Hawk Magnar, commander of twelve sentry wolves, never thought he'd discover his mate in a hospital for an anxiety attack. Under the illusion he was going to comfort a young child the alpha's mate, Cecil, had befriended, he finds a man who needs more protection than even anyone realizes. Treated as a simpleton all his life, Johnny Stone has never had anything to call his own - until he meets Hawk. Hawk must keep his emaciated mate safe from a sadistic brother while teaching Johnny to trust him. Hawk is quickly running out of time to convince Johnny that he isn't out to hurt him when his mate inadvertently starts the mating ritual. Will Johnny give Hawk the trust he needs to bind them together or suffer the consequences that fate's wicked sense of humor has unleashed?
©2011 Lynn Hagen (P)2015 Siren-BookStrand, Inc.
First, again I ask you to ignore the cover. It’s kinda skeevy but the story is really very sweet.
Second, I will warn you that parts of this – especially in audiobook format – are kind of disconcerting – but – if you stick with it – it gets less – awkward? – and is really kinda heart-warming.
We met Johnny earlier, he’s the “special” kid at the center Cecil volunteers at who is good friends with Cecil. He calls himself mildly “retarded” (funny how that word just sounds so terrible in these times of PC language isn’t it?) and is definitely on the slower end of the learning curve. (Without it being a spoiler, I’ll tell you that Hawk kind of surmises that it’s not so much “retardation” as that Johnny just needs things explained very carefully and that he needs a lot of patience because he’s prone to panic attacks. I suspect it’s more autistic than anything else.)
In any case, Johnny’s brother is abusing Johnny and Hawk and his pack mates rescue him. Johnny has been starved so it takes a lot of intense work to build him back up so that he’s even strong enough to be bonded with Hawk – and this ends up being one of the hurdles.
The brother also ends up being a thorn in the side of the pack and ends up causing a crisis.
Hawk is sappily devoted to Johnny and the rest of the pack soon falls under his thumb as well.
At one point Hawk refers to himself as “daddy” – but is acknowledging to even himself that it’s a little weird. To me it felt a bit skeevy, but it doesn’t happen that often.
This is another big guy/ little guy pairing (maybe huge guy/ tiny guy would be more accurate) and it follows a similar trajectory as book one. What I like about this story is how sweet Hawk is with Johnny and Johnny, as a character whom we see frequently in future stories, is a great character with a giant heart and a quirky sense of humor who ends up causing all kinds of trouble for the big guys in the future.
I love this story because it’s Johnny’s story and it also leads us right in to the next story involving Ludo and Blair.
3.5 of 5 stars
Johnny East does a nice job trying to give all the wolves something of a different voice as well as trying to keep Johnny and Cecil and all the other mates separate as well. I think he really captures the innocence that is Johnny without making him seem like a little boy.
4.5 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars
This is perfect little cheesy story of true mates, happiness, sorrow, tears and cheers with lots of fun and funny stuff. If you listen to the excellent narrator and freeze frame a part of the story like buying the pink coat and wallets, little guy beating the big alpha werewolves at the games they play on his first try or even the six foot four 260 pound alpha mate crying and laughing over his "baby's" trip to o a happily ever after love bonded life and turn that scene into a comic book cartoon in your mind, you can get a lot of fun out of this mostly cheery and yet very sexy romp of a soap opera. It's a rags to riches story and the triumph of good over evil.
It does have a few sentences at the end that can lead you to the next book in the series but this story can easily be read as a standalone with great satisfaction.
Johnny East is just a really good pick for this series. He changed the way I looked at this story when I first read it. He brings more depth to the book an characters.
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