Serge by Jade Astor

Title: Serge

 Series: Moon Lake Wolves 03

Author: Jade Astor

Genre: Shifters

Length: Novella (147pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (5th May 2012)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Serge, the youngest Lyall brother, finds unexpected love with Nicholas, the mysterious newcomer who hires him to restore an old house. Hidden in the walls, however, is a secret that unexpectedly connects their pasts and threatens to destroy their future.

Serge, the youngest Lyall brother, wonders if he will ever find the kind of committed love his brothers Darius and Caleb now enjoy with their partners, Ash and Desmond. Then he meets Nicholas Starling, a mysterious newcomer to Moon Lake who hires him to restore an old house he has inherited, and an unexpected attraction sparks between them.

Once he begins work on the house, however, Serge uncovers a surprising, centuries-old connection that links him to Nicholas, as well as a bizarre secret that may make a future for them impossible. As his feelings for Nicholas grow, and the full moon approaches, Serge worries that if he reveals his lycanthropy, he may lose not only his lover, but his life.

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Review: Serge feels a twinge of jealousy when he thinks of his brothers; as they have found what they want from life and have loving partners. Serge wants that as well and now that he has met Nicholas, maybe he can have that life.  Until Nicholas reveals a secret that just may bring havoc on Serge and his brothers.

This story intrigued me with its added storyline, but it felt a touch rushed this time around. Serge longs for his own partner and maybe a business of his own, but is happy, at the moment, though a bit restless. When he meets Nicholas, it’s instant attraction and Nicholas offers him a proposition that he doesn’t want to turn down. But, secrets come out which place Serge in an awkward position. Nicholas has been told that he has a legacy to fulfil; to follow in the footsteps of his ancestors, but it isn’t something that he really wants to do. When he meets Serge, it isn’t only to have Serge repair his house and the attraction is instant. They later discover that they have more in common with their ancestors than they first thought.

I liked the added twist in this one, but the story felt rushed… like I was being pushed through the book really quickly and at the end it felt too left open with no true conclusion, except they all got away relatively unharmed. I really liked Serge and Nicholas and felt that they made a great couple. Their attraction and passion struck sparks off each other and they were very hot together. The slight conflict between them is good, with neither really ever backing down, but they manage to resolve their differences near the end with a sigh of relief.

I will admit to being disappointed that the storyline was a new one and didn’t continue on from the previous book with the professor. And now, with this one, it is also left hanging in the wind with no true conclusion. Don’t get me wrong, it is good and a new aspect has come into play, but it feels like there are more people floating about now who know about the brothers and their abilities.

So I will recommend this one to those who love shifters, good storylines, a great couple, hot sex and a happy ending.