Title: Defending Their Bond
Series: Crescent Edge Pack Book Two
Author: L.N. Manning
LGBTQ+ Category: MM/Gay
Reviewer: Melissa Brus, Paranormal Romance Guild
About The Book
On the run for most of his life, Thomas “Bulldog” Baird is used to being alone. He never cared what people thought of him, never had a reason to. After helping his friend, Jonathan, settle some old scores with his birth pack, Bulldog finds the one thing he never thought he’d have: a mate. A mate he’s not sure he wants to claim because of his own haunted past.
Edward Rawlings has survived hell, living under a cruel and vicious Alpha who almost decimated his birth pack. When the pack was finally freed from tyranny, Edward thought his fight for life would be over. He was dead wrong.
Can the two find the happiness and love they deserve while they risk their lives defending their bond, or will Bulldog’s past claim them both?
This book is part of a series, but each book focuses on a different couple, and as such it can be read as a stand alone; even though past characters do reappear.
The combination of shifters and magic was solidly done. The premise and the world building gave a very promising start. Added to this, the romance between Thomas “Bulldog” Baird and Edward had moments of pure sweetness and moments that were pure heat! The revelations of Bulldogs past and his interactions with his mother were great in moving the story.
Unfortunately the overall flow of the narrative seemed awkward at times. It made it harder to invest in the plot and the other characters in the book.
Overall this is a fun read.
In writing this bio I am taking a rare break from reading! I always have a book on hand just in case there is time to sneak in a chapter or two. As a military spouse and a mom of two boys, it is amazing how often I am hurrying up to wait. Luckily for me I don’t have a favorite genre so I get lots of fun authors to choose from. My education was in sociology and mental health counseling, so stories with strong character development are my favorites. Happily Ever After is the best part of romance for me because real life is hard enough.
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