Author: Lexi Ander
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Grim Misery, the President of the Black Harbinger Motorcycle Club, discovers a wounded warlock and four werepups aboard the club’s LSD shipment. And the news keeps getting better and better. Not only is the warlock sitting on the edge of death, he’s illegally bonded to the werepups, which could trigger a war with the werewolves—and he turns out to be Misery’s estranged husband.
Years ago, Griffin turned Misery away to be with another warlock by the name of Marcheso Aldo. Misery left everything behind, even his family, but couldn’t shake the heartbreak Griffin caused. With Griffin thrust back into Misery’s life, he discovers things aren’t as they seem… and everything is about to get much, much worse.
Review: Grim Misery has spent a long time hurting and being angry at his husband for leaving him. When Griffin shows up unexpectedly with werewolf cubs during a moment of vampire problems it’s not good. Unfortunately for Grim and Griffin things are much worse than they first appear. First things first, Griffin receives medical attention and Grim finds out the truth about where he’s been all these years. Grim’s life suddenly gets exponentially more complicated. The vampire and werewolf issues take a back seat to a scarily powerful mage Grim’s own father is unable to kill. Grim and Griffin have to decide how much of their own happiness and lives they’re willing to sacrifice for the betterment of mankind.
I enjoy Lexi Ander’s writing. I usually find her books to be entertaining, and this was no exception. I had mixed emotions about the plot. In many ways the problems were unsolvable, a higher power had to step in and save the day, and Grim and Griffin were left with less agency than they had at the start of the book. But I was entertained and wanted to keep reading. Any day of the week I’ll chose the story I want to read over one I find boring. Grim and Griffin are characters who feel like they’re just starting out in life in spite of a lifetime of complicated history, and much of that is down to the fact they are no longer who they once were. These men are meeting each other for the first time. These men are warily showing vulnerability to someone they don’t know in the hopes they will not be hurt again. That they’re doing so against a backdrop of potential war and disaster just makes the book that much more entertaining.