Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Adrian screwed up big time three years ago. While at a party that his boyfriend did not want to go to, Adrian got drunk and had sex with a stranger. Three years later, he still cannot recall details of the incident. He does recall how he broke Jacob’s heart. Now, his parents are asking him to move on from Jacob as they intend to mate his younger brother Charlie with Jacob. He must meet with Jacob in order to patch things up as thing could get awkward at family gatherings otherwise.
The past three years have been hard on Jacob. He never thought Adrian would cheat on him but he did. Being drunk at the time doesn’t matter. Jacob believes he will not be able to trust Adrian again. He is surprised to receive a call from him after agreeing to mate with Charlie. Of course Adrian picks THEIR spot to meet on the beach, where they would shift into their whale (Jacob) and crab (Adrian) forms. Even after the betrayal, Jacob has not really moved on. He had played with West, the young cougar shifter who helps Jacob take care of his mother who has early onset Alzheimer’s. He knows how important Adrian and Charlie’s parents feel that the two families should come together, but he does not love Charlie. Even though they seem to be a good fit on paper, Charlie will always be Adrian’s kid brother to him.
When Jacob comes over for dinner with Adrian, Charlie and his parents, things hit the fan. Charlie, believing that Adrian and Jacob are meant to be together, believes this might be a step toward reconciliation. When he finds out that he Is to be mated to Jacob, he explodes. Charlie wants to mate for love, not for some alliance that would further the family’s standing in the community. He runs out of the house with his parents chasing after him. Meanwhile, Adrian and Jacob talk some more and Adrian comes to the conclusion that Jacob will never really forgive him to try again. Charlie deserves a good man and there are none better the Jacob. But it still hurts like hell. He sees that nobody here is winning (except maybe his parents) and cannot find a way to make it better. Luckily Charlie has a plan to make things better.
I enjoyed this fifth book in the Signed, Sealed, Delivered series a bit more than the others I have read. While the parents are once again heavy handed in trying to control their sons’ futures, the children take matters into their own hands sooner than in other books. You would think parents in this day and age would care more about their children’s happiness instead of antiquated ideals of the past. The thing I found interesting is that Jacob’s mother is struggling with Alzheimer’s. In most shifter books, they are immune from human diseases. While not as progressive as the human variety, Jacob’s mother suffers just the same. Charlie is one determined young man and I cannot wait to see what plans he has for West in a future book.
Latrisha Waters provides a good cover for the book. Adrian is seen with an opened button down shirt while Jacob’s whale is swimming in the background. This is a fairly standard cover for this series.
EBook, 80 pages
Edition Language: English
Published: October 7, 2016 by eXtasy Books
Series: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
- Sealed With Honor (Signed, Sealed, Delivered #1)
- Signed with a Heart (Signed, Sealed, Delivered #2)
- Delivered to Hope (Signed, Sealed, Delivered #3)
- Delivered from Anguish (Signed, Sealed, Delivered #4)
- Sealed with Acceptance(Signed, Sealed, Delivered #5)