Book Reviews

Chosen Pride (L'Ange 3) by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 26-December-2016

Book 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 château. 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.

Book Review

I tried to be an adult, like I claimed I was going to be, to a friend when we were discussing having received 'Chosen Pride' and our need to read it immediately. I had some time before it released so I stated that I was going to be an adult and read a few other books first. It didn't take long for me to give up on adulting and join my friend in his blanket fort, eager, ready, and beyond excited, to see what the intensely talented Mary Calmes was going to bring to the story of Jon and Kelvin. I will warn you, however, that there will be no spoilers in this review.

It was just like coming home to be back at L'Ange with Quade, Roman, Arman, Linus, Jon, and all of the myriad secondary characters that make this world a family. Jon is a lion shifter and as such, he shares some common behaviors with male lions in the wild. He isn't very observant, all things considered, but Linus says that all apex predators are obtuse. He also becomes easily distracted and will go off in his own head while you're talking to him - something that drives Linus bonkers. Jon is gorgeous, loyal, oozes pheromones, and he’s broken-hearted after Kelvin tells him it isn’t possible for them to be mates.

“How does a lion have a wolf for a mate?”
“Oh, I have no idea, but clearly you’re his mate and he’s your pride,” Sheridan said.
He lost me again. “What?”
“A wolf mates for life. A lion does not. But a lion, a male lion, is devoted to his pride. He only has one. Think of the entire pride in one man, and that’s the mating bond that you share.”

I found it interesting the lore the author wrote in regards to the position of the fenrir and the duties and responsibilities that begin at birth for these men, leaving them with no family and no one to love them unconditionally. Kelvin needs Jon just as much as Jon needs him. The politics and old traditions of these wolf shifters are medieval, to say the least, and repugnant at best. This is why I prefer the pack that has been created at L'Ange. It's about love, family, and loyalty.

Because even though I was a lion and he was a wolf, I knew that love had two distinct sides, and one of them was dark and scary and even destructive. He lived in that place, had never been invited into the light, and never had anyone been willing to go in after him and accept the pain along with the pleasure. I would. I called dibs on his heart. And I’d been living my life in the sun ever since I was invited to live at L’Ange.

I never could have guessed the direction the author took this story in. 'Chosen Pride' is everything I've come to love in this series multiplied a thousand times over. The writing showcased exactly what Quade, Roman, and all the incredible characters at L'Ange, have been building for years. A family. One you choose and not one you're born to. The very best kind in my opinion. Mary Calmes has written a phenomenal, evocative novel about love, and it will reside in my heart and mind forever.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 240 pages/73827 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-December-2016
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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