Book Review: Calvin by Catherine Lievens

Reviewed by Morgan 

33853188Title: Calvin
Author: Catherine Lievens
Series: Gillham Pack #19
Heroes: Calvin/Alex
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 121 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Sometimes you have to let the fear go to welcome happiness.

Calvin was assaulted when he arrived in Gillham two months ago, after living on the streets for two years, but it wasn’t enough to dissuade him to leave the town and his new life. He never expected to be assaulted again, though, especially not by the same man.

Alex has been envious ever since both his brothers found their mates, but at only twenty-one, he never expected to find his own. He especially didn’t expect the man he rescues from a beating to be it.
Calvin and Alex have to learn to navigate their new relationship. Calvin is shy and hesitant, and Alex does his best to give him enough time to get used to his presence. They move in together—as housemates—but their fragile relationship is threatened by the appearance of a teenage brother Calvin didn’t know he had. What will this mean for Calvin and Alex’s relationship? Will Calvin finally believe Alex is in it for life, or will he let his insecurity win?


Review: This is a book that – by now- you’re probably only reading if you’ve been following the entire series and its spin-offs. So… I won’t tell you what you already know – or can guess based on the blurb.

What I can tell you is that this book has some surprising moments in it. One thing I appreciated while reading this was that these are two VERY young guys – 19 and 21. And neither is all that hurried to be mated for life. But… they are mates so the pull is there. Instead of giving in and just bonding, they take it slow and actually date – something like I’d expect two college age boys to do who weren’t bonded.

There’s a great new thread introduced – a shelter type place for shifters who didn’t know they were shifters – that looks intriguing. And we also meet Calvin’s new brother – who – at 16 is likely going to have his own book sometime in the future.

One thing I missed in this book was the unique opportunity for these non-traditional shifters to shift and/or exploit the unique senses or abilities they might have. Calvin is a Labrador Retriever and Alex is a bat. While Alex does fly now and then and Calvin does sleep as a dog sometimes, the author didn’t capitalize on their unique natures to differentiate these guys from any other shifter out there. That’s disappointing. Wouldn’t it have been a hoot to see a dog doing dog things as a human? Or to see if Alex could echo-locate as a human? Something?

In any case, this was as good as any in this series and a nice diversion.

Overall Impression: I liked it!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Morgan's Reviews, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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