Darkside by Shannon West

Shannon West - Darkside CoverTitle: Darkside

Series: Mate of the Tyger Prince #2

Author: Shannon West

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novel (202pgs)

Publisher: Dark Hollows Press LLC (April 5, 2016) 

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: The course of true love never did run smooth. Ryan is settling into his role as a new father and the royal consort of Mikos, the fierce and handsome Prince of Tygeria. He’s still deeply in love and happy—most of the time. But the former Alliance colonel is a bit restless, and even though he loves his child and his mate, he needs a bit more to occupy his time. Mikos thinks giving him more babies to care for will help, but Ryan comes up with a different idea for some diversion and physical challenge by forming his own team for the dangerous Arena Games.

Meanwhile, Haggoz and Kevin are deeply involved in a much more serious game of their own. The king warned Haggoz that punishing his own mate and holding him prisoner would be nearly impossible, but Haggoz can’t bear to be parted from him. Locked in a seemingly endless war between his love for the former marine and his duty to his king, Haggoz is struggling to survive. 

Just when it seems that they’re hopelessly deadlocked, Mikos and Haggoz go on what should be a routine mission against an ARes training facility on a distant moon. When disaster strikes and word gets back to Ryan that Mikos and Haggoz are both in terrible danger, he embarks on a desperate mission to save them and bring them safely home. Ryan finds an unlikely ally in Kevin to help him save the men and discover that even though the course may be rocky, true love will always find its way.

ISBN: 978-1-944054-55-7

Product Link: http://www.darkhollowspress.com/dark-side

Reviewer: Lisa 

Review: Each book in the Mate of the Tyger Prince collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. 

Ryan loves what he is and his life, however he seems to be missing something. Mikos thinks giving him more babies will fix that, but Ryan has other ideas. It is not what you’re thinking, so get your minds out of the gutters. Haggoz and Kevin are in some big trouble. Haggoz is keeping his mate prisoner and is still on the punishing him part. Too bad he can’t seem to stop having sex with the man. He is being torn in two. Then they are sent on a mission that turns bad, it is up to Ryan to save their asses.

I didn’t much care for the jump between all of the guys. Haggor is a total ass, but he will need both his mate and Ryan if he wants to survive what is going on. Here Ryan is getting depressed and needs to make a plan to fix it. What does one expect after having a baby? Ryan wants to play in the war games, yet his mate has other ideas. It would seem that he has forgotten where his mate has come from and who he is. Never get in the way of a marine. Then you have a man who keeps his mate locked up but can’t stay away from him. I just don’t get it. 

I don’t really care for books that are longer. It just seems to drag stuff out that is boring to me. Don’t get me wrong this book rocks, but it didn’t keep my attention like it should have. I just don’t care for multiple characters having trouble in one book. I did like to hear about Mikos and Ryan, but I was hoping that this would just focus on Haggoz and Kevin. Other than my problems with it, this book did exactly what it was supposed to. It entertained me for most parts. I liked how Ryan and Kevin were the ones to get their mates out of trouble. I felt bad for Kevin though. 

Now the story was pretty damn good, but it didn’t set off any explosions for me. It was a fun read but one that I could have done without. My attention was not caught like it should have which was a bit disappointing in the end. I hope that the next book comes off a bit better to me.