Friday, July 13, 2018

Audio Book Review: Old Loyalty, New Love (L'Ange book 1) by Mary Calmes

Release Date: September 22, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Format: Audio
Length: 8 hours 3 minutes
Narrator: Tristan James
Genre: Romance/Supernatural
Buy: Audible | Kindle 

Synopsis: 

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, and Quade feels compelled to heed the call, 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.

Review:

This was a good story but I felt a little lost in places.  The author didn't seem to really change his voice for the characters so when you have two male lead characters when "he"is talking it takes a moment to figure out who "he" is.  I think I may try the next book in this series on kindle instead of Audio.

There are several great themes through this book but the biggest is acceptance.  Acceptance for who you are and what you look like.  Roman was scarred in a horrific accident and despite Quade wanting to find a match for him Roman knows that his looks prevent most people from actually seeing him. Quade and the pack however don't even seem to notice the scars and only see the man that he is. Quade was kicked out of his pack by his father, the Alpha, because he was gay, when his sister shows up he is surprised but happy to see her, while she is scared he will reject her for not standing up for him despite the fact she was only a child at the time.  Both of these situations were handled really well and I applaud Calmes for her insight.

Well done shifter book that has potential to be a pretty good series.



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