Reviewed by Morgan
Title: No Matter What
Author: Sydney Presley
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 89 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: February 28, 2017 (from Pride Publishing) / March 28, 2017 (elsewhere)
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: They must protect each other. No matter what.
Quinn has resigned himself to living a life alone. His cabin, on the outskirts of a village, is the perfect place for him to paint. No distractions, lots of peace and quiet—until he goes out for a run as a wolf and sees another wolf scarpering for its life.
Goddard is that wolf. He’s been running for God knows how long, and he’s tired of looking over his shoulder, waiting to be found by the one man Goddard doesn’t want finding him. Injured, he discovers a cabin and goes inside.
Quinn’s and Goddard’s lives are changed forever when they realize they are bonded mates. The thing is, there’s still the problem of the man from Goddard’s past to get over, and when an incident in the village means Goddard’s whereabouts is public knowledge, things might take a nasty turn.
Gone are the days when the two men had to stick by human law. Being mated means wolf law comes first—and if it means killing to keep each other safe, then that’s what they’re prepared to do. They must protect each other. No matter what.
Review: This is a new author for me, and I’m always eager to find new “shifter” stories. This is a bit unique in that there are no specific “packs” – these guys are wolves but living in human society without others of their kind around. I’m not sure if they have packs and these guys just don’t live in them, but it didn’t sound that way.
Quinn is an artist who has decided to move to the country to get more in touch with his wolf (after living in London for years). He’s resigned himself to living alone and is currently fixing up his house and working on his art.
Goddard was in the military and had a bad experience – now he’s running from someone who wants him dead – but he’s running in wolf form to stay undetected. He ends up getting hurt and finding refuge with Quinn.
Things that worked: the writing was pretty good, a little too “tell” versus “show”, but fairly smooth and I found no editing problems. Both MCs and the secondary characters felt well-developed. The HEA was very sweet. The “romantic” times were good if not super-hot.
Things that I struggled with: It was very slow paced and the flashbacks (which seemed to have more drama and interest than a lot of the non-flashbacks) were interspersed in a way that I found really distracting. While I loved the connection between Quinn and Goddard – it felt both a bit too rushed (which is normal for shifters) but not very passionate (which is what usually compensates for the rushed feeling). I admired the thought process that led the MCs to handle their situation as they did but it didn’t feel “good” and I wasn’t always sure why Goddard felt he had to run away in the first place.
It was definitely unique and interesting – I’d look for more from this author in the future – but I was left feeling a little “meh” about it by the end.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*