Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Swan Who Flew After a Wolf

Title: The Swan Who Flew After a Wolf
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Publisher URL: www.sirenbookstrand.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61926-835-7
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Ratings: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Anson’s been alone for twenty years—since he lost his first love to another man. Now his life’s complicated by the realization his real mate is Reed, the son of his long ago lover. He’s hesitant to claim Reed, afraid of what others will say and then there’s their age difference to consider. Anson doesn’t know what to do. 

Reed’s tired of waiting. He’s known Anson’s his mate since he was fifteen and doesn’t care what others think. When they finally give into their desires and Anson claims him, their joy doesn’t last long. They’ve kept their feelings secret and Reed’s family is untrusting of their bond. Just when things settle, Anson learns he has a son, Paris, who he didn’t know about. Paris is easy to get along with but his mother’s causing problems, claiming to be Anson’s mate.  

The Swan Who Flew After a Wolf is the latest release in Scarlet Hyacinth’s Mate or Meal series. With the ongoing plotline and recurring characters, I recommend reading them in order. 

Prologues aren’t my thing but I like this one—how Reed was allowed to show a childish interest in Anson, without knowing what it meant. It was cute and allowed Anson to be caring and tender.  It also showed an early version of the response Anson could expect from Reed’s family—very negative. It’s a nice beginning before getting to the meatier part of the story. 

As an adult, Reed knows what he wants—Anson—and he doesn’t want to take no for an answer. Then there’s Anson, who’s determined to do the right thing—and wait. Here Ms. Hyacinth does an excellent job expressing the emotions of both men and in Anson’s case, fear of their age difference and the judgment of others. She handles both issues nicely without being maudlin or without too much angst—and she doesn’t let it go on too long. Yes, they get together quickly but these two have known they were mates for years; they’ve just waited for Anson to claim him.   

There are enough twists to keep the readers’ interest and the pages turning. A son for Anson was a nice touch and then adding his nasty mother to cause trouble—a good tension builder. You can’t forget the sexual tension and desire simmering between mates Reed and Anson either. But that’s not all. There’s a well integrated black moment bringing in a great deal of pain and suffering—and that’s all I’m going to say. The ending went off in an odd direction but I’m certain that all plays out with what will be happening in upcoming releases. Look for The Wolf Who Fought for His Soul Mate next.

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