Stormy Glenn
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
April 2011
Book 4 of True Blood Mate
LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Rogan Owens lives a life of secret misery. Three years ago, he lost his mate, who couldn't come out of the closet and acknowledge their bond. He's suffered in silence ever since, taking over as alpha of his mate's clan.
Rogan is overjoyed when he discovers Julian alive. He has so many questions. Where has Julian been? What are the long scars on his body? Most importantly, why is Julian running away from him?
Rogan finally comes to accept that his mate will never want him, only to have Julian decide it's time to come home.
But someone else doesn't want Julian and Rogan reunited, even if it means Julian's death for real this time. Between keeping each other safe and trying to solve the mystery of who wants Julian dead, they barely have time to learn to love each other. Will what they feel for each other make them stronger or be their downfall?

Book Review by Tyra Berger
Jul 07, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
239 people found the following review helpful
REDEMPTION, book 4 in the True Blood Mates series, redeems this series. This book is my favorite since Heart Song, the first book in the series. It's a story of second chances and forgiveness.

Rogan knows that Julian is his mate, but being raised in a family where being gay is wrong, he is reluctant to come out of the closet and let Julian claim him. To try and appease his family he agrees to go on a date with the daughter of a council member. While on that date, Julian is kidnapped and tortured.

Julian is dragged from his bed, taken out to the woods and erroneously accused of betraying his pack -- his sentence is torture and then death. To protect his mate, he fights back and escapes but is close to death when he is found by a passing motorist. Not knowing exactly where the danger is coming from, Julian decides to stay "dead" to keep his pack and his mate safe.

Attempting to deal with the guilt he has lived with since Julian's death three years ago, Rogan is having a community center built to help troubled gay teens. After coming out to his family, he took over the role of Alpha for Julian's pack but has been dealing with depression and guilt so strong some days he's not sure he wants to continue living.

It took Julian a long time to recover from his wounds, both physical and mental. He has taken on a new identity and doesn't plan to return to his pack until a chance meeting with Rogan sends his mate into a depression so deep Julian might not even be able to help him recover. And if he does, there is still the threat of the council's death sentence hanging over the couple.

Who doesn't love a story with a second chance? I know that there have been times in my life when I could have used a do-over or even a chance to say that I was sorry. For that reason alone, this book was a win for me. Rogan is one of those characters that just grabs your heart because his fear is so relatable and his need to rectify his mistakes are so understandable. And while I understood Julian's need to protect everyone by staying away, it felt cruel.

Ms. Glenn gives you some great villains that you can totally sink your teeth into hating. This story really didn't have an ending and lacked resolution, but that may be her way of building the story arc for the next installment in this series. She once again gives us strong likeable secondary characters and brings back some old friends to give the story continuity. A few grammatical and spelling errors were also noticeable but this story was edited better than the last two.

If you are a fan of this series, then you definitely want to add this one to your collection. I am looking forward to see what couple she brings us next, and hope she continues to include past characters in those stories.
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