Author: J.R. Loveless
Narrator: Derrick McClain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 06/04/2015
Length: 11 hours 51 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal
A True Mates Novel
Nicholas Cartwright has done everything in his power to forget that night six months ago in Senaka, when his true mate rejected him, leaving him shattered and disillusioned. Burying himself in his work, he pushes himself to the point of exhaustion while finding the touch of another unbearable. Suddenly his mate needs his help, and he may be asking for more than Nicholas can find it in himself to give.
Thayne Whitedove has always been a wanderer, spending his days on the road and his nights wrapped in the arms of whatever random hookup he meets, until a fateful mistake sends him rushing for the comforts of home. To his utter dismay, the only way to correct his error in judgment is to accept the one thing he’s never wanted… his mate. Thayne must decide whether to keep running or to stay and fight for Nick’s forgiveness.
So I spent the first half of this story hating the main characters. I hated Thayne for being such an unmitigated and selfish asshole. And I hated Nick for allowing himself to be used so painfully. But then the author started giving me bits and pieces of each man’s personality and their history and how they came to be as they were, and hatred changed to dislike. Then the author gave me the full story and the chemistry between the men turned from simple biological lust to friendship and love, and then I started to be OK with them.
I will say I never really liked wither man, there was not enough time left in the story for me to change completely from hatred to like, but I did enjoy the ending and appreciated the growth each man displayed during their journey to mated happiness. The emotions the author invoked were well done and I hurt for these men even when I didn’t like them. I did not fully ever understand why things changed, other than the fated mates thing, but I was still left feeling satisfied.
I did love this world. I loved learning about these shifters and their pack structures. I enjoyed meeting a lot of the secondary characters and actually look forward to more of them in future stories. I enjoyed learning about fated mates and what it meant in this series.
I think overall, the story and the world overcame my dislike for the men and the fact that I never really grew to like them fully. It was a good read with lots of action and emotion. I will gladly revisit this world in the future.
This narration was OK. It was read well, but it was just that, read. There were times the calm steady reading made things feel awkward as the emotions did not come through. Derrick McClain’s voice was smooth and easy to listen to, but his reading was rather dry.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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