Author: Catherine Lievens
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/01/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Sometimes the secrets we keep aren’t as unacceptable as we thought they were.
Wes has been on his own since he was sixteen, and he’s had to do what he needed to do to survive, even if it meant being a prostitute. He’s never known love, but that starts to change when he meets Taylor. Wes feels wanted as a person for the first time, but he knows Taylor could never accept him, so he flees.
Taylor hadn’t expected to wake up alone on the day after he claimed his mate. He doesn’t even know Wes’ full name or phone number, so he has no way to find him. Just when he thinks he’s lost Wes forever, Wes is attacked and calls a pride member for help. Taylor knows he has to tell Wes about his furry half, but after Wes ran once already, Taylor is scared of his mate’s reaction.
Wes accepts staying with the pride, but can Taylor really accept him and his past? And can Wes get used to living with people—with shifters—when he’s been alone for three years?
There comes a point in every series where I give up. Very few series are able to keep my interest from start to finish. This lack of attention span is actually why I stopped bothering to watch serial television (and television in general). It is also why I don’t start series I know will be going on for more than an handful of book.
Somehow, however, 17 books into the Whitedell Pride series from Catherine Lievens (and 25 if count the 8 in the related Gillham Pack series), I am still hanging in there. Lievens is still bringing me characters I care about and plots that hold my interest. Each story builds a little on the overall arc — currently that of a hunter pack hunting the shifters — while having a full story between two fated mates.
Wes is a human character we saw earlier in the series but was one I thought was a throwaway character. Taylor is a new addition to the pride. Honestly, I don’t remember Taylor’s backstory. I liked Wes from the beginning. It took me a little longer to warm to Taylor. Mostly because how he behaved on the first night they met was less than honorable. By the end of the story, however, I liked both of them.
There is also a little exchange among Wes, Nysys, and Keenan that is sure to put a smile on your face.
While reading the entire series is important for the background arc, each pairing’s mating is mostly self-contained in their novella. You do miss some backstory, but not enough for me to say you have to read all 16 previous books in order to enjoy this installment.
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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