Old Loyalty, New Love by Mary Calmes (5 Stars)

Old Loyalty, New Love - Mary Calmes

Best friends to lovers theme paired with an interesting paranormal world make for a delightful story!


Quade Danas, bodyguard for Roman Howell, is also a jackal shifter. He joined the military after being forced to leave his pack by his homophobic father. Roman is working on convincing Quade that the two of them should take their relationship to the next level, but now the pack desperately needs him back. Quade must now deal with pack issues and his potential relationship with Roman.

Quade may grumble quite a bit, but there is no doubt that Roman is his heart and soul. I loved his character and his voice as he tells his story. In typical Calmes fashion, almost everybody adores Quade and wants to be by his side at all times. I know I certainly did. He was both powerful and tender, leaving no doubt that he would always love and protect Roman.


Roman had been in a serious accident which left him with quite a bit of scarring. This definitely played into how most people treated him, but it didn't stop him from being kind and compassionate toward others. It was always entertaining when he felt the need to bring out his more caustic voice. Since Quade had been protecting Roman both before and after Roman's parents died, Quade was concerned that Roman wanted him for the wrong reasons. It was fun to watch Roman convince Quade otherwise. The story was split nicely between their romance and the pack activities.


Dealing with pack politics, Roman's business ventures, Quade's former lovers, and the other side characters all made for a very enjoyable story. I really hope the author continues to write in this world, since there are several characters that have a story to tell.


Beautiful and captivating story about friendship and loyalty told within the world of shifters.


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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