Author: Lexi Ander
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Thrust into the role of Prince of the Lycans, Tristan strives to find his footing in a life suddenly rife with secrets and lies—and danger. Betrayed by a Goddess meant to safeguard him, desperate to protect his consort and their growing tribe, he can only prepare for the worst and struggle to hope.
And then the worst comes to kill them…
Review: Fast on the heels of learning he’s of the royal line of Lycans Tristan learns way more about himself than he ever thought possible. Gods and magi have been messing with Tristan rather extensively. It doesn’t go well when one of them, the Goddess Ki, continues to treat Tristan more like a thing than a living breathing person. Tristan finds himself manipulated by Ki for the last time. It doesn’t make things better that she had sound reasoning. Tristan and his lover Ushna find themselves at the helm of a growing tribe and the targets of possible assassins. And expectant parents! Tristan gets knocked up with twin pups. He meant for it to happen, but he wasn’t expecting it to happen so fast or leave him feeling so out of sorts both physically and mentally.
As much as Tristan just wants to move on with his life, he finds he’s still unable to fully get rid of his ex-boyfriend and former Twin Flame, Theo Sullivan. Theo is now dead and left everything he had to Tristan. Everything including his three children. The three children come with Theo’s consort, Daniel. Tristan is now responsible for Daniel’s children. Tristan’s response to Daniel is instant, visceral, and not good.
Wow! So, a lot happened there. This book is information dense and fast paced. I worry I may have glossed over the one sentence that explained everything. Some briefly mentioned bit of prophecy or off-hand comment that would have all the random puzzle pieces fitting in so nicely. Unfortunately, if it exists I missed it, and I have no clue what’s going on other than some assassins are trying to wipe out Tristan’s family line. Then the story ended and now I want to solve this riddle! I may end up reading about Sumerian mythology before the next book is out. Maybe there are answers there…
I will say up front I likely would not have started this series had I realized one of the main themes was Mpreg. It’s just not something I search out. Consequently, I’ve been referring to my reading of this series as Faye’s Accidental Mpreg Adventure. I can concretely say this isn’t bad. I kind of like that Tristan is a little shell shocked and trying to deny the reality of being pregnant. As though denying reality has ever once worked for anyone ever, be they pregnant or not.
I’m of two minds about the ways Ushna feels protective toward Tristan. I like the concept that everyone, no matter how powerful, needs someone to look out for them on some level. I also feel that Tristan occasionally veers into whiny territory. However, his whiny behaviors do make sense given his life altering experiences over the course of both this and the first book. I’d certainly be out of sorts myself and looking for a touchstone of some kind.
Overall this is an interesting story. I’ll be happy to continue reading, and I’m somewhat eager for the next in the series.