Saturday, September 21, 2013


Title: Gabriel
Author: Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
ISBN/BIN: 9781622423385
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Gabriel has found his mate, but due to werewolf law, he can’t claim Caven until the young shifter turns nineteen.  Unfortunately, Caven has a hard time accepting that, so after his nineteenth birthday, he continues to deny the vampire what they both want. 

Gabriel is the seventh book in the Marius Brothers series.  If you have been reading the series’ set in the Marius’ world then you will remember both Caven and Gabriel.  Caven is a werewolf shifter who just happens to be a Kappa.  The abuse he suffered at the hands of his last Alpha was horrible and one he is determined to overcome.  Gabriel is a vampire warrior and one of the infamous Marius brothers.  He knows from the time he sees Caven that the younger man is his mate.  Theirs is not the usual mating and with everything that is going on, the men are growing further apart rather than coming together now that Caven is of age. 

I have to say that, in the matter of these two, I have to side more with Caven than Gabriel.   While not yet mated, the two have still been living close together. However Gabriel ignores all the signs that something is wrong with Caven, or even thought about finding out more about what it meant to be mated to a wolf, let alone to a Kappa.  Caven’s reactions to Gabriel are realistic once everything is taken into account and personally, I would have made the vampire warrior grovel just a little more. 

These two do eventually come together and, when they do, the passion between them is intense.  Poor Caven, I felt so bad for him during their Skype sex scene.  The way they finally bond together as mates helps give Caven the strength he needs to become the Alpha he is destined to be.  This, of course, does not mean that everything is smooth sailing as there is a demon attack and pack challenge to add some action to the story.  

Gabriel is an excellent addition to this series and, with one brother left, I am anxious to see what the author has planned.

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