Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Chosen Pride
Author: Mary Calmes
Series: L’Ange #3
Heroes: Jon & Kelvin
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 26, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Jon Slade finally met his mate, but instead of it being the happiest day of his life, it became the saddest when wolf shifter Kelvin MacCurdy chose his obligations over their fated bond, leaving Jon to pick up the pieces of his shattered dreams. Lucky for him, Roman Howell, his boss and the owner of L’Ange, saw promise in the forlorn lion and put him to work so he wouldn’t have time to sit around and lick his wounds while he waited for his wounded spirit to heal.
Then the wolves make an official visit to L’Ange, and Jon finds out Kelvin’s pining for him is taking its toll on his position as the king’s champion. Though Kelvin’s training and the expectations of others steer him toward an intended mate, Jon has an unbreakable hold on his heart, and it’s no longer possible for Kelvin to keep himself from where he truly belongs.
But the conclave brings more than Kelvin to the château. It also brings a challenge to jackal alpha Quade Danas, a threat that Quade and Roman, Arman and Linus, and Jon and Kelvin may have to fight in order to keep L’Ange’s family intact. Jon never wanted to lead a pride, but the loyalty and devotion to one is ingrained in him. Kelvin was raised to punish anyone who questioned his king, but the calling to protect others runs through his veins just as deeply. To come out on the other side of the battle together, Jon and Kelvin will have to hold the darkness of solitary pride and broken hearts at bay—and find strength in belonging to something bigger than themselves.
Jon met his mate, Kelvin, when he followed his alpha on a mission to get revenge on what happened to his mate. Unfortunately, while Jon was excited to finally have a mate, Kelvin didn’t feel the same and rejected Jon. Now Jon lives his life just going through the motions, trying to forget Kelvin. Every time he gets to a point of moving on, something sets him back. So when Quade agrees to have a wolf conclave come to L’Ange, it unravels all the progress Jon’s made of getting over Kelvin. When Jon sees Kelvin again, the connection between them might be too strong to ignore, which brings a ton of other issues such as the challenges Jon and Kelvin will need to go through to release Kelvin of his duties. Will they be able to make it work just when they’e finally gotten together?
I was SO EXCITED to finally get another L’Ange book! I just loved the other two books in this series and finally getting Jon’s book made me super excited for it. I just love Jon as a character. He’s so charming and regal and feline. I loved that some considered him lazy but he was just mopey and I especially adored when he was a lion. As for Kelvin, he wasn’t as in-depth as I would have liked him to be but I really liked that once he committed himself to Jon, he really embraced being mates and all that entailed.
I really loved this book! I mean, it kept me up late at night and gave me that feeling of just having to continue reading. But I had two issues. One, there was a lot of unnecessary sex. I mean, it didn’t add anything to the story so I ended up skimming a majority of that. My second issue is with how one of the conflicts was wrapped up. I wanted to see this person pay and really reap the consequences of what they’d done. Instead, they were just let off with no repercussions, I was very disappointed with that.
All in all, I still loved this story. I loved getting back to L’Ange and getting back to the previous couples to see how they’re doing. I also adored these characters and what they had to go through to be together. Even more than that, I really admired how much everyone came together to make it possible for Kelvin and Jon to be together. I hope this isn’t the last we see of these guys because I could think of a few more characters that need their stories!!!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*