When jackal shifter Quade Danas was banished from his pack for being gay, he spent years in the military escaping his father's prejudice before returning to civilian life as a bodyguard for Roman Howell, the teenage son of a very rich man. After Roman is in an accident that leaves him physically scarred and emotionally distant, Quade is the only one who can get through to him. As Roman becomes a man, he realizes what he wants - his bodyguard by his side and in his bed. Unfortunately, Quade can't seem to see past the kid Roman once was to the man he has become, certain Roman's feelings are merely misplaced gratitude. But Roman knows a lot more than Quade realizes, and he's used to persevering, no matter how many impediments life throws his way. He wants the chance to prove to Quade that he's strong enough for a jackal alpha to call mate.
Despite the decades Quade has been away, and the heartache of his father's rejection, his inborn loyalty to the pack remains, and his abrupt departure left the jackal shifters without an alpha heir. As a psychopath shifter staking claim as alpha draws Quade back home, he may be forced to make a choice he never anticipated. But doing so means he must leave Roman behind... unless somehow they find a way to make loyalty and love work together.
©2014 Mary Calmes (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
It took me quite some time to decide to purchase this audio. Hesitating because I am not too fond of a certain characteristic of Mary Calmes’ books: the way one of her main characters tends to be universally loved and fawned over by everybody. However, this doesn’t pop up in this one until the second half, and then it is different (and acceptable to me) because it concerns him in his role as the Alpha of a shifter pack that needs him.
Turns out I love this book. I really like both main characters, the way they interact and the intensity of their feelings for each other, as they finally come clear about those feelings.
I love the setting of the story, the shifter universe and the secondary characters. I felt the ex-lover thing was a bit over the top, but okay.
There are a few things in here that would warrant a sequel. I haven't found out if there is one yet. (There is no open ending though.)
Tristan James is an excellent narrator and he does not disappoint. He was one of the reasons I decided to take a chance on this book.
I think I will be relistening to this one regularly, it’s just one of those books for me.
Loved this book when I read it, adored it just as much listening to it. And with Tristan, yiu can't go wrong. First heard him with the Marshals series by Mary Calmes and am so happy hearing him back here. Can't wait to listen to the next in the series!
Yes, bought it, I enjoyed the story even more listening to the narrator.
The relationship between Roman and Quade
The description of the town. It sounds beautiful and festive.
Yes and I did
The narrator was excellent, really made the book, one of my favourites thus far
"Fantastic start to a new Shifter series!"
The banter back and forth between Roman and Quade.
Roman. He has been through so much but he is still such a gentle soul, and so devoted to Quade.
Quade Danas. the big, brooding, bad ass Alpha Seer Shifter was eye candy for my ears!
Beware of large, furry animals with fangs.
Quade Danas is a jackal shifter, the heir apparent of his pack, a special breed of his own as he is a Seer as well. His father disowned him and exiled him from his home, from his pack when he was barely an adult for being gay. He has spent more than a decade in the employ of the Howell family as the bodyguard for the son and only heir to the Howell family fortune, Roman Howell.
Almost killed in an accident when he was a teenager, Roman survived but carries the scars as a reminder. The only people that don’t pity him or look at him with disdain because of those scars are the people closest to him, especially Quade. As Roman grew up and became a lethal businessman he also became hopelessly attracted the man that protects him, he fell in love with his bodyguard.
When Quade’s sister shows up at L’Ange, the vast Howell estate Quade now calls home, begging for him to return and take his rightful place as Alpha of their pack, Quade is torn between loyalty to his family and pack, and his love for Roman. It’s only through fierce determination that Roman ever even gets Quade to act on his feelings for him, and it takes all but an act of congress to get Quade to claim him as his mate. He is not about to lose him now. But the pull to the pack is strong for Quade. As a Seer and the true Alpha there is an innate need engrained in him to protect his people and defeat the crazed drug dealer that is trying to rule the pack.
The story started out slow, but it was always intriguing. From the beginning there was this banter between Roman and Quade that portrayed them almost as an old married couple. It took a little while for the romance that was budding from page one to actually bloom, and from that minute on it was a no holds barred roller coaster of passion and sex. All the while that Roman is baiting his hook and then reeling Quade in, there are the problems going on with the pack and Quade struggling with how to help the people that turned their back on him. A decision has to be made… loyalty to pack, or his love for Roman, unless he can find a way to encompass both worlds in one life.
Calmes deftly balanced romance, mystery and paranormal intrigue with this new Shifter series. Narrated by Tristan James who gave each character their own voice that changed as the story progressed, and each character grew. You can literally hear the passion in his voice during the love scenes, and the strain when Quade is struggling with pack issues, and the determination as Roman sets his sights on making his bodyguard his man.
Fans of Calmes books are surely going to love this new series, but Shifter and paranormal readers will be engrossed as well. Not only was this book music to my ears, I think it will have to stay on my ipod so that I can listen to it over, and over again.
The narrator and the story! I loved this book on paper and love it more with audio
I love Roman and Quade! I just fell in love with their characters and their chemistry.
Quade or Roman
Quade and Roman. Just love their banter, their chemistry, love the story
"Classic Mary Calmes"
This is classic Mary Calmes. A shifter book with a sweet, engaging couple. Roman is a young, very rich man who was disfigured in a fire. Quade is a jackal shifter (think big Egyptian jackal, not small jackal) that was rejected by his family when he came out and has been Roman’s bodyguard for 10 years. When there is trouble in his old pack, he is called home to deal with it. The romance is great and there is a little angst and action, but pretty predictable HEA. That said, I hope there is a sequel as there were hints at future couples. The narrator is the great Tristan James, who could read the telephone book and I would listen to him. Worth a credit.
"A little too much!"
The actual story was great but instead of exploring and developing it, the author puts a lot of love making. Now I am not against all of that, but I was more interested in the story line. Just when it started getting interesting everyone would stop of make love. I mean it was really a joke after a while.
Take a lot of the love making out of it and put in character development and development of the plot.
There was a lot going on in this book. The author had decided to make it much more than your basic romance. I was surprised by how it all played out, but I feel the author, or the editor decided that this was a love making book instead of a adventure/romance. The book could've been much longer and spent a great deal more time developing characters and scenes, things I would of really gotten into and enjoyed. I am afraid that instead it was treated by everyone that it had to be a typical "gay" romance, with a lot of love making scenes and not that much development of the story. From that point of view this story was a complete disappointment.
You know what... I love everything Mary Calmes write...well just about.. Her paranormal stories are just as good as her non-paranormal books... I loved how this book started.. I was like... how is this paranormal...then bam! The wolves come out! This was simply great. The relationship between the two main characters was extremely well written, and it only help add to the drama when everything started happening... Loved it!
Mary Calmes is one of the top m/m romance writers so, yeah.. so worth a credit, buy or sale.
Narration was awesome!
"good story, not the right narrator"
the story was nice, Mary Calmes is a wonderful storyteller, but the narration kind of lost it for me. there was not any/enough differentiation between characters and everything was read in the same even tone. Tristan James' voice has that wonderful gravel tone that I feel is necessary for male narration, but there was little inflection and it dragged the story down.
"One of my all time favorite Mary stories in audio"
I can’t believe I’ve never formally reviewed this! I listen to this several times a year, it’s one of my all time favorite audiobooks.
First, it’s about Jackal shifters – so unique! They have a slightly different shifter story than the typical wolf-shifters, a bit of Egyptian lore thrown in and some unique attributes.
Second, this begins a way cool series that is continuing as we speak with Jon’s story! But we already got Arman and Linus’ story – a Stag and a … secret!
Third, Tristan Effin’ James. Gah. His voice is so sensual! I love how honey smooth it is. So easy to listen to! He gives Quade a nice “alpha” voice and Roman a lighter but not too femme voice. He has excellent pacing and handles the emotion, the physical times and action all equally well. He’s frankly a joy and I just love his narrations.
Fourth, WOW oh WOW the sensual times are off the charts! But - also mixed in with loads of feels - so PERFECT!
It’s a bit of a May/December story, with some hurt/comfort and then the “mates and mine” thrown on top. Quade has been around forever so he has that “protector” thing going on. Roman is scarred – badly – so we get some hurt/comfort. By the time the two admit their feelings, there’s the urgent “mate” compelling force behind their first interactions. It adds up to SUPER HOT and sweet but also deeply emotional.
Because it’s Mary, it’s also funny. The two bicker like an old married couple and it’s hysterical. Also because it’s Mary, Quade is super perfect and does everything exactly right but is baffled at how much he’s valued for his actions.
If you’re a fan of shifters, Mary Calmes, Tristan James and/or funny hurt/comfort stories – this is for you!
6 of 5 stars
"Great Shifter Story!"
I like book 2 a little bit more but I found myself really enjoying Roman's and Quade's story.
Roman Howell is a wealthy businessman and philanthropist who owns the magnificent estate of L'Ange. He was scarred during a tragic accident when he was in high school. Quade Danas has been Roman's bodyguard for eleven years, and for all that time he thinks he has hidden his shifter secret. He’s also been trying to resist the younger man and is still struggling with his desires despite Roman’s obvious attraction to him.
This is an unusual shifter story featuring jackal shifters. Quade is the absent alpha, who was spurned by his family and pack for being gay, but is now required to return home to challenge the current abusive alpha and face the family he hasn’t seen for twenty years.
The main focus of the story is the relationship between Roman and Quade. They have become close friends over the years and finally become lovers/mates. There’s lots of backstory and banter between Roman and Quade in the first couple of chapters as well as the introduction of key players in the story. Once the story ‘gets going’ I really enjoyed it. There’s plenty of shifter-based action and some smoking hot scenes as the two men sort out their relationship. Quade is the only one who sees beyond Roman’s scars and loves him for who he is.
I always enjoy stories narrated by Tristan James. He has his own unique gravelly voice and manner of portraying the various (and many) characters in a story. I appreciated the contrast between Quade and Roman especially. The passionate sex scenes and emotional encounters were also superbly done.
"Difficult to follow"
I like stories about different species, only this book was very difficult to follow. I started and stopped three or four times and just could not find the story line
No other authors have done a fine job with this genre which is why I thought I'd like this book
Somehow I don't feel we can fault the narrator on this one, Thristan did as good a job as most
All of them, even the main character seemed lack luster and confused.
I don't normally write reviews, I just rate the books after I hear them. But this in my opinion was so bad, I thought it appropriate to advise readers. This one missed the mark
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