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Chosen Pride

L'Ange, Book 3
Narrated by: Tristan James
Series: L'Ange, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (242 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jon Slade finally met his mate, but instead of it being the happiest day of his life, it became the saddest when wolf shifter Kelvin MacCurdy chose his obligations over their fated bond, leaving Jon to pick up the pieces of his shattered dreams. Lucky for him, Roman Howell, his boss and the owner of L'Ange, saw promise in the forlorn lion and put him to work so he wouldn't have time to sit around and lick his wounds while he waited for his wounded spirit to heal.

Then the wolves make an official visit to L'Ange, and Jon finds out Kelvin's pining for him is taking its toll on his position as the king's champion. Though Kelvin's training and the expectations of others steer him toward an intended mate, Jon has an unbreakable hold on his heart, and it's no longer possible for Kelvin to keep himself from where he truly belongs.

But the conclave brings more than Kelvin to the château. It also brings a challenge to jackal alpha Quade Danas, a threat that Quade and Roman, Arman and Linus, and Jon and Kelvin may have to fight in order to keep L'Ange's family intact. Jon never wanted to lead a pride, but the loyalty and devotion to one is ingrained in him. Kelvin was raised to punish anyone who questioned his king, but the calling to protect others runs through his veins just as deeply. To come out on the other side of the battle together, Jon and Kelvin will have to hold the darkness of solitary pride and broken hearts at bay - and find strength in belonging to something bigger than themselves.

©2016 Mary Calmes (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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I love Tristan James!

Any additional comments?

This is my favorite of the L'Ange series.

I loved that there is a plenty of page time for the other MC's from the series, but that the story focuses on Jon and Kelvin.

I loved the community and feeling of family that suffuses the story...but mostly I loved the hell out of Jon and Kelvin.

Mary Calmes sure knows how to deliver a good shifter story. There's no shortage of mates, suspense, and bloody times in this one. The boys work for their HEA, and it makes for an thoroughly entertaining listen.

Tristan James does a terrific job with the character voices, especially Kelvin's Scottish brogue, pacing, timing, and voice over.

This is a great shifter story, especially on audio, and the series just keeps getting better.

NOTE: I would not recommend this as a standalone. I would definitely recommend the others in the series before listening to Chosen Pride.

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Totally lives up to expectations!!!

I’ve been waiting for this for SO LONG! I ADORE this series in both it’s written and audiobook formats. I listen to them frequently so I feel like I know these guys personally LOL.

Jon started out as a sort of “bad guy” in that he was meant to seduce Roman (to get a promotion) but couldn’t because Roman was in love with Quade. Jon seems like he’s lazy or at least without direction, but Roman sees something else in him and decides to “keep” him at L’Ange. Then we see him again when he travels to New York to help Arman with Linus’ revenge and there’s where he meets Kelvin.

We got a delicious hint of their matehood there and thus the anxious waiting for this book!

Kelvin is a wolf-shifter who (we find out) has a specific set of (TERRIBLE) rules to follow regarding his station. (Mary’s wolves are NOT noble creatures in general but rather barbaric – which is funny because her Hyena and Jackals are very noble!) He’s never been with a man and (at first) feels he can’t be with Jon due to his job title and the subsequent duties associated with his title.

However… there’s some pretty exciting twists and turns which put our poor heart-broken Jon in the same proximity as Kelvin (who’s also hurting) and their mate-bond cannot be denied.

But before all that – there’s a wrinkle – and this wrinkle had me scratching my head and wondering where the story was headed – and that has to do with a certain assistant Linus hires.

(I’m not going to elaborate because that’s the fun of reading the story yourself!)

In any case, it’s a Mary story, so you know it’s good. You know it ends happily. You know there’s going to be some violence and some excitement. (WOW – yes there is!) Fans of the series will get to see more of our previous MCs – I LOVE LINUS so much in this!!! And Arman has a scene that brought me to tears.

Highly recommended for fans of the series and the author, but I would read books one and two first (because they are awesome and because they add so much to this story.)

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Totally as awesome as expected! MMMMMMM. Tristan’s accents are so, so delicious and Kelvin is absolutely fabulous! You’re going to want to get this as soon as possible if you haven’t already. Tristan James makes this series one of my all time favorites and I can listen to it over and over. Now we get another one to add to the rotation and WOW it’s got so much going on – absolutely amazing.

Highly Recommended

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an unsatisfactory ending

in book 3 of l'ange series, Jon must deal with Kevin when the wolves pick l'ange to hold their celebrations. that is the gist of what the back cover blurb tells us this story is about, and there political stuff, but it's their relationship we will follow. and we do, they are reunited have troubles, get resolution, and there is sex.

The problem is that Jon is a passive actor I the story. he has nothing to overcome even the issues in his relationship are mostly external and resolved by others leading to a book without a satisfactory ending.

the book feels like the author had two books she decided to combine into one, while not allowing the extra space needed to tell them, so we end up rushing through both. Jon's story as well as the resolution of l'ange's status each ed deserved their own books to be told properly

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Excellent Series!

This is an excellent series! The setting for each book is unique and interesting. I really recommend it.

Having said that I do have one negative thing to say. This author seems to have one bad writing quirk. She seems to get too descriptive at bad moments, losing the momentum behind the scene. She tends to go off on a tangent losing track of the main point and losing the 'feeling' she inspires in the reader because of it.

But, regardless of that, I'd STILL recommend this series to anyone. They are all so interesting in their own unique way, it would be a shame not to listen.

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Great narration; plot soso

I'm pretty sure some of the characters got mixed up toward the end which was very frustrating. narrator is always awesome.

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This is Jon's and Kelvin's story

This is the last story in the series, and I am sorry it is over, but at least I can listen again :) . I love paranormal romance and this whole series is so very well done. Tristan James bring Mary Calme's characters to life and it is a wonderful listen. His Scots accent in this one is great and made the listen even better. Well worth a credit.

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My favorite series EVER

I fell in love w/ Old Loyalty, New Love and had listened to it again about 4 times when I discovered Book 2. I was so thrilled, and fell in love all over w/ Armin and Iinus. The story was totally different but captivating, and once again I listened to this book over and over. I have enjoyed other books and other authors and audible books are my favorite, but for reasons unknown this author and these two books completely captured my heart. When book 3 came out I was beyond happy and once again this story stole my heart. I love the characters, the stories, the descriptions of the locations, I love everything about them. They make me feel warm and fuzzy all over. I highly recommend.

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Too much to keep straight

With the time lapse since the last book I had a hard time remembering past characters let alone all the new ones plus the positions within the king's court and the Gaelic terms. It seemed scattered and there were several inconsistencies and speaking of wrong words.

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Omg spoil good.

The book is amazing as always but Tristan James is awesome! The Scottish accent is to die for lol. I'm so so sad it's the last one. Mary calmes you are amazing.

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wonderful book!

It truly is amazing to see the complete metamorphosis Mary underwent writing this saga.
I was a bit put off by the beginning of the first book,but by the time I finished it, I had to continue. The second was good, and this, the best. well done.

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  • 05-21-17

Tristan....Gaelic.... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :-)

Holy wowzers! Such an amazing book from Mary Calmes yet again. The storyline turned out different to how I thought but it was even better. I have loved Tristan's audio throughout this series, and with The Marshals too, but this one..
.when his accent goes Scottish. Just wow. If he could do a whole book just like that. I, and probably many others, would very much appreciate it lols :-)
Thank you both Mary and Tristan for an amazing audio experience with this book and series. I have truly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!