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Review: A Fae’s Two Alphas – Jem Zero

A Fae's Two Alphas - Jem Zero

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Bi, Gay, Poly, Trans FTM

Reviewer: Lucy

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About The Book

Bennett Chiston is fed up.

After eight years with his fae father in Faerie, being trapped in a small Northern Michigan town with his controlling human mother is pure agony. Magic defined Bennett—it affirmed his identity as a trans man and allowed him true freedom.

Too bad Bennett’s father stole his magic and kicked him out of Faerie with zero explanation.

Desperate to return, Bennett hunts down Callum Truett, a reclusive magewolf alpha who may be able to restore Bennett’s magic. He doesn’t expect his long-lost childhood best friend Jesse Chen, another alpha wolf shifter, to barge in during the meeting. The tension between the two alphas is impossible to ignore, but it works in Bennett’s favor when Jesse needles Callum into accepting the job.

As each magical experiment fails, taciturn Callum keeps Bennett grounded, while cheerful Jesse lifts his spirits. The developing three-way connection turns into powerful attraction, even forcing Jesse and Callum to confront the mutual feelings they’d denied until Bennett arrived. Together, they all fit.

Yet Bennett still can’t let go of his desire to leave the mundane realm behind. Everything about it makes him miserable. Everything except Callum and Jesse.

When an opportunity to return to Faerie finally appears, Bennett is forced to choose: give up his two gorgeous alphas, or change his definition of home.

A FAE’S TWO ALPHAS is an 76,000 word M/M/M paranormal romance with a trans man protagonist. The romance is a triad, not a love triangle, and features multiple open door intimate scenes. Happy ending guaranteed.

The Review

A Fae’s Two Alphas by jem zero is not the book that you pick up, read a few pages, and set aside for later. When you read this excellent story, put on your comfy clothes, settle in with drinks and snacks and plan to be there until you’re finished. 

The writing is fabulous. The author draws us into a world where fae and shifters exist with just the veil separating Faery from the mundane world. The characters are so real, you expect to find them in your contact list and feel like you should meet them for drinks later. We are ringside for the heartache of Bennett Chiston as he tries to regain his magic after it was ripped from him by his fae father, who then exiled him from Faery. But while Bennett is longing to return to the one place he felt at home and as if he belonged, he regains a lost friendship with childhood friend, Jesse, and develops a relationship with magewolf, Callum. 

The characters are beautifully described, with all of the flaws and insecurities and bravado that makes people real and relatable. And the relationship the three develop is alternately frustrating—why won’t they just see they’re meant for each other, already?—and hot with a capital-H and a bunch of Ts at the end. You may need an icepack and a fan for the sex scenes. This is not quiet, off-page hotness, but very explicit sexual scenes with graphic language. And, not just gratuitous sex, but very pertinent to the progression of the story and character and relationship growth.

I’ve read lots of fantasy and paranormal stories over the years, and I love when an author can still make it fresh and new. There are just subtle little things that make this unlike other shifter and fae stories you may have read. And, the dynamics of Bennett’s relationships, with the alphas, as well as his parents, add a unique dimension, as well.

A Fae’s Two Alphas was thoroughly enjoyable, with amazing characters, a great storyline that kept me intrigued and interested, and sizzling hot sex scenes. I highly recommend this story. This is my first book by jem zero but I will definitely be looking for other works by this author. 

The Reviewer

I’m an avid reader who loves pretty much all genres except math textbooks. As a kid, my parents exposed me to everything from fairies, hobbits, and dragons to the biographies of interesting people around the world, interspersed with poetry, plays, and music. Into adulthood, I spent a lot of years with my nose buried in various textbooks. Now, I read whatever grabs my fancy. 

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