Aspen’s good at grovelling and it’s a good thing too because Brook deserves his apologies
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Aspen’s good at grovelling.
And it’s a good job, because boy does he need to, having left not only his family and Grovetown behind, but also Brook, his teenage sweetheart, when he joined the Navy.
Brook has been through Hell. Pay attention to the trigger warnings, although nothing is given in detail. There are mentions on page to what happened when he was kidnapped by a rival pack.
This second chance romance is, understandably, a slowburn. Although it’s clear from the start that all the feelings which tied the two men together for 10 years before Aspen left – doing what he thought was the best thing for the pack – are still there.
It would be easy for everyone to reject Aspen if he were a douche, but he’s not. Everything he’s done has been out of a good intention, even if the execution has left the opposite result. He knew his younger brother would make a better Pack Alpha, so he took himself out of the equation.
Unfortunately, he hadn’t considered the wider implications and there are lots of people he needs to make it up to when he returns 10 years later.
I really loved the pacing in this book, it feels like it’s slowly drawing you into the intimacy of Aspen and Brook’s rekindled relationship, first simply re-establishing their friendship bonds, but then reigniting the attraction and comfort of knowing they are mates.
Brook, for all he’s an omega, isn’t a weak man, even though he’s dealing with massive trauma and sheltering himself away. When Aspen returns, it means he has to look again at what the effects were from his abduction.
Together they start the healing process and there’s no magic dick cures all in this. It takes time and lots of work from both men.
There’s also movement on the series’ over-arcing plot and a big confrontation with the Reid pack which I won’t go into any detail on.
Suffice it to say, by the book’s end, I was more than happy with where Aspen and Brook’s relationship ends up and champing at the bit for book four!
#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review