Gabbi Reviews: Yerad by Catherine Lievens

Title: Council Enforcers, Book 5: Yerad

Author: Catherine Lievens

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages: 122

Characters: Yerad, Lenny

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Shifter, Series, Romance

Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Sometimes fear keeps us away from happiness.

Yerad never expected his mate to run seconds after they’d met, but that’s what fate dealt him. Lenny insists on saying he doesn’t want Yerad. Yerad wants to push for answers, but he’s a liaison agent for the council, and his job is more important than a stubborn man who doesn’t want him.

Lenny never wanted to meet his mate. His parents, the people who should have shielded him from the world, kicked him out, and he doesn’t want to be hurt again. He knows that’s what will eventually happen if he agrees to give Yerad a chance, and that’s why he tells his mate to leave him alone.

Lenny’s resolve weakens as his friends try to convince him to give Yerad a chance. When he finds out Yerad is working with his birth tribe, he runs to the rescue, only to find out Yerad didn’t need him. Will Yerad forgive Lenny for pushing him away? Will Lenny manage to get over his fear of being hurt to give Yerad a chance? Or will fear have the upper hand and ruin their mating?

Review:

I was anxious to read Yerad by Catherine Lievens. As this series has progressed, I’ve found myself becoming more invested into these characters’ lives and I’ve enjoyed the story they’ve had to tell.

Since the first book of the Council Enforcers series, Lenny has been an unrepentant player. He had been very outspoken as to why he has no desire to have a fated mate. Lenny, himself, knows he’s an ‘asshole’ more often than not and he  offends others with his careless words and behavior.

To say that Lenny was horrified to meet his mate is an understatement.

Unfortunately for him, Lenny’s mouth overran his good sense, and because of it, he offended and hurt his fated mate, Yerad. As time goes by and he realizes that he was wrong about so many things, including being mated with Yerad, Lenny is forced to look at himself and he must decide if he wants to take a chance at a happy life, or if he wants to continue to push others away before they get too close to him.

I totally fell for Yerad. His intelligence and patience is something that I came to admire. Let’s face it, Lenny’s negative attitude would even drive a saint to sin, but Yerad somehow finds forgiveness and patience to put up with him.

Don’t get me wrong, because I did like Lenny. But there were times I wanted to strangle him myself. I was glad to see his attitude and outlook on life begin to change and in the end, I thought he and Yerad were good together. I do wish they had spent more time together than they did, but I did enjoy their chemistry when they were in scenes together.

The Council Enforcer series continues to get better with each book. If you enjoy a solidly told shifter series, then this is definitely a good choice for you. Also, these books aren’t very erotically told, so if you’re not into a lot of very descriptive sex scenes this is also one to consider. I know I’m looking forward to the next book and anxious to see what Ms. Lievens has in store for us next.

Highly Recommended!

Yerad by Catherine Lievens is the fifth book in the Council Enforcers series. Although it could be read as a stand-alone book in the series, I do not recommend it. In my opinion, to fully understand the dynamics and the backstories of these characters, it would be best to read this series in book order.

The Council Enforcers series in book order are:

Daniel

Anthony

Kin

Cerris

Yerad

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Cerris by Catherine Lievens

Title: Council Enforcers, Book 4: Cerris

Author: Catherine Lievens

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages: 122

Characters: Jackson, Cerris

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Shifters, Series, Romance

Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Things always happen for a reason, even the things you don’t want to happen.

Cerris is an orphan who’s been told he’s a monster all his life, and he’s come to believe it. He did his best to keep his werewolf half under control, but when he killed a hunter, Dominic asked the enforcers for help. Cerris is sent to work with their only werewolf, but as soon as he sees the man, he realizes they’re mates, and he runs.

Jackson doesn’t understand why Cerris runs, but he intends to find out. When he finally locates Cerris, Cerris’ friends intervene and explain what happened to him and why he doesn’t want to see Jackson—Jackson is a werewolf, and all werewolves are monsters.

Jackson knows he’ll have to work hard to convince Cerris of the contrary, and he hopes finding Cerris’ long-lost father will help. He also has to teach Cerris to control his wolf before something happens.

Will Cerris learn control, or will he become the monster he always thought he was?

Review:

Cerris is the fourth book in the Council Enforcers series and it’s my favorite book in the series so far. As this series continues, I find it more and more easy to get wrapped up in these characters’ lives.

What makes Cerris different than the other three books before it is the unique backstory Cerris has compared to others in these books. Since Cerris is a half-breed who has been abused by his tribe and made to be ashamed of his werewolf side, he is truly a wounded man. He lives with a lot of shame and guilt, and it’s because of this, that this reader felt a lot of compassion for him.

When Cerris meets Jackson and realizes that he is Cerris’ mate, he is horrified because Jackson is a werewolf shifter. Through Cerris’ abuse and teachings from his birth tribe, he believes that all werewolves are monsters and pure evil, so it takes a lot of time and patience for Jackson to show Cerris that everything he’s learned about wolf-shifters is wrong.

What I really liked about this book was the way Jackson shows Cerris what it’s really like to be a werewolf and his sheer determination and diligence to have him for a mate. Seeing Cerris evolve from a scared and ashamed young man to a more confident one was a lovely sight to see.

After reading this story, I am definitely anxious to read the next installment in this series. The Council Enforcers series is one not to be missed if you like shifter stories with unique and sexy heroes.

Highly Recommended!

Although Cerris could probably be read as a stand-alone story, I do not recommend it. In my opinion, the dynamic interplay between the characters and their backstories are best understood by reading this series in order.

The Council Enforcers books in series order are:

Daniel

Anthony

Kin

Cerris

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Kin by Catherine Lievens

Title:  Counsel Enforcers, Book 3: Kin

Author: Catherine Lievens

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages: 120

Characters: Saul, Kin

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Shifters, Series, Romance

Kisses: 4.25

Blurb:

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to find happiness.

Kin always knew his job as an enforcer wouldn’t last forever. His mother is planning his marriage, to a woman she’ll choose to help advance their family name and fortune. The only way he has out of it is finding his mate, but there’s no quick or easy way to do that.

Saul has thought himself crazy for most of the past ten years. He sees half-transparent animal faces layered on some people’s human faces, and he voluntarily walked into a psychiatric hospital when he was twenty-three. Now he’s thirty-four, and he feels like he missed out on life. When his sister pushes him into leaving the hospital, he hesitates, but she won’t take no for an answer, no matter how much their parents pay Saul’s doctor to keep him there.

When Kin and his team are sent to make sure Saul gets out without any problems, Kin expects the mission to be routine. Instead, he knows Saul is his mate as soon as they meet. Will Saul finally manage to walk out of the hospital? And is Saul really crazy, or is there an explanation for what he can see?

Review:

To my knowledge, I haven’t read a book about a crocodile shifter. So, when I read the blurb and noticed that Kin is about a crocodile shifter, I was anxious to read it.

I was immediately swept up into the storyline of Kin. Between Kin being an unique shifter and Saul having his own special abilities, I found this book to have more of a fresh take on a well-loves shifter story. Kin and Saul are a good couple. I liked the way they support the other and strive to bring each other up, even when the other man feels down on himself in some way.

I wish there had been more page time with Kin and Saul together…I really liked them that much, but the time we do get to spend with this couple was a memorable one for me.

The backstory in this series is becoming more solid as the stories continue. I am really enjoying the build-up and world building Ms. Lievens has created and I am truly beginning to look forward to reading the next book in the series.

One of the great things about this couple and this series is the sheer respect and camaraderie these characters share between them. These characters all bring something special to each of the stories and the Council Enforcer books have quickly become an addictive series for me to read.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Anthony by Catherine Lievens

Title:  Council Enforcers, Book 2: Anthony

Author:  Catherine Lievens

Publisher:  eXtasy Books

Pages: 119

Characters:   Anthony, Rob

POV:  3rd

Sub-Genre:  Shifter, Series, Romance

Kisses:   4.25

Blurb:

Sometimes being in the wrong place at the wrong time isn’t that bad after all.

Anthony is so clumsy he might as well have invented clumsiness. He has daily encounters with the ground and walls, but he manages to stay mostly healthy—at least until he literally falls on his face into a meeting organized to plan Kameron’s death.

Rob just came back from a three-week mission in the jungle, and the only thing he wants to do is sleep. Of course, that means Kameron calls him of all people to protect Anthony. He hadn’t expected Anthony to be his mate, and it makes up for the lost sleep.

Rob has his work cut for him defending Anthony from walls and the men plotting against Kameron, but it’s not his only problem. Anthony is reluctant to believe Rob is here to stay, and Rob isn’t sure he’ll ever be able to convince him. Will Anthony finally see the truth in Rob’s words, or will problems find him before he can?

Review:

Anthony by Catherine Lievens is the second book in the Council Enforcers series and I have to admit has been my favorite so far. As the series continues, I am enjoying the continued world-building Ms. Lievens’ has created, as well as, the banter and camaraderie these characters share between them.

Anthony’s story basically begins pretty quickly after Daniel’s story ended. Anthony expects to move in with Daniel and Bran as soon as their house is completed. Though he is excited by finally moving out of his parents’ house, Anthony is troubled by both possibly being the fifth wheel in his best friend’s newfound relationship and just being an all-around burden to others.

If they gave out awards for clumsiness, Anthony would receive an Oscar. Between tripping over his own feet and stumbling into walls and trees, Anthony has earned the reputation for being a klutz. Though Anthony knows this to be true, this still hurts him. He doesn’t believe he is worthy of love and he has a negative outlook on his own future. I admit, I immediately liked Anthony and found myself truly rallying behind him. I wanted him to see the warm and loving person he was and enjoyed watching him come to the realization that with Rob’s patience and love, he truly was worthy of many good things in life.

Like Anthony, Rob is an easy man to like. I enjoyed watching his feelings for Anthony grown and liked how he truly looked out for Anthony without taking away Anthony’s dignity in any way. It was nice to see Rob work through Anthony’s worries and mistrust of achieving anything good in his life. I liked these two men together and truly enjoyed the story they had to tell.

Anthony is a fast-paced book with plenty of sweet and sexy moments that will give you warm and fuzzy feelings for this couple as you read their story.  I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series and definitely interested in what Ms. Lievens has in store for us next.

The Council Enforcers series in book order are:

Daniel

Anthony

Even though Anthony could probably be read as a stand-alone book, I recommend reading the first book in the series, Daniel first. The dynamics between Daniel, Anthony and the men they fall for is definitely one not to be missed.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Daniel by Catherine Lievens

Title: Council Enforcers, Book 1: Daniel

Author: Catherine Lievens

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages: 123

Characters: Daniel, Bran

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Shifter, Series, Romance

Kisses: 3.5

 

Blurb:

Sometimes being nosy isn’t such a bad thing.

Daniel knew going to look for shifters with his best friend Anthony wasn’t a good idea, but he never expected it to end like it did. Now he has a new job with Kameron Rhett, the Gillham pack alpha, and he loves it. He enjoys being around shifters, and even more being away from his house and his alcoholic father.

Bran Morris’ first meeting as the head of the council enforcers takes him to Gillham. Kameron needs to make a decision about coming out to the town, and Bran is supposed to help with it. He never expected to meet his mate, not after losing his wife and child thirty-six years before.

Daniel and Bran hit it off right away, but when Daniel’s father becomes a problem, Daniel doesn’t know what to do. Should he live his life and be with his mate, or should he stick with his father to be sure the man doesn’t hurt himself? What would happen to his relationship with Bran if he chooses his father?

Review:

Daniel by Catherine Lievens is a sweet shifter story and a good start to the new Council Enforcer series. Daniel is a fast-paced, quick read that will leave you anxious to read the next book in the series. Catherine Lievens writes interesting shifter stories. Each character is intriguing within their own right and I like the chemistry her heroes share between them.

Daniel is a likable man, but for a thirty-plus-plus- old man, he is a little lost. Daniel doesn’t have a lot in life that he can count on. His father is an alcoholic whom Daniel believes he must look after, though his father is an verbally abusive man. Over the years, Daniel has had his best friend, Anthony to rely on. Together they have forged an unbreakable bond and friendship that I really enjoyed reading about.

Daniel is basically lonely and longs to find a man he can call his own. He is surprised when he meets Bran and quickly feels the pull of the mating bond between them. Realistically, Daniel knows that Bran will never leave him and even come to love him, but because Daniel has been hurt and disappointed so much in the past, it takes some convincing on Bran’s part for Daniel to see that their love is worth fighting for.

I liked this story but it was a tad bit predictable. There is definitely a formula to most shifter books, but Ms. Lieven’s does a good job at writing characters that are both intriguing and yet uncomplicated. This book, in particular, was a guilty pleasure to read. It was easy to get wrapped up into Daniel and Bran’s life. Because of Daniel’s disappointments and abusive father, he is a bit naïve and even a little immature at times, but he is an easy character to like. I enjoyed watching Bran convince Daniel of their bond without taking Daniel’s choice of what he truly wants out of life (with or without Bran) away from him.

Even though I really enjoyed the story, I wish it had been a little more fleshed out in places. Bran has a lot of patience, and in the end, ended up being my favorite character in the book. He is a solid, sexy hero whose determination and perseverance to have Daniel in his life was a very sweet thing to read.

Daniel is the first book in the Council Enforcer series and is a spin-off of the Gillham and Whitedell series by Catherine Lievens. Daniel is written well enough that you don’t have to read the other two series to know what is going on. I’ve read many of Catherine’s other books and enjoyed them, so you should check them out if you are looking for a good way to spend the afternoon reading.

Recommended.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

 

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Gabbi Reviews: Out of the Cage by Catherine Lievens


Title: Free Shifters, Book 1: Out of the Cage
Author: Catherine Lievens
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages: 141
Characters: Emmett, Levin
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Shifter, Series
Kisses: 3.5

Blurb:

Can a man who’s been a prisoner all his life ever be truly free?

The only thing Emmett has known his entire life is the zoo. He was born in captivity, taken away from his mother when he was twelve, and has lived alone in his cage for the past twelve years.

Levin is a free shifter. He was born free, and he’s made saving shifters under human control one of his missions in life. The lucky ones are locked in zoos for human entertainment. The unlucky ones are in labs, being tortured and killed.

Emmett and his best friend are rescued from the Colorado Zoological Park just before the park plans to get rid of Emmett for not being able to breed. Emmett has trouble adapting to life outside the cage, but Levin is there for him, helping him every step of the way. It’s confusing and scary, but Emmett has never felt so safe—yet so out of place.

Levin and Emmett must find a way to fit together as they deal with a jealous ex and Emmett tries to become a true pack member. When one of the kids runs away, not even Levin listens to Emmett when he says he can help. Will Levin manage to rescue the pup before it’s too late? What will happen when Emmett decides to disobey Levin’s order to stay put and gets hurt in the process?

Review:

Out of the Cage by Catherine Lievens is the first book in the Free Shifters series. I admit that after I read the blurb, I was real anxious to read this book. I suspected that both this series and story would be different than most of the shifter books that I’ve read before. In many ways I was right. The circumstances behind the lives of these characters, as well as, the struggle they have to survive made this an interesting read.

The main reason why I liked this book was the relationship between Emmett and his best friend, Keating. Both men were rescued from the zoo together and because they were best friends to begin with, I really enjoyed the banter and chemistry these two shared together. It was obvious that Keating, in particular, really cared and looked out for the much smaller and shyer and very naive Emmett. As the story progressed, I truly felt their affection for each other and since I enjoyed their friendship so much, it made the story flow well.

Though I enjoyed Emmett and Keating’s relationship, I also liked the romance between Emmett and Levin, too. I liked the way Levin took Emmett under his wing, and for the most part, was patient with him. Levin is a good alpha. He’s fair and definitely looks out for his clan. I enjoyed watching Levin and Emmett’s relationship developed and appreciated how much they truly seemed to like and respect the other. They were a good fit and will make a strong couple as time goes by.

My only issue with the story was that I didn’t like many of the secondary characters at all. The clan itself is unusual because they are secluded from civilization. Because of this they work hard and in my opinion, are quick to point fingers and blame others for their own faults. As a general rule, I thought they came off as mistrusting and mostly unlikable but I hope as the series continues and as stories are told, the clan will become better people as a whole.

I’m looking forward to Keating’s story…BUT I have a feeling his relationship will be a menage/threesome romance and since I’m not a fan of those, I might not be able to read it…darn it!

Out of the Cage is a solid start to what looks to be an interesting series. I know fans of this genre and fans of Ms. Lieven’s will enjoy it as much as I did.

Recommended.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Rick by Catherine Lievens


Title: Gillham Pack, Book 5: Rick
Author: Catherine Lievens
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages: 136
Characters: Cole, Rick
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Shifter, Series
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

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?

Review:

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:

Xavier
Zach
Craig
Noah
Rick

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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