A Paul B Review: Delivered to Hope (Signed, Sealed, Delivered #3) by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Delivered To HopeMorris is a rent boy for the Critters on Call escort service.  He has been working for the past six years after running away from home.  His one regret is leaving behind his brother Jeremy, who was put into a catatonic state after a beating from their father.   He has been saving money for the past few years in order to get his brother away from his controlling uncle, who is currently responsible for his brother’s well-being.  After finishing a job in Paris, a limo carrying his Uncle Ben pulls up.  His uncle informs him that is to be a mate to a shifter in the state of Washington in the United States.  The uncle threatens to move his brother to a lesser care facility where Morris knows his brother will die.  Morris agrees to the mating if he is given control of his brother’s affairs.  The uncle agrees on the condition that the mating lasts at least a month.

Harrison is an elk shifter that has been around the block a few times.  He’s had a series of one night stands at the bars but has been saving his “virginity” for his mate.  Though he knows that this loose definition is really a lie, he hopes that his future mate will accept him as he is.  He meets his mate at what is to be their future home.  He follows the blond haired young man to a pond on the property and they introduce themselves in a carnal way before the official meeting.  Relieved that his mate will not hold his not being a virgin against him, he tries to make things work with Morris.  However, Morris’s past catches up with him when they go out to the club one night.  He yells at Morris and raises a hand to him.  Morris flees and is not home when Harrison arrives.  Will he make things right with his new mate?  Did Morris just doom Jeremy in the process?

The characters in this third book in the Signed Sealed Delivered series started out kind of flat but by the end of the book seemed to round out a bit.  In the beginning it is mentioned that Morris left his brother behind.  It is not until later in the book we learn that he has been going to see his brother on the sly whenever he can.  Morris schemes to get out of his mating after the mandatory thirty days his uncle demanded.  He realizes that even after a short time he cares about Harrison.  Morris does what he can for his brother and that is his primary motivation for everything he does.  The ending of the book is a bit contrived and makes Uncle Ben even more of a villain.  The characters from the previous book provide a good support system for Harrison.   

Latrisha Water’s cover is reflective of the others in the series.  It has a picture of Morris in both his human and elephant forms on a yellow background.  It is a decent cover for the book.

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Book Details:

ebook, 84 pages
Published May 15th 2016 by Extasy Books
ISBN139781487407049
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesSigned, Sealed, Delivered #3

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)

A Paul B Review: Signed with a Heart (Signed, Sealed, Delivered #2) by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Signed with a HeartLeo the cheetah shifter has recently witnessed his friend Cam get mated.  Despite the widely held beliefs that arranged matings are miserable, Cam honestly loves his mate Jenner.  Now he is waiting for his own arranged mating.  In Spain with his father, Leo finds out that he is to be mated to Antonio, a wealthy businessman.  Leo is disheartened when he finds out that he will be basically cut off from society, including his best friend Cam, after the mating takes place.  When he hears this, Leo decides to flee Spain and visit his friend in the United States.

Taruk is best friends with Jenner.  His friend’s mating makes Taruk realize that he will probably never be mated.  Taruk is not from a prominent nor rich family to pay the fee needed to arrange a mating.  However, he is glad to see Leo again when he comes to visit Cam.  Taruk is then disappointed to learn that the sweet young shifter is now arranged to be mated in a month’s time.  His is alarmed to find out that Leo believes that the mating will not be a love match like their friends’ pairing.  When Leo’s intended mate Antonio shows up to claim him, Taruk can do nothing but watch him leave.

The mating goes about as poorly for Leo as he expected.  Locked in his room and chained to his bed, Leo must watch as his mate uses a call boy service and flaunt it in front of him.  The only time he sees his mate is when Antonio wants to use him sexually.  The only thing Leo is allowed to do is read the collection of classic books that Antonio has provided for him so that Leo does not make a fool of himself in front of company.  Leo is resigned to his life as an unhappy mate.   When Leo is taken to a birthday party, life takes a turn for the worse soon after.  Leo must live with the consequences of his actions which will affect not only him and his mate, but also that of Taruk and their friends.

This second book in Ricci and Marcus’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered series takes place shortly after the end of the first.  While the first book showed that arranged matings can sometimes turn out well, this second book shows what happens when then they do not.  It is mentioned that Antonio had two previous mates that had died under mysterious circumstances.  Was this not a red flag for Leo’s father or was the dowry he received more important than his son?  It seems that nobody in authority has had any power to investigate their deaths.  It would have been smart of one of the characters to suggest that Antonio might be doing something to Leo.

And these matings seem more like 18th or 19th century marriages where the “lesser” of the partners becomes property of the legally superior partner.  The other thing is that (SPOILER) Leo should not be beating himself up for the actions that he took.

The cover art by Latrisha Waters is nicely done.  It shows both Leo’s cheetah and human forms.

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Book Details

Kindle Edition, 91 pages
Published April 22nd 2016 by eXtasy Books
ASINB01EDH47GI
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesSigned, Sealed, Delivered #2

Series:  Signed Sealed Delivered

Sealed With Honor (Signed Sealed Delivered #1)

Signed With a Heart (Signed Sealed Delivered #2)