Reviewed by Donna
SERIES: Whitedell Pride #22
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
PUBLISHER: Extasy Books
LENGTH: 113 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2016
André is used to shifters. He considers Dominic Nash, the Whitedell pride alpha, like an older brother, and loves spending time with the pride. He’s not looking for a mate, even though he hopes he has one somewhere.
Nicky was abandoned by his pride when he lost the challenge for Dominic’s council seat the year before. He refused Dominic’s offer to stay with the pride and become a member, and instead fled to the human world, where he works in a bar. The last thing he expects is for his mate to be the pretty man who walks into the bar and gets drunk.
When André isn’t able to go back to the mansion on his own, Nicky decides to drive him there. He doesn’t know how the pride will greet him, and once André is safe, he flees. André is his mate, though, and he feels drawn to the mansion. He needs to keep André safe, and if that means making the pride’s battles his own, Nicky will do it eagerly, even if it means going against human hunters when they attack.
André is the only unmated human living in the Whitedell Pride mansion, actually he’s one of the only unmated people there period, which is how he finds himself all alone on the weekend as all the other residents take the opportunity to spend time with their mates. Not one to sit at home and mope, he heads out to a local bar to have a few drinks, and if he happens to find some company, well that’s just a bonus.
Nicky popped up in the Whitedell Pride series many, many books ago, and then disappeared. In fact, I’d completely forgotten who he was. He was alpha of his own pride but allowed his beta to bully him into challenging Dominic for his place on the Council. After having his ass handed to him, Nicky was dumped by his pride and slunk away into Whitedell never to be heard from again. Until the night André wanders in to the bar where Nicky works and the two men discover that they’re mates.
I liked that despite the fact André was human, there was no major drama between the mates. André has always been aware of the existence of shifters, Dominic is his best friend, and in fact he always hoped to find a shifter mate of his own because he’s seen how deeply they love one another. The one to hesitate is Nicky and that’s only because he can’t understand why the Whitedell Pride is so welcoming to him. After all, he challenged Dominic and lost. But it doesn’t take them long to commit, and that’s where the fun begins.
Nysys is very present in this book, but for once he doesn’t get the upper hand. As much as I love that character, I was cheering when someone finally put him in his place and attempted to teach him some manners.
The fight scene in this book was pretty cool. I do love it when these stories include some actual fighting between the hunters and the shifters, and this one was a major fight. A fight that leads us into the next book of the series, after poor Benjamin is stabbed and left for dead. With the Whitedell Pride series coming to an end, I really hope those damn hunters are dealt with and get just what’s coming to them.
If you’re interested in reading the Whitedell Pride books you do need to start at the beginning with book #1 – Jamie.