Story Rating: 4.25 stars
Audio Rating: 4.5 stars
Narrator: Michael Dean
Length: 8 hours, 15 minutes
Logan Moore is a wolf shifter and an alpha, but he doesn’t have a pack. After what happened with his past pack, he doesn’t even really want one. But following the Oracle’s directions, Logan starts to save people and take care of the supernatural world and ends up with a group of men who work with him. On one such mission, Logan meets Bailey Cairn and Logan is utterly drawn to the man.
While investigating the attack and what it means, Logan ends up seeing Bailey more and more. And Bailey, for his part, has no idea that the supernatural world exists. But he knows that he’s attracted to Logan and feels safe with the man. So much so that Bailey and his friends start spending time with Logan and his men and all of them being to create a unit without even trying.
But there are nefarious characters afoot, and Bailey is attacked himself, after which Bailey learns the truth about who Logan is, what exists in the world, and that they are mates. And that it’s only together, with their entire pack, supernatural and human beings alike, that they will manage solve the mystery and save each other before it’s too late.
Logan is the first book in another spin off series, the Chosen Champions, in Blake’s comprehensive and complex Chosen One Universe. This book has the benefit of being a step removed from the greater universe and, as such, can be enjoyed as a standalone. Or rather, this series can. I will say with all honesty that there’s extra nuance and emotion if you’ve read the rest of the books in the universe, as there are cameos and small details that are more impactful having the background. But it’s absolutely possible to start here and read this series, though you might just want to go back and catch up.
Bailey is human and, for about half of the book, he has no idea that the paranormal world exists, let alone that he and his friends are caught up in it. Logan has plenty of reasons for keeping it a secret. And it takes time for Logan to even realize that Bailey is his mate, and even longer to figure out what to do about it. What I loved about these two guys and their romance is how well they fit together and complement each other. Logan is a caretaker, as an alpha should be, and Bailey needs that from him. But Bailey is also a caretaker, which Logan needs just as much. The more time they spend together, the closer they get, and it’s clear that they’re meant to be. Bailey feels safe with Logan right away, which doesn’t make sense to his human brain. But it doesn’t cause a big issue, and he readily accepts Logan. He also handles learning about the paranormal pretty well, with just the right amount of disbelief that quickly turns to understanding.
This book has a lot of other elements that I loved as well — a found family, a mystery, and hurt/comfort. There are quite a few growing pains as the make-shift pack learns to actually be a pack, and all the different personalities of the secondary characters come together. Blake does a good job of setting up future books with these characters, without allowing it to overshadow the main plot of this book.
There’s a “bad guy” wreaking havoc and causing damage, and Bailey is caught in the crosshairs. There are a few heart stopping moments in this book, and some fairly graphic on page violence. Listening to it made these scenes more visceral for me. It added an additional layer I didn’t experience when I first read this book, and had me gripping the steering wheel tightly (since I usually listen in the car.)
Michael Dean clearly does a great job with the narration on this one. I was once again transported into a differently world, as the melodic tones of Dean’s voice swept me away. This one might be my favorite so far, in terms of listening, as not only was the narration great, but the voices were consistent throughout, with the exception of one cameo appearance of Riggs, who had a distinctive voice in his book that was completely gone here. Other than that minor problem, Dean hits all the right emotional notes in scene after scene. Bailey’s worry and fear, Logan’s commanding presence and overwhelming love, the humor throughout, and the emotional impact of ever scene really made this a great listen.
I’m truly enjoying experiencing all these books in audio. If you haven’t yet jumped into listening to Blake’s Chosen One Universe, then this is a great place to start.