Review: “Calvin” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Calvin
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Gillham Pack series
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST:Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
LENGTH: 121 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book


Sometimes you have to let the fear go to welcome happiness.
Calvin was assaulted when he arrived in Gillham two months ago, after living on the streets for two years, but it wasn’t enough to dissuade him to leave the town and his new life. He never expected to be assaulted again, though, especially not by the same man.
Alex has been envious ever since both his brothers found their mates, but at only twenty-one, he never expected to find his own. He especially didn’t expect the man he rescues from a beating to be it.
Calvin and Alex have to learn to navigate their new relationship. Calvin is shy and hesitant, and Alex does his best to give him enough time to get used to his presence. They move in together—as housemates—but their fragile relationship is threatened by the appearance of a teenage brother Calvin didn’t know he had. What will this mean for Calvin and Alex’s relationship? Will Calvin finally believe Alex is in it for life, or will he let his insecurity win?

levilogooptimummAlthough this was the first book from the series I’ve read, I had no problems following the plot.
Apparently, shifters came out to the world. There’s a quite big pack in Gillham, and it’s growing. That’s where Calvin is living now after he was on the streets for two years.

Calvin’s experiences growing up in the system make him skittish, introverted and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Two months ago, he was found beaten up in an alley by a pack member, and ever since then he’s been staying with two pack members. Calvin seems to try to find his place in the pack, without any success. The only thing he knows is that he wants be stronger, to protect himself. He’s only nineteen, and he feels all alone. Then, one day, walking the Main Street of Gillham, Calvin finds himself face to face with the guys who attacked him previously. Although he was training with the pack enforcers, he gets beaten up…again.

Alex is a bat shifter. He has two older brothers and two loving parents. He’s the baby of the family, being the smallest of the brothers. He didn’t expect to find his mate yet, him being just twenty-one, but he can’t deny that he feels a little jealous of his brothers, whom now live happily with their mates. Walking with his two friends one day, they hear some “skin hitting skin” sounds, and they rush to see what’s going on. They find a boy on the ground, curled up and seemingly unconscious. After they had chased away the attackers, they approach the unconscious boy, and Alex is overwhelmed…the boy is his mate.

The story is about Calvin and Alex coming to know each other. Although Alex is full of confidence, he finds himself hesitant regarding Calvin. Alex doesn’t want to scare away his mate.

The book has only 85 pages, it’s an easy read…if you want to have a few hours to yourself and read about two youngsters mating this is definitely for you… it was for me for sure!

****The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book****


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