Becoming Alpha tells the tail (pun intended) of young Tessa McCaide. She just moved to Texas with her family for a new start. Why? -insert narrator voice- Tessa is different from most girls. Tessa has the ability...or curse to see images of the past when she touches someone or something. Thus, earning her the nickname Freaky Tessa. Trying to reign in the, er, freaky, she goes to a high school party and is bitten by some guy she was attracted to. Tessa...is now a werewolf. She uproots once again and attends St. Albie's Academy. There, she meets friends, foes, and her mate...who happens to be the asshole who bit her, Dastien -insert stereotypical female swoon.-
This book is light-hearted and fun, but really nothing great. It's also incredibly predictable We have Queen bitch of jealousy, best friend who is all trusty and loyal, the other guys at the school vying after her attention, and dark mysterious, sought after alpha male, who happens to be her mate. Yes, it is the basic set-up of Twlight. Shudder.
The romance: The book tries so hard to deny that this is insta-love by claiming that Tessa hates Dastien, but yet she still thinks about him and is attracted to him the whole time. So....kinda fails at it. Definitely felt like insta-love to me. Ugh. No real love triangle to worry about though, kinda, so I guess that's nice...
I'd say this is a book geared much more towards to early college late high school audience, though anyone who loves the YA shifter genre could probably enjoy it.
Edit: I read the next two books, and they're pretty good. DEFINITE recommendation for high school students or early college. Though, older adults will enjoy them if they are into shifter novels as well.