Old Loyalty, New Love

  • by Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by Tristan James
  • 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When jackal shifter Quade Danas was banished from his pack for being gay, he spent years in the military escaping his father's prejudice before returning to civilian life as a bodyguard for Roman Howell, the teenage son of a very rich man. After Roman is in an accident that leaves him physically scarred and emotionally distant, Quade is the only one who can get through to him. As Roman becomes a man, he realizes what he wants - his bodyguard by his side and in his bed. Unfortunately, Quade can't seem to see past the kid Roman once was to the man he has become, certain Roman's feelings are merely misplaced gratitude. But Roman knows a lot more than Quade realizes, and he's used to persevering, no matter how many impediments life throws his way. He wants the chance to prove to Quade that he's strong enough for a jackal alpha to call mate.
Despite the decades Quade has been away, and the heartache of his father's rejection, his inborn loyalty to the pack remains, and his abrupt departure left the jackal shifters without an alpha heir. As a psychopath shifter staking claim as alpha draws Quade back home, he may be forced to make a choice he never anticipated. But doing so means he must leave Roman behind… unless somehow they find a way to make loyalty and love work together.

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You know what... I love everything Mary Calmes write...well just about.. Her paranormal stories are just as good as her non-paranormal books... I loved how this book started.. I was like... how is this paranormal...then bam! The wolves come out! This was simply great. The relationship between the two main characters was extremely well written, and it only help add to the drama when everything started happening... Loved it!

Mary Calmes is one of the top m/m romance writers so, yeah.. so worth a credit, buy or sale.

Narration was awesome!
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- Candateshia Pafford "I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)"

Fantastic start to a new Shifter series!

What did you love best about Old Loyalty, New Love?

The banter back and forth between Roman and Quade.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Roman. He has been through so much but he is still such a gentle soul, and so devoted to Quade.


Which character – as performed by Tristan James – was your favorite?

Quade Danas. the big, brooding, bad ass Alpha Seer Shifter was eye candy for my ears!


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Beware of large, furry animals with fangs.


Any additional comments?

Quade Danas is a jackal shifter, the heir apparent of his pack, a special breed of his own as he is a Seer as well. His father disowned him and exiled him from his home, from his pack when he was barely an adult for being gay. He has spent more than a decade in the employ of the Howell family as the bodyguard for the son and only heir to the Howell family fortune, Roman Howell.

Almost killed in an accident when he was a teenager, Roman survived but carries the scars as a reminder. The only people that don’t pity him or look at him with disdain because of those scars are the people closest to him, especially Quade. As Roman grew up and became a lethal businessman he also became hopelessly attracted the man that protects him, he fell in love with his bodyguard.

When Quade’s sister shows up at L’Ange, the vast Howell estate Quade now calls home, begging for him to return and take his rightful place as Alpha of their pack, Quade is torn between loyalty to his family and pack, and his love for Roman. It’s only through fierce determination that Roman ever even gets Quade to act on his feelings for him, and it takes all but an act of congress to get Quade to claim him as his mate. He is not about to lose him now. But the pull to the pack is strong for Quade. As a Seer and the true Alpha there is an innate need engrained in him to protect his people and defeat the crazed drug dealer that is trying to rule the pack.

The story started out slow, but it was always intriguing. From the beginning there was this banter between Roman and Quade that portrayed them almost as an old married couple. It took a little while for the romance that was budding from page one to actually bloom, and from that minute on it was a no holds barred roller coaster of passion and sex. All the while that Roman is baiting his hook and then reeling Quade in, there are the problems going on with the pack and Quade struggling with how to help the people that turned their back on him. A decision has to be made… loyalty to pack, or his love for Roman, unless he can find a way to encompass both worlds in one life.

Calmes deftly balanced romance, mystery and paranormal intrigue with this new Shifter series. Narrated by Tristan James who gave each character their own voice that changed as the story progressed, and each character grew. You can literally hear the passion in his voice during the love scenes, and the strain when Quade is struggling with pack issues, and the determination as Roman sets his sights on making his bodyguard his man.

Fans of Calmes books are surely going to love this new series, but Shifter and paranormal readers will be engrossed as well. Not only was this book music to my ears, I think it will have to stay on my ipod so that I can listen to it over, and over again.

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- Tams (TTC Books and more) "Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2014
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC