Tuesday, February 8, 2011

With Abandon

Title: With Abandon
Author: J. L. Langley
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-265-3
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Shape-shifter
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Aubrey Reynolds is a dedicated man, always putting his family, job and pack before his own wants and desires. As the next Alpha in his father’s pack, he’s expected to mate and carry on the family name; except he has a problem. The visiting werewolf from New Mexico…a male werewolf is his new mate and Aubrey never planned on telling anyone he’s gay.

Leaving his brothers is difficult but Matt Mahihkan knows attending college in Atlanta is the right thing to do. When he arrives and discovers Aubrey’s his mate, he’s distressed to learn their relationship must be kept secret, instead of openly acknowledged. Can Matt remain patient until Aubrey’s ready to publicly claim him? When a rogue werewolf makes trouble, Aubrey’s forced to make a decision. Will be choose Matt and love or his pack and unhappiness?

I’ve never met a J. L. Langley book I didn’t like, which holds true for With Abandon, the great new addition to her keeper series, With or Without. Since there are numerous returning characters, I’d recommend the books be read in order for greatest plot understanding.

Matt’s a great character and I’ve loved him since his introduction in With Caution. He’s sweet, caring loving and just plain funny…and with his severe color blindness, his clothing selection choices leads to frequent chuckles. Aubrey’s personality is, at least on the surface, just the opposite. He’s tight lipped, tense, all business and too easily willing to hurt Matt’s feelings, making it a little difficult to like him for big portions of the story. Yet, those traits are his personality and Ms. Langley did a great job expressing his reasoning and determination to do what he thinks is best.

From the first page, the story grabs your attention, progressing at a nice pace. It doesn’t barrel along like a freight train, but has a nice ebb and flow that works well with its rich, complicated plot. The personalities of the characters are well rounded and the large supporting cast is nicely integrated into Matt and Aubrey’s life, tying all the loose ends together nicely.

A villain’s hiding in the wings. He’s an unexpected twist I didn’t see coming that leads to a dramatic ending that pulls in even more previous characters. Way to go Ms. Langley. If you love a well written werewolf series, this is one you have to try. You won’t be sorry you did.

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