Strength to Let Go by Alina Popescu ~ Book Review by Caroline

25800817Title: Strength to Let Go

Author: Alina Popescu

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/24/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

After being abandoned by his mates, Shiki Kirishima, beta of the Dragons of the Fang werewolf tribe, returns to his home in Tokyo.
Crippled by grief, Shiki decides to end it all by going into the territory of the Siberian Killers tribe and challenging them to a battle to the death.
His death.
Ganzorig, beta of the Siberian Killers, however, sees the potentially disastrous consequences of having Shiki die in battle.
Instead, he saves him.
Having suffered loss himself, Ganz takes it upon himself to help Shiki deal with his pain.
Blake, Shiki’s best friend since childhood, is as determined to show him there is life after a wolf’s ultimate loss.
Could there also be something ‘more’ for them after friendship?

My View:

Apart from a small anthology story this is the first thing I have read by Alina Popescu and to say I enjoyed it would be an understatement!

Strength to Let Go moves away from the normal view in stories that I have read that once a shifter, in particular werewolves, have found their mates that that’s it for life. The view that has everyone shouting ‘mine’ and mates that would die to protect what they have found.

Shiki Kirishima had found not one but two mates from the fea realm. They had mated, they had married and they had even started a family but after 6 months these two men who meant the world to Shiki and who he would have laid down his life for walked away from him and cut off all contact. A wolf rejected by his mates is a lesser wolf in Shiki’s eyes, his grief is palpable as he spirals into depression and comes up with a plan for an honourable death.

Death is not so easy to find when Ganzorig a beta with the Siberian Killers pack sees something in Shiki worth saving. For all the brutality of his pack and life Ganz is a surprisingly gentle man who coerces Shiki into giving life a chance. Their friendship is major and vital to the story and I hope to see Ganz again further into the series.

After a couple of months of healing Shiki is more at peace with himself than he thought possible until his best friend Blake arrives to take him home. The very thought of returning to his previous life, visiting or living in places that his mates were a part of sees his panic return and resolve diminish. Blake is another gentle character who has played a huge part in Shiki’s life as best friend and co-conspirator since their childhood.

How these two men have gone for nearly 3 decades without realising how they feel and what they mean to each other is a mystery but as gentle as Blake is Shiki is damaged, he can only ever see people walking away and leaving him, he needs to be able to see past his pain if he is to have a shot at a real HEA.

Links

Strength to Let Go on Goodreads
Wayward Ink Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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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