Author: Jessica Lee
Publisher: Breathless Press
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance/Paranormal/Shifter
Length: Novella (121 PDF pages)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A guest review by Lily
A nicely done paranormal about an outcast shifter and the human he falls for.
Evin KinKaid, the only son of the KinKaid pack’s alpha, has a secret. One that will tear his family apart. In one year, Evin is to succeed his father as alpha leader and continue the dominant bloodline of his family. There’s only one problem: Evin is gay. When Evin is pushed into the bed of his intended female mate, he’s forced to reveal the truth. And for an alpha male wolf shifter promised to a female whose goal is to one day be queen, coming out has never been more explosive.
To Mason Thorne II, heir to Thorne Global Inc., life is a lie. To sustain his father’s love, Mason has agreed to stay in the family business and to one day assume his place as CEO. Instead of reaching for his heart’s desire, he’s settled for a life he never wanted. But an unexpected auto accident will send Evin and Mason into each other’s arms and down a path toward a destiny neither man can escape: an eternity sealed in blood.
Evin KinKaid is a wolf shifter, the son of the pack Alpha, and also a deeply closeted gay man. The woman that’s been chosen to be his mate is more than ready to become his queen and when she pushes to consummate their relationship he has no choice but to come clean with her. Before the night is over Evin finds himself an outcast, banned from his home and pack. He finally settles down in a small town and finds work as a car mechanic.
Mason Thorne is on his way home when his car breaks down and despite the inconvenience, the delay is a welcome respite from his regimented life. When he takes his car into the shop he meets Evin and sparks fly as the men are instantly attracted to each other. Luckily for them there’s a delay in the part coming in and they spend the next few days together. Things heat up between them, and feelings quickly develop, but can anything real happen between a shifter and a human? A near tragedy brings about major changes in their relationship and soon Evin finds himself turning to an unexpected source for help. Will his past be the key to a happy future or will he once again find himself a pawn in pack politics?
I really liked both Evin and Mason. Both have grown up in the shadow of dominant, controlling fathers and have spent their lives trying to earn the love and respect of their fathers. I found both men interesting and likable and enjoyed their interactions. The shared family issues added a nice layer to their relationship as each was able to relate to the other. The sex scenes are plentiful and very hot but never to the point of overpowering the story. I also liked the slightly unique take on the dynamics of a shifter pack that the author was able to place in this story.
While the story borders a bit on insta-love the paranormal theme made it work in the end. There is a nice mix of supporting characters, some of which were easier to like than others. I did have a slight niggle with the ending which felt a bit too convenient but even that worked well for the storyline. There is some angst in the story as well especially towards the end when Evin is forced to make a difficult decision in order to save Mason. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and from what I was able to find it’s her first M/M story, and I’m looking forward to reading more from Ms. Lee in the future.
Overall I found this paranormal story entertaining, well-written and smoking hot. Fans of the author and those who like shifter romance stories may enjoy reading Bloodlines.