Series: Kincaid Pack #1
Author: Kiki Clark
Publication Date: January 24, 2020
Length: 336 pages
Reviewed by Sammy
When Kai flies out of a shed, swinging a rake, Rick’s life flips upside down.
As alpha, Rick’s dedication to his pack has never wavered—until Kai. The pull he feels toward the younger man is more than a simple distraction, but Rick won’t let himself lose focus. Not while a hidden enemy is drawing near.
Moving in with the grumpy alpha who saved him is a big change for Kai, and it isn’t long before he begins to ache for something he can’t have. As a half-human shifter responsible for his three younger siblings, he knows he can never be Rick’s mate.
Pushing aside their doubts and insecurities, they grow closer. But when the pack’s enemies strike, bringing their fears to fruition, Rick and Kai have to decide if they’re willing to risk it all to be together.
The Alpha and His King is the first book in the Kincaid Pack series and features a quick-tempered and possessive alpha; a sweet and feisty alpha-mate; shifters, seers, and witches galore; massive amounts of hurt/comfort; and a happily ever after.
Rick can’t foresee the shocking discovery he and his small group of enforcers and betas find in the locked shed on the property of the pack embezzler he has come to banish. When the couple offer up their daughter as a gift in exchange for mercy something doesn’t seem quite right and it’s then that Kai and his two sisters and baby brother are found in rags, filthy, starving and, in Kai’s case, beaten. Understandably mercy is denied and Rick even goes as far as invoking his right to dismember a pack member before banishing them. When Kai and family are taken into the alpha’s own home they are wary of the kindness and wait for the next axe to fall. Rick is so incredibly busy trying to run his ever-growing pack that he barely has time to spend on the group, but one thing he does see is that Kai is far from a kid himself and someone whose scent is very alluring.
Once Rick realizes that his wolf is hungering to make Kai his mate he tries to put some distance between himself and the young man but to no avail. However just when the two men seem to be moving toward the mating bite and a full commitment to each other, danger strikes and Rick convinces himself he is to blame for taking his focus off his pack and spending too much of it on Kai. Now the two men must grapple with how they can possibly ever be mates when the pack seems to be unraveling and in danger from outside forces.
I’ve given you a very shallow picture of a very involved and layered plot that has intrigue, drama, romance and heaps of action all rolled into one. Kiki Clarke debuts a first novel with The Alpha and His King and I must tell you I am very impressed with this writer and this fascinating paranormal story. While many of the standard elements are used from the genre to create the basis for this story, the idea that Rick’s pack is comprised of various shifters as well as seers and witches makes this seem like a new take on an old trope to me. Throw in some unseen nemesis that wants to harm Rick and his pack and the growing attraction between Kai and Rick and you have multiple things going on and all of them were given the time and attention they needed from the author. Just enough was left dangling to draw us into waiting for the next installment in this new series.
I loved both Kai’s fragility and fears about being a half-breed (human mother/shifter father) and the reserve of strength that allowed him to reach out to others he saw suffering and befriend them. I also appreciated how Rick took his time wooing and getting to know Kai and took an avid and caring interest in his siblings. Rick was an extraordinary alpha with just enough humanity to make him also have weaknesses and stumble in his judgement occasionally—that, to me, made him a more realistic character. The various enforcers and betas also gave the novel a family feel—and set up future novels quite nicely.
All in all I think Kiki Clark has really presented a wonderful first novel with The Alpha and His King and I am very eager to read more about this pack as it becomes available. This author is one to watch in the future and I will have my eye on them for some time to come.
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