Friday, 3 March 2017

Get Over It

Get Over It

by Lisa Oliver

2 out of 5

The Gods Made Me Do It #1

(Spin off series from the Cloverleah Pack. Can be read as a standalone, but readers of the Cloverleah Pack series will recognize some of the secondary characters).

Madison Worthington has worked hard to get to where he is. Thrown out of his pack at a young age, he finds his home in the San Antonio pack, eventually talking himself into a job as Damien's PA. He doesn't get the respect he'd hoped for, but he holds his head high as he works behind the scenes keeping Damien's club and pack running smoothly. At night he dreams of a mate who will hold him in strong arms and love him just the way he is. Unfortunately, the Fates appear to have other plans.

Sebastian D'Eath, son of Thanatos the Angel of Death, has always known that the Fates would throw a mate in his path. He just didn't realize he had to dive into flood waters to stop the man from drowning. But no matter how cute his mate might look as a drowned rat, Sebastian has his arguments ready. He doesn't want a mate; won't take a mate and no one can make him. However, he soon finds out the Fates have other plans for him, too.

Angry words lead to Madison being captured by a wolf with a sick mind. Salvation comes from an unlikely quarter, but Madison returns to the pack with a change of heart. He has some scores to settle and Sebastian is first in the firing line. Hellhounds, dinners and a red convertible - will Sebastian ever get the man he claimed he didn't want?

This story is roughly 50,000 words, but the book includes a bonus short story about Thanatos and Cody.

Warning: Contains two sexy men, intimate situations and coarse language. Also watch out for a sexy twink with an attitude that won't stop, a demigod who seriously needs to grow up and hellhounds that appear without warning.

Like most wolves, Madison has always dreamed of finding his mate. But when that mate turns out to be the immortal son of Death, who is still pining for his old lover, it seems that fate has a dark sense of humour.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first book I've read by Oliver, and it is clearly stated that this new series is actually an offshoot of an established series, but can be read as a standalone.
I can say that is does read as a standalone-ish. It's easy enough to pick up what is happening, the pack dynamics, and the whole dom/sub culture in their club.
BUT I felt that the story was much more about the group as a whole, touching on things that had happened to various characters, too briefly in most cases. It follows how the Angel of Death finds a mate; how Sebastian's best friend (the son of Poseidon) finds a second mate(?); oh, and how Madison and Sebastian cope with being mates.

I would not recommend reading this book, until you've read the other series first, because I'm guessing that establishes a level of familiarity, and caring about these relationship developments.

This book is very mate-heavy (if you haven't figured that out). Once a wolf (or demigod) spots their soulmate, they are two halves of a whole and have to be around each other, and daily shagging.
I've got to say that it wasn't what I expected - wolf shifters, alphas, immortal warriors - and it's all very cuddly and doe-eyed and puppy-dogs.
It's one of my pet peeves when an author creates "alpha" characters who all turn into soppy gits.

There were some interesting and creative moments - I loved the whole hellhound storyline. And enjoyed how important running the club was for Madison.

The first half of the book was a huge disappointment. Everything is chaotic, there are random threats and for some reason the club is flooded, because of... reasons.
Madison is kidnapped by the same crazy psycho guy who kidnapped and killed another wolf (I'm guessing this features in the previous series). Crazy psycho wants to abuse Madison, but just spends his time threatening and drugging him, to hide him from the pack.
((mild spoiler)) Madison is plucked out of danger by the Angel of Death, because that dude has no rules and can magic shit up.
Crazy psycho guy disappears and neither HE NOR THE KIDNAPPING ARE MENTIONED EVER AGAIN.
Seriously, the drama happens in the first couple of chapters, and works as the kick up the arse that Sebastian needs, to realise he wants Madison in his life. Fair enough, but then it is dropped, which I couldn't believe.
Crazy psycho guy has killed one of them, kidnapped two others, and none of the wolves want revenge? Justice? To appear to be making the slightest effort at tracking him? Or adding security until he's caught?

Nope. Cuddles and clothes are more important.

Overall, the writing style didn't appeal to me, but the hellhounds get an extra star.

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