L'Ange: Book Two
Only a privileged few know L'Ange's head of security, Arman de Soto, is a shifter, and even fewer know he's been systematically killing off a pack of werewolves. The reason for this vengeance is a secret Arman trusts with no one, quite the opposite of his obvious longtime pursuit of the chateau's overseer, Linus Hobbes. Despite Arman's reputation as a loner, the only thing he needs to complete his life is Linus. Predator and prey just don't mix, but Arman won't give him up.
Linus has lived alone for more than seven years, sheltered at L'Ange under an assumed name and hiding secrets of his own, including his terrifying attraction to the most dangerous man he's ever met. Arman knows Linus should be afraid of the predator stalking him, but Linus is still drawn to him like a moth to a flame no matter how much he tries to deny his instincts. It's not until Linus's past and Arman's crusade exposes their secrets and opens L'Ange to attack that Arman realizes waiting any longer is a risk he just can't take. So he'll have to take his quest to the source of the threat in a gamble to protect L'Ange, Linus, and any future they might have together.
©2014 Mary Calmes (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
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"Gotta Love Mary Calmes and Tristan James together"
Yes - I love Linus!
Well - obviously Old Loyalty, Mary's other shifter books and All Kinds of Tied Down. It's very heartwarming and funny with only a little angst.
Yes and he's always amazing.
I loved the part where the guys make Arman the Alpha - so hysterical!
We met Arman in Old Loyalty, New Love. He was the mysterious bodyguard who helped protect Roman and Quade. Though we were led to believe he was interested in a certain jackal named Tucker, we find out quickly that this was a red-herring, serving to stir jealousy in the heart of Linus.Linus is the fastidious and cold caretaker of L’Ange. It’s clear he’s been abused in his past and we learn early on just how terrible that abuse was. Arman has been Linus’ protector and often his touchstone for years, but the time has come for that relationship to develop to its full potential and Arman isn’t waiting any longer.Arman is a man of mystery. We don’t know what he is, though we all think he must be a shifter – it isn’t until quite a bit into the story that we figure out just what he is. (I think everyone will be surprised by the reveal!)In addition to hiding who he is, he also hides what he does. We find out that he has an agenda- a vendetta really – of epic proportions. This vendetta makes him almost an anti-hero. He’s definitely not the typical perfect Alpha we have seen in other Mary Calmes’ stories. He’s got a dark side that he’s embraced fully.Surprisingly, Linus is perfectly okay with this dark side and in fact, he too embraces the vendetta and we see some pretty significant changes in his personality as a result of this.One of the things I really liked about this story was that Linus and Arman get together pretty early on. They work as a team for most of the story and it was imminently satisfying to watch their relationship grow and deepen while they worked together.Though it might seem a bit blood-thirsty, the vendetta is explained really well and at no time did I feel that there was any other possible course of action than that which Arman took.I really felt that in this “universe” the animal natures of the shifters were really well developed and “authentic”. These aren’t people who just happen to have the occasional “furry power” thrown in to explain insta-love and mating. They are truly unique beings with a different set of rules and personalities.I loved that Roman wasn’t quite on board with the vendetta. Sure, he loves Linus and despised what happened to him, but he wasn’t born a shifter and he still sees things through a human lens and judges by a different rule-book.Mary Calmes is amazing at world building and her shifter universe is unique, creative and very well developed. She isn’t afraid to stray from typical “shifter” lore and she draws us in with her own clever style.The chemistry between Arman and Linus is scorching hot. Mary writes excellent sex scenes and the sexual tension and it’s subsequent release is phenomenal in Fighting Instinct.Though it isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last time I say it – I love Mary Calmes’ books and I highly recommend them all.AudiobookTristan James narrates this book as well as book one and as you know he is one of my favorite narrators. His voice is delicious!In this he doesn’t do much to differentiate Linus from Arman, but the emotion and speech patterns he uses makes it evident who is talking.I LOVED the banter and devotion between Arman and Linus. Tristan does a beautiful job of playing the growly Arman off with the cool and calm Linus. One of my favorite parts is when the group wants to make Arman the Alpha and include John, the lion in the new “pack”. Hysterical!I can’t wait for the next in the series and I hope we see our lion with his mate very soon!I give this 6 of 5 hearts – Amazing!
"goddamn AWESOME applesauce"
I cannot stress how much I LOVE Armand DeSoto. He is a phenomenal beast. I'm always entertained with Mary Calmes, but this story entertained, enlightened, and engulfed me with delight. Armand is gruff, blunt, and everything I wanted in a character. I'm no soldier, but I have the same moral code, and I agreed with everything he said and did. Never have I read a story where a character went against every "hero" standard known to man. Fu#$ken phenomenal. FINALLY. I couldn't get enough. I loved the man, loved the beast he embodies, and I will never, ever, EVER find a character so invigorating. THIS is why Calmes is on top. She gives us more with each page. "Better than yours", "that's the name of my clan." Oh yeah... Calmes stories will ALWAYS be better than yours. I simply cannot get enough... and I wouldn't want to. Flawless.
"Good premise but bogged down by info dumps..."
So this has an interesting premise.
A prey shifter falling in love with a predator, and the main character is basically a vigilante serial killer... though when you find out why, it's mostly justified. This is probably the 'grayest' you'll get in a Mary Calmes MC, morality-wise. At least the main POV character wasn't another Jory clone.
I would have preferred if this had more of Linus and Arman's earlier interactions in the seven years they've been working together. Because the way it was done, there was very little buildup to them becoming mates. The action was also bogged down with long info dumps and exposition.
With regard to narration, this isn't Tristan James' best. He seemed a bit stiffer reading the narrative and dialogue in this one compared with other titles he's narrated. I don't know if it was because of how the story was written or if he just didn't have a lot of time to do a read through and just did a cold narration. This just wasn't as good as his performance in Parting Shot. Still, Tristan at his worst is still better than a lot of other narrators I've listened to.
"Fantastic story told through amazing narration."
Hell yes! It was such a good story, and the narration was a perfect fit.
Linus. He grew so much throughout the story, I don't know that I've ever seen so much growth in one character before.
You get just a taste of him at the end, he's an Irish Wolf shifter, I'm 99% certain he will be one of the ML in book 3, a girl can hope right? He was my favorite, I just so LOVE Tristan James in Irish/Scottish mode!
It was and I tried, but I had to split it over two days.
Arman de Soto was brought to L’Ange for one specific purpose, to protect Linus Hobbes. Not many people know that Arman is a shifter, even fewer people know the specific type of shifter he is, and even less are privy to the fact that Roman’s late mother hired Arman and brought him to L’Ange for Linus.
Linus was frightened of his own shadow when Roman’s mother found him alone and scared in a hotel room. What she saw was an angel in her eyes, a wounded soul that she felt the fierce need to protect. So she brought him back to the safety of L’Ange and put him in charge of the chateau. Linus is a shifter as well but his memories of his, let’s just say family, you will have to read the details for yourself, his memories are tainted. He was exiled when his lover outed Linus to save his own pride, and then the same lover sold Linus off to a brutal wolf pack that violated Linus in every way possible.
For close to eight years, Linus and Arman have danced around their mutual attraction, never taking a step forward, until now. Something has shifted and while Linus has only ever been truly comfortable when he was around Arman, their bond is growing stronger and the instinct to fight the attraction is waining away. But Arman fears that once Linus learns exactly how far Arman’s hand of protection has stretched, that Linus won’t want him anymore.
I absolutely love everything about Mary Calmes, she is an auto buy for me every time because I know that no matter what the book is about, I’m going to enjoy it. The ability to weave these characters lives and stories together with vivid imagery that is so well written and described, you can almost smell the blood and see the snow. This story in particular I really enjoyed how the story, Linus and the relationship between Linus and Arman all progressed in sync. Linus was scared and unsure in the beginning, then as he and Arman grew closer and became lovers, Linus grew more confident and stronger. By the end Linus was as much of a force to be reckoned with as Arman was. With each hurdle they overcame, the intensity of the story grew as well.
Tristan James stayed on as narrator for this second story in the series and thank god he did. Calmes has already laid the foundation for book 3 and introduced an Irish wolf shifter into the mix, and no one can narrate the Irish baroque quite like James can. And I’m certain that James read this book before he started recording it, because much like the character of Linus, James narration of Linus sounded more confident as the story progressed. It was just the perfect marriage of author, storyline and narration.
Definitely a must listen! If you are a fan of shifter stories, a hopeless romantic, Mary Calmes writing or just an amazing story about finding your place and being strong and confident about who you are… you really will love this audible!
"Of course, GREAT!"
Yes, I love Tristan James in this audio. I love Tristan James period!
Any audio books by Mary Calmes and Tristan james
The scene when Linus is in his home town and challenges Roland and John shifts to Lion
When Linus feels like himself and is free from being a victtim
I really enjoyed this 2nd book in this series. Although it is a second book, it can be read as a stand alone. The combination of Mary Calmes and Tristan James is always a good combination. This was a really interesting book because it starts with Arman admitting he knows Linus is his mate. The first part of the book is convincing Linus of this fact. Linus resists because he has past trauma he has not come to terms with. Little does he know Arman (who is a secret shifter of an unusual kind) has been avenging his tormentors for years. The theme of the book is Arman does not see himself as a "hero" in the traditional sense; he thinks he is a very bad man. In a way he is correct, but as Linus points out, it depends on who is telling the story. Arman self view is challenged by his merry band of men and his mate. The second half of the book is mostly about Linus confronting his past. An interesting story; a fantastic narrator; it is all good. Worth a credit.
"loved this story!"
I did not think the first book could be topped by the second, but I absolutely adored it. I really did not want it to end
I hope the third book is about Jon because I can see already it would be fabulous. I love ALL of the characters in these two books and Mary Calmed is a wonderful writer!!!!
"Love, love this story."
I highly recommend this series, I love the story between the lines and Armin. Armin go on a quest to punish the people who hurt lioness.
"Villain of one story, hero of another."
That was so romantic. I am shocked at the emotions I felt while listening this. I love a story about mates but this one I am bumping up as one of my favorites. I felt their connection.
I really wanted the two together and honestly at first I thought Arman was a dragon (I mean come on that would have been awesome) maybe a bear? But when I found out what he was it was perfect and it fit.I won't go into detail on the plot (tons of other people already have) I will say that I love Arman!
Tristan James is my perfect man to read me a bedtime story every night! Although I loved this book it would not have been the same without Tristan!
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