Title: Four-Letter Words [Haven 8]
Author: Gabrielle Evans
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.
Pages: 55,404 words
Characters: Zasha Gershwin and Thane Braddock
POV: Zasha Gershwin and Thane Braddock
Sub-Genre: Gay Paranormal (Vampires/Werewolves, Magic)
Kisses: 4.5 Kisses
Zasha Gershwin lives a rigidly controlled life. He doesn’t see anything wrong with being prepared and organized, and he certainly doesn’t have time for such frivolous things as love. He cares for Thane, and he’s certainly attracted to the witch, but that’s just how the mating bond works.
While his mate may not remember their previous life together, Thane Braddock has no trouble recalling every moment, right up to their tragic end. Now, he has a second chance to make everything right. Unfortunately, he’s making all new mistakes this time around.
Evil lurks to the west, spreading its shadow across the desert, and the races hover on the verge of war. When the Braddocks are called to answer the rising threat, Thane and Zasha’s turbulent relationship will be pushed to its breaking point. Can they rekindle the old flame before it’s too late? Or is history destined to repeat itself?
I really like Gabrielle Evans’ Haven series, which ties in with her Moonlight Breed series. Although you do have fated mates who make you feel “complete”, this pairing (or tripling in some cases) is not a guarantee of happiness. Mates might be matched, but their personal baggage can cause serious problems including hatred between mates.
Having said that, this book is a great example of personal baggage and expectations getting in the way. Gabrielle Evans’ characters are likeable, flawed, and like the rest of us, their choices have a serious impact on their happiness. I won’t say too much, since I don’t want to give any spoilers, but watching Zasha as he struggles to compromise and Thane as he learns to balance his memories against the man Zasha is, made me really love the characters.
Although you could read this book as a standalone, I would definitely suggest reading the Haven series before reading this book, mostly for the extra back story that adds nuances to the book that reading it as a standalone doesn’t give. Gabrielle Evans is definitely learning and growing as an author and I look forward to reading her future releases.
Reviewed By: Alison