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It took me quite some time to decide to purchase this audio. Hesitating because I am not too fond of a certain characteristic of Mary Calmes’ books: the way one of her main characters tends to be universally loved and fawned over by everybody. However, this doesn’t pop up in this one until the second half, and then it is different (and acceptable to me) because it concerns him in his role as the Alpha of a shifter pack that needs him.
Turns out I love this book. I really like both main characters, the way they interact and the intensity of their feelings for each other, as they finally come clear about those feelings.
I love the setting of the story, the shifter universe and the secondary characters. I felt the ex-lover thing was a bit over the top, but okay.
There are a few things in here that would warrant a sequel. I haven't found out if there is one yet. (There is no open ending though.)
Tristan James is an excellent narrator and he does not disappoint. He was one of the reasons I decided to take a chance on this book.
I think I will be relistening to this one regularly, it’s just one of those books for me.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Old Loyalty, New Love to be better than the print version?
Yes, bought it, I enjoyed the story even more listening to the narrator.
What did you like best about this story?
The relationship between Roman and Quade
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The description of the town. It sounds beautiful and festive.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and I did
Any additional comments?
The narrator was excellent, really made the book, one of my favourites thus far
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What did you love best about Old Loyalty, New Love?
The banter back and forth between Roman and Quade.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Roman. He has been through so much but he is still such a gentle soul, and so devoted to Quade.
Which character – as performed by Tristan James – was your favorite?
Quade Danas. the big, brooding, bad ass Alpha Seer Shifter was eye candy for my ears!
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Beware of large, furry animals with fangs.
Any additional comments?
Quade Danas is a jackal shifter, the heir apparent of his pack, a special breed of his own as he is a Seer as well. His father disowned him and exiled him from his home, from his pack when he was barely an adult for being gay. He has spent more than a decade in the employ of the Howell family as the bodyguard for the son and only heir to the Howell family fortune, Roman Howell.
Almost killed in an accident when he was a teenager, Roman survived but carries the scars as a reminder. The only people that don’t pity him or look at him with disdain because of those scars are the people closest to him, especially Quade. As Roman grew up and became a lethal businessman he also became hopelessly attracted the man that protects him, he fell in love with his bodyguard.
When Quade’s sister shows up at L’Ange, the vast Howell estate Quade now calls home, begging for him to return and take his rightful place as Alpha of their pack, Quade is torn between loyalty to his family and pack, and his love for Roman. It’s only through fierce determination that Roman ever even gets Quade to act on his feelings for him, and it takes all but an act of congress to get Quade to claim him as his mate. He is not about to lose him now. But the pull to the pack is strong for Quade. As a Seer and the true Alpha there is an innate need engrained in him to protect his people and defeat the crazed drug dealer that is trying to rule the pack.
The story started out slow, but it was always intriguing. From the beginning there was this banter between Roman and Quade that portrayed them almost as an old married couple. It took a little while for the romance that was budding from page one to actually bloom, and from that minute on it was a no holds barred roller coaster of passion and sex. All the while that Roman is baiting his hook and then reeling Quade in, there are the problems going on with the pack and Quade struggling with how to help the people that turned their back on him. A decision has to be made… loyalty to pack, or his love for Roman, unless he can find a way to encompass both worlds in one life.
Calmes deftly balanced romance, mystery and paranormal intrigue with this new Shifter series. Narrated by Tristan James who gave each character their own voice that changed as the story progressed, and each character grew. You can literally hear the passion in his voice during the love scenes, and the strain when Quade is struggling with pack issues, and the determination as Roman sets his sights on making his bodyguard his man.
Fans of Calmes books are surely going to love this new series, but Shifter and paranormal readers will be engrossed as well. Not only was this book music to my ears, I think it will have to stay on my ipod so that I can listen to it over, and over again.
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This is classic Mary Calmes. A shifter book with a sweet, engaging couple. Roman is a young, very rich man who was disfigured in a fire. Quade is a jackal shifter (think big Egyptian jackal, not small jackal) that was rejected by his family when he came out and has been Roman’s bodyguard for 10 years. When there is trouble in his old pack, he is called home to deal with it. The romance is great and there is a little angst and action, but pretty predictable HEA. That said, I hope there is a sequel as there were hints at future couples. The narrator is the great Tristan James, who could read the telephone book and I would listen to him. Worth a credit.
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