Author: Catherine Lievens
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/15/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
You can’t rush healing, no matter how much you want to.
Elliott has been through hell—not only was he sold to the Glass Research Company, but the company then sold him to a man who wanted a sex slave. Elliott was freed, but now, more than a year later, he’s still fighting with the memories. He spends most of his time hiding in his parents’ house and texting the few friends he has, until he decides his life needs to change. The first step? Moving in with Mal, one of his best friends.
Craig freed Mihaja from the lab. Mihaja went back home to Madagascar, but being there isn’t for him anymore. What he went through changed him, and he goes back to the only home away from home he knows—Gillham. There he meets his mate, Elliott, who tells Mihaja what happened to him even before they realize what they are to each other.
Mihaja knows Elliott will need time and care to heal, and he doesn’t mind being the one giving it to him. He, Elliott, and Mal move in the house Mihaja was supposed to move into alone, and Elliott starts to heal, but he is his own enemy. Elliott wants too much too fast. What will happen when he pushes too hard?You can’t rush healing, no matter how much you want to.
It is no secret that I anticipate Lievens latest shifter story every 1st and 15th of the month. I have called them everything from terrible to literary crack to must reads. No matter what, however, I keep coming back for more. Lievens has characters you just can’t help but love.
Elliot, the 11th and latest installment in the Gillham Pack series takes on a quite serious topic, PTSD. Elliot may be the most broken of twisted lab owner Glass’ victims. When he was rescued by fellow wolf shifter Jonah, he was in a bad way. He had been raped repeatedly and held as a sex slave while in Glass’ clutches. Needless to say, he has some stuff to work through.
We pick up Elliot’s story about a year on from his rescue. He is still living with his parents and hardly leaving his house. Of course this is when his fated mate comes into his life. Since Elliot can hardly stand to be touched, this presents a problem.
His is a story that has to be approached with grace and respect. The normal fated mates in heat story just wouldn’t do. Lievens did a beautiful job depicting Eli’s struggles with himself and his mate. She also did an admirable job depicting Mihaja’s approach to his broken mate. He was loving and kind and sensitive to Eli’s wants and needs. They took their mating slowly and showed that there are more ways to show love and desire than anal penetration.
This is a not a story of the “magic dick” that I so often see healing a main character’s hurts. Elliot is a story of struggle, friendship, and devotion. It is a story about being what the other needs and only giving what you can give. Well done Ms. Lievens.
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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