Release date: January 14th
This story was definitely a grower. It took a while, but the more I read, the more intrigued and delighted I became. Also, it’s probably the most believably organic formation of a threesome I’ve ever encountered. Kudos to Rancourt!
Synopsis: Trajan is a 175 year old vampire on the verge of committing suicide by sun due to grief over his dead lover Connor. But when he is tasked by his sire to keep a young alpha werewolf safe for a week, he’s instantly distracted from his dark thoughts. Not only is David an outrageous and unapologetic twink just looking for some fun, but almost as soon as he steps off the plane, the attacks on his life begins. And no matter where they go, their pursuers finds them, pointing towards betrayal from someone inside of their respective circles. Trajan and David grow closer, and when once again their attackers are closing in, Trajan’s supposedly dead ex turns up very much alive.
Soulmates is a non-stop action read. There’s never a dull moment and I really liked the fast pace. At first though, I didn’t particularly like David. He seemed to be just a spoiled, immature brat, and I couldn’t fathom Trajan’s growing affection or attraction to him. That Trajan’s POV was the only one for a good long while didn’t help with that.
It was only when the story swapped to David’s POV that he started to grow on me. And did he ever. Especially when Connor joined forces with them. My personal tastes might not lean towards femme men, but David was exactly right for Trajan and Connor. And this is – without a doubt – the best description of a threesome formation I’ve ever come across. It was simply believable and just felt like the most natural thing. And despite Trajan and Connor having history, there was no emotional imbalance between the men, they were equals in every way. And nevermind all the action, it’s probably that beautiful threesome portrayal that is my main takeaway from this story.
As for the plot, it was a bit so-so. Or rather, how Trajan and David handled all the attacks were. That they just kept trying to hide and ran from place to place wasn’t entirely logical. Logically, they should have been trying to find out what it was all about, and contacted people both within the vamp and were communities. Not least the person who arranged for Trajan to guard David in the first place. But instead they sort of just hid and waited until the bad guys found them. Granted, they never had to wait long. And even though the direct threat to David’s life was resolved in the end of the book and there was a HEA (or HFN?), there were so many things left unresolved I didn’t feel particularly satisfied. For one thing, it was never explained how the bad guys kept finding them. Or the true intent for wanting to eliminate David.
What I’m saying is, I hope there is a sequel because there’s so much more I need to know.
But in conclusion, Soulmates is great entertainment. Fast-paced action, some steamy interludes and a very sweet and authentic feeling portrayal of a threesome relationship. 4 stars!
* A free copy of this book was provided by Gay Romance Reviews