Author: Catherine Lievens
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/15/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Xavier’s life has gone to hell. Not only has his ex-boyfriend’s stalker attacked him, but in order to keep him safe he’s being sent to the Gillham pack. It wouldn’t be too bad, if not for the small detail that he hadn’t known shifters existed before that! He’s not sure what he can expect from them, but he doesn’t have a choice. When he meets Andy, he’s weirdly attracted to the man, but Xavier knows he’s not good enough for him.
Andy doesn’t want to play babysitter for Xavier, at least not until he meets him and realizes the man is his mate. He knows he’s going to have a hard time convincing Xavier to at least give their bond a chance, and that’s not counting the other problems their relationship will have to face.
The two mates will have to navigate angry families and the ever-present lab problem, and still Andy isn’t sure he’ll be able to help his mate get over his low self-esteem long enough to give him a chance.
If you love shifter stories and you have read the Whitedell Pride series from Catherine Lievens, you will want to read Xavier. Though you can read it without the Whitedell Pride series, you will miss much of the back story… including meeting Xavier and his reasons for being in the Gillham pack territory. Though it is summarized a bit, you will get a much richer view having read at least Andrew (book 9) of Whitedell Pride.
Xavier takes place parallel to the book Keenan in Whitedell Pride. This shows us the raid on the Glass lab from the Wolf pack’s perspective. It also introduces us to a whole new cast of characters; I hope we will see more from them in the future. Some of them we have glimpsed throughout Whitedell Pride, some are completely new. However, their dynamic is completely different as they are wolves, not cats.
Xavier has to decide if he can be what his mate needs him to be. He has to decide if he wants to be part of the pack. He also has to overcome his body issues and allow himself to feel desired.
There is no question from the first encounter that Andy wants Xavier. He just has to make Xavier see that their pull is more than the bond. I appreciate the fact that the mate bond while strong, is not the deciding factor in their relationship. They have to find their way to each other before they can find their way together and forward.
Xavier is a short, quick read, and one I would put in the guilty pleasure or literary crack categories. It has its issues, as with most books I have read from this publisher, but I just can’t resist picking up one more book from this author.
After watching Lievens grow as an author in the Whitedell series, I am interested to see what she does with Gillham.
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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