aTitle: Brian’s Mate
Author: Hollis Shiloh
Narrator: Stone Canon
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Brian is the alpha of the least impressive pack of wolves at the whole Moon Ceremony. When a human is discovered uninvited in their midst, he bonds with the man to save his life.
Luke doesn’t know about all this wolf stuff, but he’s starting to develop feelings for the gentle manwho rescued him. Both Brian and Luke expect to quietly dissolve the bond later. But feelings intervene, and some bonds are not so easy to cast aside.
Building a life together as alphas will take love and hard work—especially when new wolves keep inviting themselves into their lives.
This is a heart warming story. Usually when we read about a pack alpha in a shifter story he is powerful and strong. Brian has a very small pack and doesn’t really have many alpha duties to perform. He doesn’t have to spend all his time intervening between badly behaved wolves or throwing his weight around to make sure people follow rules. He is laid back and generally happy.
When human Luke wanders into the moon ceremony, unaware of what he has walked into, Brian bonds with the man in order to save his life. Luke is scared, skittish after his encounter with the large wolf enforcers, and also at the end of his rope where his own life is concerned. Their plan is to separate when the ceremony finishes but the best laid plans don’t always work out!
The pair falls for each other pretty quickly, as is often the case in shifter stories, but for me the story is not really about their relationship per se. For me the important thing was how they both grew as people once together and how they both needed and thrived when they built their family.
People start turning up to join their pack once they are home. People who have been shunned by their packs for all sorts of irrelevant reasons. People who are not seen as ‘normal’ in shifter society. People who are damaged and have been treated badly and unfairly.
Luke, now an alpha through his mating, builds this mismatched family and never turns anyone away. He gives them love, feeds them, talks to them and generally makes them feel welcome and in return everyone respects him and loves him back. Brian, who hadn’t even realised he needed all these wolves around him, grows into a competent alpha with a strong pack.
By the time the next moon ceremony comes around something is wrong. It is clear and obvious what the problem is and there is only one thing that will resolve it. Brian comes to truly appreciate just what the heart of his family is and what it means to him.
This was my first time listening to Stone Canon and I think he did a good job. I found it very easy to just sit back, relax and let him take me through the story. Definitely someone I would listen to again.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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