Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Old Loyalty, New Love

Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781627984751
Genre: {M/M}, Shape-shifter, May-December
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Realizing that his feelings for his boss have gotten out of control and can never move past friendship, Quade has come to the decision that it’s time to move on.  Only Quade does not realize that Roman has also decided that it’s time for some changes to their relationship.  Now it’s just a matter of who will win in the end.

Old Loyalty, New Love is the newest story by author Mary Calmes.  This story is not set as a series, yet I am sure that after reading it, her fans are sure to want more from this world.  A shape-shifter romance, this one is slightly different from what we have seen before.  Quade is a jackal shifter.  Kicked out of his pack for being gay, Quade has no desire to ever return to his family’s territory.  A former military man, he is big, tough and scary, everything a bodyguard needs to be.  Roman is a wealthy businessman.  Although pampered as a kid, Roman is not a stranger to tragedy.   While it is not unusual for an occasional hero to have a minor deformity, I do not think I have ever read a book where one of the heroes has had to face the issues that Roman did.  I like that he is not the perfect hero.  I also like that he does not lose his scars later in the story. 

There is a strong connection between these two men, but the age difference and the fact that Quade is a shifter, throws a monkey wrench into the possibility of a relationship between them.  Roman does not plan to let these problems come between them and sets out to get his man.  I had to laugh when he tells Quade that he knows about the bodyguard being a shifter.  It was clear that Quade was unsure how to react with that bit of news.  Of course, their relationship is not meant to be an easy one and soon problems from Quade’s past show up. 

There are many secondary characters in Old Loyalty, New Love.  Not all of them are likeable, but all are important to the story.  The action of a couple of them was really unbelievable and made me want to smack them.  There are a few twists and turns in this book and the author does a wonderful job wrapping them up in a satisfactory manner. 

This was a great read and I really hope that the author has plans for future stories about these two, as well as some as the secondary characters.  

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