The Beast's Promise

Amylea Lyn
The Beast's Promise
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Silver Publishing
Release Date
March 2012
Book 2 of Outside the City
LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Owen Sanders has a lot on his mind. Ever since being kidnapped from the City, he's been trying to get back in order to rescue the twin baby brothers he had been forced to leave behind. The only thing stopping him is leaving behind his newly found mate, Maltok, and the feelings he has for the other man.

Katrian Co-Alpha Chief, Maltok doesn't know why his human mate refuses to bond with him. When he finds out about Owen's forgotten family, Maltok is hurt that the smaller man would keep something so important from him. Maltok agrees to help retrieve the children on one condition; Owen must agree to mate him when they return to the Village. Owen reluctantly agrees.

The two men begin their journey and, on the way, learn that some misunderstandings must be resolved before they could have hope for their future. And when the City retaliates against their actions, the two men must make a decision that could save them all…

And possibly destroy the City forever.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
May 25, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
132 people found the following review helpful
Second book in the OUTSIDE THE CITY series brings an already familiar Lyn's style, with her interesting take on shifters and colorful imaginary of a dystopian society. While the world was better worked through in the first book, seeing the Katria's side of the story was interesting enough to keep me reading.

Owen was taken from the city when the characters in the first book escaped the prison, only his leaving was far from planned and resulted in him leaving his brothers and grandfather to the mercy of the city's officials.

His life with Katria is new and exciting and the possibilities of having a relationship with the Co-Alpha Maltok is pretty much everything he could wish for. But Owen is desperate to save his brothers, and he knows he can't let Maltok get close until he has his family back.

I must admit the reasons behind Owen keeping his situation secret from Maltok baffled me. They seemed perfect for each other, but neither character was developed enough for their love story to really shine. One moment they were at odds with each other, in the next they were mates forever willing to die for one another. The jumps in general were too wide with little explanation in between which left the book lacking in substance, something that made the first story stick out in a good way.

As previously mentioned, the world descriptions were a lot weaker when compared to the first book and while I didn't mind the focus being away from the city, I did expect to learn much more about Katria. My favorite part of the book was the return to the city where the author's imagination really got to shine and where I had my glimpse of the style that had intrigued me so much in Nature of the Beast.

The final conflict left a lot of possibilities for future books but wasn't as satisfying as I'd hoped. I did love the kids though and that alone should be worth reading the story. I am interested enough in Katria to read the next installment, but I hope we get more of the excellent imagination I had come to know this author for and that her shifters make us believe that what mates have is the real deal.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Silver Publishing.
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