Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Fighting Instinct
Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Tristan James
Series: L’Ange #2
Heroes: Arman & Linus
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 13, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Only a privileged few know L’Ange’s head of security Arman de Soto is a shifter, and even fewer know he’s been systematically killing off a pack of werewolves. The reason for this vengeance is a secret Arman trusts with no one, quite the opposite of his obvious longtime pursuit of the château’s overseer, Linus Hobbes. Despite Arman’s reputation as a loner, the only thing he needs to complete his life is Linus. Predator and prey just don’t mix—but Arman won’t give him up.
Linus has lived alone for more than seven years, sheltered at L’Ange under an assumed name and hiding secrets of his own, including his terrifying attraction to the most dangerous man he’s ever met. Arman knows Linus should be afraid of the predator stalking him, but Linus is still drawn to him like a moth to a flame, no matter how much he tries to deny his instincts. It’s not until Linus’s past and Arman’s crusade exposes their secrets and opens L’Ange to attack that Arman realizes waiting any longer is a risk he just can’t take. So he’ll have to take his quest to the source of the threat in a gamble to protect L’Ange, Linus, and any future they might have together.
I’ve always loved Mary Calmes books and when I read Old Loyalty, New Love I fell in love with the characters and the world so of course, I had to read this one immediately and I absolutely loved it when I read it years ago. When it came out in audio, I was so excited to listen to the story again and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved getting back to the story and experiencing Linus and Arman’s story and falling in love with it all over again.
I loved that Arman was so fiercely protective or Linus and that Linus was so cold at first. I adored the fact that Linus warms up so quickly to Arman but also how easily he embraces the abilities mating with Arman brings. I really adored seeing Arman avenge Linus and seeing how all that plays out but also seeing how Linus would get jealous! It was so cute.
I really enjoyed this audio but there were times when I couldn’t tell the difference between the voices of the characters so it was hard to really tell who the narrator was supposed to be talking as. Most of the story, the narrator does an excellent job of the various voices but it was a few times when I struggled with who he was trying to portray. As for the story, I wish we could have seen what happened after everything instead of being told about it.
All in all, I enjoyed this one a lot. I loved the story when I read it but it was really great to listen to it as well. There were times when it was hard to understand who was speaking but overall, the narrator did a phenomenal job with this one and I can’t wait to listen to the next one.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*