Have a Little Faith by Diana McKinley ~ Book Review by Caroline

29633586Title: Have a Little Faith

Author: Diana McKinley

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/27/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Gay Romance, New Adult, Paranormal

Blurb:

What would you do if you saw your whole life mapped out for you when you were only an adolescent? For some, like young Omega Corwin Sullivan, the future is ripe with promise. He loves his wolf pack, his family, and his true mate, Malic, unconditionally, and is excited about the future they’ll all share together.

For others, like Alpha Malic Campbell, however, the future looks like a prison cell. Malic resents not only the looming responsibility of leading his pack and region, but also having his mate predetermined for him by fate. In rebellion, he pushes every limit and tests every boundary on his way from teen to man in a race against the proverbial hands of time. Only to discover that the man he becomes, wants something very different than the boy he once was. But will it be too late for Malic to then win back the very shifter he worked so hard to push away – his mate and his other half?

As a young man, Corwin must now decide if he can recapture what his younger self so naïvely believed in – a happily-ever-after for Malic and himself – and more importantly, does he still want it?

CONTENT WARNING: Explicit Sex

My View:

I am on a real shifter binge at the moment so when Have a Little Faith hit my radar I decided to give a totally new to me author a shot and I’m so glad I did. This is a long book at just over 500 pages, we meet the MC’s when they are both very young and then the story is told from dual POV – the last two of these things are not always my favourites but here it worked really well and I was dragged right in from the first chapter.

Malic Campbell is an Alpha in waiting with a big secret. He knows who is mate is, in fact he has known who his mate is for years but he has no plans to do anything about it. Malic is a character that I can imagine readers hating with a fiery passion as he tramples all over Corwin’s heart for the majority of the book. I felt frustrated with him for the most part but I didn’t hate him – I thought his circumstances were pretty crappy for such a young man and the pressures were just too much. Malic is the strongest Alpha in recent history and from a very young age there have been all sorts of expectations laid at his feet. His life has been mapped out for him when all he wants is a bit of freedom to grow up like any teenager would.

At the beginning of the book Corwin is stereotypical as an Omega. He is a young man readers will fall for, want to protect and feel angry at Malic for everything he has to live through. He is also aware of who his true mate is and in his young mind all he needs to do is wait until he is old enough for Malic to claim him. For one so young he has an old head on his shoulders as seen in the way he is determined to protect Malic whilst almost destroying himself.

When Malic hits sixteen and becomes sexually active things change for all concerned and it will be many years before either man is happy again. Corwin’s distress causes his wolf to come forward early in a bid to protect him but the more time that passes the harder things become. Family and friends rally to protect Corwin, both from the immediate hurt but also the perceived dangers in the future. In the end though Corwin and his family must leave pack lands to protect him and only then does Malic realise what an epic mistake he has made. As he finally grows up and admits to himself what Corwin means to him the fight begins to win back the young Omega’s heart but Corwin is much stronger than before and it won’t be an easy task.

Links

Have a Little Faith on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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