Publisher: Savvy Storytelling LLC
Date of publication: April 14th, 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Erotica
Series: Bear Shifter Billionaire
Alpha’s Domain —Book 3
Where you can find this book: Amazon
A billionaire bear shifter haunted by his past. A hyper-organized hotel manager on the cusp of a life-changing realization. Will they save each other from the past, and make their future together?
Sally is the curvy and brilliant manager of the Wondernasium Ice Hotel who thinks she has everything handled. A whole hodgepodge of supernaturals shooting fireballs in the lobby? Handled. Guests, who try to eat the other guests? No problem. But there’s one thing Sally can’t manage: her desire for her boss. When a steamy encounter in Ben’s office turns her entire world upside down, Sally has to choose if she can embrace the magic within, or flee from her true self.
Billionaire shifter Ben Broyles inherited his fortune after his clan was brutally slaughtered. He built his magical ice hotel as a sanctuary for supernaturals in a dangerous world. But when the evil goblins responsible for his family’s murder check-in, Ben must stop them from destroying all he’s created. With his hotel–and his life–on the line, Ben is forced to risk everything before it’s too late.
Alpha’s Domain is a BBW paranormal romance novella in the “Bear Shifter Billionaire” series, a set of stand-alone stories that sizzle and satisfy. If you like sexy shifters, explosive magic, and journeys for justice, then you’ll love this breathtaking book.
Sally loves 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 that keep her and the staff on their toes. The hotel is located next door to the Winter Wondernasium theme park, and she isn’t complaining about her hot boss.
There is one tiny problem. The hotel’s guests are all supernatural beings, and Sally has no clue. Anything that happens out of the ordinary, Sally’s brain normalizes it.
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. They cornered the bellhop that delivered it. Sally sends the bellhop to her office. She attempts to smooth things over and ends up getting roughed up 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.
Ben ends up at Audrey’s to let off steam and anger after the escapes at the hotel. Ben is attracted to Sally but is afraid of telling her the truth about the hotels and its guests. He discusses with Audrey and Lola how he is going to tell Sally the truth before the conclave. Representatives from all the supernatural races will be there, and it will be pretty hard to keep Sally in the dark.
He drops a bombshell on Lola and Audrey. Arctic goblins will be attending. Arctic goblins were the 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 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. The only thing, it wasn’t a sofa. It was Ben in polar bear form. He shifts while she was having an erotic day-dream about him. She realizes that he can turn into a polar bear and freaks out. As she is freaking out, all the electronics in Ben’s office shorts out.
Ben goes to Audreys. He tells Lola and Audrey what happened, including the shorting out of the electronics. Lola and Audrey do a little research, thanks to Audrey’s Gram’s Bartender Guide, and they 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 swift lesson in magic and sent her back to the hotel and back to Ben.
Ben is dealing with unhappy guests and a goblin who is trying to stir up trouble. Sally finds Ben and he tells her about his family. She decides 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 rather stupid. Who would keep e receipts of a crime? In her search, 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?
Another great read from A.J. Tipton. She is fast becoming one of my favorite erotica/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, 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, 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 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.
I would give Alpha’s Domain an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is mild violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.
I would reread Alpha’s Domain. I would recommend it to family and friends.
**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**