After a long night at work, all pastry chef Declan Morgan wants to do is have a run before he heads home to bed. His peaceful lope through the forest turns into a nightmare when he witnesses his Alpha kill a pack member in cold blood. Now Declan is on the run from the very people who should be protecting him.
Liam Anderson has never minded all the travel that comes with his position as a Beta to the Pennaeth Alpha. He's used the time to search far and wide for his mate. He never expected to find the man naked and scared on his back porch.
Liam's overjoyed at finally finding the one man fated for him. Now if only he can get Declan to open up and trust him with the secrets he carries.
Please note: This is a reedited second edition.
©2014 Toni Griffin (P)2016 Toni Griffin
Interesting mixed feelings
I have not yet listened to or read a book that i can remember that raked the same feelings
The mating scenes, obviously!
The poker game scene made me laugh, i loved the way the friends interacted & bounced off each other
I wish the ending was better, it just seemed incomplete & left me wanting more.
"I'm so torn..."
4.5 stars for narration / 2 stars for story
The one thing I really liked about this was the narration by Nick Flint. I will absolutely be checking out more of his work.
As for the story, I'm easily annoyed by Griffin's continued emasculation of the bottom in the relationship.
Seriously, can't both wolves be strong and masculine? No, the guy who bottoms (and consequently will eventually become pregnant if they have sex on a new moon) is always the weaker one and called by the sobriquets of "honey", "sweetheart" and "baby" (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), and, worst of all, is usually depicted as having the kind of traits usually found to be ascribed to clichéd feminine characters (which is...for me).
*sighs* Maybe I should quit trying to read Griffin's stories...but I really love shifter stories, especially with mpreg, and there *is* something about Griffin's writing that keeps drawing me back in, hopeful that this time it will be different...
Look, if you liked her other series, you'll probably like this one. Mainly because it is following the same guideline as her Holland Brothers series.
First book, "feminine" mate is claimed, second book: alpha will claim his broken mate who also happens to be the best friend (well, brother in this case as well) of the "feminine" wolf from book one.
If you're into audio books, you should definitely check out the audio for this one - Nick was great.
"Short and sweet and sexy"
Liam is a Beta for the Pennaeth Alpha (most important in Australia). He’s excited to find his own mate, but fears it’ll never happen. He’s shocked when he finds him – naked- on his porch one night, clearly fleeing for his life.
Declan is in charge of his little brother now that his parents have died. He’s in a pack he doesn’t really care for and he’s lonely. When he witnesses his unscrupulous Alpha kill a pack member in cold blood over drugs, he runs for his life. He runs until he can’t and happens to stop when he smells the scent of his mate.
The two get together with very few problems, but they still have Declan’s old Alpha and Declan’s brother to deal with.
This sets us up for the companion to the Holland brother stories and introduces us to some of the characters we’ll see later in the series. It’s sweet and sexy. Not too deep but a fun read/listen.
Nick Flint does a great job with the narration. He’s easy to listen to and to my ears his accent is perfect.
If you life shifter stories you’ll love this.
4.25 of 5 stars
"Loving the Australian flair"
Intense, Exciting, Adventurous
The way these two men were literally thrown into each other's paths after completely giving up on finding their mate
Love the Australian accent. This is the first story I've listened to with a completely Australian voice. I really enjoyed the way he showed Declan's vulnerability and Liam's strength with the tones he gave them.
I liked how Liam was very gentle at the start, fully aware of what his mate had been through and not pushing to complete the mating right away.
Great story, aside from a couple things that happened that were a bit predictable I really enjoyed it and went straight to book 2 the same day.
"Love Toni but not Nick"
A tear jerker
Declan because he suffered so much to find his mate and then to recover his brother from the hands of a vicious Alpha.
Lacking in emotion
All the moments where Declan was trying to get to his brother Tommy. Toni wrote them so well that I could feel the love he felt for Tommy and how important he was to Declan.
Reading the book was better than the audio.
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