Release Day Review by Kristie: Chosen Pride, by Mary Calmes

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Chosen Pride, by Mary Calmes
Series: L’Ange, Book 3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 26, 2016

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Jon Slade finally met his mate, but instead of it being the happiest day of his life, it became the saddest when wolf shifter Kelvin MacCurdy chose his obligations over their fated bond, leaving Jon to pick up the pieces of his shattered dreams. Lucky for him, Roman Howell, his boss and the owner of L’Ange, saw promise in the forlorn lion and put him to work so he wouldn’t have time to sit around and lick his wounds while he waited for his wounded spirit to heal.

Then the wolves make an official visit to L’Ange, and Jon finds out Kelvin’s pining for him is taking its toll on his position as the king’s champion. Though Kelvin’s training and the expectations of others steer him toward an intended mate, Jon has an unbreakable hold on his heart, and it’s no longer possible for Kelvin to keep himself from where he truly belongs.

But the conclave brings more than Kelvin to the château. It also brings a challenge to jackal alpha Quade Danas, a threat that Quade and Roman, Arman and Linus, and Jon and Kelvin may have to fight in order to keep L’Ange’s family intact. Jon never wanted to lead a pride, but the loyalty and devotion to one is ingrained in him. Kelvin was raised to punish anyone who questioned his king, but the calling to protect others runs through his veins just as deeply. To come out on the other side of the battle together, Jon and Kelvin will have to hold the darkness of solitary pride and broken hearts at bay—and find strength in belonging to something bigger than themselves.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
True Mates
Friends to Lovers
Forbidden Love
Additional Warnings: Some graphic violence


It felt like I’d been waiting for this book to come out for years. Of course, I only just recently read the first two books in the series so I really only had to wait for about 2 months. If you’ve been a fan of this series for a long time, I can’t imagine what the wait has been like for you. I mean, you’ve been waiting a while, right? Even over these last couple of months, I’ve been biting my nails in anticipation. So, did I like it?

In an effort to keep this free of all spoilers, I’ll say that I liked it a lot. I do have a few issues with the story and pacing, some minor issues with the plot and how it went. But overall, I really had a good time reading this. Some moments are seriously cringe worthy. Others, wonderfully sweet, while others still are so perfectly planned out that the manipulation taking place made me wonder just how long Ms. Calmes has been thinking about this book, and just what she has in store for more in the future. Because yes, there needs to be more. So much more.

Chosen Pride is more than the blurb. Not that the blurb is misleading, because it isn’t. What the blurb does not share with you is that the implications of what happen in this book are huge. The way things tie together, changes to things that are working well, impacts to all of the people who live and work at L’Ange… these things make for a very involved story. There are things revealed that I’d been suspecting. To find that some of my theories have been correct made me do a little dance.

In the end, I’m really pretty happy with this. I’m happy and full of good feelings because of all the good things that happen. I’m not happy, however, that I don’t now how long I’ll have to wait for the next book. But hey, those of you who have been waiting a long time for this one… you’ll be there to support me now, won’t you?


Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.

Mary’s Links
GLBT Bookshelf

You can purchase Chosen Pride from:
Google Play
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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