Title: Without Reservations (With our Without #1)
Author: J.L. Langley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 27, 2019
Genre(s): Paranormal; Wolf shifters
Page Count: 201
Reviewed by: Kristin F.
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.0 stars out of 5
Sometimes love catches you by the tail.
Native American veterinarian — and werewolf — Chayton Wilson dreams of a fair-haired mate. However, he’s shocked to find his mate is a man. He’s not quite sure what to do with a male mate, but he’s more than willing to find out.
Keaton Reynolds wakes up in wolf form and finds himself with a mate. He’s instantly attracted, but not thrilled to find out the man is supposedly straight. A past relationship where his partner denied being gay left a bad taste in his mouth. Keaton wants to make a break for it and pretend he never set eyes on Chay—but Chay is not ready to let him go.
Together they work to battle prejudice and solidify their shaky relationship. When a power struggle in Keaton’s pack threatens Keaton’s life, the two men must quickly learn whether they can depend on each other.
First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd., October 2006.
Disclosure – this was a re-read for me. This was one of the very first M/M paranormal books I read when I was introduced to the genre, and I was curious to see how I would view it now.
My original three star rating on Goodreads stands.
Overall, I did enjoy this. For me, this kind of read is brain-candy fun, something I can turn to when I need to check out from everything for a while, a way to decompress at the end of an insane day. I liked the characters, especially Remi and his character development. Which I admit is a bit odd because the book is about Chay and Keaton. I did appreciate Keaton’s reservations and concerns about his attraction to Chay and how Chay did his best to respect that. And this is, really, insta-love werewolf style.
Where the story didn’t work for me, and I’m finding this with other books, is the constant sex. I like a bit more plot in my romances and less “Oh God! Yes! There! More!” But that’s me.
I also struggled with how two werewolves wouldn’t know how to speak “canine” to a puppy. While Pita is an endearingly cute thing, I had some issues with the puppy training and Chay being a vet no less.
One other item was Chay’s mother’s reaction to Keaton as a person and Chay’s “mate”, and what felt like a more abrupt change of heart. Deep seated resentments and bigotry don’t just “go away” that quickly.
There were a few other odds and ends, but I don’t want to be overly negative. To give a positive shout out, I think my favorite line in the book was from Remi, it just made me giggle:
Remi groaned, grabbing his face in both hands. “Goddamn it! I’m sick and fucking tired of my eyes shifting.” He dropped his hands and pointed to Jonathon’s body. “And that is just gross. Why do I want to eat it?”
Like I noted above, this is a brain-candy read. It’s a fun, light-hearted, enjoyable with a good cast of characters. If you like lots of man on man action, wolfing out, and a light mystery, this may be a good option.