Title: Gregory’s Rebellion (Shifters’ Haven, Book #6)
Author: Lavinia Lewis
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Publisher: Total E Bound
Amazon: Buy Link Genre: Paranormal M/M, Werewolves
Length: 106 pages
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
A guest review by Lasha
Summary Review: The sixth book in the Shifter’s Haven series picks up the pace and was a fun read, but some chemistry problems brought the rating down.
Book six in the Shifters’ Haven series
Leopard shifter Gregory is delighted to finally meet his mate, but why doesn’t the heavily scarred young jaguar shifter Hayden recognise their bond?
When supernatural council member Gregory is sent to Las Vegas to pick up a stray jaguar shifter, he thinks it will be an easy job. But upon his arrival, Gregory discovers that his quarry is his destined mate – a mate that doesn’t recognise their bond. Hayden has an angry looking scar running the length of his left cheek, but he won’t tell Gregory how he got it or why he hasn’t shifted into his cat form for the last two years. Something bad must have happened to him, but can Gregory convince his wary mate to confide in him?
To make matters worse, many council members’ mates have been murdered in recent months so Gregory is afraid to tell his employers that Hayden is his mate. Instead, he lies to the council – risking his job and his life – and takes Hayden to Texas where he’ll be able to protect him. But is Hayden as safe on the Crazy Horse ranch as he imagined?
I’m back from my mini-vacation and yes, I am reviewing a shifter book!
Previously, I read (and reviewed) the first four books in this series and really liked books one and two, but books three and four fell short in my estimation, so I thought about giving up on them. However, book six seems to be a return to the smart and fun writing of the first two installments. (I liked book 5 even better.)
As with the other Shifter’s Haven books, there is a theme. Man/shifter meets his mate, they either bond or not, bad guys are introduced and the couple fights to be together. Since Gregory was one of my favorite characters from the other books, I was really excited about him getting his own book (and mate!) We are taken back to the Crazy Horse ranch and all the familiar faces are around in Wolf Creek, Texas. Gregory has been tasked to bring in Hayden, a jaguar shifter to the council. However, once Gregory sees Hayden he realizes the other man is his mate and instead of taking him to the council transports him to Wolf Creek to be in protective custody. Why? Council member’s mates are being murdered left and right and Gregory wants to protect his mate.
What I liked about Gregory’s Rebellion was the underlying murder-mystery and who was killing council member’s mates and why. The author tells the reader exactly who the bad guy is, so there are no surprises, which I found utterly refreshing, as I am getting really tired of “surprise” killers/twisty endings in books. The action in this novel was fast and propelled the plot along. Plus, I love revisiting the characters from the previous books and seeing how those guys are doing with their mates.
My only real issue with this novella was that Gregory and Hayden just did not have a lot of chemistry in my estimation. I loved Gregory’s characterization and Hayden seemed interesting too, but together? They just didn’t ring any bells for me. So, while I enjoyed other aspects of this book, the main reason I read a romance novel — the main couple — just wasn’t as compelling as some of the others in this series. I wished Hayden and Gregory had a little more oomph in their relationship, but since I liked other parts of the books so much, I kept reading even though they just weren’t working for me.
So, Gregory’s Rebellion is recommended for fans of the series, the author…but for casual paranormal readers, I’d say go with books one, two or five to get a more complete flavor of this author’s talents.