Title: Old Loyalty, New Love (L’Ange #1)
Author: Mary Calmes Narrator: Tristan James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 9-22-2014
Genre(s): Romance, Paranormal, Shifters
Length: 8 hours and 3 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G Blunt
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
When jackal shifter Quade Danas was banished from his pack for being gay, he spent years in the military escaping his father’s prejudice before returning to civilian life as a bodyguard for Roman Howell, the teenage son of a very rich man. After Roman is in an accident that leaves him physically scarred and emotionally distant, Quade is the only one who can get through to him. As Roman becomes a man, he realizes what he wants – his bodyguard by his side and in his bed. Unfortunately, Quade can’t seem to see past the kid Roman once was to the man he has become, certain Roman’s feelings are merely misplaced gratitude. But Roman knows a lot more than Quade realizes, and he’s used to persevering, no matter how many impediments life throws his way. He wants the chance to prove to Quade that he’s strong enough for a jackal alpha to call mate.
Despite the decades Quade has been away, and the heartache of his father’s rejection, his inborn loyalty to the pack remains, and his abrupt departure left the jackal shifters without an alpha heir. As a psychopath shifter staking claim as alpha draws Quade back home, he may be forced to make a choice he never anticipated. But doing so means he must leave Roman behind… unless somehow they find a way to make loyalty and love work together.
Roman Howell is a wealthy businessman and philanthropist who owns the magnificent estate of L’Ange. He was scarred during a tragic accident when he was in high school. Quade Danas has been Roman’s bodyguard for eleven years, and for all that time he thinks he has hidden his shifter secret. He’s also been trying to resist the younger man and is still struggling with his desires despite Roman’s obvious attraction to him.
This is an unusual shifter story featuring jackal shifters. Quade is the absent alpha, who was spurned by his family and pack for being gay, but is now required to return home to challenge the current abusive alpha and face the family he hasn’t seen for twenty years.
The main focus of the story is the relationship between Roman and Quade. They have become close friends over the years and finally become lovers/mates. There’s lots of backstory and banter between Roman and Quade in the first couple of chapters as well as the introduction of key players in the story. Once the story ‘gets going’ I really enjoyed it. There’s plenty of shifter-based action and some smoking hot scenes as the two men sort out their relationship. Quade is the only one who sees beyond Roman’s scars and loves him for who he is.
I always enjoy stories narrated by Tristan James. He has his own unique gravelly voice and manner of portraying the various (and many) characters in a story. I appreciated the contrast between Quade and Roman especially. The passionate sex scenes and emotional encounters were also superbly done.