Fighting Instinct by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook Review by Teresa

FightingInstinctAUDLGTitle: Fighting Instinct

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator: Tristan James

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 03/13/2015

Length: 07 hours 25 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Paranormal


Only a privileged few know L’Ange’s head of security Arman de Soto is a shifter, and even fewer know he’s been systematically killing off a pack of werewolves. The reason for this vengeance is a secret Arman trusts with no one, quite the opposite of his obvious longtime pursuit of the château’s overseer, Linus Hobbes. Despite Arman’s reputation as a loner, the only thing he needs to complete his life is Linus. Predator and prey just don’t mix—but Arman won’t give him up.

Linus has lived alone for more than seven years, sheltered at L’Ange under an assumed name and hiding secrets of his own, including his terrifying attraction to the most dangerous man he’s ever met. Arman knows Linus should be afraid of the predator stalking him, but Linus is still drawn to him like a moth to a flame, no matter how much he tries to deny his instincts. It’s not until Linus’s past and Arman’s crusade exposes their secrets and opens L’Ange to attack that Arman realizes waiting any longer is a risk he just can’t take. So he’ll have to take his quest to the source of the threat in a gamble to protect L’Ange, Linus, and any future they might have together.

Story Review:

Fighting Instinct is the second book in the L’Ange series by Mary Calmes. I wasn’t sure what to expect. We didn’t see a lot of these two men in book one, though we were introduced to them. It has been awhile since I read the first book in this series, Old Loyalty, New Love, but I was able to pick up and remember who everyone was and what had happened previous.

I really enjoyed this novel. Though the beginning was a little confusing, there is a lot of information presented in a short time, I quickly fell into pace and loved Arman and Linus’s story. Arman is unapologetically brutal in the avenging of the wrongs done Linus. Yet, he is so caring about the people close to him. Linus blossoms under Arman’s love and shows how strong he can be. I loved seeing them interact. I liked that they were both non-traditional shifters and that even the wolves had slightly different lore than most other books. The action was great as was the sex.

The setup for the next book in the series was great and I look forward to it in the future.

Narration Review:

Listening to this greatly enhanced my experience. The narrator had an awesome voice and you could tell who everyone was. His accents were good as was his inflections and emoting. Definitely recommend listening to this book. I will look for this narrator again!


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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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