Jess Buffett – His Silent Mate (Hunter Clan #4)

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Author: Jess Buffett
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Siren
Genre: M/M Paranormal
ISBN 13:   9781627403092

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary:  Jayden McLeod is used to betrayal. After years spent at the hands of an enemy and unable to speak after his own brother was forced to suppress his voice, he struggles to connect with the people around him. Particularly his mate.

As a Wolf-Shifter/Spirit Mage hybrid, Rhys Scott is used to hiding who he really is. When Rhys learns what the Spirit element has done to his mate, he is hesitant to reveal his true self to Jayden. Like all secrets though, the truth is revealed and Rhy must prove to his mate that he is worth a second chance.

Things become more dangerous when the Clan discovers Potestas is closer than they thought, and are no longer playing by the rules. With new allies and unknown enemies, the pair must learn to trust one another and accept themselves if they stand a chance of surviving.

Review: This is another entry into the Hunter Clan series, a series I like more and more as I read it.  There are shifters, mages, warlocks, vampires, you name it.  And bad ass Dragons!

In this installment, Jayden (one of the McLeod brothers) has escaped from Potestas with their sister, Lily.  He has been put through horrors at the hands of Potestas and has had his voice suppressed by his brother, Blake, who is being forced to work with Potestas at the risk of death to the family.   Jayden and Lily are now safe with the Hunter Clan and turns out both have mates there.  Lily is too young to be claimed (poor Morgan!) but Jayden’s issue is a little deeper.  Rhys, the clan doctor, is his mate and Jayden doesn’t feel worthy of him.  Who wants a mate that can’t even speak, that’s his feeling.  He also doesn’t know yet the big secret Rhys is keeping, that he’s a hybrid.

First off, Derrick.  I want Derrick’s story and I want someone badass who will protect him, avenge him and take care of him.  We barely know him and still, that poor baby.

Jayden’s inability to control his Earth element was a great touch.  Too much emotion?  Here comes the flying branches.  There is a feeling of betrayal, of angst and torment in Jayden yet he still remains a young man looking to be happy.  He needs advice from his family and writes a note: “Right now I need some advice.  I think I accidentally acted like a slut.”  That made me smile, not only because of Jayden but because he got to say it to my favorite of the Clan, Riley! And Riley got to respond in Riley fashion, “You are who you are.  As individual as your tongue print.”  I love that guy.

Rhys and Jayden have to navigate coming to terms with their relationship while the ever present (and seemingly ever closer) hand of Potestas causes more and more danger.  I appreciate that in this series it is not just the big bad alphas who are dangerous and protective.  They all have something to offer.  In the words of Riley, “Stay the fuck away from my mate, bitch.”   They’ll toast you.  Jayden comes into his power when he needs it and again, enemies get handed their asses by the smaller mate.  Yes!

You do see the next mating coming early on, just had to be there.   I didn’t see at all the one behind Potestas and I can’t wait until he gets his.  Hopefully Jayden gets to be part of taking him down.  This is a great series and I’m looking forward to the next one. And one for Derrick…

 

 

 

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