Terrific little shifter romance
This story was really good for a novella. One thing I enjoyed about it was that despite being a shifter romance, it was very contemporary and true to life. Malcom is the Alpha of his pack and has feelings for Leslie, but doesn’t want to push her too much because she is getting over being mated to a possessive, jealous and abusive man. Instead of going into detail about the physical abuse, a window was opened to how men like this act and it was so eerily familiar. When Leslie thought back on or described some of his actions, it was like she was mated to my ex husband. 😳
”Before they’d mated, he’d been wonderful and sweet and nothing at all like the man who’d started hitting her, telling her that she didn’t need to work outside the home because she needed to take care of him. The man who’d been demanding of all her time and energy to the point where it had been easier to just quit her job than argue with him all the time.”
I’m not saying this for sympathy or anything, because my marriage was over quite a while ago, but just to say this is exactly how men like this act and think. It goes on later to describe other examples including the following.
Her ex had been so critical of her anytime she’d gone to the salon, demanding to know who she was getting “all prettied up for”.
My ex was the same way, if I was dieting he would ask who I’m trying to get thin for. It was like he wanted me to be fat or ugly so nobody else would be attracted to me and I couldn’t cheat on him. No matter the fact that I kept telling him if I wanted someone else I would leave him, not cheat on him. Leslie was mated to the exact same kind of man. It starts off as jealousy, moves to possessiveness, then on to controlling. When that isn’t enough they start in with violence.
I liked how it was so real and you could feel how trapped she was. Especially after going to her pack Alpha and having nothing done about it. So Malcolm and his pack rescued her and now he has been waiting for her to recover and until she is ready for a new relationship and is able to start trusting someone again. Once that happens he has to show her that not every man is the same.
There is also another plot twist, and no it isn’t her ex coming back after her. Him and his entire pack, including his family were brought to justice by other packs, including Malcom. Too bad that doesn’t happen more in real life! But apparently shifters can get away with murder a lot more easily than humans.🤭🤫
The romance was both sweet and steamy. I give it a heat index of 3 out of 5 flames 🔥🔥🔥. Quite a bit happened for a novella. Though it was a fast and easy read. I give it 4 stars overall.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.