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Alex Morgan has a mission set for himself-get justice for his Alpha Anax and come back the big hero. The only problem there is that he can’t seem to track down Joshua Dobson, and he needs to, because Joshua needs to die. This was supposed to be a quick deal, but it’s been weeks and Alex is tired and missing his pack, and he can’t escape a few new truths he learns about him Alex Morgan has a mission set for himself-get justice for his Alpha Anax and come back the big hero. The only problem there is that he can’t seem to track down Joshua Dobson, and he needs to, because Joshua needs to die. This was supposed to be a quick deal, but it’s been weeks and Alex is tired and missing his pack, and he can’t escape a few new truths he learns about himself. Before Alex decides to totally throw in the towel, he manages to find the man he’s been hunting, and his entire pack. Alex calls for reinforcements then finds he needs more than a few reinforcements of his own-against a man who has been abused most his life. A man who is Alex’s destined mate. A man Alex doesn’t think he should want, because he’s the brother of Joshua Dobson. Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series and there is reference to past sexual assault and violence in this book.


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Alex Morgan has a mission set for himself-get justice for his Alpha Anax and come back the big hero. The only problem there is that he can’t seem to track down Joshua Dobson, and he needs to, because Joshua needs to die. This was supposed to be a quick deal, but it’s been weeks and Alex is tired and missing his pack, and he can’t escape a few new truths he learns about him Alex Morgan has a mission set for himself-get justice for his Alpha Anax and come back the big hero. The only problem there is that he can’t seem to track down Joshua Dobson, and he needs to, because Joshua needs to die. This was supposed to be a quick deal, but it’s been weeks and Alex is tired and missing his pack, and he can’t escape a few new truths he learns about himself. Before Alex decides to totally throw in the towel, he manages to find the man he’s been hunting, and his entire pack. Alex calls for reinforcements then finds he needs more than a few reinforcements of his own-against a man who has been abused most his life. A man who is Alex’s destined mate. A man Alex doesn’t think he should want, because he’s the brother of Joshua Dobson. Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series and there is reference to past sexual assault and violence in this book.

30 review for Rendered

  1. 4 out of 5

    P

    2.5 stars What should I say about this book ? Alex is a jerk from the beginning,he tracks his enemies down,and then he discovers his mate incidentally. OMG ! such a tedious plot,right ? But I keep reading and what I find out is very unacceptable ! Because the hostility between H/H fall apart easily,they take care each other and more sex scenes come in great number.When I'm unguarded, they just declare their love.It feels like everything in this book also happens abruptly and there're no connections 2.5 stars What should I say about this book ? Alex is a jerk from the beginning,he tracks his enemies down,and then he discovers his mate incidentally. OMG ! such a tedious plot,right ? But I keep reading and what I find out is very unacceptable ! Because the hostility between H/H fall apart easily,they take care each other and more sex scenes come in great number.When I'm unguarded, they just declare their love.It feels like everything in this book also happens abruptly and there're no connections between the characters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phaney

    ** Some of this might be mildly spoilerific. It's also mostly chronological. ** I’m disappointed. If I give this book three stars then that’s only because it is part of a series so the better ones will be an influence. Even so it’s scraping the bottom of the three-star barrel. Damn. Perhaps I should have seen this coming right away. The beginning’s a little rambly and repetitive with Alex thinking the same things over and over. Alex is a jerk initially. I guess one of the several reasons to hate Al ** Some of this might be mildly spoilerific. It's also mostly chronological. ** I’m disappointed. If I give this book three stars then that’s only because it is part of a series so the better ones will be an influence. Even so it’s scraping the bottom of the three-star barrel. Damn. Perhaps I should have seen this coming right away. The beginning’s a little rambly and repetitive with Alex thinking the same things over and over. Alex is a jerk initially. I guess one of the several reasons to hate Alex would be that because of him, Sean gets the worse end of the deal, while Alex wallows in self-pity. (view spoiler)[Go, Marcus! Go, Nathan! Tell him off! (hide spoiler)] And, disappointingly, we’re in the whole “trust the Fates” thing now. Blah. If you shove your exposition into dialogue, try not to add explanatory tags as to how people are related if said conversation happens between siblings who are more than familiar with all the participants. Try not to add those tags into the direct speech, at least. Also, recaps of previous volumes are all fine and good (unless you want people to still read them, I mean) but it’s not really necessary to detail their plots. All you’d really want to do is establish the current relationships between characters, not past baggage. Unless it directly pertains to the POV character’s current situation. The romance itself could bear more development before things tip over into love and sex. Okay, that happens at about half-point. The thing is, it doesn’t feel as though those guys used all those pages to get to know each other. Hell, I don’t feel as though I know them at that point. Alex’s turnaround from jerk to caring mate happens too abruptly as well, pretty much between scenes. He spends most of the first quarter of the book being a jerk, gets yelled at, gets talked at, gets talked at some more in summary off-screen – and yay, we have a loving, caring person. This “healing of years of abuse through the power of the mate bond” thing annoys me because it simplifies and abbreviates something that, in my opinion, should have been at the core of this book. When I pick up a story about an abuse victim, I want to see them get better and I want to watch them claw their way out of that abyss to be rewarded with utter bliss by the end. I do not want someone to wave a magic wand and they go from broken to horny-happy in a second, which is what happens here. Not to mention that something strange is going on in those sex scenes, with names swapped and sentences ambiguous and… I am not entirely certain who is doing what and when. I just can’t picture them. Are they horizontal, vertical? When did that happen? Did it happen? Is anyone on top of someone else or are they side by side? Or something else? What? The first time they have sex, despite all the details, feels impersonal to me too, with both of them more concentrated on individual body parts than each other. Follow-up to the sex is another time skip, assuring us of how much closer they get afterwards. Nice to know. Amazing how fast Sean goes from dazed brainwashed kid to equal and demanding partner. There’s zero transition. Just a few days of off-screen fucking. Sean’s personality transplant is a huge let-down. As I said, he recovers awfully fast from thirteen years of abuse, going from timid and shy to dominant and combative in a blink. And then it’s just increasingly violent sex interrupted by very brief snippets of plot. There were at least two lengthy sex scenes of complete and utter pointlessness that had me staring at the screen in boredom, trying desperately to find something for my brain to latch onto. Other than the errors, I mean. The name-swapping during sex is a recurring thing and really becomes awkward at times. More and more copy-editing issues crop up, with letters missing willy-nilly and silliest typos obscuring the meaning of sentences. And finally even messy viewpoints. I’m annoyed because this story brims with potential and almost none of it is realized. Instead the narrative wallows in making horrific things happen to Sean (and Alex in his back story) and reducing the breakthrough in the romance to sex. Adding insult to injury, this has turned into every other shifter series. The top people have lots of money to throw around, almost everyone’s gay, sex has precedence over plot, and I guess from here on out every pairing will feature at least one “feisty” guy. Meh. I mean, really, we already have Gabe and Nathan and apparently Harley to fill the feisty slot. Did Sean really have to turn into that kinda stereotype too? This sucks. Don’t even know if I feel like pursuing this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather♥

    I thought the last book in this series was fantastic and I had high hopes for this one because of poor Sean's abuse and all the angst it would involve, but it didn't quite deliver. Parts of it were still quite gripping though and I think the scene that will stay most vivid in my memory was when Sean was left staked on the ground to die in the red rock Arizona desert heat with swarms of huge ants crawling over him and in him, biting him so that his eyes, ears and throat were swollen shut. Can you I thought the last book in this series was fantastic and I had high hopes for this one because of poor Sean's abuse and all the angst it would involve, but it didn't quite deliver. Parts of it were still quite gripping though and I think the scene that will stay most vivid in my memory was when Sean was left staked on the ground to die in the red rock Arizona desert heat with swarms of huge ants crawling over him and in him, biting him so that his eyes, ears and throat were swollen shut. Can you imagine? And for Alex to find his mate in such a condition and still think of rejecting him simply because of his history with Sean's brother was unthinkable to me. Alpha Marcus really should have kicked his ass. After Alex accepted his mate bond with Sean, the majority of the book seemed to concentrate on their sex scenes and didn't really advance the storyline. It was interesting to learn the past history of Sean's abuse and Alex's rape but it left a few questions unresolved. At least for me. But maybe I'm overthinking things as usual. (view spoiler)[We find out that Joshua knew Sean and Alex were mates and deliberately kept them apart, but why was that in itself so traumatic for Sean that he kept blocking the memory because it was so painful? And Sean said that his abuse started after Joshua was beaten by his father and brothers because they found out he had been with a man (Alex said the same thing to Nathan when Nathan assumed Sean's abuse started the day Sean discovered his mate). So if the man in question was Alex, and according to the timetable he was raped several weeks after Joshua discovered he was Sean's mate, did something else happen on that specific day or the weeks leading up to Alex's rape that made Sean block it out? (hide spoiler)] Anyhoo, I liked Nathan's snarkiness and it sounds like we might hear more from Gabe in future stories too, which could be fun. I thought the big battle was anti-climatic but it set up possibilities for poor Val and/or Harley, who was kind of cute. (I wondered why we needed a detailed sex scene with him and Alex in the beginning of the book other than to make me frown at Alex for being a whore).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    'Rendered', the fourth book in this imaginative series, picks up the story of two men we have met before, both of whom I was really curious about. Both have a dark past, both have been hurt by the same brutal man (Joshua Dobson), and neither of them expected to have a mate. In fact, Alex initially rejects Sean, who is Joshua's brother, out of sheer stubbornness and stupidity, and the pain that causes Sean, who has been tortured by Joshua almost to the point of death – several times, is heartbrea 'Rendered', the fourth book in this imaginative series, picks up the story of two men we have met before, both of whom I was really curious about. Both have a dark past, both have been hurt by the same brutal man (Joshua Dobson), and neither of them expected to have a mate. In fact, Alex initially rejects Sean, who is Joshua's brother, out of sheer stubbornness and stupidity, and the pain that causes Sean, who has been tortured by Joshua almost to the point of death – several times, is heartbreaking. Alex was Marcus's captain of the guard before Marcus was abducted, and he still blames himself that he let that happen, even though Marcus doesn't. He was, after all, the one who ignored Alex's advice. Now, Alex can only think of one thing: revenge. He intends to kill Joshua and even Marcus's pleas to go easy on Sean fall on half-deaf ears. Alex grudgingly agrees not to kill Sean since he was the one who saved Marcus's life, at the risk of his own, while Joshua almost killed Marcus. Once Alex finds Sean, he is shocked to find out the man is his mate. It takes a bit of doing for him to realize how stupid that is. Seeing how badly Sean has been treated and wanting to protect him has a lot to do with it, the rest is up to the mate bond. Sean is an amazing guy. Even beaten and tortured, he thinks of the others with him and wants to help them. He has survived his brother's cruelty for years, and his self-respect has been eradicated and then some. Typical for a victim, he still thinks he has to stay with Joshua, since he has nowhere else to go and since Joshua is, after all, his family and has to love him. Right? He couldn’t be more wrong. Joshua has his own dark reasons for mistreating Sean, and as they emerge, my heart went out to Sean even more. It takes a while for Alex and him to figure out how to be mates, how to trust each other and how to talk about the darkness in each of their pasts. But Sean is a lot stronger than he thinks, he wouldn’t have survived otherwise! If you like this series, with its cruel villains, the intense, immediately loveable characters and deep emotions, you will probably like this book as well. And just like emotional trauma and physical deprivation was dealt with in the last book, it appears again here, showing how yet anther couple learns how to deal with the consequences of a level of abuse that no human (or shifter) should have to endure. I loved the characters (well, except for Alex in the beginning, he needed to get his head out of his you-know-where first) and their story is pretty powerful. I definitely look forward to the next volume! NOTE: This book was provided by Pride Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly H. (Maybedog)

    Notes: Why are the little abused guys always blond? For that matter, why are the abused guys always little? Alex is keeping his eyes on Sean but noticed Marcus raised his eyebrows? Lots of abuse and angst, woo hoo! A tit is a breast not a nipple. That yanked me right out of a hot sex scene. I don't want girly bits on my M/M. Ohhh little guy topping! I love! What they say about being a victim not being something to be ashamed of is really really good. We really look down on victims in our society. Ju Notes: Why are the little abused guys always blond? For that matter, why are the abused guys always little? Alex is keeping his eyes on Sean but noticed Marcus raised his eyebrows? Lots of abuse and angst, woo hoo! A tit is a breast not a nipple. That yanked me right out of a hot sex scene. I don't want girly bits on my M/M. Ohhh little guy topping! I love! What they say about being a victim not being something to be ashamed of is really really good. We really look down on victims in our society. Just mixed up Ned confusing the hell out of me. That's one low bed if a even short guy can have his knees on the floor and his top half on the bed at the same time. In these books people always thrash their heads from side to side. Do people really do that? It makes me dizzy just thinking about it. I've never seen it in porn. The sex us much better in this one, more varied and interesting. It's always the little guys who wears makeup, too, and are effeminate. So het normative. At least the big guy's still bottoming. If Nathan put the makeup on Sean, and that was okay, why was it weird for Sean to have it without some external thing like kids playing dress up? Suddenly started head hopping. That's so annoying. But so far this is ten times better than number two. Sex is varied. One of them on his side for a change! Someone's been watching porn. ;) Predictable plot--although the demolish via SUVs was new--but I love all that angst and near death stuff. I wanted more at then end, though. 3.5

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aղցela W.

    This was a really good book this is the fourth book in the Southwestern Shifters series. Alex Morgan is on a mission to get justice for himself and for Alpha Anax Marcus Criswell and come back the big hero. The only problem there is that he can’t seem to track down Joshua Dobson, and he needs to, because Joshua needs to die. All Marcus asked is that no harm comes to Sean Dobson because her helped Marcus and was beaten for it. Sean is Joshua Dobson little brother. He’s the young man who risked hi This was a really good book this is the fourth book in the Southwestern Shifters series. Alex Morgan is on a mission to get justice for himself and for Alpha Anax Marcus Criswell and come back the big hero. The only problem there is that he can’t seem to track down Joshua Dobson, and he needs to, because Joshua needs to die. All Marcus asked is that no harm comes to Sean Dobson because her helped Marcus and was beaten for it. Sean is Joshua Dobson little brother. He’s the young man who risked his life. He’s also Alex’s mate. And didn’t that just tick Alex off. But when Marcus and his mate Nathan stand up for Sean and make Alex realize how foolish and disrespectful he is being by refusing his mate, he begins to reconsider his personal ban on all things Dobson. But because both men were victimized by Joshua and Sean is still healing from his brother’s attempt to kill him, Alex takes a few days to actually get to know his mate and build a bond that becomes vital to their healing – both of their healing. This was a really good book and that I am glad that they got rid of Joshua. This book was well written with now errors in grammar or spelling like the rest of the books in this series I am looking forward to reading the next book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Meags

    4 Stars I’m so satisfied right now. This book hit so many of my buttons! It had an engaging hurt/comfort theme (I love me some man-pain/redemption) and it had some juicy plot developments, which added to the events from the previous story. The two MCs, Sean and Alex, were really likable characters, who are now officially in the lead in my “favourite mated pair of the Southwestern Shifters” poll. I just want to snuggle up to Sean and make sure he's ok. I’m such a huge fan of the whole shifters-wit 4 Stars I’m so satisfied right now. This book hit so many of my buttons! It had an engaging hurt/comfort theme (I love me some man-pain/redemption) and it had some juicy plot developments, which added to the events from the previous story. The two MCs, Sean and Alex, were really likable characters, who are now officially in the lead in my “favourite mated pair of the Southwestern Shifters” poll. I just want to snuggle up to Sean and make sure he's ok. I’m such a huge fan of the whole shifters-with-one-true-mate trope. Bradford’s particular take on the whole thing is working wonders for me. (view spoiler)[My favourite aspect of the mating bond in this series, is the telepathic link shared between mates. It works particularly well when the couples are originally averse to accepting the bond (which has occurred in half the books so far). The whole thing provides unlimited plot fun and I can’t get enough of it. (hide spoiler)] I see so many potential possibilities! (view spoiler)[ Harley better get himself a sexy shifter mate, pronto!! (hide spoiler)]

  8. 4 out of 5

    Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈

    No rating. My mood is apparently killing my enjoyment. :(

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jo * Smut-Dickted *

    A very good installment. I liked how both Sean and Alex had to conquer their pasts and this is no small task. Although I'm not usually so fond of the kind of small squeakier victim who cowers here it works for Sean because he actually does have a backbone and he does use it. We were introduced to him in the last book but not with a lot of depth. I require my abused characters to grow and work on what happened. I want an upward spiral once things start going well (they get rescued, find their tru A very good installment. I liked how both Sean and Alex had to conquer their pasts and this is no small task. Although I'm not usually so fond of the kind of small squeakier victim who cowers here it works for Sean because he actually does have a backbone and he does use it. We were introduced to him in the last book but not with a lot of depth. I require my abused characters to grow and work on what happened. I want an upward spiral once things start going well (they get rescued, find their true wuv, or anything like that which causes them to realize that they can be more and no longer need to be a victim). The amount of sex is getting better - more tempered and story line related and not so in your face which is great. Really enjoying the series!

  10. 4 out of 5

    V

    At the beginning, this story was very sad. The abused poor Sean suffered under his horrible brother Joshua was terrible. After those first chapters the story concentrated on the 2 main characters. Although, once they got together it seems like they spent most of the time in their bedroom and having sex. Surprisingly for me it was still a very good story, if you get annoyed when you read to much sex, maybe this book is not for you, in my case I just concentrate more in the story line and the issu At the beginning, this story was very sad. The abused poor Sean suffered under his horrible brother Joshua was terrible. After those first chapters the story concentrated on the 2 main characters. Although, once they got together it seems like they spent most of the time in their bedroom and having sex. Surprisingly for me it was still a very good story, if you get annoyed when you read to much sex, maybe this book is not for you, in my case I just concentrate more in the story line and the issues both characters had and it was plenty for me to give this story 4 starts.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Absynthe

    There's just nothing original in this book. It's predictable and the characters aren't very compelling. Not much to the plot either. There's just nothing original in this book. It's predictable and the characters aren't very compelling. Not much to the plot either.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tana

    I really like Bailey Bradford's writing. This series is great I hope there is more to come. I really like Bailey Bradford's writing. This series is great I hope there is more to come.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melanie~~

    This is definitely the best of the series though they all got good ratings from me. This one is shorter than the rest but just as valuable as the others.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Originally posted at: http://whippedcream2.blogspot.com/201... Rendered is a story of two men struggling with their own inner demons in hopes of one day having some sense of normalcy in their lives. Pain and fear may hold them down but love will set them free. Alex is a werewolf shifter running from his past in hopes of redeeming himself in his alpha’s and packs eyes. On his journey to seek justice for his alpha and himself, he gets a surprise he never saw coming: meeting his destined mate. Findin Originally posted at: http://whippedcream2.blogspot.com/201... Rendered is a story of two men struggling with their own inner demons in hopes of one day having some sense of normalcy in their lives. Pain and fear may hold them down but love will set them free. Alex is a werewolf shifter running from his past in hopes of redeeming himself in his alpha’s and packs eyes. On his journey to seek justice for his alpha and himself, he gets a surprise he never saw coming: meeting his destined mate. Finding his mate should be a happy time for Alex but the man fate has chosen for him is the younger brother of the man who caused Alex so much pain in his past. Enough pain that it has caused him to be a damaged adult struggling to get through every day the best he can. The character of Sean completely broke my heart. He's such a sweet and gentle man who does what he can to help and protect others even at the expense of being beaten by his brother. Sean finally realizes when his brother leaves him for dead, in the dry, hot dessert, that the man he once looked up to is gone and only a monster is left. The main conflict in this story was brilliant, pairing a man with the younger brother of the man who brutalized him made for some heart wrenching reading. The fear and uncertainty Alex felt was believable but to read how he comes to accept and love his mate was truly touching. Poor Sean didn’t ask for any of the bad things that happened to him but he wants to be with his mate, he craves love and affection and much to Alex’s surprise it’s exactly what he needs as well. Sean’s brother, Joshua, makes good on his promise to return for his younger sibling should he survive. Joshua was written as the perfect villain. The way he orchestrated keeping two mates apart and hurting or killing any one in his way kept me on the edge of my seat with what he would do next. And when Joshua makes his move not only Sean and Alex are ready for him but the whole pack. A pack is family and they stick together no matter the obstacles. If you’re a reader who likes a lot of sex in the pages of your book, you’ll love this story. Alex and Sean being new mates have a hard time resisting one another and there is plenty of lovemaking going in their bedroom. This is the fourth book in this series and the first one I have had the pleasure of reading. In saying that I didn’t feel lost or unsure of what was going on. The authordid an excellent job of giving enough back story so any reader picking this book up would be able to follow along. Rendered was an entertaining read that I would recommend; a beautiful love stories that starts out with tragic events but ends with a well deserved happy ending.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angela Goodrich

    Hallelujah! Joshua Dobson is finally made to answer for his sins and we learn in Rendered that he has committed far more than anyone realized. After failing his Alpha Anax so completely, Alex set off at the end of Reckless to track down Joshua Dobson and make him pay for Marcus’s abduction and torture. Rendered picks up with Alex finding Joshua’s trail after several false starts and having to call in for backup once he realized he was too outnumbered to take on Dobson and his pack. His decision Hallelujah! Joshua Dobson is finally made to answer for his sins and we learn in Rendered that he has committed far more than anyone realized. After failing his Alpha Anax so completely, Alex set off at the end of Reckless to track down Joshua Dobson and make him pay for Marcus’s abduction and torture. Rendered picks up with Alex finding Joshua’s trail after several false starts and having to call in for backup once he realized he was too outnumbered to take on Dobson and his pack. His decision to call in turns out to be quite fortuitous as he not only learns that Marcus had full faith in his abilities (after all, it was only Alex claiming he failed in his duties), but it also keeps him from unknowingly violating one of Marcus’s edicts – no harm is to come to Sean Dobson. And it’s when Alex encounters Sean that things get REALLY interesting. Sean is Joshua Dobson little brother. He’s the young man who risked and received several beatings for helping Marcus while he was being held by Joshua. He’s also Alex’s mate. And didn’t that just tick Alex off. But when Marcus and his mate Nathan stand up for Sean and make Alex realize how foolish and disrespectful he is being by refusing his mate, he begins to reconsider his personal ban on all things Dobson. But because both men were victimized by Joshua and Sean is still healing from his brother’s attempt to kill him, Alex takes a few days to actually get to know his mate and build a bond that becomes vital to their healing – both of their healing. While Joshua Dobson is not an honorable man, he had every intention of fulfilling the last promise he made to his brother – if he survived the last punishment, Joshua would come a collect him because as far as he was concerned, Sean belonged to him. There were several things I really liked about Rendered. Obviously I really, Really, REALLY liked that Joshua was brought to justice (you’ll have to read the book to find out what his punishment was). This of course was tied with the emotional healing that Alex and Sean begin to undergo once they accept one another’s mating mark. With both men being victims of the same abuser, they had an insight into the other’s emotional pain that few others did. But rather than dwelling on their shared pain, they chose to move forward together. Alex and Sean are not only good for one another, their mate bond leads to some seriously hot sex scenes throughout the book. My only complaint about Rendered is that we didn’t get to find out what nicknames Gabe gave Alex and Sean. Hopefully that tidbit will be revealed in Resilience. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Another great one for the series, one shifter, Alex, who feels he screwed up in a big way and put the Alpha Anax in harm's way and wants to make things right, be the hero, or both, one shifter, Sean, who believes he is a screw up and nothing good will ever come his way. Sean is the brother of the shifter who targeted Marcus and almost succeeded, but Sean took risks while Marcus was captured, bringing him food and water and suffering beatings at the hands of his brother when it was discovered. Ale Another great one for the series, one shifter, Alex, who feels he screwed up in a big way and put the Alpha Anax in harm's way and wants to make things right, be the hero, or both, one shifter, Sean, who believes he is a screw up and nothing good will ever come his way. Sean is the brother of the shifter who targeted Marcus and almost succeeded, but Sean took risks while Marcus was captured, bringing him food and water and suffering beatings at the hands of his brother when it was discovered. Alex is the former captain of the guard for the Alpha Anax, leader of the wolves of North America, who surrendered his position when he felt his not insisting Marcus take a guard was why he was captured, and Alex's emotions got involved during the investigation and the one lead they had was able to kill himself before they could get any information. He was even accused of being part of the plot that led to Marcus' disappearance and blurted out at one point that he was in love with Marcus. Sean has been abused by his brother for thirteen years straight, Alex had met and was assaulted by Sean's brother thirteen years before and yes, the timeline is connected. Sean and Alex are mates, but first Alex fights it due to judgement of Sean's last name, but at the core, they both feel they don't deserve each other, however, they tentatively start connecting as Sean heals from the last act Joshua pulled on him, which was also to serve as distraction as his pack knew they were being followed and wanted to throw them off the trail, Sean and two female shifters are used for that purpose. As with the previous books, there are issues, uncertainties and insecurities to be faced by both charactesr, but what I have enjoyed in this series is that it is dealt with rather well - of course is it abbreviated so the rest of the story can progress, but I still like that it is treated as an ongoing process, for both sides of the relationship. I look forward to see where the series goes from here!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Book Junky Girls

    After his failure to protect the Aplha Anax, Alex wants to find the Dobson pack and get justice and redeem himself. When he realizes they didn't disband and are still together he knows he won't be able to take them on alone and he'll have to do something he dreads, call for backup. But before they get there he makes a shocking discovery, one he's not sure he can handle. Between his past and who it appears Fate has decided is for him can he overcome his obstacles and find peace within himself and After his failure to protect the Aplha Anax, Alex wants to find the Dobson pack and get justice and redeem himself. When he realizes they didn't disband and are still together he knows he won't be able to take them on alone and he'll have to do something he dreads, call for backup. But before they get there he makes a shocking discovery, one he's not sure he can handle. Between his past and who it appears Fate has decided is for him can he overcome his obstacles and find peace within himself and happiness with those around him? Sean is been used as a punching bag for so long by his brother he doesn't know any other way, and when he's left to die in a horrific way he thinks no one will ever care, but when his delirium congures a man with beautiful bule eyes he's not sure he ever wants to wake up. He's had a horrible past but can he overcome it in order to have a happy future? There's so much sorrow going on in this one you can't help but feel for the characters and want to encourage them to to overcome it all. Alex beats himself up over things that are not his fault but you can see his strength in how he wants to make up for his "mistakes". Sean has had such a hard life but he's still a good man and does what he can to help others even when it's not much. The two help to heal each other and make each other stronger than ever before and I loved seeing their story play out.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Book Junky Girls

    After his failure to protect the Aplha Anax, Alex wants to find the Dobson pack and get justice and redeem himself. When he realizes they didn't disband and are still together he knows he won't be able to take them on alone and he'll have to do something he dreads, call for backup. But before they get there he makes a shocking discovery, one he's not sure he can handle. Between his past and who it appears Fate has decided is for him can he overcome his obstacles and find peace within himself and After his failure to protect the Aplha Anax, Alex wants to find the Dobson pack and get justice and redeem himself. When he realizes they didn't disband and are still together he knows he won't be able to take them on alone and he'll have to do something he dreads, call for backup. But before they get there he makes a shocking discovery, one he's not sure he can handle. Between his past and who it appears Fate has decided is for him can he overcome his obstacles and find peace within himself and happiness with those around him? Sean is been used as a punching bag for so long by his brother he doesn't know any other way, and when he's left to die in a horrific way he thinks no one will ever care, but when his delirium congures a man with beautiful bule eyes he's not sure he ever wants to wake up. He's had a horrible past but can he overcome it in order to have a happy future? There's so much sorrow going on in this one you can't help but feel for the characters and want to encourage them to to overcome it all. Alex beats himself up over things that are not his fault but you can see his strength in how he wants to make up for his "mistakes". Sean has had such a hard life but he's still a good man and does what he can to help others even when it's not much. The two help to heal each other and make each other stronger than ever before and I loved seeign their story play out.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chanty

    I liked this one a lot. Alex is a messed up hero. He makes mistakes and at first renounces his mate. I could understand that. Your mate is the brother of the man who raped you when you were a teenager. The same man who tortured Marcus in the third book. Marcus whom you had a crush for. Yeah...that would mess with my head as well. Luckily Alex has some friends who set him straight. And guess what? Being mated is easy. Especially to someone as sweet as Sean, who of course has also been victimized I liked this one a lot. Alex is a messed up hero. He makes mistakes and at first renounces his mate. I could understand that. Your mate is the brother of the man who raped you when you were a teenager. The same man who tortured Marcus in the third book. Marcus whom you had a crush for. Yeah...that would mess with my head as well. Luckily Alex has some friends who set him straight. And guess what? Being mated is easy. Especially to someone as sweet as Sean, who of course has also been victimized by his brother. I like the whole tortured soul thing. It's a theme in the last 3 books, so you have got to love it or else you will be bored by repetition. One thing I have to mention. Sean is a virgin when they have sex, but considering his moves (he even tops the first time) I thought it was a little ridiculous to claim virgin. This series is all about smut. Every couple immediately jumps to the best intercourse ever. No slow build up. I would have liked for Sean to have a slow build up. Like Gabe and Mika in book one. And they weren't even virgins. Maybe that's why I think book one is still the best.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Goodell

    This one picks up shortly after the previous one but you don’t feel like you’ve missed anything. Also this one is about Alex and told from his POV but all the normal charaters are present and accounted for. Alex understands he screwed up on several levels, but someone keeps pulling him towards this pack,area this scent, this feeling he can’t name and doesn’t want to lose. All the while knowing he’s getting closer to finding his arch enemy, the man that took is boss and love Marcus. As you go thro This one picks up shortly after the previous one but you don’t feel like you’ve missed anything. Also this one is about Alex and told from his POV but all the normal charaters are present and accounted for. Alex understands he screwed up on several levels, but someone keeps pulling him towards this pack,area this scent, this feeling he can’t name and doesn’t want to lose. All the while knowing he’s getting closer to finding his arch enemy, the man that took is boss and love Marcus. As you go through this first part of the journey with Alex you get a better understanding on why he has to do this alone. And your heart bleeds a little for him. Then we find Sean, we had heard of him in the last book, how Joshua was abusing him and this time we really see first hand what a monster Joshua is and how amazing Sean is for surviving for so long. When Sean and Alex find each other, and the healing begins for both of them, so wonderful. Once the team arrive and put a plan together, the action is quick and merciless. Makes me wonder what the next book will hold. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviews

  21. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    I did like Alex. I felt like he wanted his mate, but didn't want to want him because of who he is. I UNDERSTOOD his reasoning. I always knew that he would be there for him, even in the beginning when he was being an ass. I actually didn't care for Marcus and Nathan ganging up on him though. If I were Alex I would have left. Then at the end when Alex was freaking out over Sean and Alex says "you wouldn't be if that was your mate out there" then Marcus gets in his face. Why? Because what Alex said I did like Alex. I felt like he wanted his mate, but didn't want to want him because of who he is. I UNDERSTOOD his reasoning. I always knew that he would be there for him, even in the beginning when he was being an ass. I actually didn't care for Marcus and Nathan ganging up on him though. If I were Alex I would have left. Then at the end when Alex was freaking out over Sean and Alex says "you wouldn't be if that was your mate out there" then Marcus gets in his face. Why? Because what Alex said was EXACTLY right! Marcus had no right to talk to Alex that way and then demand to touch Sean?! Are you kidding me? Talk about a power play. I hate people who use their position of power. Okay Marcus, show me how much of a badass you are. UGH! Marcus would be pitching a fit if someone would try and touch Nathan after just meeting his INJURED mate. I really lost all respect for Marcus in this book. Sean? Well, Sean went through a VERY fast transition. I didn't like it. It was too fast for me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melora

    Pretty angsty for a series that has been primarily focused on the sexual aspect of the mated pairs. Sean suffered so much at his brother's hands and I hurt for him and what he'd undergone. I didn't care for Alex and while I appreciate that he too was hurt by Joshua my reaction was more of a 'Yeah, and?' rather than the sympathetic response it was supposed to engender. Others have mentioned and I agree that the big showdown was more of a fizzle than a bang. I assume Harley's involvement in such d Pretty angsty for a series that has been primarily focused on the sexual aspect of the mated pairs. Sean suffered so much at his brother's hands and I hurt for him and what he'd undergone. I didn't care for Alex and while I appreciate that he too was hurt by Joshua my reaction was more of a 'Yeah, and?' rather than the sympathetic response it was supposed to engender. Others have mentioned and I agree that the big showdown was more of a fizzle than a bang. I assume Harley's involvement in such detail can only mean he will be the focus of a future story. If not his inclusion here is way too extensive. As with the previous installment, I felt the author toned down on the sex, but I feel like it could be dialed down further still to achieve a more cohesive story. And once again I have to mention the poor editing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    L-D

    About 3.5 stars. I didn't like this book quite as much as the last book because it took me a while to warm up to Alex for some reason. Alex ran off at the end of the last book with feelings of guilt and being a failure weighing down on him. He blamed himself for the disappearance of the Alpha Anax and decides that he can redeem himself by finding the men responsible. Frankly, he was a bit of a whiny, pouty, baby. But I guess it's a good thing he ran off since he ends of meeting his mate. Yes, in About 3.5 stars. I didn't like this book quite as much as the last book because it took me a while to warm up to Alex for some reason. Alex ran off at the end of the last book with feelings of guilt and being a failure weighing down on him. He blamed himself for the disappearance of the Alpha Anax and decides that he can redeem himself by finding the men responsible. Frankly, he was a bit of a whiny, pouty, baby. But I guess it's a good thing he ran off since he ends of meeting his mate. Yes, insta-love again, but Sean Dobsen is a sweet, nice guy. The overarching plot continues in this book as Alex works to bring down Joshua Dobsen, his mate's brother. The background history between Alex and Josh we learned in the last book, but it gets even more interesting in this book. All-in-all a good book in this series, although much shorter than the previous books.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    A fast moving, angst filled story. I liked Sean from the start but not so much Alex...he tended to be a little whiny for my liking and when he wanted to reject his mate because of who his brother was...well I thought Alpha Marcus should have decked him. Once Alex got his head on straight and accepted his mate, his attitude changed and I liked him better but then there was entirely too much sex and not enough plot in the middle of the story. I liked seeing Marcus, Nathan and some of the previous c A fast moving, angst filled story. I liked Sean from the start but not so much Alex...he tended to be a little whiny for my liking and when he wanted to reject his mate because of who his brother was...well I thought Alpha Marcus should have decked him. Once Alex got his head on straight and accepted his mate, his attitude changed and I liked him better but then there was entirely too much sex and not enough plot in the middle of the story. I liked seeing Marcus, Nathan and some of the previous characters and there was new human Harley added. Despite a Hummer busting through the house and several wolves getting injured, the final battle felt a bit anti-climate. I just never felt the fear or tension that I expected.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kerry sullivan

    This book ticked loads of boxes for me and I loved that the intensity from the previous books was kept up in this one. I also liked that this was the continuation of the story that has run through the first books. Alex id a very confused man and learning his mate is the brother of the enemy is a bit much for him but he is a good man and so is his mate so they work it out and, as with all of these books, the journey is what is important in this book rather then the destination. we are expecting a This book ticked loads of boxes for me and I loved that the intensity from the previous books was kept up in this one. I also liked that this was the continuation of the story that has run through the first books. Alex id a very confused man and learning his mate is the brother of the enemy is a bit much for him but he is a good man and so is his mate so they work it out and, as with all of these books, the journey is what is important in this book rather then the destination. we are expecting a clash in this one and we are not disappointed and thankfully I have it on good authority that this is not the last we will see of this series so we will get to see what happens in the aftermath of the clash too!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kate Cardenas

    Alex Morgan has a mission set for himself-get justice for his Alpha Anax and come back the big hero. The only problem there is that he can’t seem to track down Joshua Dobson, and he needs to, because Joshua needs to die. This was supposed to be a quick deal, but it’s been weeks and Alex is tired and missing his pack, and he can’t escape a few new truths he learns about himself. Before Alex decides to totally throw in the towel, he manages to find the man he’s been hunting, and his entire pack. Al Alex Morgan has a mission set for himself-get justice for his Alpha Anax and come back the big hero. The only problem there is that he can’t seem to track down Joshua Dobson, and he needs to, because Joshua needs to die. This was supposed to be a quick deal, but it’s been weeks and Alex is tired and missing his pack, and he can’t escape a few new truths he learns about himself. Before Alex decides to totally throw in the towel, he manages to find the man he’s been hunting, and his entire pack. Alex calls for reinforcements then finds he needs more than a few reinforcements of his own-against a man who has been abused most his life. A man who is Alex’s destined mate. A man Alex doesn’t think he should want, because he’s the brother of Joshua Dobson.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was the weakest of this otherwise outstanding series. There wasn't enough of a story line. If you took the sex out, the book would have been 75% shorter! The big pros of the previous books weren't really present either (those being primary character depth and development, secondary characters, etc). I lost interest a few times. I read the other books in a day, but this one took me several days because I kept putting it down to focus on other things. You can read it anyways just to pass the This was the weakest of this otherwise outstanding series. There wasn't enough of a story line. If you took the sex out, the book would have been 75% shorter! The big pros of the previous books weren't really present either (those being primary character depth and development, secondary characters, etc). I lost interest a few times. I read the other books in a day, but this one took me several days because I kept putting it down to focus on other things. You can read it anyways just to pass the time, or you can read a 3 sentence overview to fill you in on what happens in the overall series story line.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eva Millien

    On a mission to prove himself, Alex Morgan finds more than he bargained for in this mesmerizing m/m shifter romance. Sean knows his brother will be coming for him and the suspense and drama adds spice to the story that already has some humor, friendship, drama and passion and along with the charming characters keeps readers well entertained and ensure that the reader falls in love with each and every one of them. See my full review at: http://www.thejeepdiva.com/review-ren... On a mission to prove himself, Alex Morgan finds more than he bargained for in this mesmerizing m/m shifter romance. Sean knows his brother will be coming for him and the suspense and drama adds spice to the story that already has some humor, friendship, drama and passion and along with the charming characters keeps readers well entertained and ensure that the reader falls in love with each and every one of them. See my full review at: http://www.thejeepdiva.com/review-ren...

  29. 4 out of 5

    SueM

    An angst-filled read (mostly in the first half) where two men, one physically abused and one sexually abused, with both being mentally abused, find a new life together when they discover they are mates. Of course, things don't run all that smoothly, and their abuser still threatens their new-found happiness. This story also has more than a few sex scenes which I found a bit repetitive. Overall, an average but not bad read. An angst-filled read (mostly in the first half) where two men, one physically abused and one sexually abused, with both being mentally abused, find a new life together when they discover they are mates. Of course, things don't run all that smoothly, and their abuser still threatens their new-found happiness. This story also has more than a few sex scenes which I found a bit repetitive. Overall, an average but not bad read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    CB

    I enjoy shifter series and this was very entertaining. I bought the first 4 books (out of the 9 that are out). Hot men, hot sex and interesting stories. My only issue is they are full price at bn.com but are novellas so I don't feel I am getting my money's worth. I will buy the rest of the series if the price comes down but there are too many other shifter series that are just as entertaining that are a better value for the money - in my opinion. I enjoy shifter series and this was very entertaining. I bought the first 4 books (out of the 9 that are out). Hot men, hot sex and interesting stories. My only issue is they are full price at bn.com but are novellas so I don't feel I am getting my money's worth. I will buy the rest of the series if the price comes down but there are too many other shifter series that are just as entertaining that are a better value for the money - in my opinion.

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