Audio Review: Old Loyalty, New Love by Mary Calmes

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Old Loyalty, New Love
Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Tristan James
Series: L’Ange #1
Heroes: Quade Danas/Roman Howell
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 8 hours, 3 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 22, 2014
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: When jackal shifter Quade Danas was banished from his pack for being gay, he spent years in the military escaping his father’s prejudice before returning to civilian life as a bodyguard for Roman Howell, the teenage son of a very rich man. After Roman is in an accident that leaves him physically scarred and emotionally distant, Quade is the only one who can get through to him. As Roman becomes a man, he realizes what he wants—his bodyguard by his side and in his bed. Unfortunately, Quade can’t seem to see past the kid Roman once was to the man he has become, certain Roman’s feelings are merely misplaced gratitude. But Roman knows a lot more than Quade realizes, and he’s used to persevering, no matter how many impediments life throws his way. He wants the chance to prove to Quade that he’s strong enough for a jackal alpha to call mate.

Despite the decades Quade has been away, and the heartache of his father’s rejection, his inborn loyalty to the pack remains, and his abrupt departure left the jackal shifters without an alpha heir. As a psychopath shifter staking claim as alpha draws Quade back home, and Quade feels compelled to heed the call, he may be forced to make a choice he never anticipated. But doing so means he must leave Roman behind… unless somehow they find a way to make loyalty and love work together.


Review Book: I have to admit that I loved the idea, and many scenes in this story were amazing, but for the most part, I was left wondering why it was so long and drawn out. I didn’t read the blurb until halfway through the story so I was a little surprised when Quade turned out to be a jackal shifter, and an alpha at that. I love shifters and that part, especially how he protects Roman and his pack were right up my alley, even though the pack initially left him hanging and didn’t come to his defense when his father kicked him out. I also loved that his mother, sister, and pack eventually chose Quade over homophobia.

Roman is a rich man who as a teen was involved in a horrific accident that left him scarred for life. People want him for his money, but they are sickened by his looks. Quade doesn’t even see the scars and I loved that part, too. And what he did for Roman without anyone knowing was heartwarming and just solidified my adoration for Quade. Roman hit the jackpot when he and Quade stopped tip toeing around each other and finally admitted they were it for each other. It was just too way too long for my complete enjoyment.

Review – Audio: For the most part, this was a great audio and I thought Tristan James did an admirable job of bringing the cast to life. His voice is compelling and made this eight hour journey enjoyable…even if I did speed it up a bit to get the story rolling at a faster clip. As much as I want to find out what kind of shifter Arman is in the next book, I think I will leave the series for now.

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, Audio Review, LGBT, Published in 2014, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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