Review: To Have a Human by Amber Kell

To Have a Human by Amber Kell
Series: Banded Brothers (# 1)
Release Date: December 1, 2012
Publisher: eXtasy books
Pages: 120
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
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Sometimes it’s the family you choose that loves you the most.

Carey Gale always knew about shifters. It was difficult not to know when your best friends could turn into some of the deadliest beasts. When he gets a daytime job to support his band working at a shifter owned business, he doesn’t expect to fall hopelessly in lust with Broden Lyall, the company’s alpha. Sadly, Broden thinks little of humans. He considers them helpless and weak. But when hunters come after Carey’s friends, Broden learns that not all humans are alike, and he will do anything to have one slim, blond human.

 

Review: This was a fun read, it really was. What I mean when I say this is that the characters really entertained me, kept me on my toes, and I had a couple of good laughs while reading this.

I know I usually talk about the main protagonists first but I think I’ll save them for last as they are just delicious.

First, I want to talk about Carey’s best friends. They form a band that plays at different venues and have known each other forever. These group of shifters are loyal to Carey and depend on him to help direct them in their day to day lives. He’s their alpha. These dudes tease Carey mercilessly about Broden and it’s just too funny. They want Carey to be happy and love him like a brother. Each of these guys have their own back story and I wonder if more books will be written. I hope so. I want to know more.

We also get a glimpse into Carey’s family life and get to meet his father. This guy is military and is all about protecting the things and people he loves and has instilled these morals into his son. Even though his presence is very brief in this book, he really made an impression on me and I feel that he provides a glimpse into Carey and how his personality works.

Now I’ll get to the protagonists. Carey was an unusual character. He was a human alpha in a group of shifters. I loved that idea. I never read about that before and it made me happy to see. Most alpha males are some kind of shifter and here we see a human being in charge of a bunch of shifters.  He was unassuming in his nature and the way he carried himself. He wasn’t massive in strength and size. He wasn’t the kind to throw his weight around and talk about how great and fabulous we was. He didn’t need to do that. All one has to do is look at him, at the kindness that he shows other people, the love and kindness he shows his friends in his pack, the work that he does for his job, to see that he’s so much more then meets the eye. He’s been trained as if he’s been in the military and knows all about defending himself. He’s also sexy as sin so that doesn’t hurt either.

Broden was such a great character to read about. He was a cat shifter and an alpha to boot and he has some very definite opinions about humans and their fragility and not being able to defend themselves against shifters. He lacks tact, he’s arrogant, and he’s clueless. He’s also an honorable man, he’s loving, and he’s generous. He’s trying to overcome what he thinks he knows about humans but he’s not quick enough. He has unusual strength and stamina and is used to people obeying his every command. He has a lot to work through and deal with. I really liked this guy despite his shortcomings. How could I not? Carey likes him too and that’s good enough for me.