Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Savage Estate

Author: Vivien Dean
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publishers URL: http://www.amberquill.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-68175-057-6
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Mystery          
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Alec is getting ready to meet his father for the first time.  Already anxious and unsure how he should act, Alec does not know what to think when he gets to his father’s house and finds the man gone.  When a stranger shows up out of nowhere and he’s magically transported to Montana, Alec starts to wonder just what the hell is going on. 

Savage Estate is Ms. Dean’s newest book and, while not listed as a series on the publisher’s web site, could easily be a great start to an interesting series.  The reader will find themselves easily pulled into the world created by the author.  Alec is a young man used to growing up with one parent.  While he, at times, wished for his father, the love his mother gave him allowed him to grow up a strong individual sure about what he wanted.  When he gets a message from his father asking to meet him just days before his 25th birthday, he is unsure what to think.  For someone getting ready to meet an absent parent for the first time, Alec’s insecurities and confusion is understandable and believable.  Even later in the story, after the two have been together for a while, the anger that pops up is realistic. 

Needless to say, things do not go as Alec envisioned and he soon finds himself in a world he never thought existed.  Not only is he faced with a still missing father, he meets Rowan, a gorgeous, hot young man that happens to be a black panther shape-shifter who also just happens to be Alec’s new familiar.  While their original meeting may have been on the rocky side, there is a connection between the two that is easy to see.  Once Alec finds himself with family he never knew about, things really start moving.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this story.  Not everyone is who they say they are and the actions of those closest to them aren’t always what is expected.  This book has everything needed to make it a must read.  The chemistry between the main characters is intense, the mystery that Alec and Rowan find themselves in and the actions of the secondary characters is sure to make this a favorite of many readers.

While I have read several books by Ms. Dean, Savage Estate is by far my favorite and I hope the author plans to bring these characters back again.

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