Title: Before The Fall
Author: Devon Rhodes
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: October 18,2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 80
Reviewed by: A.O. Chika
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
When Brady was given a free pass to sow his wild oats, as long as he’s back with the pride before fall, he never dreamed he’d meet his mate…or that his mate would be a man.
As the pride’s alpha heir, Brady knows the weight of responsibility. He’s expected to settle down, find a mate and have an heir of his own. But first he’s given the opportunity to travel and visit other prides, an unspoken opportunity to get his attraction to men out of his system before he comes home and does his duty.
Mason has his hands full fostering Jonah, an abandoned teen soon to have his first shift. He doesn’t have time to babysit a visiting alpha heir, but duty calls. As the second son of the alpha, he knows his place and when he’s given a task, he does it.
Brady and Mason realize almost instantly that they are mates…and both also know that it can never come to pass. With the expectations they need to fulfil, this short time together will be the only chance they have to taste what could be. But they are tied together by more than just instinct—old crimes and hidden connections come to light and they are forced to make hard choices between duty and love.
Publisher’s Note: This book is the sequel to Pride and Joey.
I liked the idea of lion shifters, I liked the idea of mates a concept that happens with most shifter romance.
From the blurb and cover, I expected a lot of drama, as Brady’s mate is a man and given his responsibilities as the alpha heir, he would need to provide kids. The relationship between Brady’s pride and Mason’s pride isn’t exactly great, and Mason’s dad is a homophobe I expected the drama to ramp up.
IT DID NOT. Brady and Mason fall in love almost instantly… to be fair the blurb did say “Brady and Mason realize almost instantly that they are mates” Their meet scene had so much potential, there could have been a lot of tension, and anticipation. Instead, it just fell flat.
The part in the blurb that said: “…and both also know that it can never come to pass.” Pissed me off because there was pretty much nothing in their way. There was, but it got resolved so fast, it might as well been nothing. Lemme explain.
Mason is fostering an abandoned child -Jonah, who is someone related to Brady (I know the exact relationship but I won’t tell you, read the damn book), Mason’s father plans to use Jonah to one up Brady’s pride.
Now, from the above paragraph, you would expect lots of tension, Jonah being nervous, Mason trying to do what’s best for Jonah all the while dealing with his new relationship with Brady. I thought the drama would ramp up and I would need to get a popcorn while watching it unfold. but Nah, instead my right eyebrow climbed higher when everything got resolved… just like that! I mean CMON really?
At first, I thought Brady’s dad had an issue with homosexuality given Brady’s words in the first chapter, but nope. I’m glad that he wasn’t another homophobic asshole but, that was one of the tension areas in the book and his acceptance meant the book lost some conflict.
Mason’s pride is a whole different ball game. Their alpha (Mason’s dad) is an old, homophobic, alcoholic, angry bastard. Mason’s brother who is the alpha heir is afraid of him. With a pride like that, I expected a lot of tension and background drama and in a way there was, but the execution just fell flat. Everything got resolved, there was an ‘interesting’ lion fight scene for alphahood and tada, everyone is happy… except me, because all the things that could have ramped up the conflict just vanished, leaving me confused.
It’s a good story, the concept is great, the story had a lot of potential, but the execution just didn’t reach the story’s potential.