Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Fighting Instinct
Author: Mary Calmes
Series: L’Ange #2
Heroes: Arman de Soto/Linus Hobbes
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 224 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 8, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Only a privileged few know L’Ange’s head of security Arman de Soto is a shifter, and even fewer know he’s been systematically killing off a pack of werewolves. The reason for this vengeance is a secret Arman trusts with no one, quite the opposite of his obvious longtime pursuit of the château’s overseer, Linus Hobbes. Despite Arman’s reputation as a loner, the only thing he needs to complete his life is Linus. Predator and prey just don’t mix—but Arman won’t give him up.
Linus has lived alone for more than seven years, sheltered at L’Ange under an assumed name and hiding secrets of his own, including his terrifying attraction to the most dangerous man he’s ever met. Arman knows Linus should be afraid of the predator stalking him, but Linus is still drawn to him like a moth to a flame, no matter how much he tries to deny his instincts. It’s not until Linus’s past and Arman’s crusade exposes their secrets and opens L’Ange to attack that Arman realizes waiting any longer is a risk he just can’t take. So he’ll have to take his quest to the source of the threat in a gamble to protect L’Ange, Linus, and any future they might have together.
For years, Arman has done his best to make Linus feel safe and protected. He’s taken it upon himself to revenge Linus’ past but when that brings wolves and danger to L’Ange, Arman is determined to finally kill the last few wolves who hurt Linus. But when Linus finally gives himself to Arman, he refuses to let Arman go by himself, which brings them both to where it all started. Will they be able to deal with the past or will things get way more complicated than either of them thought possible?
After I read Old Loyalty, New Love, I was desperate to read Arman’s story so when I saw that he’d be getting one with Linus, I was super excited to get my hands on it. Of course, I loved it! I loved that Arman was so protective of Linus and that Linus was so jealous when it came to Arman with others. In the beginning, Linus is cold and unapproachable and only really lets Arman get in his personal space but by the end, Linus is a whole other person. He’s warm and friendly and Arman gave him that ability to really open up. At the same time, Linus made Arman more human and compassionate. I loved that once they mated, some of their qualities transferred to the other. As a couple, though, I adored them because they were just so sweet and adorable!
I really loved this one, it was a great sequel but I wished we could have actually seen what happened after everything was resolved. Instead, the last chapter is ‘telling’ how things are now but I would have liked to actually ‘see’ some of it.
Even still, this was a great story with an interesting storyline and endearing characters. I loved seeing Linus’ background and just what type of shifter Arman is. Ms. Calmes never fails to create stories that are both intriguing and enjoyable, that capture my attention from the start and hold it until the end, leaving me with hoping there’s more to come. If you like Ms. Calmes’ writing and enjoy a good shifter story, definitely give this one a go!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*