist and part time waiter in a large city, when he’s attacked by a mugger who slashes his throat. When he awakens, he’s naked, and surrounded by large, muscular men. Nicky feels an immediate attraction to Marco, the most handsome man Nicky has ever seen, which is strange, since Nicky is straight. His attraction is o ...more
ebook, 120 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Dark Hollows Press
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Beck
"Darling?"

"Yes Baby-Pet-Mate-Snooky-Fucking-Uppims?"

"I'm a 'Chick with a Dick'!"

"Oh Goody...because I'm a Big Bad Wolf who likes being misogynistic so the fact you're "pretty enough to be a girl" makes it so much easier to treat you like shite!"

"Oh Master...sigh...tell me again what an idiot I am so I can have more of my self-esteem eroded!"

"Come here Baby...let me spank you into submission because, after all, this IS erotica and we have to incorporate some sex into this drivel..."

Ack!
ReviewerLarissa
May 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
WARNING: this review may contain spoilers!

Oh man this one messed up book.

it has a lot of potential, despite the over-descriptive writing style and downright bad phrases (He wanted to go to sleep with Marco’s dick in his mouth and suck on it like a pacifier) SERIOUSLY?! And there are many more like that.

I like that there is a resistant mate, who doesn't instantly become the perfect mate and fights for his right.

However, it was poorly executed. Marco never explains anything and he wonders why Ni
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Daniel
rated it did not like it
Mar 08, 2013
Bookivore
Jul 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
❤♡♡♡♡

Usually, I'm a big fan of werewolves and shapeshifters stories. But this one didn't do it for me, essentially because of the heroes.

Nicky wasn't the kind of character whom I would sympathize with. He was weak, passive, whiny and childish. I didn't like him at all. He went along with everything that was ordered to him, without demanding explanations or protesting too much (for example, see the tattoo part). He rebelled a little in the middle of the book, but it didn't last. At the end of the
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Lasha
May 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Serena Yates
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, shifters
A werewolf story with a difference is pretty hard to write. Hundreds of them are already out there and while the mythologies and exact details vary, a lot of the basic assumptions and the ways they interact with humans are actually pretty similar. One of them is the ‘machoness’ of the dominant werewolf partner and the submission of the physically weaker human. Want to see a different way this can go? This story has an interesting twist in that dynamic which had me pay close attention to what was ...more
C.
May 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
i don't usually write reviews, but wow.

this must be one of the worst things i've ever read. ever.
if could give 0 zero stars i would.
Bob
Jul 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is possibly one of the worst books I've read recently. The writing is technically sound, however there is little else to highlight. The concept of a resistant mate is poorly executed, with very little believable emotion between the main characters. Marco, the dominant alpha male, is completely unyielding and his approach to pursuing a relationship with Nicky feels a lot more like abuse than love. This issue is compounded with some generally ridiculous concepts like giving Nicky his finger t ...more
Plainbrownwrapper
Jul 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mm
Some notes while I read --

"Nicky considered his good looks to be a curse, one he could gladly do without. He didn’t like a lot of attention over his handsome face. Around age eighteen, when he realized he had blossomed into an extremely attractive man, his good looks only served to embarrass him."

Really?? Sounds like the setup for a classic Mary Sue character. Gag.

"All of his focus, his entire center of being honed in to the man standing beside him as if he’d been waiting for this one person all
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Neyjour
When I see a book (in a genre I enjoy) that has a ton of reviews with drastically opposing ratings/comments (4&5 star reviews with glowing comments, and 1 star reviews that completely rip it a new one) I get intensely curious...

So, I decided to give this one a try. And...I'm definitely in the "haters" camp on this one.

I understand that Nicky was acting out of character simply because of what had happened to him. That being turned had affected his mindset and "instincts", making him react in
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Penelope Frost
Mar 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
I really had a hard time finishing this one. I hated how the 'pets' where treated with no dignity at all, and since our MC had more backbone than the rest of the pets, he *oh of course* was going feral (It's been a while since I read it so I can't remember if that's the term they used).. I would have HATED HATED HATED being turned into a pet, I think I just might have done anything to get away from there!
rain city girl
May 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, having finished it, I would not recommend it. It was hard to get through, but I wanted to give it a fair chance. The D/s relationship, even once things were resolved at the end, felt forced and somewhat non-consensual. There was very little believable or relatable emotion in the story. It's possible it just wasn't the book for me, but I felt strongly enough to want to let others know what I thought.
Ruth
May 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ugh. I actually like alpha/omega, D/s, and dub/noncon, but this still fell flat on all levels.

The scene where Nicky meets Marco for the first time? Bad writing aside, yeah, it was hot for me. But then I was supposed to accept that the two of them were "in love", even though Marco was nothing but an abusive douchebag? No thank you. Either have it all be consensual or have the rapist be an actual rapist, don't use that horrible rape-is-love trope.

I might have accepted this story and the plotline i
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Al
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not to be taken very seriously, though obviously there are werewolves in RL.
So, it's naughty. Lots of taboos. Lots of filthy knotting and lusty sex , some of dub con and all of it hairy. But...
Also, I quite liked the characters. I might read the rest.
Lexi Ander
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-shifters
I almost stopped readying this because I thought the author got the whole D/s role play wrong. The synopsis is a little misleading because the definition of what a proper "pet" should be, and do, is the whole angsty question. So I am glad that I pushed through to see what would happen.

The first half, was the world building. The second half I really got into and didn't put it down. Overall, I really enjoyed it. My one wish would have been Nicky questioning/fighting the blood bond since he had bee
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Hc
While I found some of the sex scenes hot, the overall theme of the book frankly... sucked.(view spoiler) ...more
Amarilli Settantatre
2,5 - Dunque, alcune cose non le ho digerite.
Prima di tutto la struttura sociale stessa di questa presunta comunità di licantropi e dei loro pet.
Mi ha infastidito il fatto che vi sia una costrizione iniziale e costante di un soggetto rispetto all'altro nella coppia. Per quanto tutto ricada sotto l'alibi "siamo compagni di sangue", è anche vero che l'umano viene prelevato dalla sua vita, catapultato nella nuova comunità (per il suo bene e per la sua protezione, ovvio...) e ridotto a fare il comp
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Lorraine Lesar
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Their have been some very mixed reviews on this book, I personally, LOVED it! I kept my mind opened when I read this and I admit, at times, I thought " what the hell!" but I wanted to know where the author was going with this and the point she was trying to put over. They say "love is about compromise" and the clever use of words and situations that the author used to convey this was amazingly well done. She took us on a love filled journey, that neither party was expecting, exploring the all en ...more
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Not sure what all the fuss is about. I enjoyed this story - yes it is forced mating/dubious consent (perhaps non consent but by the end I think you'd have a hard time showing that). The characters were pretty good - a darn sight better than some I've seen in D/s books. The patronizing attitude had some reasons -- that were shown later to be a bit on the faulty side but I think the author did a good job explaining things. The renegade's really brought to the forefront how tradition and "the way w ...more
Anna
Apr 28, 2015 marked it as dnf
DNF. In the first few pages of this book, one of the MCs is forced to have sex with the other. (view spoiler) ...more
Maddie Xenidakis
May 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Though the story behind this was interesting, it didn't deliver. This book really wasn't well written at all. There's a lot of telling going on and little to no showing. They're in love with each other - sweet. I get it. Love at first sight, blood-mates and all...but I really did NOT feel it. At all. I didn't fall in love with the characters. Oftentimes I just wanted to slap the crap out of them for being and/or talking like idiots. There were also way too many misogynistic messages that I absol ...more
★ ☆ Booksaholic ★ ☆
May 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Wow...Just wow, this book was horrible. Well it sounded good, but it was not. I think maybe i could have gotten around the pet stuff. maybe. but then the sucking on stiff like a pacifier was just too much. From the way the description was worded i thought nikcy would put up more of a fight,especially with him being straight him just giving in was a disappointment. I would not recommend this book.
k reads
Sep 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: quiltbag, read-2013
Ugh. Just so poorly written. All tell, no show, insta-love dreck. There was no real emotional thru line and the sex scenes were along the lines of stroke this, insert that and then - amazing orgasm! And I hated all the characters, especially the MCs.
Gabriel
May 23, 2012 marked it as hell-to-the-no
Shelves: gave-up, just-no
I give up. This has been on my currently-reading shelf since May 2012 & I have not gotten any further in it.

This book, for the 30 or so pages I read, have nothing but annoying, selfish, arrogant characters.
The main character, Nicky (I had completely forgotten his name) is so into himself, he doesn't even realize that there's more in the world than his looks & sex.
Let me post a few quotes taken directly from the book itself:

"Steven was the first gay man Nicky had ever really gotten to
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Elisa Rolle
This is the classical Alpha male/omega male pair, with Marco, the Alpha of his pack, finding and mating with his fated companion, Nicky, who is human and above all a man, while instead Marco has, more or less, always preferred women (even if he has experienced also with men). Plus also Nicky, even if small and pretty, is straight, never once he has felt sexual desire for men. Nicky is not homophobic, his best friend is gay, and so, first he had the chance to discuss about man on man sex, and als ...more
Melissa
Apr 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
DNF. This book borders on abusive control more than Master/slave/submissive. It was a total turn off. I'm sure further on there is a slight difference when it came to the Rogues mentioned...but omigod this was highly abusive territory where Nicky couldn't or any other pets (don't get me started on that either) could speak up. Brainwash anyone? Cult anyone? Bad vibe from the get go. I'm sure it could have been executed differently, but I just couldn't get past the no explanations from Marco, the ...more
Scott  McQuiston
Jun 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is awful, just awful. I hated nearly everything about it. This isn't a D/s relationship, it's a slave & rapist. I hated the forced feminism of Nicky. It was more of an insult to subs & women than anything sexy or kinky. I hated all of Marcos numerous endearments which I felt weakened him as a dominant character. The climax of the book was actually leading up to something I found somewhat interesting, and then the author just yanks the rug from out of under you, contradicting ev ...more
True
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
*sigh*
okay...what can I say about this book right now? Some scenes had me chuckling a little bit. The whole using his master's dingle as a pacifier was just...funny to me. I don't know why, but I couldn't stop laughing. Nicky did seem a little too "unaware damsel" if you know what I mean. If i ignored just about everything that made a lick of sense I enjoyed the story.
I really, really wanted to get into this story :( I just couldn't.
Shannon
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let me just start by saying that I rated this book so high maybe because my expectations were so low. It was so much better than I was expecting. Yes, it had some cheesy parts but I actually got teary at one point. For real! A little different take on the normal shifter book in that the non shifters become "pets". Intersting and really fun! It fit in the "Bratty Bottom" perfectly. :)
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