Series: #1 Triad
Genres: M/M Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Released on April 22, 2012
This was an interesting take on the paranormal world with an intriguing slant with having the protagonists being a mage and a werewolf. The worldbuilding that explains the mages and the wolves was new to me and interesting.
The story begins when Simon, a mage in training, hears the cries for help in his mind of some werewolf children. He knows the rules which don’t allow for him to interfere, but they are children and so he chooses to break the rules. The werecubs are duly rescued, but that is just the beginning when things get that much more interesting when he comes face to face with the attractive pack alpha and when there are far reaching effects of the demon attack that he and the were cubs sustained.
Simon and Gray, the alpha, are mutually attracted and Gray would like nothing more than to keep Simon. Simon wants to finish his mage training which is just that much more difficult as he struggles with his assignments and awaits the counsel’s decision about his interference in werewolf business. Danger comes to the pack and to Simon from a mysterious source and a long hidden secret is revealed. Will the various factions learn to work together in time to defeat their mutual enemy?
The plot was a bit loose for my liking in certain ways, but there was a good deal of excitement and intrigue as well. It felt like there were certain things that were left as assumptions while others were detailed out. I couldn’t quite figure out the whole past relationship between Gray and his ex and then what seemed like his easy acceptance of an attraction to Simon. It didn’t ruin the story for me; it just left me a little disconnected at first until I just let it go and went with it.
I really liked the characters particularly those that made up Gray’s household because I’m a sucker for sweet family moments. Gray is a pretty typical protective loving leader, but I loved the way he held back his own nature to allow Simon his space. Simon was atypical for a mage. He was a darling with his gentle and loving temperament while being tenacious when strength was needed. Gray and Simon worked well together and it was a sweet romance though these two could get steamy when they wanted to.
I will be interested to see what happens next in this series. Recommended for those who enjoy a sweet paranormal romance with a little intrigue to make it interesting.
Review copy provided by Net Galley for review purposes.