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Brac Pack, Volume 2 by Lynn Hagen

Sunshine’s Savior (Brac Pack 3) by Lynn Hagen

In the tradition (this series is more or less at book 20) of Lynn Hagen’s style, the timber wolf of this book finds his mate as soon as the story starts, and most of the time is spent with the two of them trying to find a balance as a couple. The main difference with the first two books is that the human boy here is not exactly young and naïve like Cecil and Johnny were; I didn’t add innocent since Cecil was far from being it, even if he has innocence in attitude if not in body.

Blair unfortunately was forced to loose all his innocence first by an abusive father and then by a life on the streets as a hustler; that is the main issue when he meets his mate Kota, the feeling that he is too dirty for a knight in shining armour like Kota. Plus Blair has some kink, nothing major but still, that makes him not so comfortable to share a house full of men who are apparently looking at everything they are doing in the bedroom.

If the reader is questioning why suddenly all the timber wolf of the pack are finding their mates, when they spent hundreds of years waiting, the answer is simple: apparently their Alpha, the first to find the mate in book 1, is having special dreams, dreams that will send wolf after wolf towards the right direction, i.e. their mate.

In a way, maybe due to the less “pretty” Blair (don’t get me wrong Blair is pretty, but at least he is not so naïve like the other two), or maybe due to the sex that seems more balanced between Blair and Kota (at least Blair has some experience), this story had the feeling to be more “steady”, like it was built on more solid base. Maybe it was also that, at book 3, the reader has more info on the series, and even if the story is only a novella, it’s enough to involve you in the story, you don’t need much setting details to navigate in the series.

Good solid addition to an interesting evolving series.

http://www.bookstrand.com/sunshines-savior

Amazon Kindle: Sunshine's Savior [Brac Pack 3]
Siren Publishing (April 12, 2011)

Remi’s Pup (Brac Pack 4) by Lynn Hagen

Remi’s Pup is a nice addition to the Brac Pack series by Lynn Hagen; the main difference between this last chapter and the previous stories is that Remi is not a “full” Alpha male. Already in the previous books we had the chance to see that Remi is more “relaxed”; don’t get me wrong, he is strong, and bid, and bad as much as his fellow shapeshifter warriors, but he has a more laissez-faire attitude towards the world, something that will become clear when he will accept to bottom for his mate. To not completely letting him losing the “alpha” male role, the author decided to make Drew an half-breed wolf, so that, even if omega, he is still stronger than a normal human, and as such, he can, sometime, top Remi.

At the fourth book in the series, I’m coming to have the impression that the house where all the strong shapeshifters are living with their mates is like an after-school club; the four twinky mates haven’t nothing to do if not playing and misbehaving, while their Alpha mates (and their still unattached friends) do the house chores, protect them and, at night, ravish them plenty and satisfyingly.

Yes, if you are searching highly dramatic paranormal romances, well, Brac Pack is probably not your series. But if you want something simple and light, and sometime even comic, I suggest you to give it a try. There is only one point I didn’t like, but actually it’s not something I can take upon the author: when Remi and Drew go books shopping, there is again the highlighting of the fact that women do read gay romance, and the characters wonder why… if it was the first time I read that in a novel, I wouldn’t have noticed, but lately it’s almost a common occurrence, and it’s starting to irk me somehow.

http://www.bookstrand.com/remis-pup

Amazon Kindle: Remi's Pup [Brac Pack 4]
Publisher: Siren Publishing (April 12, 2011)

Amazon: Brac Pack, Volume 2
Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc. (June 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610345274
ISBN-13: 978-1610345279

Series: Brac Pack
1-2) Maverick's Mate / Hawk's Pretty Baby: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1309593.html
3-4) Sunshine's Savior / Remi's Pup

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Brac Pack, Volume 1 by Lynn Hagen

Maverick’s Mate (Brac Pack 1) by Lynn Hagen

I decided to start this series from the first book even if the author has already published more than 10 books in the same series. And I’m glad I did that since I was able to understand the settings Lynn Hagen has outlined, more or less a pack of shapeshifter timber wolf made of 1 Alpha, 1 Beta, 1 Commander and 12 warriors, 15 men in total, and I think the author is heading out to write a story for each of them.

The first book is pretty classic, big Alpha man who is waiting for his mate and once he finds him, he doesn’t let it pass one minute to claim him. True, I was a little bit taken aback from the fact that Maverick claims Cecil while the other man is sleeping, hypnotizing him and basically, according to me, not giving him much choice. Again, true to the author, Maverick said it’s only sex, the true mating will happen later, and if Cecil doesn’t agree, nothing is definitive, but still, while the other man is sleeping?

In the end Cecil will come out like a funny and overactive young man (20 years old) and so maybe Maverick “wall” attitude (nothing seems to move him) will be a good balance to the other man; of course, like the more classic Alpha/omega relationship, nothing can touch Maverick if not his little mate, and he will do everything, even killing if necessary, to protect the other man. This is another point that probably is worthy highlighting: there is violence in this novel, but it’s in the background. Maverick and his men have to do bad things, but that doesn’t touch their little men (we will find later in the series that the timber wolf, big wolf in animal form, big man in human form, tend to mate with diminutive human male).

The sex tends to be light more than erotic, the author doesn’t put weight in any of the “differences” between Maverick and Cecil (Maverick is a shapeshifter timber wolf, he is way stronger and bigger than Cecil, and so on) and prefers to have good, but quite ordinary sex scenes between them. Probably the main point of them is for Cecil to be a little (only a little) “easy”, sex for him is like yet another game, something he likes much doing. Again, after the first sex scene, with Cecil sleeping, he becomes the one in “control”: he is the initiator, the one who wraps his big man around his little finger.

All in all, this first story was good, some really minor editing issues (like when Maverick is complaining he doesn’t know his mate name, and then suddenly he comes out with a thought “He would send him to befriend his mate and have the two become friends. Next, the Sentry will invite Cecil over”, and “my” thought was, well, they have just had sex in Cecil’s home, maybe he read the name on the postbox… but right on the next page, Maverick thinks “What was his mate’s name? Maverick was dying to find out.”) that sincerely I wouldn’t have noticed if the author didn’t use that as an element of the story (Cecil’s name).

http://www.bookstrand.com/mavericks-mate

Amazon Kindle: Maverick's Mate [Brac Pack 1]
Publisher: Siren Publishing (March 29, 2011)

Hawk’s Pretty Baby (Brac Pack 2) by Lynn Hagen

Lynn Hagen managed something that very few authors did in these past years, to convince me to read second book in a series as soon as I finished the first one. How did she manage to? Simply she introduced the character of Johnny in book 1 and I was fascinated by him, so much that I had the temptation to drop book 1 and go directly to read book 2.

I was always interested in reading a love story between a very protective man and someone who has a different perception of the reality… yes, this is a way to describe a simpleton, someone who is not totally retarded, but that is not even completely aware of everything around him. Sincerely I don’t like the word “retarded”, since it’s not like I see this character, it’s more something related to the perception of reality. Johnny knows what is good and what is bad, he knows the right and wrong (usually that is the way to understand if a man is emancipated), but he is bereaved of any protective layer, of that hardness deriving from experience. Johnny is completely exposed to the big bad world, and like that, I think it’s plenty right that his perfect match is a uber-protective man, someone who wants to shield Johnny from most of the ugly things of life, not since Johnny doesn’t have to know they exist, but since Johnny would not be able to react and protect himself.

Aside from this, second book in the series is pretty much similar to book 1. Actually, since I was more involved in the story, I didn’t notice any major editing issue this time, maybe they were not there, or maybe they were not so noticeable.

Sex was again good but light, and in a way, it was even more right to Johnny’s character: how he doesn’t have protective layers, he also doesn’t have inhibitions; for Johnny sex is something good, normal and joyful. Sex is again like a game, but it’s also something Johnny can do without being worried if he is doing it right or wrong. Sex for Johnny is freedom, and a playing field where he is at the same level of Hawk, of course being again the little omega man who is wrapping his big Alpha man around his pinkie finger.

http://www.bookstrand.com/hawks-pretty-baby

Amazon Kindle: Hawk's Pretty Baby [Brac Pack 2]
Publisher: Siren Publishing (April 5, 2011)

Amazon: Brac Pack, Volume 1
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc. (June 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610344936
ISBN-13: 978-1610344937

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