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Without Reservations by J.L. Langley

Without Reservations

Without Reservations by J.L. Langley

Series: With or Without, Book 1
Published by: Samhain Publishing on October 10, 2006
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Chayton Winston has been dreaming of a mate since he was five years old. And despite being part of an American Indian werewolf pack, in his dreams his mate always has blond hair and blue eyes. But his parents always told him he would find his mate in good time, so he forced himself to stop obsessing about it and just let it happen. So when an injured wolf is brought into his veterinary office and he experiences some strange feelings, he’s surprised. Of course, he’s also surprised because if those feelings mean his mate is near, it means his mate is male. He knows that won’t go over well with his mother, but he first needs to figure out how it goes over for himself.

Keaton Reynolds is a powerful wolf who wants nothing more than to leave any fighting in his past. He took a job as a professor in New Mexico, far from his family, to have a new start. So when we wakes up in a strange man’s vehicle after going for a run, he’s not sure what to think. And his thoughts are further clouded when he realizes this strange man is his mate. Not one to force himself on someone, he’s more than willing to walk away from Chay–especially since the man is straight. But the pull of a mate is strong. And Keaton may be in the crosshairs of someone far more dangerous than a mate…

I feel like shifter romances with the whole “unexpected mate” trope aren’t difficult to find. There seem to be several on the market. But the supporting cast and the world in which this takes place are different enough to make this unique. I do wish we got a chance to get to know the main characters a bit better. Once they’re thrown together, it’s all about how they interact and there isn’t much of them alone or with friends or family that might help provide a bit more insight into who they are. And Chay’s decision seems a bit fast for someone who was not expecting a mate like the one he got.

It’s still definitely worth a read, so I give it a recommendation.

Title: Discreet Young Gentleman
Author: M.J. Pearson
Publication Date: October 1, 2006

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Dean Smith, Earl of Carwick, is all set to get married when he is tricked into being found in the company of Rob, a known male prostitute. His engagement cancelled, Dean sets out on a journey to Bath to try to set the record straight, Rob at his side to help determine who set him up. But spending time with Rob stirs up some curiosities in Dean causing him to struggle with how he really feels and who he really is.

I absolutely loved this. I enjoyed the previous M.J. Pearson story I’d read, The Price of Temptation, so I came in expecting a good historical m/m romance – and that’s certainly what I got. Pearson has a talent for writing the angst people go through when they’re struggling with whether to act on their desires and it shines in this book, too. I’ve another book by her that I can’t wait to dive into.