Review: Longing for Shelter (Alphas' Homestead #3) by Alex Jane

Seth Mason arrives at the Alphas’ Homestead under duress. The Council have made it clear that if his cousins, Caleb and Jacob, can’t tame Seth’s wild ways his very last chance will be used up and he’ll have nowhere left to go.

Seth is horrified to find that he’s going to have to spend a year living in the backwaters of Nebraska. He hates the Alphas. He hates the dirt and the horses. He hates the nearby town and everyone in it.

In fact, the only thing he doesn’t hate is Malcolm, the deputy sheriff. Unfortunately, Malcolm doesn’t seem to feel the same, especially when Seth uses his bad behavior to try to get the deputy’s attention.


Jacob feels for Seth—knowing what it’s like to lose family—but when his cousin’s bad behavior turns the town, not only against Seth but against all the werewolves at the homestead, he has to put his sympathies aside and fight to save his family and the place he’s called home for the last five years.

Sometimes the only shelter we can find from ourselves is in the hearts of others.

I should've known that perhaps this wouldn’t titillate me as much as the first two books did, because this doesn’t focus on Jacob and Caleb who I absolutely swooned over. This is about wayward cousin Seth, and for at least the first half of the book, he was not a very likeable character.

Now granted, Seth has been dealt a very shitty hand. His entire family and pack were brutally murdered, and in his grief, he’s essentially been acting out in the form of copious drinking, petty crimes, and disturbing the peace. Things that would normally have gotten him in trouble have given him a wide berth because of his tragic past. However, when Seth goes too far, in a last ditch effort to reform him, he’s sent to Jacob and Caleb in the hopes that at least he’ll heal and ultimately join their small, but loving, tight knit pack.

What ensues is an internal battle that Seth wars with himself as he grapples with his overwhelming grief and guilt. Slowly, Seth lets his barriers down to trust and love again, and let me tell you, while understandable, it was a rocky painful frustrating journey. What finally shocks him out of his stubborn stupor is the undeniable pull he feels towards stoic deputy, Malcolm, where they form a tentative friendship that turns into the strongest of bonds.

If you enjoyed the first two books, then overall you will probably like this as well. This is not action packed with multiple plot points. It’s about the day to day goings on regarding the homestead and the nearby townsfolk and their lives, suffused still with that pesky cloud of prejudice against werewolves.

This latest addition is a bit rough around the edges, especially regarding the edit. It was a decent love story (with a very light smexy rating) regarding Seth and Malcolm, but if I'm going to be honest, my attention was mainly on Jacob and Caleb who still love each other with everything they’ve got and epitomize what mates should be. Thankfully, this focuses equal time on the alphas and their unwavering love. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting them, and for me, those were the best parts (plus the always adorable Thaddeus), and that’s where most of my rating goes towards.

Thank you to the author/publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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