Book Review – Heart of Silver by Kiernan Kelly


Publisher: Evil Plot Bunny
Pages: 208
Characters: Mac/Blue
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Blurb:
Mac hasn’t seen or heard from his family in years, ever since he was banished from the pack on trumped up charges. Against all odds, he thrived in the human world, eventually becoming an educated, wealthy man of means ー everything his pack elders swore he’d never be.

He should be content with his life, but he’s not. There’s something he needs to do ー prove his worth to a pack who’d always claimed he’d be nothing but a pathetic omega wolf.

What he doesn’t count on, though is Blue, an alpha from Mac’s past who’s all grown up and drop dead sexy. Together they set about to defy pack law and carve a life out for themselves, while hopefully saving the pack in the process.

Sometimes love isn’t enough to get you through. Sometimes, it takes a fight.

And sometimes, it takes a war.

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Review

I enjoyed the world building in this book as it’s a different take on the hierarchy of a wolf/shifter pack, and the story is very much about the divides of class and the misconceptions that come with that. I loved the characters of Mac and Blue, and their growing friendship and romance, as they both work to change the status quo.

I liked how the two men are from different backgrounds and how that impacts their world view. Mac, as an omega, knows full well what it’s like to be at the bottom of the pack heap, and rebels against it, even before he sees what life is like in the outside world. Blue is fuelled by guilt of staying silent when he should have spoken out, yet because he’s an alpha, doesn’t really know much about the reality of how things really are for everyone else. I liked how neither of them can make the difference they need to on their own, but need to work together in order to move their pack out of dysfunction into a sustainable future.

There’s not just one bad guy in this story, but although they’re both nasty individuals, I liked how the story showed that they’re products of their own societies. I thought the way they were eventually dealt with was well done, and also showed the different approach the pack needed to take in order to move forward. The discovery about why things had deteriorated so much over generations to their present order was clever and made a lot of sense.

As well as Mac and Blue, this story has several memorable characters, and strong women, which I liked. The ending is very sweet, and the perfect HEA for these guys.

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 https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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