Thursday, 8 October 2009

Review – To The Victor Goes The Spoils © Nia Foxx

 

Title: To The Victor Goes The Spoils

Author: Nia Foxx

Publisher: Loose ID, LLC

Main Character: Amanda Jo Spoils & Two hot Alpha Male

Amanda Jo Spoils needed some major alone time. She was tired of Pride life and the pampered, self-indulgent attitude of its male members. To think that she was expected to find a mate among the shallow pool of men, most of which had at least one possessive female already! She hadn't spent four years in Special Forces and completed two tours in Iraq to come home and cater to the wants of any man. No, Amanda had some serious thinking to do about her future, and the wilds of Alaska seemed to be just what the doctor ordered.

But, boy, are the shifters restless in bear country! Not only has she fallen into the middle of a mystery surrounding an ancient artifact, but now she has not one, but two Alpha shifters determined to make her their mate. She can play them off against each other, but what happens when one wins? Amanda doesn't want a man, or a shifter, especially not a dominant one… But oh, how she secretly longs to be a submissive, the spoils of their Alpha war.

 

Maybe there was something wrong with her hearing. Perhaps the blow had been hard enough to knock her unconscious and this was really just one big hallucination. “The Rite of the Victor?”

“You’re not familiar with it?” Blue eyes studied her as the shifter set her down on slightly unsteady legs inside the cabin.

“Of course I am. It’s just no one ever uses victor rites anymore. It’s considered retro, like leg warmers, but definitely not making a comeback.” Her attempt at humor fell on deaf ears. They couldn’t really be serious. Shifters had the laws of their people drilled into them from day one so as to prevent any accidental offenses. Shifter laws were the only things that could supersede a particular species’ governing principles. The victor rites law was an oldie, ranking up there with death matches. People understood it, but most shifters preferred to settle things in more a modern fashion nowadays. Sure, even their currently practiced methods for resolving disputes might seem arcane to humans, but those rules were a lot less harsh than some of the lesser-used shifter laws. Victor rites were most popular over a thousand years ago, before shifters embraced mating outside of their orders, which opened the pool of available females. Learning that humans and shifters could successfully mate was just another nail in the coffin for the law.

She took a step back to look up into the dual scowling faces of the robust men.

“Are you saying you reject shifter laws?” Blue Eyes posed the question.

She shook her head in answer. To be a shifter and reject the laws was tantamount to blasphemy and an immediate forfeiture of one’s life.

“We all know that the more crude laws have been overridden. Surely as members of the Bear Clan, you’ve instituted more…modern customs?”

Emerald eyes narrowed even more as the dark-haired male took in her question. “And by modern, you mean civilized?”

She didn’t miss how he nearly spat out the last word.

The uneasy feeling she’d felt outside was returning. These men were definite throwbacks of a bygone era from a time when shifters embraced less of nonshifter’s influences.

“Not at all.” Actually, it was exactly what she’d meant, but she doubted either would appreciate her admitting it. “Why don’t we get dressed? I’m sure Earl has some things you could wear and then we can sit down and talk this out in a reasonable manner.”

“We prefer the more natural form,” Blue Eyes said. “Do your modern Pride rules mandate the wearing of clothes?”

“In the presence of strangers, it’s considered proper etiquette unless engaged in a hunt.” It was a truthful answer and one she hoped would be honored.

“So your Pride rules do supersede shifter laws?” he questioned further.

“Of course not.”

“Hmmm. Shifter law states one should embrace the natural form whenever possible, whether shifted or not.”

“Look, why don’t we start over? I mean, we don’t even know each other’s names, yet we’re discussing victor rites and shifter laws.”

To The Victor Goes The Spoils © Nia Fox

 

Review

Amanda Jo Spoils is many things, a daughter, a special forces member, a sister and a fun time for the kids to be with. One thing Amanda is not  - is ready to pick a choice for a mate. Despite her dad being the head honcho of the pride she likes her freedom and her one wish is to have some time to enjoy being herself and relax at home without the threat of her dad picking a mate for her over her head.

Doing what she does best, she plans a vacation and she intends to make the best of it in all it solitary glory. Better words were never said because not only are their shifters “in them there woods” that she choose but it’s mating season and she is the only female around.

With a ridiculous use of an old shifter law Amanda finds herself in the direct path of two alpha male. With their own spin on the law Amanda is hard press to choose.

Amanda knows she has more than a mate choice to make – her dad is a concern as he is a force to be reckoned with and as much as she has side stepped her mother as much as she can, there will be hell to pay when mating season is over.

Ms. Foxx is an author that I have read before and have always enjoyed her offerings. TO THE VICTOR GOES THE SPOILS is no different, Ms . Foxx starts off this read with Amanda in a setting with her family, despite her internal struggle about the direction of her life – we get a chance to see her with the members of the pride and of course we learn alot about what she think of a few of her mothers.

The books quickly moves forward and once she is run to ground literally by two big, arrogant, in your face alpha male the book takes a new tone that I was loving. Amanda is a feline and as such her sexuality comes across very strong in this book and there is no pretence in her knowing she like sex and so she did not playing hard to get – not even for a moment. I was loving that.

With not only the tug of war forming of a relation to content with there is a secondary story line that definitely push this book forward. While I didn’t care for where that story line went – the mystery surrounding it was well presented, the support cast were intriguing and I ended up loving a few of the players quite a bit.

An open mind is needed for this book as it cross a few of the shifter boundaries but despite that this was a good read. As mention before a handful of characters stood right up and made a different and there were little glimpses of other storyline that I hope Ms Foxx follow up with – as I love her  arrogant alpha male men who knows how to treasure a woman, and if there is one thing that this book has  - it’s an abundance of alpha male.

 

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