Wednesday, July 19, 2017

[Review]: "Chasing Destiny"

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Chasing Destiny by Megan Erickson
Publisher: Megan Erickson (July 21, 2017)
Series: Silver Tip Pack, 2
Genre: M/M Romance -- Paranormal / Dystopian
POV: Alternating 1st POV


Some live on memories…

Almost dying during a pack uprising has a way of shaking things up. I’m no longer Mr. Laid Back now that there’s an itch under my skin I can’t scratch.

On a volunteer mission that goes beyond the walls of our compound, we enter the territory of a pack long thought dead, and find ourselves on the business end of their spears.

What I’m not prepared for is what I find within their walls—The one shifter I never thought I’d see alive, the one I’d mourned twice, the one I’d always loved. He is alive, and if I have anything to do with it, he’ll stay that way. But he’s got secrets, and exposing them could lead us to an enemy worse than the bloodthirsty undead shifters wanting to kill us all… 



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Reviews of Erickson's Previous Novels:



Changing His Game
Daring Fate
Fast Connection [with Santino Hassell]
Focus On Me
Leveling the Field
Out of Frame
Overexposed
Strong Signal [with Santino Hassell]
Tied to Trouble
Trust the Focus



My Review:




Bay and Nash grew up together, and had just started exploring possibly being more than just packmates when a Nowere attack left Bay’s sister dead and Nash unaccounted for (and presumed dead, because no one survives a Nowere bite).



Fifteen years later, and while Dare, Bay’s brother and the Alpha of the pack, was rescuing his mate’s family from another pack, Nash was found in their dungeon, in terrible condition. But on the way back to their pack’s land, Nash sacrificed himself to another Nowere attack in order to let his Alpha and packmates run to safety. Twice, Bay believed he had lost Nash forever. Until, while checking out a long-forgotten pack, Bay finds Nash hiding out there, recovering from everything he’s been through since he drew the Nowere’s away. Surely this time fate will be on their side and they can finally be mates and live happily ever after. But nothing is so simple in this dystopian paranormal world, and there are still secrets from Nash’s time in captivity that could keep them apart --- and kill his entire pack.



I never would have thought that I’d be reading a series that’s a cross between Underworld and The Walking Dead. But, well, here I am because Megan motherfucking Erickson. (Er, that’s said lovingly, of course, because she rocks.)



In this dystopian world, a virus hit the Weres, turning them into deadly, mindless zombie Weres. There’s no cure. Humans were wiped out long ago, having no defense against them. Now only werewolves and Weres remain in this world, trying to survive with the countless packs of Noweres (that is, the zombie Weres) rooming around them. I gotta say, the zombie touch to this shifter series is quite interesting and definitely new. Plus, as I said already, it’s Erickson and everything she writes is great.



I’d told Dare once that we all had tragic backstories in this world, and it was true. Everything scarred us and I wondered how much more Nash could take before he fell apart. All I could do was vow to be there to keep him together.



I knew that Bay’s story was going to give me feels when Nash was hinted at towards the end of Daring Fate. And I was right. I mean, damn, Nash is such a tortured hero. He’s been through so much, and struggles with wanting to claim the one man he’s always loved while believing the lies he’s been told over the years of his captivity: that he’s a mistake, that he doesn’t deserve a life, doesn’t deserve to be treated as anything but an experiment. He wants to stay away from his pack and Bay, to protect them, but he can no more stay away from Bay than he can change what he is.



“My life wasn’t a party before you. Maybe everyone thought it was, but every single day, I knew something was missing. The reason I volunteered to travel to scout out the Whitethroat compound was because I’d grown so restless I couldn’t take it anymore. I was coming out of my skin. And I’m finally, finally content now that I found you.” He wrapped his other hand around my neck and caressed my jaw with his thumb. The warm of his touch spread through me. I was right where I’d always wanted to be. His smile was slow, spreading across his face like dripping honey. “You’re the destiny I’ve been chasing all my life, Nash.”



I won’t give anything away, but I will say the new twists and world reveals very much kept my attention and I was just as invested in the plot/world as the romance.



Another thing I adore about this world? Sexuality is just so fluid and accepted without questions or push back. Guys with guys, girls with girls, multiple partners, and every combination possible. I wish more authors would do this; you’re creating a new world – yes, even in contemporaries, btw, since it IS fiction – don’t limit your world to the same small-minded society views shoved down our throats IRL. Anyway, my point being: I loved seeing glimpses of so many happy couples, of so much diversity.



And speaking of a world that’s very free with sexuality, that goes beyond who a Were wants to fuck. It’s also about the sex itself. They’re very much connected to their more animalistic side, of course, so there’s no shame in sex – hell, even somewhat public sex – nor is there shame in what partners get up to. I so appreciate that.



Now, that also means that these two guys had a love of, well, cleaning one another up after their climaxes. And no, I’m not talking about using a washcloth. Which isn’t really MY thing, but if that is your thing, that’s just fine, I can respect that. And while I wasn’t exactly getting hot and bothered over reading those specific parts (see again: personal preference), because of Erickson’s writing and my trust in her, it wasn’t a hard pass by any means, either. I think it was pulled off quite well and still came across as pretty hot in the context of their sexual relationship. Plus the rest of the sex was Erickson’s usual solid A+ dirty smut, so I truly can’t complain! 😊



They made me laugh a few times:



“I’m starving.”  
“I see that.”  
“You didn’t feed me after sex today.”  
“Oh, so it’s my job to feed you?”  
He plucked a handful of grapes and began to toss them into his mouth one by one.  
“Yes,” I mumbled around a mouthful of food. “Here’s the deal. If we’re outside these walls, I’ll drop a whole deer at your feet.”  
He laughed. “Fine. Deal. I’ll go through all the trouble here of ordering food.” “Damn right.”"



And have some pretty intense feels:



“Mine,” he [Bay] said softly. “Your body can be mine until you remember how to make it yours again.”



Okay, so that quote won't mean as much without the full context of the story, but just trust me!



I’m very much looking forward to exploring more of this world, and seeing who else gets a HEA. Vaughn, for example, best be getting one next because his sarcastic ass just about stole my heart (I have a thing for the sarcastic guys in romancelandia).



“Those [glaring and smirking] are not my only emotions,” Vaughn said, crossing his arms over his chest. “I can be sweet as pie.”
Pace rolled his eyes. “Uh-huh.” 
“Sugary sweet.” 
“Okay, Vaughn.” 
“A delicate, innocent flower.”  
This time Dal smacked him on the shoulder. “Shut up.”



Though I’m not entirely certain who he’ll be paired up with. Oh well, even more reason to stick around and see!




If you’re looking for something new to explore in the paranormal romance genre, I think you’ll find it in this series. It should be read in order, just to get a bit more of the major world building out of the way, and to meet characters that play a part in this one. So far, both books out are M/M, but I don’t believe it’ll stick to just that single pairing.



4 STARS! 


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