Pale Light by L J Hamlin

Pale Light by L J Hamlin
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (144 pages)
Other: M/M/M, Menage, Anal Sex
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Elijah and his father Joshua find a young werewolf, Jayden, when his entire pack and family were murdered. They take in and train Jayden to hunt the supernatural with them. Elijah has a secret; he’s fallen in love with Jayden, but he dares not tell a soul.

Elijah’s sometimes lover, Chogan, is working a case with them. Chogan’s unexpected attraction to Jayden forces Elijah to confront his feelings. What does it mean for the three men’s lives? And just what is lurking in the woods?

One moment in time, one decision to show mercy, it set in motion the chance at a love none of them ever expected.

This was a different kind of shifter paranormal than what I’ve read before. It’s gritty in that there’s a faction of wolves who hunt people and then there are the hunters who hunt those wolves. Then there’s Jayden. He’s a different kind of wolf. If it hadn’t been for the kindness of Joshua and Elijah he could have been a killer. I liked that the author allowed Joshua to maintain his humanity (in spite of history with wolves) and have mercy on the wolf cub they found. It made the difference in who Jayden becomes.

Elijah could have resented Jayden or even hated him considering how Elijah lost his mother but it was pretty clear that Joshua had raised him well. The author paints a respectful and loving relationship between Joshua and Elijah. I like that she didn’t make Elijah, or Jayden’s, choice in loving other men be the focus of the tension in this book.

Instead, in comes in the form of Cho, well mostly, but only until they realize that three isn’t a crowd. It’s the final piece that allows them all to be together. These men are very candid. A lot more so than most male leads are, in fact. That part felt a little unrealistic but at the same time, it drives me crazy when the main characters don’t talk openly. Maybe because these men are part of a world that’s so full of secrets, they choose to put their feelings out there. One less secret to be kept. Either way, it moved this story along.

The story is told in a present progressive tense. Meaning, the action is happening as we read it. It’s a little odd to read because I never felt like I was there with the characters, like I was always just a step behind him them watching the action. For example: “He is running” “He is fighting”. It’s similar to a first person POV type story except that I wasn’t seeing the action from the eyes of one the characters, it simply played out and I was on the outside rather than feeling like I was part of the story. Not a story killer, just different.

There are some editing issues. Not so many that I was constantly drawn out of the story, more like speed bumps. Slowed the pace for a second but then it picks back up.

The premise of the story is good. It didn’t take long to figure out the mystery but I was vested enough in the relationship between Elijah, Jayden and Cho by that point, I wanted to see how it played out. Cho has a secret that would be beneficial to the case but could possibly be detrimental to the relationship. At least he thinks so. The constant sexual tension that vibrates off the men was pretty hot. Everyone is a little unsure so, when they finally get past the “what if’s” they burned up the sheets.

Though I wasn’t expecting the odd tense the story is told in, I’m glad I took the time to read it and give it a chance. Readers who enjoy a good paranormal should give this one a try.

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