Author: Catherine Lievens
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/15/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Life certainly likes to throw curve balls, but they can lead to unexpected pleasures.
Elias has a nice life now that Kameron is alpha. He’s in his senior year, his father is happily mated with a man, and
Elias can finally be himself without fearing someone might hurt him. What could go wrong?
Blake fled Gillham six years earlier, when he realized his best friend’s son, Elias, was his mate. Elias was only twelve at the time, and their alpha was homophobic. But now Blake is an enforcer, and the council sends him back to Gillham, where he knows he’ll have to face both his best friend, Thomas, and Elias.
Elias realizes Blake is his mate as soon as they meet again. He’s happy about it, even though his father certainly isn’t. Blake and Elias decide to wait until Elias graduates to mate, but between creatures that lurk in the dark and new questionable friends, will they make it to June in one piece?
And now I know why I have been keeping up with this series. My favorite part of this series is watching Lievens grow as an author and storyteller from story to story. I can’t say that I was eager for Elias’ story though I knew we would get there soon enough. However, his story is easily my favorite of the Gillham pack so far.
There are those who will be a bit squicked out by this pairing. Elias is barely legal at 18, and his mate is over 40. Furthermore said mate is the best friend of Elias’ father — the recently out and mated to Craig Tom. It took some time for me to get past that factor. Even with the reminders that Zack and Kameron have an even greater age gap, and with the lifespan of the shifters in Lieven’s world 20 years is just a mere blink in time. Once I finally started looking at Elias and Blake in those terms, I could see how good they were for each other.
Blake needed a reason to come home, and Elias needed a reason to stay. Elias is wise far beyond his years. In one breath he acts like a spoiled child. In the next, he shows just how much his upbringing has aged him. Blake, for his part, is scared. He is scared of his friend. He is scared of what people will think. He is scared of his feelings. He is scared of the fact that he isn’t as scared as he thinks he should be. It takes Elias’ boldness to break through Blake’s fear and bring them to where they want to be.
We also saw a lot of movement on the mystery connecting Whitedell and Gillham. Overall a great addition to the Lieven’s shifter world.
As always, I am looking forward to my next visit to Gillham. I enjoyed getting to know a little more about some newer characters as well as seeing some favorites from the past again — Keenan, Nysys, Jago, Craig, & Zach, among others. Of course, Lievens made sure I will be coming back with a bit of a cliffhanger ending. Don’t worry said cliffhanger is not about Elias and Blake. They get their happy.
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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