Author: Catherine Lievens
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/15/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
How can you trust anyone when you’ve been abused all your life?
Rick has spent all his life under Alpha Erskine’s thumb. He was forced to become part of the man’s inner circle when his father died and to participate in things that still give him nightmares. He’s used to being shunned, beaten, and derided for his stutter, and he doesn’t think things really can change, not even with Kameron as their new alpha.
Cole is part of the council, but he’s really a wandering soul. He hasn’t stopped in one place in years, but meeting his mate while visiting the Gillham pack changes that. He knows Rick hasn’t had an easy life, and he intends to make his mate happy, no matter what it takes.
Rick struggles with his stutter and his past but slowly starts healing from the years of abuse. Cole is an important part of that healing, but what will happen when someone tries to take him away? Will Rick be strong enough to protect his mate, or will he lose him to greed?
There is a definite theme to the Whitedell Pride and Gillham Pack books by Catherine Lievens. They are about fated mates who face roadblocks to their mating. Usually, one mate is all for the mating, and one is not for whatever reason. The other theme common in these two series is mates you don’t necessarily expect.
In the case of Rick (Gillham Pack #5), the aforementioned roadblocks seem complicated, but boil down to one thing. Confidence. Cole has enough for both himself and Rick, but Rick has to find some of his own as well. Cole is just the.. err bear to do it.
Rick and Cole make an unusual couple on the outside. However, like all the fated mate pairs in these two series, they each have something that the other needs to be complete. They complement each other. They make up for each other’s shortcomings.
Rick is a character we have seen a few times in the past. We knew he had a story, but we didn’t know if we were going to love or hate him. While I will leave that up to you decide for yourself, I will say that Craig is one of my favorite characters in the Pack.
You will notice that when I talk about the history of this series, I talk equally about Whitedell and Gillham. These two series are so tightly linked; I recommend reading them together. Gillham starts after Andrew of the Whitedell Pride series, and they alternate from there timeline wise.
Before reading Rick, I did a complete re-read of both series. If I remember correctly, Rick introduced a new baddy for the council to hunt, since Nysys (Whitedell #13) basic put the Glass Research Lab story arc to bed.
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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