Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Old Loyalty, New Love
Author: Mary Calmes
Heroes: Quade Danas & Roman Howell
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Length: 246 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 13, 2013
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: When jackal shifter Quade Danas was banished from his pack for being gay, he spent years in the military escaping his father’s prejudice before returning to civilian life as a bodyguard for Roman Howell, the teenage son of a very rich man. After Roman is in an accident that leaves him physically scarred and emotionally distant, Quade is the only one who can get through to him. As Roman becomes a man, he realizes what he wants—his bodyguard by his side and in his bed. Unfortunately, Quade can’t seem to see past the kid Roman once was to the man he has become, certain Roman’s feelings are merely misplaced gratitude. But Roman knows a lot more than Quade realizes, and he’s used to persevering, no matter how many impediments life throws his way. He wants the chance to prove to Quade that he’s strong enough for a jackal alpha to call mate.
Despite the decades Quade has been away, and the heartache of his father’s rejection, his inborn loyalty to the pack remains, and his abrupt departure left the jackal shifters without an alpha heir. As a psychopath shifter staking claim as alpha draws Quade back home, and Quade feels compelled to heed the call, he may be forced to make a choice he never anticipated. But doing so means he must leave Roman behind… unless somehow they find a way to make loyalty and love work together.
Those who know me, know that shifters are one of my favorite things to read. When I saw that Mary Calmes had a new book coming out and that it featured a jackal shifter, I was jumping for joy! Not only would I get a new Mary Calmes book but it would be a paranormal one AND about jackal shifters! I was in heaven!
Quade’s life hasn’t been easy. Thrown out of his pack as a teenager for being gay, he joined the military and eventually ended up working for the Howell’s, specially as a bodyguard for Roman, who hasn’t exactly had an easy life either. Physically scarred since an accident as a teenager, the only person Roman can truly trust is Quade. Through the eleven years they’ve been together, they’ve been friends but more importantly boss and employee. As Roman gets older, he’s tired of waiting for Quade to take things further but now Quade’s past is starting to catch up to him. Will Roman be able to convince Quade that he can be trusted enough to make things work beyond their current relationship?
Gah! How much did I love this story?! MORE THAN I CAN EXPRESS! It was refreshing to read a story about a different type of shifter. I loved that Ms. Calmes managed to create a whole new world with new shifters, culture and customs. I loved being able to explore it while Quade became reaquainted with the pack he left decades ago. More than anything, I loved seeing the resolution to the conflict with the psychopathic jackal. It wasn’t dragged out but it had enough suspense to it that I was satisfied with how it ended.
The characters, though, were my favorite. They felt very real to the point that I felt like I knew them personally. Especially Roman who just about broke my heart. Since his accident, he’s become closed off and only let a few people get close to him. I loved the hints of vulnerability to him but his need for Quade and most of all his stubbornness when it came to Quade realizing Roman intends to be Quade’s mate whether he admits and accepts it or not. Quade is just the typical man who doesn’t want to believe what’s right in front of him. He needs Roman but he’s unwilling to move things further in their relationship no matter how much Roman pushes… until Roman pushes just enough to get things rolling. And DAMN were they hot once they got together!
This story had a good balance between the romance and pack business and the pace in understanding what is going on with pack and exploring things with Roman was just right, IMO. One thing I want to mention is that the secondary characters really stood out. Many of them were intriguing enough to make me wonder (and hope!) there will be sequels to come so that we can see some of them get their own HEA.
In the end, this is another book by Mary Calmes I’ll be adding to my re-read and all time favorites lists. I gobbled it up so fast that I was disappointed when I finished it because I wanted more to read! If you’ve liked Ms. Calmes’ stories in the past and you enjoy a good paranormal book, then definitely give this one a try!
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*