Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/26/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
L’Ange: Book Three
Jon Slade finally met his mate, but instead of it being the happiest day of his life, it became the saddest when wolf shifter Kelvin MacCurdy chose his obligations over their fated bond, leaving Jon to pick up the pieces of his shattered dreams. Lucky for him, Roman Howell, his boss and the owner of L’Ange, saw promise in the forlorn lion and put him to work so he wouldn’t have time to sit around and lick his wounds while he waited for his wounded spirit to heal.
Then the wolves make an official visit to L’Ange, and Jon finds out Kelvin’s pining for him is taking its toll on his position as the king’s champion. Though Kelvin’s training and the expectations of others steer him toward an intended mate, Jon has an unbreakable hold on his heart, and it’s no longer possible for Kelvin to keep himself from where he truly belongs.
But the conclave brings more than Kelvin to the château. It also brings a challenge to jackal alpha Quade Danas, a threat that Quade and Roman, Arman and Linus, and Jon and Kelvin may have to fight in order to keep L’Ange’s family intact. Jon never wanted to lead a pride, but the loyalty and devotion to one is ingrained in him. Kelvin was raised to punish anyone who questioned his king, but the calling to protect others runs through his veins just as deeply. To come out on the other side of the battle together, Jon and Kelvin will have to hold the darkness of solitary pride and broken hearts at bay—and find strength in belonging to something bigger than themselves.
I am having a really hard time coming up with what to say about Chosen Pride by Mary Calmes. If you have enjoyed the first two installments of her L’Ange series, you won’t want to miss this one. If you, like me, had no love lost for Jon from the previous installments in this series, but you otherwise enjoyed the world Calmes built, you will want to pick this one up. If you are looking for something from Calmes that has her signature banter and feel but without the signature “jory”-esque character, you will want to pick up this series and this story. If you aren’t a Calmes fan but you are looking to give her a chance, L’Ange is a good series to try. If you aren’t a Calmes fan and you never will be, you probably aren’t reading this review anyway.
So is that clear as mud? Let’s talk a bit about Chosen Pride. I am going to assume you have read the first two books in the series. I, personally, recommend reading them in order. The couples are different in each installment, but their stories are sequential and inextricably entwined. So back to the assumption you have read the first two. You get more of Quade, Roman, Arman, and Linus. You also get answers. Lots and lots of answers. You get alphas being alpha and a sexxy as sin deer shifter being a sexxy as sin deer shifter. You get power struggles and power shows. You get indecision and taking charge. You get to spend a few hours in beautiful Maine and in a museum showpiece of a house. You get to make new friends you will likely want to visit time and again.
Chosen Pride is about the family you make. It is about being able to be with the ones you love regardless of what other people think is proper or right. It is about standing up for those in your chosen family and making sure they know they are loved and others know they are not alone.
I am a Mary Calmes fan. Her stories are all like visiting old friends for me. Chosen Pride is no exception.
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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