Book Review – Waking Bel by Jocelynn Drake

Lords of Discord #3
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 378
Characters: Bel/Wyatt/River
POV: 3rd
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Series.

Beltran Varik believes in science.

It holds all the answers he seeks.

Except for one.

How in the world did he end up falling in love with two werewolves?

Of course, there was no way science could account for the beauty, warmth, and mind-blowing sexiness of Wyatt and River.

The two shifters are outcasts from their own kind and must seek the protection of a vampire.

Bel might take them in out of a need to keep them safe, but his feelings for them grow into something so much deeper.

Unfortunately, Bel might have to choose between his wolves and his family as a fight brews with the local werewolf pack and the Variks face a darker threat from the Ministry.

Waking Bel is the third book in the Lords of Discord paranormal romance series. This book is an MMM and contains vampires, werewolves, nosy brothers, music, science!, Ozzie the raven, so many first times, hope, dirty talk, and a love that will never end.

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I loved Bel’s story, and sat up reading a couple of very late nights as I had to find out what happened next. The author made me sniffle. I enjoyed learning more about Bel’s ability, and of course Ozzie steals the scenes he’s in, as always.

The characters are fabulous. I loved Bel, Wyatt, and River together, and how Bel kept telling himself he was an outsider and they couldn’t possibly want him that way. The sex scenes are hot, and the love these men have for each other is very obvious, not only in their words, but by their actions. Bel is so sweet and geeky, and yet I wouldn’t want to cross him. He’s formidable especially when he’s protecting those he loves.

I love the Varik siblings, and the way any conversation degrades into fun and bickering. I love the way they have each other’s back, and I enjoyed seeing more of Winter in this story. I’m looking forward to reading his book! I liked the further exploration of Rafe and Bel’s twin link in this too. I hope Aiden gets his own book, and I’m curious to learn more about him after the hints in this story.

The world building is fabulous, and I liked how it expanded in this story to include werewolves, and in particular why the vampires hadn’t heard of them. As a side note, Sofia rocks, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her. Ditto for Maggie.

The action scenes kept me turning pages, and on the edge of my seat. These guys go through so much to not only be together, but to survive. There is loads of hurt/comfort, which made me very happy.

This is a series I’m going to have to get for my hardcopy collection. The combination of fabulous characters and world building, plus vampire musicians, werewolves, and action scenes hits all my reading buttons. More please.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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