Reviewed by Becca
TITLE: Alric’s Runaway
SERIES: Mate Me #2
AUTHOR: Victoria Vallo
PUBLISHER: Twisted E-Publishing
LENGTH: 80 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2017
Alric has always been one step behind his brother, and now he might walk away for good.
After failing at yet another task his older brother Mace performed perfectly on his first try, Alric has decided he doesn’t care anymore. He doesn’t need anyone’s approval, and he certainly doesn’t need a conditional inheritance from his father. But his attempts to comply with his father’s demand that he settle down and have children brought someone into his life, someone completely different from his numerous past lovers. Chase makes Alric question everything about his life, and with Chase’s help, he might finally see that the kind of acceptance he’s always wanted was being offered to him all along.
I was so antsy to see how this book played out after reading book one and seeing the boys have to deal with their father’s ultimatum. And this was a good novella.
Alric was the one out of the brothers I related to and really liked. He always felt like he had to live up to his oldest brother and his life, and it was really becoming a problem. Alric I liked though because he kept persevering. No matter how little he felt against his older brother, he kept going. It may have been behind the scenes but he kept going. And his perseverance led him to Chase.
Chase is a Runaway looking to start life somewhere. He wants to get a job and get moving with his life. But most of all he wants acceptance for who and what he is. He wants a lover or a boyfriend who won’t hurt him or be horrible because he is different. When these two meet it is a wonderful thing. Both are not very trusting and slow to open up, but by finding each other they learn real quick that sometimes holding back isn’t all that good. Chase teaches Alric that it is ok to be who he is and he doesn’t have to live under his brother’s shadow. That he isn’t inferior to his older brother. And Alric gives Chase everything he has dreamed of. Acceptance and love.
A good book. And now I am off to see how brother number 3 handles his father’s ultimatum after seeing his brothers so happy.