Friday, January 6, 2017

ARC Review: Chosen Pride by Mary Calmes

From The Blurb:
Jon Slade finally met his mate, but instead of it being the happiest day of his life, it became the saddest when wolf shifter Kelvin MacCurdy chose his obligations over their fated bond, leaving Jon to pick up the pieces of his shattered dreams. Lucky for him, Roman Howell, his boss and the owner of L’Ange, saw promise in the forlorn lion and put him to work so he wouldn’t have time to sit around and lick his wounds while he waited for his wounded spirit to heal. 
Then the wolves make an official visit to L’Ange, and Jon finds out Kelvin’s pining for him is taking its toll on his position as the king’s champion. Though Kelvin’s training and the expectations of others steer him toward an intended mate, Jon has an unbreakable hold on his heart, and it’s no longer possible for Kelvin to keep himself from where he truly belongs. 
But the conclave brings more than Kelvin to the ch√Ęteau. It also brings a challenge to jackal alpha Quade Danas, a threat that Quade and Roman, Arman and Linus, and Jon and Kelvin may have to fight in order to keep L’Ange’s family intact. Jon never wanted to lead a pride, but the loyalty and devotion to one is ingrained in him. Kelvin was raised to punish anyone who questioned his king, but the calling to protect others runs through his veins just as deeply. To come out on the other side of the battle together, Jon and Kelvin will have to hold the darkness of solitary pride and broken hearts at bay—and find strength in belonging to something bigger than themselves.

Karen's rating:

While this isn't 'The Marshals' it's still Mary Calmes and it's still really good. So if you haven't read books 1 or 2 in this series...please go read them and come back. I'm going to try not to be too spoilerish about stuff in those books but I make no promises so there you go, you have been warned.

Jon has been around since the first book but it was in book 2 that he and we the readers met Kelvin, his fated mate. Kelvin walked away from him. His obligations didn't allow for fated mates...he had responsibilities, obligations to fulfill and they didn't allow for a fated mate much less one that's male. He tried to be kind and gentle about it but for Kelvin duty came before all else. I cried...ok, I'm a big softee and Kelvin just broke my heart right along with Jon's.

I just didn't get it, how could he do it? He was meant to be with Jon and he walked away? That's crazy right...well maybe not so much. Not when your whole life has been geared towards the belief that those obligations are your sole purpose, they're what gives your existence meaning and yet, neither man has ever truly gotten over Kelvin's decision.
'Chosen Pride' is set after the events of the second book that saw Kelvin break Jon's heart and then leave. Now here we are back at L'Ange where the wolves have requested permission to hold a conclave.

While the main focus of the story is Jon and Kelvin there is so much more going on and the reader gets to catch up with characters from the first two books as well. The residents of L'Ange show themselves to not only be unique and surprisingly powerful individuals but they turn out to be force to be reckoned with when they unit as a pack to defend their alpha and all that is his.

So far this series has gotten better with each book. While the first book was admittedly a slow start and the next book was definitely better this book has from book #2's 3.5 stars rounded down to a solid 'hail mary' 4 stars. I started reading this one at bedtime on the 22nd and while I had to take breaks because really sleeping is not conducive to a good reading experience I finished this one early in the morning on Dec. 23rd and if there's a book 4 in the offing I'm ready for it...anytime would be good.


An ARC of 'Chosen Pride' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.,13776266

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