Reading Assignment Challenge: Locke and Key by Sandrine Gasq Dion
Werewolf Locke Renfro has spent most of his life hunting and killing rogue werewolves--vicious murderers who take pleasure in causing misery and destroying lives. Including his own when they slaughtered his parents. After a rogue bites his lover, it triggers the process of turning him into a rogue also and Locke must kill the only man he ever thought he'd love. Years later, the fates have finally given him a mate--smart, funny and sexy Mitch Devan. Locke is afraid to seal their bond, though, terrified that it will make Mitch a target of rogues who despise him--who would love nothing better than to murder his soul mate.
Mitch Devon has spent so long waiting for Locke Renfro to claim him as his own that he's not sure everything will work properly wen the time finally arrives. But Locke has slain more than his share of rogues; he is convinced that mating with Mitch will put the human at the top of the rogues' revenge hit list. Mitch isn't sure that would be any worse than his platonic existence with the man he adores. When a simple business trip lands him in grave danger, Mitch finds out exactly how far Locke will go to retrieve the key to his heart.
Loyalties are tested and enemies revealed, as the Skull Blaster team comes together to rescue their own.
The last Assassin/Shifters book I read, Savage Love, felt incredibly convoluted and too busy. I am happy to report that Locke and Key was much more enjoyable as it revolved mainly around the main couple and only towards the end did a lot more of the cast join in the fun.
Locke has not had an easy time of it and when he finds his mate, his past causes him to fear the worst: losing Mitch to the rogues. He keeps Mitch at arms length and refuses to listen to his friends who assure him that keeping Mitch close will keep him safe. What I didn't get is why Locke was so worried--Mitch was made immortal in an earlier book. Wouldn't an immortal man be fairly safe from rogues? Maybe even safer than a werewolf? Regardless, Locke is committed to his keep-Mitch-safe-and-at-arms-length plan.
Mitch is an incredibly patient man. He knows that man he loves him loves him back but he is not allowed to show his love in any way. They aren't even roommates for the longest time. Then Mitch and Locke travel to Boston to refurbish a house that Locke owns and Mitch is finally able to wear down Locke's resistance. They get closer as a couple and Mitch finally gets some of the happiness he has desired for so long. And then it all hits the fan...
The bad guys and the good guys all came out in force in this one (except for the Olympians)...we also added in yet another facet of evilness and the good guys discovered that those leading the rogues were closer than they ever imagined. The end of the book left me with the knowledge that the war between good and evil has gotten even more intense--it feels as if we are not at all close to an end and I have to admit I am wondering if there are any more mythologies or paranormals that might be added into the mix. I am looking forward to the next book in the series--but I worry that not all of the good guys are going to make it out alive. Odds would suggest that we will lose at least one of them before this whole thing is over!