Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Months after being forced to leave his lover and mate Ari Jannsen behind, Hunter Devin settles into his role as Enforcer for the newly formed Deagan Clan under the rule of his new Alpha and best friend Tristan “Trip” Hagan. Along with Hunter’s brother Boone, their nephews, sister, and mother, Hunter finally has the family he’s always wanted, but without his little rebel Ari, his heart is incomplete.
The Hagan Clan is unable to accept the Deagan Clan’s betrayal for walking away and taking the clan’s pups with them. War looms. As both clans plan their attack, a greater enemy plots against them. But Hunter is determined to get his Ari back. Bonds are put to the test and unexpected alliances are made as Hunter and his clan set out to protect their own and end the spreading heartache.
This was an enjoyable story about two shifters who are separated after a bunch of them branch off to a new clan. Ari and Hunter have had a secret relationship for years and an act of violence ends up keeping them apart against their wills. The book starts 5 years previously and gives you the foundation for their relationship. It then brings us to the current time and we proceed with the current story. The transition between the two times was smooth and worked well as a storytelling style. I liked the two main characters as a couple and they had some really sweet moments together. I thought they were a good match and I liked them together a lot. The only reason I didn’t rate it higher is the overall story wasn’t my thing. This is totally a case of “It’s me not the book.” I found the story to be quite sweet and quite fluffy and while there isn’t nothing wrong with either of those, they’re not my thing. I prefer gritty, angsty books. There are a lot of similarities to the author’s Thirds series and I think if you’re a fan of that series you should definitely check out this one. I think you’ll like it a lot. This book is the second in this series but can be read as a standalone. The author covers the back story well. The first story in this though is a novella and it is free so I recommend you that you read it first.
I listened to this on audio and have mixed feelings. I thought narrator Nick J. Russo did an excellent job on the two main characters, Hunter and Ari. The first part of the book that was almost all them I enjoyed a lot. Towards the end though when there were multiple characters I found it lacking. I did not care for a lot of the side character voices. It’s one of those things that is hard to explain. I don’t have concrete complaints. I just didn’t like many of the voices.
Cover by L. C. Chase. I like the cover. I think it is average. It’s not bad but it also does not stand out.
Narrator Nick J. Russo
Length 6 hours and 0 minutes
Categories:Audiobooks, M/M Audiobooks