Saturday, June 25, 2011

Softly Spoken Lies

Title: Softly Spoken Lies
Author:  Gabrielle Evans
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-542-8
Genre: {M/M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Blaise has been a Hunter for The Council for some time now and enjoys the freedom his job gives him.  All that comes to a crashing halt when the shape-shifter finds himself with not one, but two, mates and a new pack to lead. 

Softly Spoken Lies, the fourth book in the Moonlight Breed series, was a great story to read.  It picks up shortly after the end of book three, so while the books might be considered stand alones, you really should think of at least reading Whispers in the Night before picking this one up. 

From the beginning, we are drawn back into the world created by Ms. Evans.  As the story starts, Blaise is struggling to come to terms with his new position as pack Alpha, as well as the two males to whom he seems to be mated.  All the confusion and uncertainty, as well as the anger that Blaise is going through comes across very realistically, especially when you take into account that the shifter is straight and has never been attracted to another man before.  The confusion and fear felt by his mates, Colin and Willow, are no less real as they worry about what will happen to them, should Blaise deny the pull to mate.  That the author is able to bring across the problems and doubts that all three men are trying to deal with in a realistic manner makes their story even more believable.  Once the men get things straightened out, however, watch out because things get hot as Blaise tries to make up for lost time. 

Unfortunately, their relationship problems are not the only thing the men are dealing with as the author throws in some more angst in the form of evil siblings and a crazy mother.  There is also a small twist surrounding Willow's background and the mystery regarding the Moonlight Breeds.  With the return of previous characters, some of whom have not yet found mates, there are sure to be several more additions to this very interesting series.

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