Tattered Loyalties 3/5 Stars
I thought it was good, but it had some issues that got worse as the story went on.
My first issue had to do the the character type of submissive. At first it feels like a female version of the omegas, their touch can soothe upset pack members. Usually (out of those I have read) this trait pertains only to their fated mate. If and when it occurs with the whole pack, there isn’t any jealousy from the mate as the submissive is doing their duty to help the pack. But here I feel the female MC is coming across more sluttish than helpful, not that she goes and screws around on her mate, but she does make comments that insinuate she is just there for her mate to screw and make him feel better. Aside from one instance in the whole book, we never see her interact in that submissive way. Others are hurting and could use her healing touch, but she doesn’t aid them.
The second issue was that it seemed the author couldn’t make up their mind about whether or not Fated Mates is a thing. First it is stated that there is only one wolf out there, then decided that they can mate with anyone, back to only one mate and then bring magic into the mix. Mates can be forced through the use of magic and a law (that must be some type of spell on its own though is never explained as such. just a law written for packs.), though this bond is somehow different than the others. How can they have fated mates if they can take anyone they wish?
It was kind of nice to see how they fought the bond because each could recognize how they aren’t right for each other, but at the same time it didn’t make sense that they could fight the mate bond as hard as they did. If you can call it fighting because aside from sex, they didn’t interact much with one another. They just complained to themselves about their lack of communication.
It wrapped up nicely, with them coming together to rescue a child and begin a possible war, but I don’t find myself itching to read the rest of the series.