Review: Her Rogue Alpha

Her Rogue Alpha Her Rogue Alpha by Paige Tyler
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Jayson needs his head smacked around a few times and then screwed back on right. He should be singing this modified version of the song to Layla.

"What'll you do when I get lonely
And nobody's waiting by my side?
I've been running and hiding much too long.
I know it's just mine foolish pride.
Layla, you've got me on my knees.
Layla, I'm begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind."

That's right. Jayson, get on your knees and beg. This story is so frustrating because Jayson is a jerk to the woman who loves him. He ignores the caution from his friends and believes a bully liar. What is going on in his mind? Jayson's identity as a man let alone a contributing member of society is all based on his physical ability. His desperate need to be physically whole makes him stupid in the brain. Ms. Tyler does an excellent job of showing how a person can make terrible choices and become bitter when they lose a part of themselves. From a character perspective, Ms. Tyler definitely creates a decent anti-hero. Because make no mistakes, Jayson's only medal in my book is one for being the biggest jerk.

Layla on the other hand is a much suffering woman in love. The brutal emotional attacks Jayson throws at her makes a reader wonder why Layla still wants Jayson. It's not like he is great in the sack with his lackluster performance. He doesn't make her life easier. He does everything he can to push her away. Does she have no self-respect? Why does she continue to take this abuse? This part of the story bothered me.
The conflicts in this story are removed with a couple of predictable plot devices which allow this story to move forward. Ms. Tyler reveals a bit more about the different warring factions amidst the angsty love drama. About halfway through the book, the action picks up and Jayson becomes a "man" again. He starts to behave better and make up to Layla. Lucky for him, she is a sucker for his sweet words.

What I like about this book is how Jayson isn't perfect and he acts out based on how he feels. This realistic representation and showing how he's thinking and how he knows he is saying the wrong things is insightful. It shows a different perspective of someone who is hurting so much, they lash out at everyone else. Whilst this story could be deemed as an angry male taking it out on a much put upon female, it is more a story of hope, patience and fidelity. Layla is always faithful and never gave up hope. Jayson's faith may have been shaken but with patience and love, he comes around and finds hope again. I like this feel good happily ever after. This paranormal romance is recommended to those who like angst with their suspense.
*provided by NetGalley

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