Wells Lemiere knew the moment he saw Matty Haverbrooke, he had to have him. Matty was quiet, he was talented, he was beautiful, and Wells couldn’t stay away. As the youngest and most talented son of the NHL Commissioner, Matty had found the burden of family expectations almost too heavy to carry on even his broad shoulders. He had no intention of getting involved in a relationship with Wells. But the heart he’d given up for dead had other ideas. Their affair was intense and overwhelming, but when Matty couldn’t bring himself to come out and admit he wanted a public future with the man he loved, Wells had no choice but to honor his vow to live openly…and leave Matty behind. But then he learns Wells is marrying another, and Matty knows he can't let that happen. Can he throw down his gloves and embrace his future with both hands? Or will he pull the door to his closet shut once more?
About the Author
My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork. I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic. I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play! When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel. I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle. … and did I mention I love hockey?
Punishing himself for a horrific past that is not his fault, bestselling author Alexander Montgomery seeks redemption and love—and perhaps he will find it.
Famous author though he may be, Alexander Montgomery is not someone you take home to meet Mother. Seriously flawed, damaged by a horrific past, he’s trying hard to claw his way back to normality. But how can anyone respect what he truly is? His therapy involves regular sessions at Study in Scarlet, an exclusive S&M club.
Then comes Sage. Tall, with black hair and blue eyes, an up-and-coming actor with impossible charm and boy-next-door good looks, he’s the perfect choice to play the leading man in a TV adaptation of Alex’s last best-seller. Even more, he is a man you introduce to your family. Which Alex would do—if he weren’t taken by another man who offers the punishments Alex prays will wipe away the past and make him the person he wants to be. Yet, perhaps there is another path to redemption. If only the solution would reach out and touch him.
Alex stood as Christopher Sage entered the room and kissed Jenny in greeting. The older woman smiled delightedly, giving him a warm hug.
Alex studied the man who had invaded his dreams more than once and been instrumental in bringing his sexual fantasies to a literal climax.
He was even more delicious in person. And the man was gay. That was a real bonus.
Six-foot-and-some tall, longish curly black hair, deep blue eyes that crinkled when he smiled and a rangy body that looked as if it were made to wear fine suits or nothing at all. In tight blue jeans and a checked long sleeve shirt with a white tee shirt underneath, Sage looked very relaxed.
Alex had a sudden image of peeling off the shirt to find a nice set of pectoral muscles beneath, then running his hands over them. The other man’s mouth was extremely kissable, with generous lips that Alex wanted to nibble. His c*ck shifted in his chinos at the images his mind was conjuring up and he cursed the sudden rush of heat to his groin.
Jesus, where was his professionalism now? He needed to get a bloody grip before anyone noticed his raging hard-on.
He reached out his hand to Sage, who was returning the scrutiny. Sage’s hand was warm and firm with long fingers and clean, shaped nails. Alex’s breath deepened at his touch. He hoped Sage hadn’t noticed.
The reality of feeling his warm skin in his own hands was infinitely better than the dream.
Sage met his gaze and narrowed his eyes. “Heterochromia iridis. I’ve never seen it in a human being before. Very striking.”
Alex stared at him. Most people simply squinted and looked at him strangely before they asked him how his eyes came to be two different colours— one green, one blue. Actually hearing someone who knew what the condition was called was slightly disconcerting. Especially when rendered in that very charming slight Irish accent.
“I was born like this.” He shook Sage’s hand firmly. “Not many people seem to know what it’s called though.”
Sage smiled. “I had a horse once with the same condition. He was a Pinto. It’s quite common in that breed.”
Alex raised a dark eyebrow. “Comparing me to a horse? Well, that’s one way to start a relationship.”
Talk about a tortured man...my heart broke reading about Alex and his past, the horrible abuse he suffered. He's continually haunted by it, seemingly caught in a never ending cycle of punishment he continues to willingly endure--actually crave. It's something I don't profess to understand personally, but went along with for the purpose of the story. Even so, I thought he was incredibly brave and strong for making it through it all. Sage is amazingly understanding, compassionate, and comforting with Alex. He sees the extraordinary man Alex is behind the pain, and embraces him completely. From a personal standpoint, I could not see how he could be okay with Alex continuing to see Eric for his alternative therapy, and as Sage started to resent it I was right there along with him. Sage and Alex together were moving, passionate, and I thought Sage did more to heal Alex than anything else Alex had been through. Their story is filled to the brim with angst and pain, but also with healing. I really enjoyed this story, it kept me fully engaged with the amount of tension and emotion throughout. Saving Alexander was a 4.5-star read for me, even with the frustration I experienced with Alex's continued need to meet with Eric. I think this is the kind of story that you'll either love or it will rub you the wrong way; for me, the good far outweighed everything else. This book is meant strictly for readers 18+ for adult language, sexual content (including BDSM), and references to prior physical, emotional and sexual abuse that could be distressing to some readers.
Susan Mac Nicol is a self-confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, geek, nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long-suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.
Sue is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She’s also Editorial Manager at http://www.divinemagazine.biz, an online LGBTQ e-zine, and she’s a Charity Board trustee at http://wwwbeingmecampaign.com in London.
She’s passionate about research for her books and has stayed in a circus, taken lessons from a blind person on how it feels to be non-sighted, and travelled to a lighthouse with maintenance crew to see first-hand what it’s like inside. She’s also writing a screen play with a Hollywood actor named Nicholas Downs, with a view to taking her latest release, Sight Unseen, to the big screen.
All in all, she’s happy with her lot and loves that you love to read her books.
Seth Mason arrives at the Alphas’ Homestead under duress. The Council have made it clear that if his cousins, Caleb and Jacob, can’t tame Seth’s wild ways his very last chance will be used up and he’ll have nowhere left to go. Seth is horrified to find that he’s going to have to spend a year living in the backwaters of Nebraska. He hates the Alphas. He hates the dirt and the horses. He hates the nearby town and everyone in it. In fact, the only thing he doesn’t hate is Malcolm, the deputy sheriff. Unfortunately, Malcolm doesn’t seem to feel the same, especially when Seth uses his bad behavior to try to get the deputy’s attention. Jacob feels for Seth—knowing what it’s like to lose family—but when his cousin’s bad behavior turns the town, not only against Seth but against all the werewolves at the homestead, he has to put his sympathies aside and fight to save his family and the place he’s called home for the last five years. Sometimes the only shelter we can find from ourselves is in the hearts of others.
I really have been enjoying this series, the characters are ones that have become like family me and I've become quite invested in their happiness. The introduction of Seth to the homestead serves as a great injection of angst with his painful past, and of tension thanks to his holier-than-thou attitude. But stories where characters like this get taken down a peg or two, and where they experience plenty of growth...those are some of my favorites to read.
Yes, Seth has had tragedy in his life. The loss of his family, his pack, and how it happened is enough to have you feeling for him. But his snooty, let-someone-else-do-the-work attitude played a big part in negating a lot of those sympathetic feelings his past evoked for me. This is where the character growth and development comes into play, and the author did a fantastic job of turning Seth around so that as a reader I was loving him again by the end of the book.
I think it would be impossible not to love Mal's character. He knows discrimination and hatred just like Seth and his family, though for a different yet similar reason. Things between the two of them develop slowly, and the story was not only concentrated on them which for me did split my attention a bit.
Revisiting all of the characters from the first two books was definitely a pleasure, and a lot of the plot revolved around them as well (the split I just referred to). That said, I would definitely recommend reading the first two books before starting this one to get the background; while you could probably read on its own, you'll enjoy it much more by reading the stories of this series in order.
Overall Longing for Shelter was a 4-star read for me. I think if it had devoted a higher concentration of the story to Seth and Mal, with the rest of the characters' lives being a continuing sideline that would go on in future books in the series, I probably would have bumped that rating up. Regardless, this series is still really good, and if you're a fan of historical M/M shifter romance (and even if you're not but want a change of pace) then you're going to want to get started on this if you haven't already. While tamer than the first two books of this series, I'd still put this as a 18+ read.