Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Young wolf shifter Max is cocky and crass. Unlike others his age, he has yet to discover a talent that will serve his pack. Since childhood, he’s been convinced the pack alpha is his mate, but Alpha Christian cannot envision unfiltered and directionless Max taking the place of his elegant mother at the head of the pack. As Max begins to build a life with his best friend, he also begins to see that maybe what he thought was inevitable was all in his head, and it’s time to move on.
Or are they both denying fate?
I must admit I really enjoyed the way this story started out. The potential for humor, the real exuberance the flashes through the character of Max that I had really seen before in a young were just captivated me. A young shifter so sure he knew that the Alpha was his mate that he calls him nicknames in a car after being rescued! Irrepressible! A total but he’s my boyfriend…sort of thing when no one else believes him. He’s young effervescent, and you get it. Plus he has Seth his best friend as a support and listening block.
From the way it started out, I was sure I was in for a real special story. But unfortunately the author either just couldn’t or wouldn’t sustain this or the other plot (not the one that had anything to do with the bonding) so overtook the character of Max that it dimmed what made him so original. He become another sweet young were but without the sparkle that had me anticipating this story. That was gone.
Instead the whole story took a quick turn into a narrative road tread by many where the Alpha recognized the bond etc. Another drama ensued, everything felt extremely rushed and, while I honestly liked the characters of Max and Seth still, I felt some real promise was lost here.
The character of Christian, the Alpha, comes across as little better than a stand in which is a shame because Max deserves the best. Trust me you’ll agree with me on this one.
There is a whole sweet element about a bakery shop. Nice but could have been used for more time developing the relationship between Christian and Max which was basically nonexistent. The best relationship here is between Max and his best friend Seth, that’s deep, believable, and real. That’s what the bakery element contains…its all Max and Seth. Go figure.
So I gave this story a 3 rating because I liked the characters of Max and Seth. There is really little development to the relationship between the romantic leads and zero sex. There is tons of bromance between friends. If I think about the plot, I will reduce the rating because of all the holes I will have to mention. But the bromance? Totally sweet. I only wish that the original sighting of Max had lasted until the end. Boy, was he special.
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht. It’s a beautiful cover but again. It doesn’t really fit this story in anyway other than throwing that paw print in there.
ebook, 1st edition, 83 pages
Expected publication: August 31st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
SeriesA Series of Fates #1