Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mates in Life and Death

Title: Mates in Life and Death
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-651-3
Genre: {M/M/M} Werewolf Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Daniel Lawson is a human, or so he thought until memories of a past life as the spirit wolf Caesar began coming to the surface. It’s confusing and painful, reminding him of his mate, Linden that he lost over two hundred year before. Things get stranger when he goes to a home where his friend Drew is rendering medical care and he senses his mate. But the real shock occurs when he comes face to face with another mate…Ash. 

As a feral hunter, Ash spends his time alone and doesn’t expect to find a mate...ever, so he’s shocked to discover the intended target of a feral is his very human mate, LInden. Learning his brother Trent is mated to a human gives Ash hope he and Linden might have a future but it’s taken away when Dan arrives and Ash learns Linden and Dan have a history. The new relationship is strained but when danger threatens, Dan and Ash must work together to keep Linden safe. It’s their only chance and if it doesn’t work, death will again separate them. 

Mates in Life and Death is the second release in the series, Spirit Wolves, and since it so closely follows the storyline of the first one, I recommend they be read in order. There are questions left dangling at the close of A Mate Beyond Their Reach and while you get some of them answered here, a few more riddles pop up. Generally that leaves me feeling frustrated but in this case, I’m okay with it, because I know I’ll get more information in the next book. It’s like opening a present and only seeing a small portion of the whole.

I haven’t read much with a reincarnation storyline so Dan turning into Caesar, with a past life two hundred years ago, was a treat. It added another layer, giving more depth to the spirit wolves that other werewolves series don’t have. There are also more paranormal aspects to this one, which is a twist I won’t get into but which I enjoyed, so look for it near the end. The tri-relationship of Ash, Trent and Linden is the backbone of the story and it’s nicely balanced with the other parts of the plot. These three guys have a lot to overcome and they do it with caring, compassion, tenderness, love and more than a little passion.  Add everything together and you have another enjoyable read. Look for the next release, Two Mates for a Magistrate, featuring more of new character, Magistrate Wolfram Rozenstadt, coming soon.

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