23 September 2014

Loveblood by M.J. O'Shea

Max Appleton and his mother Celia are are on the run, hiding from an abusive father and husband who’s also a notoriously bad pack leader. When Max hit puberty and it became obvious he’d never make an alpha wolf, his father turned the brunt of his anger toward his inferior son and his beta wolf wife for producing him. Max and Celia find sanctuary in a garden cottage at Holly Court, the sprawling estate where Celia's oldest friend lives with her pack alpha husband, three daughters, and teenaged son Jonah.

Jonah Spellman has what seems like the perfect life. His family is close, his dad is respected by their whole pack, and he's been groomed to take over for as long as he can remember. Everything is set, his whole life planned, and Jonah works hard to be exactly what everyone expects. He's under enough pressure without a runaway from a bad pack complicating his life.

When two teenaged werewolves from very different worlds meet one snowy January day, both of their worlds get turned inside out. From the moment they meet, nothing will be the same for Jonah or Max ever again.

This book was a first for me.  I had never read a m/m YA title and I was a little skeptical to see how this would work out but in the end I loved it.  This was almost a gay-for-you themed book with shape shifters thrown in.  Max and Jonah are both the sons of Alpha wolves and have grown up their entire lives with expectations of behavior thrown on them.  When these two boys meet and realize they have found their mate and he is a man their lives are turned upside down.

It was amazing to watch these teen boys mature and grow into responsible adults as they face various challenges throughout the book.  Not only do Max and Jonah grow as individuals they grow as a couple as well.  This book contained all the elements of an adult m/m romance that I love but added the coming of age element.  Overall this was a great shape shifter romance and I would love to read more about these characters as they continue to age and mature.


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