Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sage’s Mystery

Title: Sage’s Mystery
Author: Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-271-1
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Sage never imagines telling his father he’s gay will get him thrown out of the pack but it does. Luckily, he’s already bought a small, deserted town called Mystery five hundred miles away. The price was cheap and when he lays eyes on the disrepair, he knows why but is determined to stay. 

William’s been on his own for years and been hiding in Mystery for months, struggling to survive. He’s a nervous kind of guy and when Sage shows up, he’s ready to bolt. The new owner is big, a little scary and surprisingly enough kind and when he asks William to stay and help fix up the town, he agrees. It doesn’t hurt that he thinks Sage is sexy either. 

Mystery’s past is filled with violence and one night, they hear strange howls coming from the main part of town. Sage is determined to find out what’s going on and when his five friends arrive, they start investigating. What he learns makes him determined to protect William at all costs but it still isn’t enough to keep William from getting bitten. 

Sage’s Mystery is the first release in Lynn Hagen’s Shifters of Mystery. It’s an engaging beginning to the new paranormal series and the story pulled me in from the first page. The character development is fleshed out (I love Sage and William together), it has a smooth pace, is well-plotted and the world-building nicely detailed. Ms. Lynn has come up with some interesting differences in her werewolves from the typical shifter story that I really enjoyed. There are plenty of serious moments but that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of lighthearted and fun moments too.  

Sage and William have nothing in common but the author makes them into a believable couple with ease. And I liked how both their personal histories are effortlessly integrated into the plot.  The care and tenderness between Sage and William is handled nicely, as is the sizzling hot sex. Secondary characters are few but interesting…the friends that follow Sage to Mystery…they give the plot a sense of family and pack continuity. I can’t wait for the next release, Santana's Discovery.

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