Author: Kate Steele
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/15/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Sequel to Altered Heart
Jamie Hardin has been both blessed and cursed. His first marriage was ideal until his beloved wife’s passing. His second became a horror story that resulted in his sixteen year old son disappearing from his life for two torturous years. Now divorced and reunited with Rio, who has since become a werewolf and mate to Mick Matranga, Jamie has begun a new chapter in his life.
Uprooting himself and his adopted son, Jack, to be near his eldest child, Jamie is looking forward to reestablishing his relationship with Rio, and setting up his optometry practice. What he hadn’t counted on was a very sexy werewolf taking more than a shine to him.
Jed Matranga has made it his business to alleviate the guilt Jamie feels for the hardships Rio has endured, and to raise his spirits along with certain body parts Jamie was sure had given up the ghost. Though far from objecting to the heat between them, Jamie is unsure he deserves to be happy again. It will take a very determined person to show Jamie that old hurts can be laid to rest, and new delights should be embraced without reservation. For a very simple reason, Jed has appointed himself to be that person; Jamie is his mate, and accepted or not, Jed will do everything he can to return the joy to Jamie’s life.
A huge amount of time has passed between book 1 Altered Heart and now book 2 Amended Soul being published. If my memory serves me right Altered Heart was one of my first shifter books when I started reading MM romance and I fell in love with Mick and Rio. I re-read their story before this one just to give myself a reminder and a catch up on the world that was created around them.
Jamie is Rio’s father and their relationship is less than ideal after Rio finally admits why he ran from home. Jamie is left devastated and feeling like a total failure having had no clue what was going on under his nose. He leaves his wife, takes his younger son and moves to be closer to Rio to try and mend some bridges and help heal his family.
Jed is the slightly goofy good time brother of Mick’s who never takes anything too seriously. Things get more serious though when he realises Jamie is his mate – talk about keeping it in the family and things get a little bit awkward for a while.
This is a slow burn romance with Jed having to show patience whilst Jamie and Rio try to fix their relationship and Jamie slowly learns to trust again. He also needs to get to a point where he believes he can have a second chance at happiness. They are actually very good together but after the fast pace and angst of the first book this felt a little slow.
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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