Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Sealed With Honor
Authors: Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus
Series: Signed, Sealed, Delivered #1
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 80 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: For these two, having an arranged marriage could either be a catastrophe, or the best thing that’s ever happened to them.
Cam has always known that his mating would be arranged by his father, and his best hope is for a mate who respects him and could eventually be friends with him. He has no choice in the matter and is resigned to the worst-case scenario of a mate he’ll end up hating for the rest of his life. His biggest worry is that he’ll no longer be able to keep his best friend in his life. If his mate says he can’t have friends, that will be the end of it and he won’t be able to say a thing against that decision. It’s his worst fear, and he can’t keep his tears at bay even during his own mating ceremony as he feels like he’s losing the only real friend he’s ever had.
Jenner isn’t entirely sure why his new mate looks like he’s going to his death. He wants to be friends with Cam, and his traditions make it hard to get close to him. His father wanted to make sure he fell in love before he was thirty and thought mating him to someone would be the best way to get that accomplished. Jenner is looking forward to getting to know his new mate, if only Cam will let that happen. The little glimpses he’s had of the real Cam tell him he’s been mated to a feisty man who won’t back down, and Jenner wants more time with that side of him and a lot less with the one who only wants to do what’s expected of them and looks absolutely miserable all the time.
Having an arranged mating isn’t ideal, but for Cam and Jenner it might be the best thing for them both.
Review: Cam is some sort of shifter – I’m not sure what kind – fox maybe? – from Madagascar. He’s given as a mate to an Elk shifter from America. All Cam’s life has been centered around keeping him pure for his mate and teaching him the traditions so he will bring honor to his mating for his family. Jenner has never had any such “training” and is bewildered by the pomp and ceremony Cam brings to their mated relationship.
Cam is worried he’ll never see his best friend again or be allowed to be friends with him and Jenner just wants someone to love.
Once the two talk, they come to a common ground, and find that their mating might just be a happy one, after all.
This is a story without conflict. Well, okay, there is .2% conflict in the beginning when Cam frets over what his mate will be like and if his BFF will be allowed to be his friend in the future. But as soon as he explains his worries, Jenner assures him it’s not an issue and the conflict is resolved.
(There’s this weird part in the beginning where the bodyguard of Cam gets all angry and talks about his mate that makes you think he’s Cam’s fated mate or something but that just goes away. So…)
There is some very perfunctory sex that left me cold and some very strange traditions that Cam brings up and Jenner dispels quickly.
It’s a strange novella that doesn’t give us a great road map for where the series is heading.
I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t really get it either.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*