Series: Hunter Clan 01
Author: Jess Buffett
Length: Novella (102pgs)
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand (3th April 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4½ Hearts
Blurb: Sawyer McLeod lost his family and his entire Guild, except his twin, seven years ago. Now almost twenty-one, he is coming to the age to receive his abilities as a Mage. Unfortunately there are others who will stop at nothing to see the brothers don’t survive that long.
When Jake Hunter, Kayan for a Clan of Wolf Shifters living in Australia, finally finds his true-mate, he doesn’t expect it to be in the midst of a brutal attack. Through omissions of truth, misunderstandings, and fear, Jake struggles to prove to Sawyer that he can trust him.
When Sawyer is finally willing to give Jake a chance, a ghost from the past returns to destroy everything they have built together. Will they be able to overcome the foe long thought gone, or will it be the end for the Kayan’s Mage?
Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/the-kayans-mage
Review: Sawyer and his twin, Riley, lost their entire family and Guild seven years ago when they were only thirteen. They are approaching their twenty-first birthday, when they are betrayed by a friend. Sawyer is brutally attacked when he is rescued by his mate, but can he trust a man who doesn’t tell him the truth? Jake is surprised when he finds the man he rescued is his mate, he knows that there is horror lingering in Sawyer’s past and he tries to prove himself to his mate. When a foe comes back to finish what they started seven years before, Jake and Sawyer can only pray that they are strong enough to survive.
This is an incredible beginning to a brand new series from a brand new author. Sawyer has been running with his twin Riley for seven years. Hiding and dodging from those that hunt them, until they are betrayed by one they call a friend. Being rescued by wolf shifters doesn’t create much trust, but finding his mate has Sawyer wanting to believe that he is now safe. Jake is trying to have a relaxing evening with his friends, when they come across a young man being attacked. Discovering that the man is his mate is shocking, but discovering why his mate was attacked means they all have to be on guard. Getting Sawyer to trust him isn’t easy, especially when Jake hides the truth. But, danger lurks and they have to pull together to protect their family.
Well, this story is a great start to a series and I can’t wait for other books by Jess Buffett. This story is filled with enough background that you never feel lost. The history is explained early on and you get a good idea how the Guilds and Clans are formed. The story is very interesting and is woven really well. The flash back to the past is informative and makes your heart bleed a little and the characters are brilliant. Jake is Kayan (alpha) of his pack and although he has the typical alpha tendencies, it is also tempered by his acceptance of Sawyer’s abilities. Sawyer might look like a twink, but he knows how to handle himself. He isn’t a pushover and makes his feelings known. Riley is a wonderful brother and is a joy to meet. He has a spunky attitude and will let you know in sarcastic tones that he is unhappy.
While some of you might moan about insta-mates, this story handles it perfectly because although the connection is strong between Jake and Sawyer, they wait to actually mate and there isn’t much angst in their relationship, keeping all the tension for the enemies from the past. Although there is hot sex, it doesn’t litter the pages and isn’t in inappropriate situations so you can enjoy the storyline and the relationship in equal measure. I really am looking forward to Riley’s story in Riley’s Vampire Prince because Riley and Caleb clash right at the end of this story.
I will recommend this story to those that adore paranormal, the past rearing its ugly head, a great storyline, wonderful characters, hot sex, a well-paced mating and a happily ever after.