Title: Gillham Pack, Book 5: Rick
Author: Catherine Lievens
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Characters: Cole, Rick
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Shifter, Series
How can you trust anyone when you’ve been abused all your life?
Rick has spent all his life under Alpha Erskine’s thumb. He was forced to become part of the man’s inner circle when his father died and to participate in things that still give him nightmares. He’s used to being shunned, beaten, and derided for his stutter, and he doesn’t think things really can change, not even with Kameron as their new alpha.
Cole is part of the council, but he’s really a wandering soul. He hasn’t stopped in one place in years, but meeting his mate while visiting the Gillham pack changes that. He knows Rick hasn’t had an easy life, and he intends to make his mate happy, no matter what it takes. Rick struggles with his stutter and his past but slowly starts healing from the years of abuse. Cole is an important part of that healing, but what will happen when someone tries to take him away? Will Rick be strong enough to protect his mate, or will he lose him to greed?
Rick is the fifth book in the Gillham Pack series by Catherine Lievens. So far, I’ve really enjoyed watching this series grow and evolve with new and interesting characters that truly bring something special to the series itself.
One of the reasons why I enjoyed Rick so much was the way the relationship between Rick and Cole develop as their story continues. In the past, Rick has been abused so he is quite skittish. He stutters and honestly doesn’t think much of himself. Rick works hard and give everything he has to his alcoholic mother who doesn’t appreciate him and all that he does for her. When he meets Cole, Rick is stunned by the knowledge that not only is Cole being kind and thoughtful toward him…Cole is also his mate, too. Because of his past abuse, Rick isn’t sure about having a mate because he doesn’t know if he’ll ever be able to fully trust someone again. But, what Rick doesn’t expect is Cole’s sweetness and determination to make Rick trust him and be mated with him forever.
I knew it was going to be a hard thing for Cole to get Rick to trust him. But with Cole’s never-ending patience and the friendship he offers to Rick, Rick soon begins to blossom under the careful guidance and love Cole gives him. I truly began to believe that these two men belonged together and enjoyed watching them get to know each, become friends and eventually fall in love.
Ms. Lievens has a real knack of writing unique and compelling characters that live and breathe off of the written page. As the series continues to grow, this reader is addicted to see what the author has in store for us next.
Although Rick could be read as a stand-alone book in the series, I highly recommend reading the Gillham Pack series in book order. Each character and book really brings enriches the series itself and had made it a highly addictive series to read.
The Gillham Pack books are:
Reviewed By: Gabbi