Maverick Brac has formed a pack of his own, naming them the Brac Pack. With fourteen men under him, they all have one thing in common, the preference for men. Cecil Walter was living a life no one would wish on their enemy in an abusive relationship with his partner with no way out. Getting away from pack problems and a migraine, Maverick indulges in his one secret love, Chai tea. While in the coffee shop trying to forget the world outside exists for five minutes, Maverick has found what he never thought to have, his mate, his very human mate. Rescuing Cecil from his abusive boyfriend to finding out who in his pack is trying to take Cecil’s life, Maverick has his work cut out for him, but the largest challenge is getting Cecil to come out of his shell and be the man he once was.
Note: Each book in Lynn Hagen’s Brac Pack collection features a different romantic couple. Each title stands alone and can be read in any order. However, we recommend reading the series in sequential order.
First, I want to say that you kind of have to put your mind in a certain place when you read or listen to these. They are definitely OTT. Johnny East’s voice is a little … dramatic, but he really does a lot to bring emotion and unique voices to this series. The mates in this series are all a little too “fem” – meaning they are usually small and submissive and mostly subservient – BUT they all have spunk and attitude and humor and if you take it with a grain of salt – it’s a lot of fun.
There’s also A LOT OF SEX in these. But most of it’s pretty hot.
The shifter world Lynn Hagen builds here is pretty straight forward: shifters live a thousand years, they get one mate, the mate bond supersedes almost anything and the mates will do almost anything for their mates. There are some bad guys who come and go throughout the series, not just one central story arc.
All of the mates in Maverick’s pack are gay. It’s just how it is.
As the series progresses we get other creatures too, including Demons and Vampires. There are spinoffs from this series including a shifter pack who always end up with 2 mates so each book is ménage. Then there’s a Demon spinoff, a bear spinoff and a vampire spinoff.
If you take this for what it is – pure escapism – I’ve found they’re a lot of fun and I’ve really found that I like a lot of the main characters a lot!
In this case, we get introduced to the alpha as he meets and mates with Cecil. This is important as Maverick and Cecil are frequently found in the following stories, especially Cecil as he’s quite the trouble maker and leads many of the new mates astray!
At first Cecil doesn’t want to be under another domineering male’s thumb, but he’s quickly won over by the mating pull and it’s only when a devious pack member tries to split the couple up that Cecil and Maverick are separated.
As I said before, Johnny East does a great job giving all the wolves deep growly voices and the mates somewhat softer, lighter voices and he does a fair job giving each of the myriad characters a somewhat separate and unique voice.
I recommend this to fans of shifter romances with a sappy heart, a high tolerance for coincidence and plots that are predictable and a fan of alpha males paired with smaller men.
4.25 of 5 stars
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