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Recent Release: Home is Where the Heart Is (Cloverleah Pack #13) by Lisa Oliver

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Blurb

Home is Where the Heart Is… The final book in the Cloverleah Pack series.

All Cloverleah Pack Enforcer Wesley (Wes) wanted the night he went out, was to have a few drinks, maybe find some company, and try and forget his worries and insecurities for few hours. The drinks flowed and he found the company; a gorgeous man with a mysterious scent, who seemed to completely understand the anger, shame, and jealousy Wes was hiding from his pack mates. Unfortunately, Wesley didn’t understand how badly he’d been conned until he woke up the next morning alone in a cave.

Fast forward months later and Wes discovered the wards that had have held him captive from day one had suddenly disappeared. Not one to dither when a chance to escape presented itself, Wesley set off, sometimes on two feet and sometimes on four… looking for a way out of a barren realm that held nothing but red sand and black rocks.

Cass enjoyed being a demon from a large family. The Underworld was good to him; he had a job, a house and he didn’t lack for company. Unfortunately, his carefree attitude tended to get him into trouble at times and when his brother Myka insisted on him paying back a “favor” he’d incurred through a badly placed bet, Cass had no choice but to agree. It sounded simple enough. Meet with the snobby and reclusive members of the Cloverleah Pack, find out about a missing wolf, and then search for that wolf in the Underworld. Cass figured he could be home in time for his mama’s Sunday dinner.

Finding Wes wasn’t the problem, but Wesley had stumbled onto a situation of his own he couldn’t leave. What was worse, was when Cass was forced to tell Wesley about why no one from his pack had been looking for him before, Wes knew he had no way of ever going back to the life he had. The fact that Cass and Wesley were fated mates was hard to celebrate as Wes tried to cope with the loss of his pack status and the implications of his current situation.

Meanwhile, the men from Cloverleah were coming to terms with some home truths of their own. The thought of having to see Wesley again, and actually apologize for thinking he’d sunk so low as to try and destroy a mating, was too hard for some pack members to face. This in turn causes issues between those who struggled and those who believed in the bonds of a pack. Serious soul searching was needed if the men were ever going to understand that the only powers worth trusting was unconditional love and acceptance.

This book is not a standalone. It is the fifteenth and final book in the series (Thirteen full novels and two compilations of short stories). It is recommended that you have read at least the last three books before reading this one.

Review

So… this is not a standalone – and how! This is a giant summary of most of the stories, however, I do think a person who stumbled upon this would be mostly fine if they hadn’t read the others (or all the others).

I have to admit that I didn’t care for this much. 

Sorry.

But, the back and forth – he betrayed me – no he didn’t – he doesn’t act like a mate should – show me how – he doesn’t love me – yes he does – got tiring.

I never felt their connection as strongly as some of the other couples and maybe it was because this story was doing way too much for one book.

I think it would have been better had they had their story and then the author publish an epilogue where we can see a summary of the rest of the group at another time.

I was also pretty frustrated by the Cloverleah pack. After all they’d been through and the millions of times they’ve learned this lesson, they still acted like jerks – and I’m not sure I thought that was really fair. I think that Kane especially would have learned from the 5000 times he’s fallen into this trap that maybe he should listen to his mate for once.

So that was pretty frustrating.

While I thought the kids were cute, they were there just enough to be annoying and not long enough for me to find them endearing.

So, as a final “hurrah!”, this was more, a “hmm, welp that’s over”. I LOVED this series and while I didn’t always love each couple, I enjoyed their stories and was glad to have read them. I’m enjoying their turn into audio books and I definitely recommend both the books and the audios to fans of the sub-genre.

I’m definitely going to miss these guys and will visit with them again.

(I do hope we can see a new set of covers on these one day…)

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