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Topping the Alpha

(Trident Security #4)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,099 ratings  ·  146 reviews
"A delicious mix of domination, submission, and suspense." New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nicole Edwards

Getting involved with your brothers’ friend and employee is never a good idea, but after being dominated by Jake Donovan for one night, Nick Sawyer wants more. A Navy SEAL, Nick’s been the alpha in every relationship he’s ever had, but now finds himself
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Published November 20th 2015 by Samantha Cole
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After the hesitant start with the first book, I am really glad that I have continued with this series. I will say that they are pretty formulaic and you can guess what is going to happen (not in precise detail but a general outline) plot wise, but that isn't a bad thing when you really like the books.

Of all the couples so far, I think that Jake and Nick are my favourites. I enjoyed how their story progressed, their ups and down and the way Jake guided Nick through discovering his sexual submiss
Joseph Tonlet
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Joseph by: JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Really enjoyed this book. Strong, healthy subs really trip my trigger.
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Joseph Tonlet
Shelves: ebook, mm, bdsm-d-s

Review by The Blogger Girls.

This is book 4 of the series, but I started with it, as the other stories are all M/F. The author does a great job of getting the reader up to speed on who all of the other characters are, and I think this could easily be read on its own.

Nick is the youngest brother of the guys who run Trident Security, who also happen to be doms with their significant other subs. Nick is a Navy SEAL who is visiting the brothers while on vacation leave. He isn’t into the BDSM scene, t
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Topping the Alpha (Trident Security Book 4)
Samantha Cole
5 stars of six pack “toppings”

So … ladies we are back in Tampa and we finally are getting the good on Nick Sawyer, the youngest of the Sawyer clan. Now Samantha is a tease … from the word go she puts us in a hotel room with Nick. And then … yeah, no you aren’t getting that from me. But, we do know this is Nicky-boy and The Reverend’s story. If you don’t know who that is then you need to go back and learn your Trident Security men.

Before we
Debbie Hanson
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arc received in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, will Samantha Cole ever not hit the nail on the head? Yet another fantastic Trident Security story, this time focusing on Jake and Nick. Now it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out this is not her normal hot alpha saves young heroine... Oh hang on, yes it is, but with a different perspective.

Nick has returned to his brother's at Trident Security while on leave for some R&R from the SEALS. But it is the presence of Jake Donovan that ha
Leen Van Den Eynde
Yet again, another great Samantha Cole story. She really knows how to get a reader's attention and keep it from start 'till end.

This time, we get a closer look into Jake Donovan's life and his ghosts from the past. When the youngest of the Sawyer brothers is in town with a 4 week leaf from the Seals, the attraction between both men is undeniable. While Nick doesn't understand his submissive feelings and tries to give them a place in order to make this relationship work, Jake has a whole other ki
" Topping the Alpha" is the fourth book in the Trident security series, one I somehow skipped.
However once again, the pages fly by , I fall in ove with the couple and am so happy that our Reverend is finally going to be a happy man.
Jake " Reverend" Donavan, was a member of Seal team four and now a member of the Sawyer brothers Trident Security team and Dom in their BDSM club,mouth Jakedoes not do relationships and when he does it is rare, but a night of giving into his desire a month ago after D
Caroline Brand

This is book 4 in the Trident Security series and the first one that is MM. Apart from a few references to past events and not knowing how all the other couples got together it reads easily as a standalone. Trident Security is a family business that is run by Nick’s two older brothers Dev and Ian. As well as the security business they also own an exclusive BDSM club.

Nick Sawyer is a Navy SEAL and is home visiting his brothers for a month. The main thing on his wis
Becky Cox
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book in this series, but it didn't hinder the story not having read the first three. Jake is all alpha and works for Nick's brothers at Trident Security.

Nick has been away on a mission and is home for a visit and to attend a wedding when he hooks up with his fantasy man Jake. Completely unexpected on both of their parts I believe.

Nick is on leave and comes to stay with the family for awhile, hoping to pursue the relationship that started at the wedding. Things don't always go a
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book # 4 in the Trident Security series. I recommend reading this series in order, since it will help with reader enjoyment and understanding. I am certain this story can be read on its own - but if you can make it better, why not?

Nick meeting Jake was inevitable. Jake works with his brothers at Trident Security. Nick had just been home on leave when he had been out of town or on assignment. Jake and Nick getting together at Nick's brothers that was unexpected.

Jake cannot
5 stars. Oh how you spoil us 2 hot alphas for the price of one! This is the fourth book in the Trident series and it's Jake ' The Reverand' Donovan's turn to find his true love. Nick Sawyer is Ian and Devon's baby brother and a navy SEAL on leave and comes to visit. Jake has done his best to avoid Nick after their one night after Devon and Kristen's wedding. Throw in a teenage girl (who Jake had previously helped) in danger and you have a fast paced story of a couple who both have to face their ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The tops

Okay had mixed feelings going into this book. While not a homophobic I still am not comfortable with a M/M relationship. Jake works with the Trident guys and has secrets that prevent him from falling in love. Nick is the youngest of the Sawyer brothers and has never told his family he is gay. Him an f2f Jake hook up for one night, that neither can forget. Jake fights his attraction to Nick when he comes to visit. Meanwhile Jake is drawn into helping a young lady get her life back. Can Ni
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Okay, if you like cookie cutter

Been done better by better M/M authors. Stereotype military style characters and BDSM. No passion in the sex and could not connect with the characters. Absurd plot line for the ostensible "action" scene. I'm sure all the 5 stars are from the authors m/f fans, but I'd bet those stories are the same formula. And get an editor or proofreader. It's "hollowed" cheeks during a BJ, not "hallowed". Something is "alluded" to, not eluded. And its "discreet", not "discrete" i
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
M/M is not what I normally go for, but if it's in the middle of a series by an author I like, I'll read it. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. In the past m/m books I've read, there's been tons of sex, kind of overdoing it. There was a perfect balance in this book. Although the beginning of the relationship seemed a little rushed, it evened out and did not distract.
I enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Chantelle Bouffanie
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hot!!! This is one of my favorite MM story. Jake and Nick are so good together. Nick is the youngest of the Sawyer brothers and has never told his family he is gay. While Jake is an ex-Navy Seal and is apart of the Sexy Six Pack. This story is hot, steamy, and sexy. This is book four of The Trident Series. It's a MUST READ!! Definitely worth having this series. You won't be disappointed in this series. I can't wait for the next book in this series. Keep up the amazing job Samantha!! ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My first M/M book and it was super mega worth it!!! i love the story of Jake and Nick .. and i'm looking forward to read more and see more of these two in the other trident security books.. i'll come back and write more about Jake and Nick as is one of my favorite couples of the Trident Security Series.. ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We get Jake's story in this book. Jake is attracted to Nick Sawyer, the baby brother of his boss. He and Nick hooked up once and Jake is determined is won't happen again. Nick is just as determined it will.

Nick is on leave from his Navy Seal Team and volunteers to be backup for Jake on a job to help a young girl. Will Jake get his HEA. Read this book to find out!
Oct 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I should have read the previous novels first. The story is all right and the narration well done. It's just, all those characters. Everybody mentioned is getting a whole paragraph what happened before. And a lot of people are mentioned. A lot have their own point of view too. Add to this the constant mentioning and explanations of storylines from the past, and I am lost. What plot line am I supposed to remember? ...more
Janet Faes
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They seem to be doing a lot of nights out and time together when they are trying to save the girl. But other than that, I like Jake and Nick a couple.
Alexis Woods
I'd been seeing this book advertised for a while now and finally picked it up to read. I knew I was coming into the middle a series and hoped the author would do a good job of giving us background. I can happily say that yes, the author did a good job of this, except the cast of characters is quite large, so hopefully the reader can keep them all straight.

The book started slow and jumbled, but I stuck it out and glad I did. Once the "action" started, I found it hard to put the book done. I wasn
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Topping the alpha
~~~~~Contains Spoilers ~~~~~~

I recieved an arc from Samantha cole for an honest review.

Trident Security operative, Jake Donovan, has been a member of the BDSM lifestyle since his teenage years. Starting as a submissive, he eventually became a Dom, but a brutal incident, years ago, changed Jake's life forever. Unable to shake the ghosts of his past, he's avoided giving his heart to anyone for sixteen years. Until Nick.

Navy SEAL, Nick Sawyer, knew it was probably a bad idea to ge
Jennifer Alexander

This series just keeps getting better and better. I always wonder who I’d gonna be next and what will happen. I can’t wait for the next one
Heather Jasinski
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is a male/male version. Topping the Alpha is Jake and Nick’s story. To be honest, this type of story is not my cup of tea so to speak but Samantha Cole is one of my favorite authors and I read it anyways.
The story itself is great. You still have the sexy-six pack Trident guys, along with the females. Plus there is always some type of action going down that the guys are ready for to protect someone. I think that is one of the reasons why I love this series so much. You still have the
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again I find I am back with the Sexy Six Pack of ex Navy SEALS and now Jake Donovan gets to have his story told. I was a little unsure about how I was going to handle reading this book, as I am not a fan of male/male books, but the author did a rather great job with the book. This book can be read as a stand alone, but I strongly recommend that you read the earlier books in the series because these guys have such a strong brotherhood. The author tells the story in third person and really ha ...more
Rebecca Austin
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-kylie-s
This is the fourth book in the Trident Series and while it can be read as a stand-alone it does reveal spoilers to previous books and therefore should be read in order.

Jake "Reverend" Donovan growing up was the high school quarterback with a full ride ahead of him but he held a secret inside him, he was gay. One night his dad found out and beat him and as soon as he graduated he left for the navy. After the Navy he joined up with Trident Security with the Sawyer brothers, Ian and Devon.

Nick Sawy
Lori Amey
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake and Nick are so hot together!!!!

I just can't get enough of this series. I loved Jake and Nick together, they were so hot. They fought so hard to be together, no matter what got in their way. I'm so glad that everyone who is important to them, were happy for them. I'm always glad to see the Trident men involved with another mystery. Once again they helped a young person make peace with a terrible situation she found herself in. Can't wait to read what is next.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've followed Samantha Cole from the beginning and I have to say that her first MM book was a complete hit. I've been waiting not so patiently for Jake's story since he was on the plane with Angie and opened up about his sexuality, gave us a glimpse into his broken heart. So much of his story has been behind the scenes because Jake is quiet, laid back. When a girl he helped in the past is in danger, he doesn't hesitate to step up and fight for her safety. Even when it means putting himself and t ...more
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Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Get ready for the “Sexy Six Pack” from Trident Security and I’m not talking about abs ladies because these hot dominant men have eight packs! The Trident Security Series has just the right balance of romance, mystery, and hot kinky sex. Each Page is filled with steamy chemistry and keep you guessing suspense. I love the strong sassy submissives who bring light and love into the lives of this group of dark, dangerous, alpha men. Each and every story is written in such a way you fall in love with ...more
Julie Barrett
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Topping the Alpha is another great book from Samantha Cole's fabulous Trident Security series - and this time we have an extra hunk to drool over as it's a m/m romance! I believe this is the first m/m romance that this author has written, but you would never guess as this book is brilliant. It is full of emotion, has lots of excitement and suspense as well as all of the passion and heat that you'd expect from a Trident Security novel. Ms Cole's characters are always well developed and have many ...more
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful installment of The Trident Series with the Sexy Six-Pack men! Samantha Cole knows how to write a great book! This is Jake's story and we get to learn all about his past. Nick Sawyer, youngest of the Sawyer brothers and a fellow SEAL, is Jake's love interest. As you can imagine things can be a little awkward when you have romantic feelings for your bosses' little brother. Jake has many demons in his past and tries to fight his feelings for Nick from the beginning, he's such a di ...more
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