J.D. Tyler has been teasing us with Noah and Nix’s romance. This is the first M/M romance we have had in the Alpha series and I for one am happy it is finally here. This story deals with some issues extremely fast when I think it needed a little more time to flush out.
Noah is the lovable nurse that takes care of all the paranormal creatures, humans and fae, etc. that come through the hospital doors on the compound. He has never come out as flamboyant in the other books that I remember, but in this one he does have a flamboyant style with lots of colors. Phoenix or Nix for short is the opposite. Kind of buff, a shifter and all out muscled up. Hubba hubba.
Noah and Nix are fated mates. It helps that both are attracted to each other, but Nix has a whole lot of baggage to get over before this can happen. Unfortunately, if you don’t claim your mate, you start to get sick and eventually die. Surprisingly, Nix is doing neither. Nix’s problems lie with a father is was brutal and a homophobe. He made threats on Nix’s future love and Nix isn’t taking any chances of it happening.
The story is short, but filled with hope and lots of love. Throw in some action and you have a pretty neat little romance with acceptance for all kinds of love.
Literary Pickers: Fated Mates
Pervy Girl: Mix-matched mates
Sophia Rose’s Review
This was a story for which I had great curiosity since it’s been coming for some time as the series progressed. I was really hoping for something special since the author chose to put a greater amount of diversity in her series by having a same-sex mated pair. I didn’t think I was expecting too much since, to my knowledge, this was her first foray into that type of couple, but I was left on the disappointed side when all was said and done.
The story is part of an ongoing series and makes more sense read within the context of the series since the story arc began earlier.
The story opens with human nurse, Noah, injured while caring for a frightened and out of his mind tiger shifter. Seeing Noah in deadly danger and injured so badly is the catalyst it takes to break through to Nix and begin the end of his resistance toward his true mate.
Nix’s wolf side sensed Noah was his mate long ago, but Nix has been posing as a straight guy all his life and did not welcome the fact that the bond understood his true nature and need even if he wanted to deny it. Noah has been patient with him even though Nix knows that his resistance and denial has hurt Noah. Even his fellow Alpha Pack members try to give him a boot up the butt about Noah, but ingrained fear has kept him in hiding.
Now, seeing his mate nearly killed and badly injured, he realizes what he stood to lose even before he had it. Nix is determined to try. First, privately with Noah and slowly going public with his true gay nature and relationship with Noah. But if he can’t get a lid on his fears, he knows that he will push Noah away for good.
Noah agrees to take it slowly and is hopeful that Nix will finally bond with him and claim him. Having the guy destined to be his mate publicly and repeatedly reject the bond and keep him at a distance after being shoved away by everyone in his past has been hard on him.
Noah is a naturally sunny, optimistic guy. He knows his gentle, flamboyant nature and desire to be in an open, unapologetic touchy-feely relationship has the potential to push Nix too far since they are opposites. Noah has decided that he must prove his worth to Nix and goes to Blue and Kaelen to help him develop a gift he has kept hidden and they are happy to do so.
Meanwhile, a malevolent force watches and plots in the shadows to take and use Noah while he is vulnerable.
Alright, this was very short and that played a role in the disconnect for me with this one, but I also felt it took on way too much so it was a mile wide and an inch deep if you get the picture.
I’m going to get pointed here. This story had the opportunity to have heart and engage the reader on several levels, but it felt slapped together to me. My disappointment goes well beyond the handling of a gay couple to the handling of the story in general- though the handling of these characters and relationship didn’t do it justice. I could pick apart most of the major elements in this story, but I won’t because, sadly, that is a long list. The romance was stilted and felt scripted, the character and plot development barely there, and the usual strengths of the series were absent.
It’s not that hard to get me emotionally engaged in a story and cheering for the romance. I tried and there were a few brief moments that I did connect. But it’s telling that a death, a near death, and a potentially big-conflict romance left me entirely unmoved. I should have been biting my nails and bawling my eyes out instead of steadily reading just to see the end. If this hadn’t been short, it would have been a DNF. Then again, if it hadn’t been short, maybe it would have been developed and I would have loved it.
On the positive side, I like where the author went with the opposites attract to the pair of lovers. I like the surprise of Noah’s gift. I did enjoy a few sweet scenes with Nix and Noah like when they went into the woods for the day or out on the town to eat. Time with Blue is always a good thing. Nix’s reaction to Noah’s decorating was amusing. But sadly, the bigger picture didn’t do it for me.
That twist over Nix’s ‘gift’ was swiftly introduced in time for it to come in handy, but I never got the explanation. And I was thoroughly confused about that slavery thing for Noah with Jinn there at the end. No clue what that was about. I’m going to give the benefit of the doubt that things will get explained further along and this was meant to be mysterious. If not, this was left as one huginormous dangling plot thread.
So, yeah, I was disappointed that this wasn’t up to par with what I’m used to seeing with this series. I’ll still keep going with the series, but I have to say don’t judge the series based on this entry because I can’t really recommend it other than to series fans who want to keep up with each installment.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #99 PNR
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