Arlen (Gillham Pack #6) by Catherine Lievens ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

ArlenTitle: Arlen (Gillham Pack #6)

Author: Catherine Lievens

Publisher: eXtasy

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/15/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, Paranormal

Blurb:

Sometimes you have to walk off the beaten path and create your own to be happy.

Arlen’s been stuck in his wolf form for months and he’s had to watch his mate fall in love with another man and live with him. To his surprise, Arlen falls in love with both men, so when he becomes human again, he knows exactly what he wants—both Gentry and Nick.

Gentry helps Arlen to become human again, but when Nick finds out Arlen is his mate, Gentry thinks he’ll have to leave the man he loves. Then Arlen proposes a threesome solution, but Gentry is hesitant.

Nick accepts Arlen’s solution more easily, even though he isn’t sure his wolf will be happy with it. But the wolf wants both Gentry and Arlen, and after a bit of stumbling, the three settle in their new throuple.

Will Nick and Arlen be able to resist the urge to mate and really include Gentry, or will Gentry end up alone and rejected? And how will their families and friends react to their solution?

My View:

I have mixed feelings over Arlen’s story. First of all, we needed it. Second of all it answered some interesting questions. Finally, I don’t like menage. It just isn’t my trope. However, I am so invested in this series, I couldn’t NOT read it. Not to mention the fact that Nick and Gentry, two characters whose HEAs I needed are involved.

If you have been reading the series along with me, then you know Nick and Gentry are dating and in love. You also know that they aren’t true mates since Gentry lost his mate years ago. You know that Nick hasn’t found his mate. That left me wondering how the author was going to handle these two beloved characters getting ripped apart when Nick’s mate came into the picture. Little did we know that his mate WAS in the picture.

We have already had two non-mates in love being torn apart by one or the other finding his true mate (see Bryce and Keenan’s story over in Whitedell). The answer is that she doesn’t break them up. Again, mixed feelings there for me. However, it intrigued me.

All too often triads happen way too easily. That is not the case here. It is work, but work all three are willing to undertake. It is probably more work than some readers will want. They don’t just fall into bed and have hot sex. They talk. They work through feelings. They deal with jealousy. They fight their inner wolves. They come together.

I am not completely confident it will work in the long term. I could see some sort of three-way mating working out for them. Come on there has to be a loophole for Gentry. I don’t think all three can deny their wolves forever. However, I like them together. I think they each bring something to the throuple (i.e. triad) that the other two need. I don’t think it would be a complete relationship with just Nick and Arlen. That is the key to menage for me. There is a three-way equality to the relationship. (That and the hot sex isn’t refused)

So… Mal? I am ready for whatever is next. Not to mention, we need to know what hurt Gentry!

Links

Arlen (Gillham Pack #6) on Goodreads
eXtasy
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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