Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Author: Catherine Lievens
Series: Gillham Pack #4
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 128 Pages
Publisher: Extasy Books
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Noah has lived in isolation most of his life. He’s a demon, and demons keep to themselves. He’s not satisfied with his life, though. One night he sneaks out and meets Duncan. He likes the man, but he knows he can’t be with him because it would mean losing everything.
Duncan knows what he wants, and he wants Noah. He doesn’t care—much—about his homophobic parents’ reaction. He knows he has the support of his friends and most of the pack, and that’s enough for him. Will it be enough for Noah, though?
As Noah and Duncan get to know each other, Noah has to make a decision—his parents, or his mate? Choosing his parents means he’ll have to marry a woman and have children, even if he’s gay. Choosing Duncan means he’ll lose everything he’s ever known. Or not?
Review: Noah is a young demon. He feels stifled by his autocratic family into following his father’s footsteps into the family business, and feels bullied into providing an heir after marrying the perfect woman, even though he’s gay and a painter.
Duncan is Derick’s brother who we met in Whitedell Pride #2. He’s a wolf shifter who’s parents have already shown themselves to be homophobic jerks and though he identifies as bi-sexual, he is willing to accept his mate whether they are a man or a woman.
When Noah and Duncan meet at a club Noah is very attracted to Duncan, but runs. Duncan knows Noah is his mate, tries to get information from him, but only manages to slip him his number.
Luckily, Noah’s own attraction and sense of adventure lead Noah to seek Duncan out. When they meet, Duncan does everything he can to convince Noah to give him a chance.
I have been a fan of Catherine Lievens’ since the Whitedell Pride, and I have read most of the books in that series and the spin-off series, Gillham Pack. I have to say that I enjoyed Whitedell a bit more (so far) than the Gillham. For whatever reason, the MCs haven’t done it for me as much as they did in the Pride series.
I was excited about Noah because I saw we were introducing a Demon into the mix of paranormal creatures. This did not pan out.
I didn’t really see anything “demonic” about Noah except his appearance. For all intents and purposes, he’s a twink with horns, blue hair a tail and some strange markings. There was absolutely nothing magical about him.
I was very disappointed with this book. I LOVE the cover and really like the author, but this was a dud.
Noah was very immature, he acted more like a teenager than a young adult. He didn’t do anything magical. His friend, Demi, had some interesting potential, but I could never quite figure out if he was being a help or a hindrance, so that was just frustrating. Noah whined a lot but didn’t do much and then, seemingly without a reason, flips over into being all about Duncan and mating.
Duncan was blah. He didn’t ever shift or do anything “wolfy”. Together, he and Noah dithered about Noah telling his parents and Duncan telling his folks. Then they worried about it some more. They barely touched or had any sort of exciting “mine!” chemistry that I love with shifters and mates, and I never really felt their connection, even at the end.
I think the tail and horns on Noah were more a plot device for tail sex, which was only brief and not nearly as kinky-awesome as it could have been. I really wish we could have developed more of this new Demon element, given them some powers, explained their interactions with humans – done something with them that made them stand out as being “other”.
All in all, I was very disappointed with this and can’t really recommend it. I’m certainly not giving up on either the author or the series, but in this case, I wasn’t impressed.
Overall Impression: It was ok
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*