Minsheng and Yasuko are wary of strangers, especially those who have fangs. Kidnapped from their home country, the two try desperately to find their place in their new lives. Minsheng is angry and bitter over the ordeal he has suffered through. Yasuko is still so naive. Christian finally meets his mates in Pride Pack Valley, but the two may be more than what he's bargained for. They reluctantly agree to come home with him. Christian has his hands full when he takes them to his club, The Manacle.
Can Christian stop Yasuko from continually venturing into the back rooms where he's already been mistakenly collared, and can he convince Minsheng that loving a man can be a beautiful thing when it's him and Yasuko showing Minsheng the way? Trouble finds them when someone is out to take over as prince, and Christian must protect his mates from the evil that lurks just outside The Manacle.
A Siren Erotic Romance.
©2011 Lynn Hagen (P)2014 Lynn Hagen
I feel I should start this review with a qualifier. This book is published by Siren Publishing, which is kind of like the McDonalds of the mm romance (and mf for that matter) publishing world, IMHO. They turn out lots of serial based books that read very much like soap operas with many characters which spin off into new series. This is not, nor does it pretend, to be great works of literature. They are simply full of characters (usually vampires and shifters with size differentials), an ongoing storyline (that generally has a formulaic “I must protect my mate” vibe) and lots of smex. I have read about 10 over the years if I got into a storyline or really enjoyed a character. Although they are part of a series, they try to make each book a stand alone, but it really helps if you have been following the series for true enjoyment of the book. With that said, my rating of them is on a 1 – 3 star basis. In my opinion, there is no way any of them can be higher than a 3 because to do so would equate them with the likes of Josh Lanyon, Jordan Hawk, Kaje Harper, Mary Calmes, etc. It would be like comparing McDonald’s food with Morton Steakhouse, not apples to apples. I’m not saying Siren books are bad, they certainly are not, but I personally have to grade on a curve.
The narrator of this book was awful. He had a southern drawl that literally put me to sleep and I had a hard time concentrating on the book. Although this is the first book of this series, there appears to be two other series in which some of these characters were introduced. So I didn’t get some backstory that might have made this a better read/listen. This was an m/m/m relationship with some pretty hard core baggage. I didn’t care for this but I think it was because I hadn’t read any of the characters’ backstory. In these serial type stories that is critical because the writing if so formulaic, I have to like the MCs. But if you want lots of ménage sex, this is the story for you. Not worth a credit.
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