No Matter What (Belen’s Review)

Title: No Matter What
Author: Sydney Presley
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 89 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

They must protect each other. No matter what.

Quinn has resigned himself to living a life alone. His cabin, on the outskirts of a village, is the perfect place for him to paint. No distractions, lots of peace and quiet—until he goes out for a run as a wolf and sees another wolf scarpering for its life.

Goddard is that wolf. He’s been running for God knows how long, and he’s tired of looking over his shoulder, waiting to be found by the one man Goddard doesn’t want finding him. Injured, he discovers a cabin and goes inside.

Quinn’s and Goddard’s lives are changed forever when they realize they are bonded mates. The thing is, there’s still the problem of the man from Goddard’s past to get over, and when an incident in the village means Goddard’s whereabouts is public knowledge, things might take a nasty turn.

Gone are the days when the two men had to stick by human law. Being mated means wolf law comes first—and if it means killing to keep each other safe, then that’s what they’re prepared to do. They must protect each other. No matter what.

While I did like some of the shifter aspects, ultimately it was slow in parts and the romance felt lacking, especially for a mates type of story.

I didn’t feel like the shifter lore was well fleshed out, and the characters, as a result, didn’t feel fully realized. Though it did help that the story is from both Quinn’s and Goddard’s POV, I just want to know more.

I was also taken aback by how Goddard decides in one paragraph that, even though he realizes he and Quinn are bonded mates, he’s not going to pursue a relationship because he’s on the run, to just a few paragraphs later and he’s suggesting they have sex because they’re mates.

I just didn’t get some of the logic in this story.

Like the plot itself. When we finally learn the reason why Goddard is on the run, I felt like it was an odd premise that legally, and by most shifter lore, didn’t really make sense.

Though I wanted to like this, for the most part, unfortunately, it was a miss for me.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future