Author: Toni Griffin
Narrator: Nick Flint
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: Freddy MacKay
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 09/20/2016
Length: 03 hours 00 minutes
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Tommy Morgan’s life was turned upside down at the hands of his Alpha. Now, another one is claiming to be his mate. He’s not ready to jump into a relationship with anyone, still suffering from nightmares due to the abuse he experienced. Instead, Tommy moves in with his brother, Declan, hoping for the space he needs to heal.
Pennaeth Alpha, Benjamin Taylor, has his hands full dealing with all the packs across Australia. When he finds his young mate battered and bloody, he knows Tommy is going to need time to recover and come to terms with everything. Ben is more than willing to give his mate anything he needs. Even if that means them living apart for now.
When passion finally ignites with unexpected consequences, Ben knows he’ll do anything, fight anyone, to keep his mate safe.
Corey Jones has always maintained he didn’t want a mate. After falling for his college professor and having his heart broken, he vowed to never go there again. Now, his decision to remain single is put to the test when he meets his Alpha’s new personal assistant, Ethan Davies, and discovers the man is his mate.
After growing up in the foster care system all Ethan ever wanted was a home and someone to love him. He’s overjoyed that his recent move has brought him to his mate. Ethan’s happiness soon turns to devastation when Corey walks away from him and their bond.
Ethan is forced to walk a fine line between respecting his mate’s wishes and refusing to give up on the one thing he’s wanted his entire life. With Ethan’s determination, an interfering bother, and pack members too interested in his personal life, Corey may not stand a chance.
Ben was previously reviewed by Adriana here on Prism Book Alliance.
While I don’t have quite as high of praise as she does, I will say that Ben is a good beach read. It is an enjoyable story that is easy to get through. There are a few leaps of faith that the main characters and the readers both have to take in order for the story to go between plot points, but not enough to distract from the story Griffin is trying to tell.
I like Ben and Tommy, even if they take on the very stereotypical Alpha/submissive roles. (some might say alpha/woman given the m-preg plot line).
Cory was not previously reviewed so here is my take on that one.
Cory is a stubborn fool! Why can’t the shifters of fated pairing just accept that they are going to eventually want and love their mates and move on? I wanted to slap him upside the head a few times throughout the story. For his part, I though Ethan was far to patient with his erstwhile mate. Though he did do some virtual slapping upside the head for me, so I have to respect him for that.
The Alpha/submissive roles were nearly as clear in this installment of the Atherton pack. That being said, I loved the little scene where Ben kind of loses it.
Neither of these stories are appropriate for those seeking a deep read. They are, however, great for those who just want to escape reality for a few hours.
Nick Flint is the reason I kept going with this series. Hell when I read the titles of these books I read it in his voice now. I love that they got an aussie narrator (or at least one that can do a good aussie accent… I can’t lie and say I would know the difference). It really helped me fall into the setting of the story.
I am eagerly awaiting Kiernan on audio (hint, hint), because reading it just isn’t the same.
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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