Author: Catherine Lievens
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/15/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Monsters aren’t always the obvious ones.
Merle isn’t the wolf he was before, and who could blame him? He was sold to the labs, then Tom, Alpha Erskine’s second, kidnapped and tortured him, leaving him for dead. Merle’s body has been healed, but his mind hasn’t, and he’s struggling with everyday life and nightmares. Add to that an overbearing mother, and his life is a mess.
Nootaw left his wendigo tribe a year before, but even though he hasn’t hurt anyone since then, people still regard him with fear and disgust. Not even moving to Gillham changed that, but he’s use to it by now. When Nootaw is asked to help find Merle, he doesn’t expect Merle to take a sniff at him and tell him they’re mates. Nootaw isn’t sure what to do with Merle, because everyone knows wendigoes don’t have mates.
Merle insists on giving Nootaw a chance, even though he might lose his mother over it. Then Nootaw disappears, reappearing with someone Merle hadn’t expected. Will Merle be able to leave his nightmares behind and be the man Nootaw needs him to be? And will Nootaw manage to get used to a life he’d never thought he could have?
I am seriously out of things to say about this series at this point. We are 28 books in if youcount the Whitedell and Gillham books together. I can’t recommend enough reading them together in order because the two worlds are so tightly entwined, you really can’t have one without the other.
You are going to love or hate these series. They are not perfect from an editing perspective. However, the world Lievens creates is wonderfully intricate and enticing and has kept me coming back again and again.
In Merle we take a trip to Gillham. We also see Nootaw, who we haven’t really had any interaction with since he was taken in by the Whitedell Pride after his brother, Chogan, mated into the pride. Nootaw is now an enforcer. He is also different. He is a Windigo. He has eaten human flesh, he is considered a monster by many. However, he is just trying to make it on his own and without the tribe he grew up in. He is just trying to keep his head down and help the pack the best he can as an enforcer.
Merle we last saw after he was abducted by Tom, the wayward former inner circle member who has a hate-on for Kameron and all things Gillham pack now. He lives to make the lives of his former packmates hell. There is also that whole power hungry side to Tom. In short he is the baddy the shifters of Gillham are fighting at the moment.
There is actually significant movement on that front in Merle’s story. We also get to see two very different individuals fight to be together. They have to fight friends, family, and themselves to find their HEA. Nootaw faces prejudices from many, including strong ones from Merle’s fairly, because of his past and who he was. Because of rumors, stereotypes, and general fear of the unknown. Sound familiar? Probably one of the deepest meanings of any of the stories in the series. I am not sure I am completely comfortable with Merle and Nootaw together, but guess what… it is none of my concern. Which, of course, is the point. The relationship is between Nootaw and Merle only.
I will keep coming back for more until these two series are complete. I don’t know if I will keep reviewing, however. Only time will tell.
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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