Author: Sui Lynn
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Micah Lewis is minding his own business on his morning commute, dreaming of freedom and mountain forests. It’s an unattainable dream, as he‘s an owned man. His parents sold him and his twin to a fae collector, who uses Spencer to control him. He is forced to live in a cage on display when not working in the fae’s factory.
Daniel Hawthorn arrives in the city just in time to have his bike break down, forcing him to use public transportation. When he discovers his mate, a beautiful, blond, human man who seems to be extremely shy, he decides to make his approach very carefully.
Micah agrees to meet with Daniel, but things don’t go as planned. Secrets and ancient legends come to life, sparking a cross country escape to the mountains of Montana. Will Daniel get to keep his mate? Will Micah attack and kill him? Will Leopold the Fae find and kill them both before they even have a chance to discover love?
So I totally picked this one up based on the blurb and the fact that I have loved everything I have previously read by Sui Lynn. However, I would have to say that this one was not my favorite. It was a promising story and sets up this series nicely, but I didn’t totally connect with it. There is a part of me that wants to continue on with this series and a part of me that does not.
So here are some of the things I liked about this story. I liked the characters of Daniel and Micah. They were fun and their mating was well done. There was some history given for each man and some character growth as the story went on. I love the concept of shifters in heat as there is so much room for exploration of sexual fantasies there. I also liked the set up of the series ARC and the introduction to the world and types of beings. I have a good feel for the world and have other character connections for the following books in the series.
However, I did not like the over the top melodramatic feel of the story. Evil Fae out to rule the world in typical disney villain style. I could almost imagine the evil “Mwahaha” as Leopold plotted the world’s demise! This is just a personal preference for me. Another thing I did not like was that the dialogue often felt forced or manufactured simply so the story could progress as the author intended. Some of the wording and tone did not feel genuine to the character’s behaviors.
Finally, and this is not unique to this book, but there were numerous editing, proofreading, character errors that I have been seeing in many of eXtasy’s titles lately. There were times when Daniel was called Micah or times that Micah was doing something human yet he was still in his shifted form. It was noticeable to me and pulled me out of the story.
I am sure there will be many fans of Ms. Lynn who will love this story and will continue this series. I am just not sure I am one of them right now. I enjoyed the premise and the promise, but the execution wasn’t something I connected with. I do not want anyone to think I am saying this a bad story, because it was not. It just did not capture my attention or stand out from the other shifter series I have read in the past.
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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