20 March 2015

Highgate Shifters Spotlight!

Finding yourself isn’t always easy—unless your true mate helps you along the way…

Jace has always felt as though he doesn’t belong, that he’s surplus to requirements, alone and destined to stay that way for the rest of his life. His love for Louie, his true mate, is solid and real, but Louie has never shown Jace that they’re mates, has never given any indication that he wants them to be together. Jace is convinced that fate has got things wrong in pairing them—until a stranger arrives on pack land, throwing everything into chaos.

Louie has lived his whole life keeping his distance from Jace—and his emotions. He loves the man with a passion, but knowing Jace might be taken away from him at any moment means Louie has kept his mouth shut. Jace was found on the side of the road as a cub by their alpha, Sergeant, and Louie has always known that one day Jace’s true family will come back to claim him. To save Jace having to make a painful decision—leave Louie or join his family—Louie remained in the shadows.

But life has a way of changing things, and with the stranger comes knowledge of some terrible things happening on another wolf compound. Things that the Highgate pack feel compelled to fix. The question is, will Jace and Louie mating also change things, or will they remain the same as they’ve always been, forever circling around their love and never admitting it through fear of being hurt?

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.
Even though this is Jace’s tale we have lots of players involved. Jace is a twenty five year old wolf shifter with a chip on his shoulder and a crush for a guy that he is pretty sure his is mate, Louie. Louie, is also a wolf shifter in the same pack and also secretly in love with Jace, but neither one is willing to speak up in case of rejection. Jace was found and adopted by the pack leader and his mate when he was just a new born but has never felt like he’s belonged even though everyone has tried. Until one day Jace is out running and catches the scent of another wolf, not belonging to the pack. Louie also happens to be out running and go to defend Jace. But they find out that this new wolf is Jace’s long lost brother. Can Louie and Jace sort out there feeling before Jace leaves? Is Jace leaving?

So over all I really enjoyed this story. I liked the fact that even though Jace and Louie knew they were mates but decided not to act/tell each other they were and also didn’t go sleeping around either. Like you read in so many shifter books, even at the age they are. Also that they waited for the ‘mating’ until they got to know each other on a more personal level. I liked that Jace felt remorse for the way he treated the pack and wanted to make amides.  The big thing’s what stopped me from giving this a 5 is why? Why didn’t Louie say anything? I get Jace even though at twenty five and everyone being accepting, drop the chip already.  And I didn’t feel a big over all connection between everyone. Lastly, it left us with a cliffy. Which is going to force the reader (me) into reading in order and or give us pages of previous books flash backs. Both of which bother me. A lot.
Being a Dom in secret—being mated to another wolf in secret—is something Vann has always done, but now he has the chance to be open about his whole life.
Vann grew up under the rule of an alpha at Crossways Compound, who controlled every aspect of his pack members’ lives. Used to obeying without question, Vann suddenly finds himself in a position where he can make his own decisions outside his sexual relationship. In the past, his trysts with his subby lover, Kip, have been in secret, snatched moments away from security cameras or listening devices. Now they’ve been welcomed at Highgate, a safe haven, life should work out beautifully.

But there’s something Vann has to do first. He has to return to his childhood compound to right the wrongs that were done there. Along with Kip and members of the Highgate security team, Vann has to play the biggest role of his life so far in order to bring down the alpha at Crossways and rescue some cross-bred cubs. It isn’t going to be easy, going against someone he’s been conditioned to obey, but for the sake of his pack and the safety of the cubs, he’ll do whatever it takes.

Kip is determined to be with Vann every step of the way. Usually, Kip is submissive in all aspects of their life, preferring to bow his head and only speak when he’s given permission. But their return to Crossways changes all that. The danger there is too great for Kip to wait for Vann’s instructions on everything he does. Kip knows that to keep Vann safe, he must become more dominant—or die trying.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of exhibitionism and voyeurism.

Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.
Book two, Vann and Kip’s story mainly, we start up right where we left off, a plan in motion to rescue Vann’s family and Kip’s half siblings from the evil Alpha’s brother in which Vann and Kip escaped. Vann is a nervous wreck but Kip, his sub and mate has a calming effect on him, which helps Vann focus to get the job done.  Kip on the other hand is releasing some built up anger that no one knew he had towards the brothers because of the treatment and death of his mother, the children and himself. Luckily now that the relationship is out the D/s side of Vann and Kip and is public and help center both, or can it? Can these two finally find peace?

We met these two in book one and learned a little about them, so being able to develop that relationship through a second book helped like them better, understand them and the dynamic they share.  Just like book one, we have a lot of players and that list grew when we got introduced to Caleb and the families. But the author does a good job keeping you engaged with the story and there rolls so not to get overwhelmed. We also have a great follow through, after the fight how Vann and Kip are settling in to a normal life not ruled by a dictator. And unlike book one this one wraps up nicely.    
Keeping secrets can sometimes be a very wrong thing to do.

When a stranger steps onto Highgate land in the middle of the night, Dillon has to decide whether to chase him off or let him into their pack house. Sergeant, Dillon’s partner and pack alpha, takes the decision out of Dillon’s hands. The stranger looks like a wolf they know from Crossways, and he’s disoriented and doesn’t seem to know his own name. Something’s very wrong, and Dillon intends to find out what’s going on.

The stranger turns out to be just that—a stranger and no one they know at all. When the horrifying fact comes out that the stranger has had his face surgically removed then replaced with another, Dillon’s terrible past comes back to haunt him. The government agency he used to work for think he’s disappeared for good—or do they? Have they found out where he lives now? Do they want him back on their books as a spy?

Dillon can’t go back—no way, no how. In order to remain free and at Highgate, he has to work out a plan that will keep every single pack member safe. But most of all he must protect Sergeant, the love of his life and the one man he’s told all his secrets to.

Or most of them, anyway…

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series. It is not a standalone title.
This is book three in the Highgate Shifter series, and even though book two did not end in a cliffy, you still need to read in order.

This one is about Dillon and Sergeant. Sergeant is the Highgate pack Alpha and Dillon is his mate, they’ve been together for years. Sergeant has always known Dillon had a past, one he wouldn’t and couldn’t talk about. But when that past comes knocking on pack doors it’s time to come clean. Dillon always knew that one day no matter what steps he took his past would find he, now it has and the choices are clear, stay and fight or run? Or will a woman scorned make the choice for them?

These two have played a role in both previous books, so we’ve grown to know them. However, I still didn’t get a strong love connection between them, couldn’t feel any chemistry? However, this one is action packed and keeps you guessing on who wants Dillon dead pretty much through the whole thing. And to me that made up for the lack of everything else.
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