Sunday, March 24, 2013

Silver/Steel by Belinda McBride

Title:  Silver/Steel
Author: Belinda McBride
My Rating: A 


Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Series:  Arcada #2
Main Characters: Travis and Dylan
Release Date: December 2012 
Publisher: Loose ID

Links to Purchase:

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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
When dream hunter Dylan Ryve spots a beautiful shapeshifter raising hell in a bar, he knows he wants the wild young man. But Travis Feris is more to Dylan than a few hot minutes outside in the snow; he's the assassin's ticket into the magical town of Arcada. He didn't plan to rescue the kid, but when he found the shifter being attacked, the opportunity to play hero was too good to pass up.

Through the solitude of a long winter night, Dylan walks in Travis's fevered dreams, learning about Arcada and the pack, and showing the shifter the man he'd been so very long ago. When morning comes, both men know their lives will be forever entwined.

From Dylan, Travis learns that he is a strong, valued member of the pack. The dreamwalker sees his own worth reflected back at him in the dark blue eyes of the wolf. Yet when Dylan has the chance to free himself from centuries of enslavement, can he betray the man he has come to love

Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: BDSM elements, domination/submission

My Review:
I absolutely ADORED this book. It would have easily gotten an A+ rating on my system except for one little thing at the end of the book that should have been tied up, but I'll talk about that in a minute.

This is the second book in this series. Blacque/Bleu was the first and you can see my review of that book too because I read it right before this one. There is absolutely no reason you have to read both books except that both of them are really, really good. Blacque/Bleu also really helps you to understand the pack politics that are present in Travis's world. 

Travis is floundering in the pack world, not fitting in and not knowing how to fit in, so he's given up trying. His mother is an Omega and as her son, he's smaller than most the pack wolves, even though his father is the Alpha. He is constantly picking fights and getting in everyone else's face, whether they are wolves, humans, or other. When the book starts it's Thanksgiving and he's at the bar to blow off some steam. That doesn't work out so well when two men decide to teach him a lesson and drug him with intent to rape him. Dylan catches them in the act and saves Travis. This all occurs when a snowstorm is beginning and the town of Arcada won't let Dylan into town because he's a threat to her people, so Dylan has to take Travis back to his hotel room to let the drugs wear off and someone can come and get him.

Dylan is a fae and basically a slave. He signed a contract with a very bad man centuries ago to save his people and family. He has to take 1000 people that Ulric tells him to. He's on his final contract before he has his freedom and it just happens to be a person located in Arcada. Arcada is the town but she has her own presense. She protects her people and tries to keep people out of her city that mean harm. She's kept Dylan out, but Travis left the city limits for his bar excursion and that's how they end up together...in a snowstorm...in a hotel room. Yeah, things heat up pretty quickly between them, which is pretty shocking since Travis is a known homophobe in the pack....he gave Blacque a really hard time in the last book when he came out.

This book is so good. There are several layers to the story line. Dylan is trying to complete his job, the Alpha is missing (which was never explained), there are rogue wolves also being held prisoner, and it's the holidays. This is one of those stories...Dylan is stuck either way that he goes, whether he finishes his job or not. It made for a great suspenseful story. I loved all the reasons behind why Travis acts the way that he does (that scene where he confesses all to Dylan was incredibly hot and smexy...and so heartbreaking). I loved this relationship and story...

BUT there was one major thing that kept this from being an A+ book story for me. The author didn't tie everything up. There's a demon attacking the rogues and that story is also climaxing at the same time that Dylan's story is climaxing, but nothing is ever explained about what happened there. Just that it ended. That part of the story was really intriguing and I really wanted to know what happened and how they wolf pack resolved it. Also, where was Dane, the Alpha, throughout most the book? The last little section of the book, while beautiful for Dylan and Travis, just didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the book...and it didn't complete all the story. It almost seemed to me like the author wrote this great, wonderful book a year or two ago when she wrote the other one, then didn't know how to finish it. When I finished the book last night, I even went back and reread the last 10% again an hour later just to make sure I wasn't missing something there. Maybe this is a set-up for another Arcada book?? I hope that's the case. Regardless, this is an AMAZING book and I highly recommend this one and the first in the series for m/m and paranormal readers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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