Author: Catherine Lievens
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/01/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Sometimes you have to sacrifice everything for family.
Adrian is a geneticist for the Glass Research Company. He’s the one who has been turning humans in shifters, but he did it only to save his brother, even if he knew it was a horrible thing to do. The company kidnapped him, and Adrian hasn’t seen him in nearly two years. Thinking Gabriel is probably dead, Adrian decides to run away from the company and turns to the only people who can help him—the Whitedell Pride.
Joshua has known Adrian was his mate for months, but he doesn’t want to mate someone who experimented on humans and shifters alike, not after what happened to his sister thirty years earlier. Still, when Adrian is in danger, Joshua knows he’ll help him.
What will Joshua do when another shifter steps in and decides he wants Adrian? Will he let Soren have his mate, or will he finally realize that Adrian is his?
Sometimes something good can come out of the worst situation.
Someone is stalking Andrew. When he finds out the man has entered his home, he asks his friend Dominic for help, hoping that having the Alpha on his side will discourage the stalker.
Soren isn’t particularly happy when Dominic assigns him as Andrew’s bodyguard—that is until he finds out the man is his mate. Andrew has a boyfriend, though, and a stalker.
The two start a relationship, but the stalker is always there, hovering in the dark and convinced Andrew is his mate. What will happen when he finally gets to Andrew? Will Soren be able to get to him in time? Or will Andrew have to save himself?
Keenan wants his mate to come back, but after two months without any news about Jonah, he has lost his hope that the wolf shifter will come back to him. Then one night his phone rings and Jonah finally talks to him.
Jonah left Keenan because he needed to help the other wolves who had disappeared with him. He has a hard time staying away from his mate, though, and as soon as he finds Elliott, Merle and Simon, he runs back to Whitedell, hoping his apologies will be enough for Keenan to take him back.
Just when the two men take their first step in their relationship, something happens to Keenan and he disappears. Will Jonah be able to save the mate he has just started to get to know, or will Keenan be forever lost to him?
So this is where I, as a reviewer eat crow. I said not too long ago that I was done with a particular series about a pack of various cat (and other animal) shifters in Whitedell.
When Adian came across my desk, I was able to resist… then Andrew showed up and I started to waver… then Keenan smacked me upside the head and told me I needed to read his story. He has waited too long for his HEA, and I needed to read it. So here I am admitting I was wrong. Adrian ended up being my absolute favorite installment of this entire series. I enjoyed Andrew and Keenan as well.
I think there are a few factors that contributed to this turnaround for me. First of all, I think the maturity of the author grew as the series grew. She became more comfortable with her characters and world and it showed in the words on the page. The second factor is that all the storylines that were hanging open and frustrated the hell out of me from earlier installments began, slowly, to be tied up with satisfying bows. Finally, just the fact that I couldn’t resist picking up these final three installments in and of itself says something to me. It says that while these stories may not be the Great American Novel (especially since the author is a Belgian living in Italy), there is something addictive about them. Something that just kept me coming back.
As I said before Adrian was by far my favorite of the ten books in the Whitedell series. Probably because the conflict was real. The Joshua’s internal struggle with his past mirrored Adrian’s. Neither felt that their mating could/would/should happen. They both considered eschewing their bond. But along the way, they got to know each other. They took things slow and mated because they wanted it, not just because fate said they should.
Andrew is a new character, as far as I can remember. He might have shown up briefly in earlier installments, but if he did, I don’t remember him. He starts the book with a boyfriend, of whom we will see more in a spinoff series but is fated mates with Soren, the only unmated male shifter in the Pride. They have an exciting little stalker story to deal with, and I am interested in finding out more about said stalker. I have a feeling he will also reappear in the spinoff, series. However, we get a satisfying enough HEA for poor single, always second best Soren.
Keenan What can I say about Keenan? For anyone who has read this series, this is the book you have been waiting for. It is a bit sappy and a not quite what I expected, but it gave us the warm fuzzies for the forelorn and mateless human pack member. He has been living with the pack for over a year since his very human big brother mated into the pack in the first installment. He has had love and lost it. He found his mate and lost him. This is his happy.
I still can’t keep all the “J” names straight. I still have to look up who is mated to whom and remember what type of shifter each is. Some of the books are better than others. Some left me wanting more. Some left me confused. But in the end, the series, and overarching Glass Research Lab plot, as well as the fate of a few pack members kept me coming back. Props have to be given where they are due.
I do not know if this series is done, or if the rest of the story will be told in the spin-off. Yes, I already have book one of the spin-off (Xavier) queued up. So, take from that what you will.
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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