Monday, April 20, 2015

#REVIEW: Thomas by VA Dold

Title: Thomas
Series: Le Beau Brothers #4
Author:  V.A. Dold
Published Date: April 10, 2015
Publisher: self published by author
Format: ebook
Pages: 214
Genre: paranormal romance
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: NOTE: Complete novel. No cliffhanger. Dual POV. Rated 18+ for language and strong sexual content. This is an adult paranormal romance with erotic content. The series centers on Billionaire Wolf Shifters with plus sized BBW for mates. It also includes vampires, voodoo priestess, a Marine, and magic. These are stand alone books that create a series. They do not need to be read in order. 
Julia is happy with her place in the shifter community as the owner of the famous shifter bar, The Backwater. But the life she's created for herself isn't enough to satisfy her crazy-ass mother, Lucinda, who shops her and her sister, Krystal, around to the pure blood shifters like pieces of meat. Only a born shifter mate is good enough for her girls. 
Thomas James has his hands full as the shifter king's head of security. He certainly wasn’t looking for a girlfriend during the first annual shifter gathering. He had the king and queen to protect, not skirts to chase. 
A childhood of emotional and physical abuse by his birth father has left Thomas emotionally unavailable and uninterested in romantic relationships. His father Tim’s cruelty to his mother and brother molded him into an extremely protective person. No one messes with his loved ones without answering to him. 
Even though Julia and Thomas are destined to be mates, the obstacles standing between them and their happily-ever-after seem insurmountable. 
Lucinda insists Julia stay away from the filthy human. 
Tim is trying to kill every one Thomas loves. 
The mysterious Benevolent Sovereign, who is trying to overthrow the throne, has sent swampers to attack Thomas and destroy Julia’s livelihood. 
With family like theirs, who needs enemies? 
Will Julia and Thomas’s happiness be snuffed out before it has a chance to begin or will they forge through - obstacles be damned. 

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In this book we continue on with the Le Beau males finding their human mates, or in this case, Thomas James, the human Le Beau by marriage finds his mate though a female shifter, who happens to also be a Le Beau cousin.
Of course, things can never be easy, and they find  obstacles on both sides, one with Julia’s rather amusingly annoying mother who thinks all humans are filthy and wants to maintain the purity of their race. By the end of it, I found myself cheering when Julia finally put her mother in her place.
And then there is the other side of it, Thomas’ abusive father who was cursed and exiled to Las Vegas in the first book. If you thought you saw the last of him, you thought wrong. There’s a nice showdown there. Fortunately, enough of the back story is written into it that if you are coming into the series for the first time, you won’t feel like you are missing an integral part of the story.
The storyline kept moving, I think the pain that was supposed to happen at the absence of mates was severely understated. That should have been delved into more. Overall though, this book was very well-written, the action moved along, and the author writes the characters so that you care about them.

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