Author: Toni Griffin
Narrator: Nick Flint
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: Freddy McKay
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 05/20/2016
Length: 02 hours 17 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay Romance, Paranormal
After a long night at work, all pastry chef Declan Morgan wants to do is have a run before he heads home to bed. His peaceful lope through the forest turns into a nightmare when he witnesses his Alpha kill a pack member in cold blood. Now Declan is on the run from the very people that should be protecting him.
Liam Anderson has never minded all the travel that comes with his position as a Beta to the Pennaeth Alpha. He’s used the time to search far and wide for his mate. He never expected to find the man naked and scared on his back porch.
Liam’s overjoyed at finally finding the one man fated for him, now if only he can get Declan to open up and trust him with the secrets he carries
I’ve heard good things about Toni Griffin and her shifter books so I was looking forward to listen to this book.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t blown away. The ebook was reviewed a couple years ago and you can check that out here: http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2014/07/liam-the-atherton-pack-1-by-toni-griffin-book-review-by-adriana/
To say I had a different opinion than Adriana would be an understatement. I didn’t hate the story, I just didn’t particularly like it. It felt like a lot of fluff and more of a setup for the rest of the series.
I attribute a lot of my opinion to a matter of taste. I’m not a big fan of the fated mates trope because I think authors can use it as an easy out and not show the characters falling in love. I liked Liam and Declan but I would’ve like to see them getting to know each other before they begin their relationship. However, I have to say the sex scenes were incredibly hot. I’d never read a story where knotting was involved in making love and that part was interesting and erotic.
There were some plot issues I just couldn’t wrap my head around. Declan shows up at Liam’s place naked because he’s on the run from some stereotypical bad guys. It’s obvious he’s in trouble but they don’t talk about it that night—or the next day. In fact, they wait until a poker party at Liam’s pack leader’s place to discuss what Declan’s alpha, the baddie, did. Why wouldn’t Liam and Declan have discussed it sooner? That and a few other questions pulled me out of the story.
I would’ve liked a stronger plot and less time setting up the next story in the series. If shifter fluff is your thing then I recommend this book. If not, look elsewhere.
Nick Flint did a good job with the varying characters. It’s hard to rate a narrator of a story I wasn’t crazy about but I think he did a solid job and wouldn’t hesitate to listen to him again.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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