Alpha Squad: The Complete Collection
by Lorelei Moone Alpha Squad, #1-4
Publication Date: September 22, 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Shifters, Boxed Set
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It has only been a few months since humanity found out about the various shifters that live among them. This brave new world is not without its challenges; neither for the humans or the shifters. Alpha Squad is formed to help law enforcement agencies deal with shifter related matters, and not a moment too soon! Follow the brave men and women of the squad as they try to come to terms with their new reality, catch criminals and find love along the way.
Boot Camp Bear shifter Eric King is asked to join Alpha Squad; a task force meant to promote cooperation between shifters and humans in law enforcement, but there are problems: Is Alpha Squad even a serious initiative? And how will he focus on his training when his inner bear insists that the squad leader is his mate?
Friends & Foes Alpha Squad has received its very first assignment and bear shifter Adam King is excited to jump head-first into the action. Upon investigating a string of seemingly shifter related murders, he finds himself torn between his job and the local police’s main suspect; Felicity Weir; female bear shifter and Adam’s fated mate…
Infiltrator For the past six months, Thomas Blackwood has been serving two masters: he’s been an active part of Alpha Squad, but only on his old alpha’s say-so. When he finds himself stuck in between two sets of clashing orders, he must make a choice: who does he truly serve? And what would the woman of his dreams, Private Callahan, think of him if she knew he was a traitor?
Showdown Upon joining Alpha Squad, bear shifter hybrid Sean McMillan realizes there’s a lot more to being a shifter than occasionally sprouting some fur. His first mission: a double murder. That shouldn’t be too hard for the experienced former police detective, but he didn’t count on coming across lab assistant Erin Reid who shows an unusual amount of interest in him. Strangely, the feeling is mutual…
ALPHA SQUAD: BOOT CAMP
Eric took a deep breath and closed his eyes. He should have just stayed behind at that service station, perhaps tried to strike up more of a conversation with the mysterious woman who had caught his eye there. Or ideally, he should have risked Henry's disapproval and refused to join the task force. Anything was better than this.
Back to the mystery woman. And what a woman she was. A regal beauty, with a voice that had set his heart alight. His inner bear had tried its best to claw to the surface; he'd hardly been able to control the urge to shift right there in front of her.
How would she have reacted if she'd seen his true form? Things had changed since the New Alliance's little stunt, coming out to the entire world media, but they hadn't changed that much for everyone. Humans were still apprehensive, and why wouldn't they be? Most of their kind were pretty damn scary looking.
Would she have screamed and run away? Or would she have been intrigued?
He would never find out of course, because he'd let that opportunity pass him by when Adam had dragged him back to the restaurant for lunch.
Where was she now? And was she thinking about their little encounter as much as he was?
So many questions he'd never get the answer to…
Instead, he was stuck here in this decrepit old building with a bunch of people, none of whom seemed to want to be here. Except Blackwood the wolf, maybe. He had seemed like the most cheerful person here after Adam.
The sound of the door disturbed his gloomy thoughts, but he tried to ignore the intrusion.
"Attention!" Private Callahan's voice filled the dorm.
Eric opened his eyes and sat up straight on his bed. The top of his head almost touched the springs underneath Adam's mattress above.
The private stepped aside and another woman marched into the room.
Was he still daydreaming? He could not believe who had entered—the woman he'd just been fantasizing about.
"Major Williams would like to say a few words," Private Callahan said.
Major Williams. Eric was speechless. He had expected a grey-haired man, gruff like the SAS guy across the room, but perhaps more polished. Their commander was a woman. His woman.
Major Williams scanned the room, slowly, pausing on each of the other trainees for a moment, then moving on to the next. Until she spotted Eric. She looked away instantly. Of course, she'd recognized him as well, and she did not look pleased to find him here.
"I am Major Janine Williams, your team leader. Welcome and thank you for joining Alpha Squad. Starting tomorrow, I will conduct your training, evaluate you, and report on the progress of this task force with the relevant higher authorities. The first phase of training starts in the morning and will last two weeks, at the end of which you will all be graded on various aspects of your performance. Anyone who is deemed unfit to continue will be asked to leave at that point, before phase two begins. Any questions?"
Questions? Eric had so many of those. He did not speak, though.
"What do you mean, unfit? I was told I was being transferred here permanently," Ben, the younger of the two humans complained.
"You shall address me as Major Williams or Ma'am, first of all. Secondly, this task force is not a joke. Only those who are worthy will make the cut." The major glared at him from across the room. Eric couldn't help but be impressed by her show of authority.
Cooper folded his arms and pressed his lips together.
"Do you understand? What's your name?"
"Ben Cooper, Ma'am. Yes, I understand."
Eric had trouble suppressing a smile. She wasn't going to take any crap from anyone, that much was obvious. It would only be a matter of time before Adam and the major would clash similarly. Amusingly, he found himself rooting not for his brother, but for the woman. Training under her command could get interesting.
She glanced at him for a split second, during which he did his best to hide his reaction. He would play along, fall in line, and do his best to fit into the squad. He owed it to Henry, but that was not the only reason. Fate had handed him a second chance after he recklessly failed to get her details earlier today. No matter what, Eric was not going to waste the opportunity. He'd prove his worth to her one way or another before training was over.
"All right then, at ease, everyone," the major said, "You have a big day ahead of you and I suggest you take rest."
Eric nodded, mostly to himself, and lay back on his cot again. Perhaps this whole Alpha Squad nonsense had a couple of silver linings after all.
ALPHA SQUAD: FRIENDS & FOES
Never before had Felicity believed that she needed anyone; not really. She had always handled her life, both professional and personal, on her own. Sure, she sometimes confided in her parents. In the past, she'd at times confided in her ex-best friend, Joy, but none of those interactions had made her feel anything like what she felt now with Adam.
The memory of their kiss was still fresh. She could still feel a tingle in the exact spot where his lips had touched hers. Their connection was intense. Not just because it was new, but because it was real. She'd felt the bond. She'd heard his thoughts and felt his feelings and felt at one with him.
It had come to an end much too soon.
"Ms. Weir, if you don't mind… I asked you a question!" Detective Nye insisted.
She shook her head and tried to focus. What question?
"I'm sorry?" she stammered.
"Why were you at the camp this morning?" the detective repeated himself.
Felicity frowned at him. Was he serious?
"For the same reason you were, I imagine?"
"I want to hear it in your own words," the man said.
She shook her head in disbelief. Was he being thick on purpose or what?
"I got a call about the fire, and I came as soon as I could. One of the families I work with, their youngest was stuck inside one of the classrooms. I did my best to get her out."
"The child is what, a wolf? Some other animal?" the detective asked.
Felicity was getting more and more frustrated. What sort of questions were these? "If you must know, shifters don't acquire the ability to transform until puberty. So technically she would be no different from any human child."
And then… The fire had blocked her exit; she feared certain death, but then Adam had arrived. Surely people would have seen all that? Why on earth ask all these daft questions?
"Adam got us out of the building."
"U-huh, Adam, you say. Adam King, member of Alpha Squad and bear shifter, just like you are, correct?"
"I suppose so," Felicity mumbled.
"Right." Detective Nye went quiet as he made some notes, presumably of her answers.
Felicity tried to compose herself, but instead, her anger flared up. How dare this guy waste her time as though she had done something wrong? And Adam, as well. He had saved them. Who the hell did this idiot think he was?
"Can I go now?" she said. "I'm assuming I'm not under arrest for trying to save an innocent four-year-old, right?"
Detective Nye smiled briefly, though it was obviously disingenuous. His eyes were too cold and calculating, making his attempt at a smile look more like a grimace.
"Good," Felicity said and walked off without acknowledging the man any further. She wasn't quite sure what his deal was, but he really had it in for her. The way he’d even attempted to twist the rescue of a young child from a fire into something negative. Obviously, this man had issues and prejudices against her kind that severely impaired his judgment.
ALPHA SQUAD: INFILTRATOR
The petite and quiet assistant to Major Williams was a constant influence on his mood. He couldn't explain quite how it worked, but every time Thomas caught a glimpse of her, his heart sang. If she inadvertently looked in his direction, his nerves surged.
If by chance she failed to cross paths with him on any given day, his day was essentially ruined.
He'd admired her from afar ever since his arrival on base all those months ago. It was a bit creepy, how fixated he was on her. Like a stalker, he watched out for her, and often caught himself when his eyes lingered on her just a bit too long for comfort.
At least nobody had suspected anything, except maybe the object of his desire herself.
Private Callahan had barely spoken a word to him in six months. She made sure never to come too near or be alone with him. Whenever he was around, she seemed to act as though he was infected with a dangerous disease. She wasn't all wrong, of course. Even though she was only human, her instincts had picked up on his obsession and as a result, she was always on defense with him.
He wasn't sure whether to be impressed by her keen intuition or feel slighted.
Still, no matter how frustrated he sometimes became by her standoffish behavior, he could not hold it against her for long. She remained ever-perfect; a brunette goddess without a single flaw. In his mind, she could do no wrong; it was him who was at fault. He’d brought all of this on himself by acting like a complete tool around her.
"Blackwood, report to Major Williams' office," a stern voice interrupted his thoughts. He looked up to find Eric King, the major's second-in-command, staring at him with his arms folded.
"I'll be right there," Thomas mumbled, while avoiding eye contact with the bear shifter, as was wolf custom when addressed by one's superiors.
For but a split second, he wondered what the major wanted to see him about. The second and much more pressing thing on his mind was whether Private Callahan would be in Major Williams' office. He hoped so.
ALPHA SQUAD: SHOWDOWN
Joining Alpha Squad was never meant to be easy.
Sean McMillan rested both hands on the wash basin, with his eyes fixed straight ahead at the mirror. He wasn't looking at himself as such, just staring through his reflection at nothing.
Bentley—the gruff former SAS man responsible for his training—had warned him before he'd started boot camp; the others on the squad had joked and teased him about the same.
But the intense training he’d undergone hadn't bothered him. He’d welcomed the physical and mental challenges. And anyway, training was over now. He'd survived.
What ate at him this morning—most mornings, actually—went much deeper.
Had he made the right choice?
His career on the Kent police force had been on an upward trajectory. At just under thirty, he'd made detective. He'd enjoyed the work and was good at it.
And ever since the string of murders near the Sevenoaks shifter refugee camp had been solved, things had gone a little nuts. He'd been singled out as somewhat of a hero and been given his pick of cases and assignments.
And yet, he'd left everything behind to join Alpha Squad.
Justifications for this decision were easy to sum up; the chance to do something different; to make a difference on a national scale; to be a part of a new agency which enjoyed the support of an entire government ministry. Still, none of that rang true; Sean could not explain to himself why he was really here.
He did not belong.
This wasn't a new feeling, of course. He'd always carried with him a sense that he was different somehow even when he was young. When he hit puberty, his dad had taken him aside and explained a few things about what it meant to be a shifter. About the importance of getting his urges under control. To keep his nature a secret at all costs.
He was already taller and stronger than most boys his age, so nobody really messed with him. But he didn't have a lot of friends in secondary school either. Not that that bothered him.
Sean had always been quite content in his own company. He preferred listening to talking, something that would serve him well in his professional life so far.
What he found hard to accept was that there was this whole other side to him which he was just meant to ignore. He'd gotten over it though. And now he was facing the other side of that dilemma.
Here he was, part of a brave new world where shifters no longer needed to hide. That dirty little secret he'd carried with him all his life was no longer a secret. The team consisted of more shifters than humans, and they didn't shy away from showing off their peculiar transformational talents should the situation demand it. Even if it didn't. It was like it was all a big game to them.
That was the biggest shock he'd faced upon arriving on base. It wasn't uncommon for one or more of the team to spontaneously morph into their animal selves to go out for a run around the woods. No matter how often they'd encouraged him to join in, Sean had been unable to bring himself to. It simply felt wrong to let his animal side out.
He forced himself to snap out of his pointless thoughts by splashing cold water on his face. Onwards and upwards. He'd chosen to be a part of the squad, so he wouldn't allow himself to give up so easily. Perhaps once he went on his first mission, all these doubts would fade.
ABOUT LORELEI MOONE
Lorelei Moone is an up-and-coming author of paranormal romance based in London. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.