Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Longing for Shelter
Author: Alex Jane
Series: Alphas’ Homestead #3
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 264 Pages
Publisher: Alex Jane
Release Date: August 27, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Seth Mason arrives at the Alphas’ Homestead under duress. The Council have made it clear that if his cousins, Caleb and Jacob, can’t tame Seth’s wild ways his very last chance will be used up and he’ll have nowhere left to go.
Seth is horrified to find that he’s going to have to spend a year living in the backwaters of Nebraska. He hates the Alphas. He hates the dirt and the horses. He hates the nearby town and everyone in it.
In fact, the only thing he doesn’t hate is Malcolm, the deputy sheriff. Unfortunately, Malcolm doesn’t seem to feel the same, especially when Seth uses his bad behavior to try to get the deputy’s attention.
Jacob feels for Seth—knowing what it’s like to lose family—but when his cousin’s bad behavior turns the town, not only against Seth but against all the werewolves at the homestead, he has to put his sympathies aside and fight to save his family and the place he’s called home for the last five years.
Sometimes the only shelter we can find from ourselves is in the hearts of others.
Review: I am really loving this series, and that really surprised me, two-fold: firstly, it is historical, which is normally not my go-to read, and secondly, with this story specifically, although it was pegged as being about the budding romance of Seth and Mal, it was really more about the entire Caleb-Jacob family, with a very slow burn starting between Seth and Mal…but it worked.
Seth is struggling. He is a teenager who lost his entire family to a horrific murder. Not only that, but he was the one who found them. Traumatized is labeling him too easily. He is completely messed up and it comes out in the form of really, really bad behavior. Behavior so untoward that he is causing the family’s already contentious relationship within their small town to turn really ugly, really fast.
Mal is also feeling the phobic pressure as he is an Indian and considered beneath, well, everyone, including shifters. He may be the deputy, but he has no respect. His story is almost as sad as Seth’s, honestly. And if I am being really honest, I wasn’t even sure if Seth and Mal would ever get together in this book. When I say slow-burn, I mean really slow……which is fine, considering the issues involved.
But, I still love this series. It is almost like The Little House on the Prairie, gay-paranormal style. I love the writing, I love Jacob and Caleb, and though I usually dislike kids in my stories, I loved the little ones, too. Especially Tadpole. Read it, and see what I mean.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*