Before I start: just spend some minutes staring at that stunning cover. Hold on, keep staring at it for a little more. Ready? I know, I know: I should stop choosing books by their beautiful covers, and this has a gorgeous one, but this time the cover didn't fool me. Alpha Girl by Kate Bloomfield was a great book and I liked it very much.
After spending ages looking at its cover and finally decided to buy it, I was a bit worried about having to deal with another Fifty Shades of Grey kind of book, mostly because it was clearly stated that Alpha Girl has explicit content and coarse language. I don't mind erotic books and I'm perfectly fine with explicit language, but I didn't want to get involved with something that was just sex, sex and some more sex. Well, I have worried for nothing: this book does contain sex scenes and explicit language, but in a way that even those readers that are easily offended wouldn't mind. I really liked the way the story was told and the writing was entertaining. I finished this book in one day and it wasn't because it was boring and I couldn't wait to finish it, but because it was a light and easy read and I really enjoyed it.
The story is about a seventeen years old and her English teacher's controversial relationship, but Alpha Girl is a lot more than an erotic book. Erotic scenes are present, and things between Rose and
Mr. Stone get hot very often, but this books has a lot more to offer. Kate Bloomfield explored several more complicated topics. For example, being different and having to deal with it; find someone that really understands you and so on. The author was able to mix perfectly every topic she approached in this book: from sex, to passion and attraction, love and daily problems that get more complicated when something is different, really different, from the usual.
Things I liked: That cover!!! But I said it already, several times. I liked how well Rose and
Mr. Stone's relationship developed to become something intriguing and so intense and I loved how well Kate Bloomfield mixed different and, in some cases, difficult topics. I also liked how the story was told, and how well things were explained. I pictured each character in my mind so well that I can almost see them if I close my eyes; when I'm able to do something like this, I know I read a great book. Another thing I really enjoyed was how well the author included sexual scenes into the story: you know how annoying a book with just sex could be. I don't like those kind of books where characters end up in bed (or in some other weirder places) all the time, and here I didn't see anything like that, so another good thing this book has to offer!
Things I didn't like: The only thing that felt a bit weird was that feeling the book gave me at some point. I'm not going to explain it in details to avoid spoilers, but I think that Rose "status" when talking about "experience with men" wasn't well built, not at the beginning when she starts to develop feelings for Mr. Stone.
I would recommend this book: Yes, I would recommend Alpha Girl by Kate Bloomfield. I liked this book and, as I said before, I think it's not just the usual erotic story with no actual plot and with just brainless bodies only looking for a bed. Here everything is well balanced and the story is worth reading. I'm already looking forward for the second book of the Wolfling series!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)