by Leona Windwalker,
Randi Johnson (narrator)
Jared just wanted to celebrate his birthday and make new friends, but he quickly finds that clubbing can be dangerous. In fact, the whole world is a different place than he thought it was. Werewolves, vampires, and faeries turn out to be all too real. Front and center of it is is Steven Chang- alpha heir and all around good guy. He says Jared’s his mate. It’s all a bit much for Jared to process, but maybe it’ll all be okay as Steve says he’s willing to date first. For a while anyway. Jared just hopes it’s long enough to wrap his head around it all, hopefully without getting disappeared by the mysterious men in suits or anything weirder happening.
Trigger warning: contains a sexual assault.
MMy Thoughts and Review:
This was my first novel by Windwalker even though I have been a “stalker” via newsletter and social media for a few months now. When an audio ARC for JARED came down the pike, it seemed too good a chance to let slip by. It ticked so many of my happy boxes it was a bit of a no-brainer.
Now, things you need to know. This book will NOT, I repeat, will NOT be for the faint of heart. There is a fairly explicit rape/ assault scene pretty much in the beginning. It is from this scene that our MCs find each other. I see this as a silver lining, and not something to turn from or be upset by.
You should also know the human attacked is an amazing character created by the author to show the strength and perseverance inside each of us. This is not to be Jared’s last shock, nor will it be Jared’s last attack. Each time, however, the reader gets to experience his rise back to his feet. Either on his own, or with the help of his new friends and his mate, Steve, and his found family.
This is a shifter Omegaverse with Mpreg, there are also fae, vampires, and Jared is still waiting on his answer to Big Foot.😁
Some survivors, not all, but some survivors of rape, (like me), find this kind of story cathartic. We get to face our monsters that tend to stay hidden in the dark, and for a lot of us, we get a form of justice, even if it’s a fictional one. We also get our HEA, and in the end, isn’t that what we are all chasing?
The Story: 4.5🌟
The Narration: 4.00🌟
I received an audio copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review.☔