Review: Pride Before the Fall by Devon Rhodes

January 17, 2017 Review 0

Review: Pride Before the Fall by Devon Rhodes

When Brady was given a free pass to sow his wild oats, as long as he’s back with the pride before fall, he never dreamed he’d meet his mate…or that his mate would be a man.

As the pride’s alpha heir, Brady knows the weight of responsibility. He’s expected to settle down, find a mate and have an heir of his own. But first he’s given the opportunity to travel and visit other prides, an unspoken opportunity to get his attraction to men out of his system before he comes home and does his duty.

Mason has his hands full fostering Jonah, an abandoned teen soon to have his first shift. He doesn’t have time to babysit a visiting alpha heir, but duty calls. As the second son of the alpha, he knows his place and when he’s given a task, he does it.

Brady and Mason realize almost instantly that they are mates…and both also know that it can never come to pass. With the expectations they need to fulfil, this short time together will be the only chance they have to taste what could be. But they are tied together by more than just instinct—old crimes and hidden connections come to light and they are forced to make hard choices between duty and love.

Publisher's Note: This book is the sequel to Pride and Joey.

Title: Pride Before the Fall
Author: Devon Rhodes
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Unconventional In Atlanta , Bonfire Heart, Remarkable Restraint, Unconventional in San Diego
Published by Pride
Source: Publisher
Published: September 20, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 80
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Stars: two-stars
Flames: three-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Alpha heir Brady has been sent on a little visiting neighboring prides trip by his alpha/father. As alpha heir Brady has many duties to his pride. One of those duties is claiming a mate, producing his own heir, and securing the alpha placement for future generations through procreation. The problem with that is Brady likes other men. Creating a child from that union just isn’t going to happen.

Pride Before the Fall is the sequel to Pride and Joey. I do recommend reading Pride and Joey before Pride Before the Fall. Apparently there is some homophobic tension within the prides. I didn’t get that feeling from Pride Before the Fall other than the characters talking about their alphas disliking gays and as gay men this would cause them difficulties once they find their mates. The book I read never showed me that attitude from the Alphas.

The big tension point here was resolved with one of the main characters, the alpha main character not even present. This is a romance. I felt that Brady should have done the rescuing when that drama reared its ugly head. Instead he is not even there at the moment his mate Mason could have used him. It was also a rather anti climatic climax. It was just done and over with so quickly.

There are several tropes in romance that don’t ever work well for me. Inst-love and secret baby are two of them. This book has a sort of version of both. When paranormal romance and a shifter mating bond is used I try to go with the flow of the rules for that type of world. Who am I to question if a lion shifter can’t scent out his mate within a ten minute car ride. Mason and Brady never sharing “I love you” made the connection seem inconsequential. The secret baby that’s not a secret baby was overly convenient. It allowed for the impossible to become possible.

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