Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Druids Lodge
Author: Kelly Clemmons
Heroes: Finn & Luke
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 214 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 2, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: What lurks in Dartmoor?
After his father’s death, Finn Darcy returns to his ancestral home to become chief of his werecat clan. The mysterious Druids Lodge lies nestled in the shadows of Dartmoor National Park, where the legendary Beast of Dartmoor, a large panther, roams the woods and moors.
Finn cannot take his place as the head of the clan before he claims his mate, Luke Devlin, the one he marked while when they were children. Feeling he was deceived at the start of their relationship, Luke refuses to accept his fate. He bides his time, determined to escape when the opportunity presents itself, before Finn’s jealous and possessive dual nature destroys everything they have left.
But then werecats and their mates start disappearing, and Finn is adamant his mate must be protected at all costs. Events take a grim turn when Finn is abducted and forced to fight for his life. Luke must choose between his chance at freedom or saving Finn.
It’s hard for me to write this review so I’m not going to go into much detail about it. The blurb does a pretty decent job of describing what the story will be about. What I will say is that a majority of it is Luke and Finn trying to make their strained relationship work and deal with their past issues as well as the problems being together cause.
I must say, I adored Luke. I felt so bad for him and the fact he unknowingly caused the tension between him and his mate and has had to deal with the terrible consequences of his cat’s actions for years. I found him so sweet and endearing and absolutely loved that he and his cat had their own personalities. Finn was hard for me to like because I found his inability to hear Finn out tiring and most of his actions and thoughts made him look selfish and childish.
When I read the blurb for this book, I thought this story had a ton of potential. But while it started out good, it soon fell to pieces for me because I had several issues with this one. For one, there was a lot of sex that I didn’t care for because it meant absolutely nothing. I ended up skipping a majority of it. I also did not care for Finn at all. I found his way of thinking extremely childish and ended up not liking him. Add to that, I was severely disappointed with mystery of the cats and their mates aspect of the story. I felt like it was just a filler for the book and could have been removed entirely because while the ending picked up, I found it ridiculous that no one ever learned of what was happening before then. It could have been explored more, instead everything tied up so easily and too nicely for my liking.
My biggest issue with this story, though, was the way nothing developed or progressed between Luke and Finny. There was a ton of problems between them and instead of working through those problems, they would argue, piss each other off, have sex and then end up arguing again. I grew tired of it really fast because nothing ever changed. Even in the end, I felt like their ‘feelings’ were superficial because their issues just miraculously disappeared as if all the anger and pain in the past never happened.
In the end, this was an okay book. I struggled with it and didn’t connect with some of the characters much but I did find the concept intriguing. I liked that Finn and Luke had to work through their past and I especially liked that Luke and his cat were two different entities, it gave the story some uniqueness. However, while I might not have liked this one, I think if readers are interested in the blurb, they should give it a try to see if their tastes run differently.
Overall Impression: It was okay, but not good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*