Family and Reflection by Anne Barwell ~ Book Review by Caroline

25685518Title: Family and Reflection

Author: Anne Barwell

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: TL Bland

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/06/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal


For as long as Lucas Coate can remember, werewolves have been taught to mistrust vampires. Lucas is an exception—he has close friends who are vampires. The werewolf pack in Flint—and their leader, Jacob Coate—have made it clear that Lucas’s association with vampires is barely tolerated, and another transgression will be his last. When Lucas finds out about the plague of werewolf deaths in the area, he wants to help even though his own life may already be in danger.

Declan has been away from Flint for ten years, but he isn’t surprised to learn that the internal politics of the Supernatural Council haven’t changed for the better. When a series of burglaries hit close to home soon after he arrives, Declan—a vampire and professional thief—is their prime suspect, although for once, he isn’t responsible. With the council keeping secrets, no one is safe. Time is running out, and for Lucas and Declan, everything is about to change.

My View:

Family and Reflection is book three in The Sleepless City series and I would recommend reading the books in order to fully appreciate the numerous characters we meet along the way and their history together.

In Electric Candle, book two in the series, Declan was left without his lover of decades when Jonas finally found his mate. Declan has lived a very long life, he is a vampire after all, and he is the perfect gentlemen but he finds it painful to watch Jonas and his mate together and the atmosphere in the castle is a little awkward. Having returned to his friends after a ten year absence he finds things haven’t changed that much, the council are still bigots where vampires are concerned and they have him in their sights for a spate of robberies that have rocked their members.

Lucas Coate is a werewolf and very different from most members of his pack. Where the wolves have been taught not to trust vampires Lucas in fact lives with them, they are some of his best friends, and it’s his own pack he is mistrustful of. This has caused and is still causing Lucas problems with the pack alpha who happens to be his father but when Lucas discovers that Declan is his mate and then seals that bond the problems become much worse.

There is always a good mystery that plays out in these books. Not only is Declan being set up as a thief, he actually is a thief but maybe innocent this time, but the wolves are being attacked by some sort of plague and the vulnerable members are dying. The wolves are starting to panic and of course they blame the vampires.

If you follow this series this is a great catch up with friends who are all a little bit different but have carved out a family together. Lucas and Declan are great together once they realise that they should be together – fate got it right once again!


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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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