Title: Alpha’s Domain
Author: A.J. Tipton
Date of publication: April 4th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Erotica
Number of pages: 90
Series: Bear Shifter Billionaire
Alpha’s Domain – Book 3
Where you can find this book: Amazon
Ben Broyles is a billionaire, polar bear shifter and hotel mogul haunted by his tragic past. He built his magical ice hotel as a sanctuary for the supernatural. When the evil goblins who murdered his clan check-in, Ben knows they’ll do everything they can to destroy all he’s built. With the future of his hotel–and his life–on the line, Ben must stop the goblins and find justice before it’s too late.
Sally is the curvy and capable manager of the Wondernasium Hotel who thinks she has everything handled. A whole conference of supernaturals with crazy dietary restrictions? Handled. Guests, who try to eat the other guests? No problem.
But there’s one thing Sally can’t handle: her desire for her boss. When a steamy encounter in Ben’s office turns her entire world upside down, Sally has a choice: will she embrace the magic within? Or will she flee from her true self?
This paranormal romance for adults includes sexy bear shifters, interfering supernatural bartenders, explosive magic training, and a workplace romance so hot it will melt even the coldest heart.
Sally is loving her job as manager of the Wondernasium Ice Hotel (the hotel that caused Cleo to be hexed in Alpha’s Mates). It is a challenging job. She has high maintenance customers with interesting dietary restrictions and requests for unusual accommodations that keep her and the staff on their toes. The hotel is located next door to the Winter Wondernasium theme park and she definitely isn’t complaining about her hot boss.
There is one teeny, tiny problem. The hotel’s guests are all supernatural beings and Sally is none the wiser. Anything that happens out of the ordinary, Sally’s brain normalizes it. Even though she does catch on to some pretty unnormal things going on.
Saying this, Sally is called to a disturbance at the honeymoon suite of the hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Nosferatu and their bodyguard are upset over a T-Bone steak that is barely cooked and has cornered the bellhop that delivered it. Sally sends the bellhop to her office. She attempts to smooth things over and ends up getting manhandled by the bodyguard. Scared to death (especially after the comment that Mr. Nosferatu about her being a suitable replacement for a meal), she screams and gets rescued by her boss, Ben Broyles. After being reassured that those people were going to be thrown out of the hotel, Sally goes back to work. Of course, she thinks to herself, as she leaves his office:
You are a professional. You will not fall in love with your boss
Famous last words
Ben ends up at Audrey’s to let off steam and anger after the escapes at the hotel. Ben is very attracted to Sally but is afraid of telling her the truth of what the hotel is and the truth about the guests. After shocking a pair of pixies (pixies are prudes….who knew??), he discusses with Audrey and Lola (a bartender) how he is going to tell Sally the truth before the conclave that is happening at the hotel. Representatives from all the supernatural races will be there and it will be pretty hard to keep Sally in the dark.
He also drops a bombshell on Lola and Audrey. Arctic goblins will be attending. See, arctic goblins were to cause of Ben’s clan of polar bears deaths. Ben was away on a supply run when someone pumped poisonous gas into the ice dwellings, killing every single man, woman, and child in there. Soon afterward, the goblins bought the land and mined it. While Ben knew that it was the goblins who killed his family, he didn’t have proof. And they were coming to the hotel.
The plan to tell Sally about the hotel kinda backfired on Ben. Sally’s eyes were bothering her and she thinks she is getting a headache. Lola deposits her on a sofa and lays down on it. Only thing, it wasn’t a sofa. It was Ben in polar bear form and he shifted while she was having an erotic day-dream about him. She realizes that he can turn into a polar bear and kinda freaks out. As she is freaking out, all the electronics in Ben’s office shorts out.
Ben goes to Audreys and tells them what happened, including the shorting out of the electronics. Both Lola and Audrey do a little research, thanks to Audrey Gram’s Bartender Guide, and figure out that Sally is a witch. At that point, Ben has to go back to the hotel. Sally is still MIA after her freak out.
While dealing with unhappy guests, an emergency happens. An ifrit had been served a magical drink and those types of drinks injure ifrits. In her rage and pain, the ifrit demolished her room and melted a hole in the ceiling above her. Ben has one thought: the goblins were behind hurting the Ifrit.
Lola takes Sally away to Audreys. There, she is told that she is a lighting witch and asked about her parents (she is adopted). They then hold a very hurried lesson in magic and sent her back to the hotel. Back to Ben.
Who is dealing with very unhappy guests and a goblin who is trying to stir up trouble. Sally finds Ben and he tells her about his family. She decides, well she had already decided, that she would help Ben try to nail the goblins for his family’s murder. She was able to go through the computers, using her newly discovered magic, and get a ton of information that the goblins stored there. Which, thinking about it, is kinda stupid. Who would keep e receipts of a crime? In her searching, she also finds out something else. Something huge that the supernatural conclave needs to know.
But the conclave can wait. Ben and Sally have, um, better things to do. Like getting busy on a bed made up of bear furs and ice slabs.
Will the goblins get theirs? Will Ben and Sally be together?
If you want to know the answers? Read the book.
Another great read from A.J. Tipton. She is fast becoming one of my favorite erotica/fantasy/paranormal writers. Even though this is a short story, it is written as though it is a full-length book. The storylines (main and secondary) was great and kept me engaged for the whole book.
Sally was awesome. Even after seeing Ben shift and freaking out (which, to be honest, I would have done the same thing), she came back. Her lusting after Ben was cute because you know he was doing the same thing and when they finally did have sex. Man, oh man, it was good.
I felt awful for Ben. I couldn’t imagine knowing who killed his entire clan and not being able to do a thing about it. Then having to let them stay at his hotel. It would have driven me absolutely nuts. His crush on Sally was adorable (like I said above) and I loved how he went to Lola and Audrey for advice on what to do.
The end of the book was pretty good and I was pretty impressed with how the goblin situation was resolved.
How many stars will I give Alpha’s Domain: 4
Why: I really enjoyed reading this short story. The characters were great and I loved that there was some intrigue added. I also liked that it wasn’t just all sex, that there was a plot.
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Adult
Why: Explicit sex, language, and some mild violence
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**