Bennett enjoys pleasing his master, Marsdon, although he doesn't know that's his name. He doesn't even know what the man looks like. They've been playing together, exclusively, in the BDSM club for months, and the one thing Bennett won't do is reveal his full face. He has always been blindfolded or hooded before meeting Marsdon. He also wears cologne to mask his wolf scent.
“The Mark of an Alpha” opens on their last night together in the club. They both know it's the last time they will be able to play like this. Both men are wolf shifters, and they have responsibilities to their packs. They can't continue to play these 'human' games, despite the powerful feelings they have for each other.
A few days later Bennett is awaiting the arrival of his new mate. Despite his submissive role in the BDSM club, Bennett is an alpha wolf, and it has been arranged for him to mate with the alpha of another pack, to form a new pack of their own. His mind is heavy with the responsibility he will carry as leader, but he also can't get thoughts of Marsdon out of his head.
When the other pack arrives with his new mate, Bennett is shocked to realize it's Marsdon. He knows the other man's scent and the sound of his voice immediately. Likewise, Marsdon is almost as certain that his new mate is his “pup” from the club, although he had assumed his submissive was an omega wolf, not an alpha. However, he's overjoyed at the prospect of continuing the kind of play they both enjoyed at the club. But Bennett is not so enthusiastic. He at first tries to deny that he was Marsdon's pup, or that he enjoyed it. Even when confronted with the proof, he refuses to submit to Marsdon. An alpha can't be submissive to another wolf, not even another alpha, can he?
The plot of “The Mark of an Alpha” is deceptively simple, but under Dare's deft hand, we get a full exploration of the complexities of the human, or wolf, condition; the contradictions that are almost inherent in social animals that have needs and responsibilities, which are sometimes at odds with each other. Although the characters and situations are not as detailed as Dare's longer works, this book will still move you. Of course, your main reaction may be to want to slap one or both of the characters at some point in the story, but that's what makes it good.
This is the first book in a series of stories revolving around the same pack formed by Bennett and Marsdon. There are four books in all in the series.