Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Pride Before the Fall
Author: Devon Rhodes
Series Sequel to Pride and Joey
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 99 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 20, 2016 (Pride Publishing)
October 18, 2016 (Amazon)
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When Brady was given a free pass to sow his wild oats, as long as he’s back with the pride before fall, he never dreamed he’d meet his mate…or that his mate would be a man.
As the pride’s alpha heir, Brady knows the weight of responsibility. He’s expected to settle down, find a mate and have an heir of his own. But first he’s given the opportunity to travel and visit other prides, an unspoken opportunity to get his attraction to men out of his system before he comes home and does his duty.
Mason has his hands full fostering Jonah, an abandoned teen soon to have his first shift. He doesn’t have time to babysit a visiting alpha heir, but duty calls. As the second son of the alpha, he knows his place and when he’s given a task, he does it.
Brady and Mason realize almost instantly that they are mates…and both also know that it can never come to pass. With the expectations they need to fulfill, this short time together will be the only chance they have to taste what could be. But they are tied together by more than just instinct—old crimes and hidden connections come to light and they are forced to make hard choices between duty and love.
Review: I’m having a hard time reviewing this story. On one hand, it’s full of great characters, a really solid conflict and world building. I liked Brady and Mason as individuals and found their “issues” compelling.
Jonah and his story was even more compelling, as was the couple from book one, Pride and Joey and how all the characters are interwoven.
What didn’t work for me was the chemistry between Mason and Brady. For one, they were mates and both seemed like this was a big deal but also something they were absolutely ready to walk away from without even a discussion. They totally lacked that “mine, mine, mine” chemistry that I crave in a shifter story, and when they do finally have sex, it’s pretty lackluster, honestly.
I liked the set-up, the mind-speak, the triumph of good over evil, but found the actual event – the moment when the two find their resolution – to be rather uninspiring.
So… I guess I liked this but didn’t find anything to make it stand out in a crowd. It’s a sweet enough shifter story, but it didn’t move me.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*