Monday, May 5, 2014

A is for Alpha Male by Laurel Ulen Curtis

"This road trip wasn’t to be just any road trip, but a very special one indeed. An adventure with an acutely specific purpose-- to find our other halves. The peanut butter to our jelly. The i to our Phone. The stripper to our pole.

If our romantic desires were a personal ad, they would read something like this.

** Two sassy women (Ages twenty-seven and forty-nine respectively--Ouch. Okay, ages twenty-seven and thirty--with nineteen years experience-- respectively) seeking Alpha Males to love us with zeal and kiss us with skill. Gorgeous face and sexy, tattooed, hard body a must. If you aren’t a dangerous bad*ss with the x-rated skills and virility to match, don’t bother. Must be willing to protect us from danger, value our quirkiness, and keep your mouth shut when said quirkiness is what leads to said danger. Momma’s boys named Dan Smith need not apply.**

I know. It’s a bit wordy. In fact, it would probably cost a fortune. Luckily, we’re not ready for the personal ad. We’re not that desperate...yet.

This is my story." (Description from

Warning: Some explicit language and sexual content.

If you were ever a fan of the Gilmore Girls, then this might be the book for you. While not as innocent and sweet as the show, this is a mother daughter adventure based on finding that one guy who makes you tingle and feel empowered and loved in that special "alpha" sort of way.

The reference to Gilmore Girls is based equally on the close relationship between Haley and Allison as well as the fast talking and thought movement from Haley's POV. For me, at first it took a little to get use to. I myself tend to talk very quickly and jump subjects without people understanding the thought process behind it. In A is for Alpha Male, we get to read the thought process behind the quick whit.

Reading this book was like having a good conversation with one of y friends. It felt personal and comfortable. Especially the relationship between Haley and Allison. Haley is also fiercely independent woman who really loves her mother. To me the theme looking for someone who understands your brand of crazy and loves you for it.

As for the love interest, he was swoon worthy. I liked how the relationship developed over the story. While NAME HERE felt a connection right away, she was given the "friends flag" and was happy to have that. She felt as if they were meant to be in each others lives, albeit friendship or lover.

The main love interested also kept the reader on their toes wondering what was going on inside of his head. He ran hot and cold but not so far as to alienate the reader or the friendship with Haley. You could feel his struggle to maintain friendship and not move into the lover category.

Which leads me to the additional ARC in the storyline. If you tend to skip ahead to see what happens, I would recommend not doing that with this book. It was a nice mystery to discover while in the moments and not from skipping ahead. While a seasoned reader might guess one part to the mystery of lover boy correctly, the additional pieces of said mystery added a nice layer to the story.

In the beginning of the story the author notes that this was written for her love of Kristen Ashley books. Since I have never read the author's books, I had no reference to the books they were talking about. So, the fangirl moments was a little confusing to me. With most books I read, I just went with the fangirl moments.

I'm now off to read Secret Alpha the companion novel to A is for Alpha Novel.

Please note that I was given an ARC of A is for Alpha Novel for my honest opinion.

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