Author: Charlie Richards
Cover Artist: Carmen Waters
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
On the Road: Traveling was supposed to open his eyes, but it opened his heart, too.
Logan St. Clair made some bad decisions and fell in with the wrong crowd. After believing a fellow wolf shifter’s bigoted opinions, he helps attack their pack’s brand new alpha and alpha-mate…his male alpha-mate. They lose and Logan is exiled. To his shock, Logan is approached by another alpha, Kontra Belikov—a bear shifter who leads a nomadic group of bikers. Even knowing Kontra is mated to a male, the allure of a new pack is too strong. Logan accepts. Most of Kontra’s pack-members are in gay matings, and Logan learns to be polite and accepting of those who are gay, even forming his own opinions.
While Logan no longer loathes homosexuals, he never expects to feel attraction to a guy. That’s exactly what happens, however, when he meets Kai’s human friend, Tyson Grubler. He doesn’t understand it and fights it with every fiber of his being, except, when Logan sees Tyson head into a club bathroom with a stranger, he then loses control of his wolf’s possessive instincts. Logan tosses Tyson’s trick out of the stall and sinks his teeth into a very shocked Tyson’s neck. Realizing what he’s done—starting the bonding process—Logan flees. Can he come to terms with what his wolf already knows—that Tyson is his mate?
Logan used to be a homophobic shifter. In fact in the Wolves of Stone Ridge series, he is exiled from his pack for participating in a hate fueled attack. He is then pulled in Kontra’s pack as Kontra recognized that he was not acting out of true hate, but following along in a misguided attempt of acceptance. Now he is forced to come to terms with his growing attraction for another man. His wolf readily accepts Tyson, but it is the man who is struggling with realizing his true sexual orientation.
Logan and Tyson’s tale was a very romantic read. It started out a bit forceful, as if by denying his true sexuality, Logan’s wolf had to take control to ensure fate was not ignored. I was a bit afraid at first that this would turn into a D/s type thing, but it quickly turned into something more tender and endearing.
I liked that the author did not rush the sexual relationship between these two men. She allowed time for Tyson as a human to get to know Logan and for Logan to come to grips with the reality of being with a man. This was not a virgin instantly becomes a pro in bed tale and I am so grateful for that. In fact there was no actual penetration until the very end of the story. I liked seeing Logan learn what it means to be in a relationship with Tyson. I loved seeing him take the time to get to know what his human mate wanted in life and then execute a plan to make that happen. In the end, this was a very sweet, romantic mating. I really enjoyed reading this one and recommend this to anyone looking for something quick and satisfying.
There is some backstory that occurred earlier in the series, but you can still understand this one without having ready it first. Charlie Richards is one of my favorites series authors. I was a bit worried that her books were getting very cookie cutter and stale, but this one has changed my mind. I look forward to Korbin’s story!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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