I must have fallen down the ABO / Shapeshifter / True mates hole (truly, no pun intended here), because this is the second series I’ve recently read in this particular genre.
The Alphabits series, written by Susi Hawke and Crista Crown, is actually a spin-off of their other series, Team A.L.P.H.A.
The team is comprised mainly of Alphas who’ve chosen to specialize in cases dealing with shifter pups.
Book one starts with Dean and his Alpha, Sam, moving into their new house a few months before their baby will be born.
Sam is getting his new team together, the Alphabits, and testing to see how all of the team members will mesh in the long run.
But both of these things pale next to the, possibly abused, shifter pup who lives across the street.
For the most part, this is a great introduction to a new series. My only complaint would be that there wasn’t much in the way of character development. Although, this is probably because it’s a spin-off and I’m unfamiliar with the main series. 😛
Probably my favorite of the series…
Book two had me hooked from the minute I read about Adrian. An omega working at a daycare, Adrian loves being able to spend time with the kids and help his brother in caring for his nephew.
But when Pierce and Cyrus show up at the daycare to take custody of his nephew, things take a turn for the worse.
I really enjoy how take-control Adrian is, he’s not just going to roll over and do whatever an alpha (even if it’s his alpha) tells him to. Especially when kids are involved. He continually makes his own decisions and is fiercely loyal to his family. Now Pierce? Well, he needs a kick in the butt… and also to do whatever Adrian tells him to, lol.
Book three is all about Gizmo, the techiest alpha to ever alpha, and Micah, an omega who helps shifter kids escape from a cult-run conversion camp.
In order to keep his part in the underground network a secret, Micah lives entirely off the grid, which makes it all the more amazing for him to meet his true-mate. But, when Gizmo and Ozzy come across him while he’s helping a shifter pup escape, that’s exactly what happens.
Sparks fly and Gizmo and Micah embrace their mating bond in record time before working to close the conversion camp.
All in all, a cute addition to the series.
Chained is the first time in the series that the Alphabits team works with another species of shifter (not counting Cyrus).
This time it’s fennec fox shifters and brothers to boot. Lance Lancaster (yeah, his parents are jerks) doesn’t care about his high society upbringing or social status, he just wants to find his little brother, Spencer, who was kidnapped from his school and seemingly disappeared.
The Alphabits team decides to resurrect this cold-case and recruit Lance to help.
Spencer is autistic and when you’re reading from his point of view, it is written in a believable way. Kudos to the author’s for this. It was sort of horrifying to find that there are alphas in this universe who would kidnap and groom CHILDREN to be their mates when they come of age, but I guess that’s what the Alphabits do? Deal with the criminal element and all.