Scent of the Heart by Parker Williams ~ Book Review by Caroline

25672817Title: Scent of the Heart

Author: Parker Williams

Publisher: Self Published

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

Casey Scott grew up being told he’d never amount to anything, and despite the unwavering love and support from his best friend, Jake, the idea sticks in the back of Casey’s mind. When he discovers he has a unique destiny in an enclave where shifters and humans live together, he seizes the chance, wanting for once in his life to be someone special.

Tsvetok Yerokhin lost his parents to the evil ruler of the enclave when he was a boy. The responsibilities of raising his two younger brothers nearly overwhelmed him and self- doubt took over. When the new Alpha and his Protector arrive in time to save his life, Sev is grateful, but he’s even more shocked when he scents his mate with them.
Casey isn’t prepared for the feelings that sweep over him when he meets Sev, but he refuses to act on them because he’s straight. Still, there is something so alluring about Sev that Casey can’t help being drawn to him.

As the two explore the edges of their new discovery, an evil returns, determined to control the enclave or destroy it. The Alpha and Protector are powerless to stop it, but Casey holds the key to victory. If he can discover what it is, he has a chance to save them all. To be the hero.

Unfortunately, the hero has to be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, and for Casey that means losing his heart.

My View:

We catch up with Jake, Zak and Casey about 6 months from where we left them. Life in the enclave has settled down but it’s not long before something just feels ‘off’.

Casey made the move to the enclave with his best friend without really knowing his place in their new world or what his destiny held. He was chosen to be Jake’s friend and initially this fact left him questioning everything about their friendship. Jake had been the one constant in his life, the only person who had ever really cared, and to find out it was organised and arranged that way left him flailing.

The gap that Hakim left in Casey’s life is huge. He lives in his old family home and diligently learns from the old shaman’s notes and texts, but he desperately misses his old mentor, to the point where he has started hearing his voice. Casey is a sweet and fun guy, making jokes that members of the enclave often don’t understand, he has settled into his new life well and always makes time for anyone who needs his help.

Sev lived in the enclave under the old regime of terror and it literally tore his family apart. The stress of raising his two younger brothers, the guilt he feels over his parents death, the guilt he feels over just being who he is takes its toll and he often thinks it would be easier to just give over to his animal and go live in the woods.
Both of these men are so tied up with the problems in their own lives that they don’t seem to think much about their private lives. This becomes a problem when fate throws in her hand and it turns out that they are heart mates. As a shifter this means the world to Sev and although he expected his mate to be female he has no problem with it being Casey. It is more of a shock to Casey, he doesn’t handle it horribly but it does take some getting used to.

As well as having to get used to the idea of their mating there is an evil revisiting the enclave and things get bad very quickly. As the shaman it becomes Casey’s battle but it may be one he is not strong enough to win.

Parker Williams has continued the fantastic world building in this series and has added in a lot of humour. This is not just a sequel but more like a story that grows continuously. Sev’s unusual way of attracting attention from his mate and Casey’s puns will leave you with a lot of smiles on your face. He has also managed to make Skunk’s cute! A common thread in this series seems to be the way the author leaves you hanging at the end with the promise of more. The next book is sure to just as fascinating and hopefully the wait won’t last too long!

Links

Scent of the Heart on Goodreads

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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