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A Lycan descendant of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, Tristan is not as extraordinary as his ancestors. He is an average warrior, unremarkable throughout. But this fact does not trouble him because he has found his Twin Flame, the one person destined to be his, who will love him unconditionally, life after life.Then his Flame betrays him, leaving him shattered and dying. BrokenheartA Lycan descendant of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, Tristan is not as extraordinary as his ancestors. He is an average warrior, unremarkable throughout. But this fact does not trouble him because he has found his Twin Flame, the one person destined to be his, who will love him unconditionally, life after life.Then his Flame betrays him, leaving him shattered and dying. Brokenhearted, Tristan dissolves the sacred bond and leaves. His best friend, Ushna, accompanies him, vowing to guard and protect him, and Tristan slowly comes to realize that love does not require a sacred bond.But if he hopes to keep the love he chooses, they will first have to survive ancient secrets, lies, mythical creatures, and the return of absent gods…...

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Number of Pages : 179 Pages
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Twin Flames Reviews

  • Sheziss
    2019-04-02 22:11

    Let's say I love the mythological theme. I liked the legend, the werewolves around, the gods around, the laws and norms that rule this world.But there are so many things that just didn't work.For instance, if Theo is Tristan's twin flame, what does he act like he did? Isn't it supposed to be the best feeling ever? To have your own mate? If it is so awesomely described, why do people reject it? Something is very wrong with that statement, Theo's reasons weren't enough to convince me so I felt the concept of the twin flames is a little of a lie. And then Tristan falling in love with Ushna... when (view spoiler)[Ushna's twin flame died a long way ago (hide spoiler)]. It's like telling you "You have your twin soul out there but falling in love with someone else can also bring you that happiness". Of course this is true in real life, there is more than one person you can fall in love with, but circumstances and experiences have the ultimate decision to determine if that relationship works or not. The problem here is that this is not real life but fantasy, and if you say twin flames is the best of the best, developing a no-twin flame relationship feels like less than it should be in a love story. Like a consolation prize.But the author was clever enough to have a surprise card in her deck, Tristan and Ushna's pairing is not the usual one. At this point (if not from the beginning) I felt everything was conveniently designed for the character's suffering. When the author explained something in her invented world, it was immediately applied to Tristan's character. Give him a break! You have to build a world but if every rule in that world is automatically achieved in only one person just after saying it you can't help yourself from rolling your eyes. It was too much. Angst with no reason, like sugar on sugar.The book is easy to read and you finish it quickly, so it doesn't bore you. Apart from the Epilogue, with a myriad of names and events in a mythical style, like a tale for children before going to sleep. The bad side of that tale is that it sounded very presumptuous. It's quite hard to tell an epic story without loosing yourself in that ambition, and the author did get lost in it. There are epic books that with one sentence or two I fall for it, but this one only exasperated me.Also, Ushna felt too empty for me. He is the guy following Tristan everywhere, no matter what. He's quiet and vigilant and rarely speaks. But his presence is not that notable. If the narrator had said Tristan had been by his own in that ranch I would have believed it, because Ushna left no mark at all. This character needs more focus and depth, as he felt like a rag doll for me. It's not that Tristan is that well portrayed but having his POV for the whole story helps a little, although not enough.The baddies were a joke. It's a shame, too cartoonish for me. And the soldiers being puppets? Seriously? A group formed thousands of years before? Controlled by magicians no less? No trade union for those people? No union leader? No professional association? That can't be possible. All in all, I did enjoy the paranormal part, the premise is good, but the execution could be seriously improved.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
    2019-04-21 02:02

    3.5 StarsWARNING: Vague(ish) Review forthcomingThis author is new to me. Before I get going let me say, for the record, that I'm interested in continuing with this series. Ms. Ander weaves an engaging tale filled with Lycans, mythical creatures, historical references and a heaping spoonful of an UST fueled romance. With cowboys. Cowboys don't make me all squirmy like others but Tristan slutted up his cowboy gear enough to tempt even me. He moved some hay. Shirtless and sweaty.Both Tristan and Ushna are Lycans who relocated to Oklahoma after Tristan broke his twin flame bond with lying, cheating, sonofabitching Theo. In case you were wondering, this is a big deal. Twin flames last for eternity. To sever the tie means both could potentially spend eternity alone, never to find their soulmate again. Many thought this decision capricious on Tristan's part, thought he should stick it out and let the flame "correct" the lying, cheating, sonofabitching rampant in their relationship. Ushna wasn't one of those people. He and Tristan have been friends since childhood. Which means… Friends to lovers trope!!!With UST so thick I was this close to pulling out the ole Ginzu knife.He hadn't mauled me-not yet-but I could feel the need in him. It promised to be explosive if he let go. I was extremely hopeful. Wall sex. Kitchen sex. Wall sex. Shower sex. Wall sex. Couch sex. Horizontal, vertical; I'd take it however I could get it.Tristan teased Ushna with his skinny jeans, too tight tees, sauntering, shirtlessness and "accidental" touches. It was fantastic. Easily my favorite part. Then he nailed his boy. Sadly, not on a wall. Buuuuut there were definitely some odd happenings during the consummation. Still hot, but my head was tilting.Then things went sideways. I realize this is a series, but the last chapter/chapter and a half were packed with information, loose ends and what I felt were some highly unlikely reactions to incredible and life changing events. I was overwhelmed and blinking in surprise and bewilderment. Not to mention knee deep in creek Uh, really? *side eye* The other hitch in my giddyup has to do with the beginning events surrounding the murders of the neighbors and the Lycan who Tristan and Ushna tracked to Seattle. Maybe I'm making too much of it, but it felt unresolved. Then again, it could be covered in the rest of the series. Guess I'll just have to read on to find out.Recommend to those who enjoy shifters, friends to lovers and fantasy readers.

  • Barbara➰
    2019-04-03 22:27

    After having his bond broken with his Twin Flame due to betrayal, Tristan is a shell of his former self. His best friend Ushna and he, leave their tribe to try and move on. After an incident, Tristan is seeing his best friend in a new light and feeling things he hasn’t felt in a long time. But little do either know, there are other powers at work some to help Tristan to become who he’s meant to be and awaken his power. Others are trying to stop it. Holy crap on a cracker! I don’t know what it is about this author but her writing grabs me and captivates me. I actually had bypassed this book because I was afraid I wouldn’t like certain aspects of it. And while I still don’t like these things, somehow the author kept me interested and I couldn’t stop reading. This was a bit rushed and could stand to be fleshed out more but I still kept turning the pages, reading as fast as I could. On to book 2...

  • Midia
    2019-03-29 01:22

    I do not know what to say about this book. The story grabbed me from the first page and I could not stop reading. I suffered along with Tristan for later rooting for him.The plot is well-written and interesting to read. The author has created a world that arouses their curiosity and desire to know more about it. Being a first book of the series, you still do not have a thorough knowledge of the characters but this only serves to stir curiosity for more.Twin Flames surprised me in a very positive way. I can not wait for the second book.

  • Jo * Smut-Dickted *
    2019-04-19 23:59

    Amazing world building which creates this incredibly unique myth/lore set up make this stand out from all the other similar stories. Great characters that are framed by politics, legend, myth, lore, and love mean this book has a very fluid timeless feel. The writing is strong, clear, and concise. I've found sometimes with reading books that rely on myth or lore that there is a tendency to bog down and get lost in the myriad of details. Here we are told and shown and it really keeps the story fresh. Highly recommended!* Review copy provided for an honest review *

  • Maya
    2019-04-07 06:08

    I couldn't put this book down. I don't give a lot of five star ratings but this book deserves it. It is unbelievably good!!

  • MLE
    2019-03-31 23:20

    I received this book as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I liked this story quite a bit. I found the mythology refreshing change from the usual, and I really liked that Tristan finding his Twin Flame was not the magical answer to happiness and love. It's a nice twist on things, and I'm interested to see how this may work out in further books. Some of the dynamics were a bit stale, but I did appreciate that both characters claimed each other, and that his consort wasn't a shrinking violet by any means, and I'm hoping that there might be a change up later on. The plot was interesting, and I'm looking forward to learning more about the politics and relationship between the different people and factions. Overall a good start to an interesting fantasy series.

  • Lexi Ander
    2019-04-16 00:58

    11/3/2014:-) I should probably leave a quick note that Twin Flames was re-released through Less Than Three Press in October so it's available again.Thank you for reading!!4/10/2014Just a quick note to say Sumeria's Sons will be temporarily unavailable. The series has been picked up by Less Than Three Press (Yay!) and will be re-released through them. Thank you for your patience and your interest!

  • Purplegirl
    2019-04-09 03:11

    I enjoyed this book. It was a different take on shifters and I was worried for a little because I like instalove in my shifter books. But there was a break in the story and I had the love and possessiveness that I like. The backstory of their shifter world was very interesting. Good read.

  • Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
    2019-03-31 06:11

    5 HeartsFirst published at MM Good Book Reviewshttp://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.co...Tristan suffers from a terrible betrayal by his Twin Flame that leaves him broken and dying. He demands the breaking of their bond, not caring that it could kill him. His best friend, Ushna, becomes his guardian and swears to look after and protect him. Events several years later make Tristan realize that he does want to live and he begins to feel again and he realizes just how much he loves Ushna. But, secrets emerge which shock them both.So some advice to you readers…read this book! This book is brilliant and a fantastic beginning to an awesome series which I am going to be glued to for its uniqueness. Tristan demands his bond is dissolved from his faithless Twin Flame, something that is very rarely done and because of the circumstances could kill him. Ushna swears to look after him and it will be a long road to recovery if Tristan survives the Breaking. Ushna and Tristan are best friends and it isn’t until several years later that Tristan begins to want to live and notice how he feels about Ushna. When they finally confront how they both feel, interference from the Council could ruin it all.Well, this story is quite easy to follow with its development. Although, we don’t get all the answers and many are left open-ended (to be answered in later books?), we do get very good world building and history about the wolves. Tristan has pure heartbreak at the beginning of the book and it affects him for years to come. Ushna has always stood beside him and when they finally become a couple it is impressive how passionate they are. But, the story doesn’t end there. In fact, it seems like it has only just begun with the startling discovery of a secret that leaves Tristan questioning the actions of his family.There is a whole new world to discover in the Sumeria’s Sons series. With various gifts for the wolves, myth’s coming to life and Goddess’s reappearing, as well as Council meddling and agendas. We also have a wolf who has been betrayed severely and takes years to recover, a best friend who has his own sad story and more mystery surrounding another friend. Tristan and Ushna are wonderful characters that pull you into the story. The wonderful way their story has been written keeps you reading. The storyline and plot hold your attention until the last page and you cry out ‘no keep going, I want more!’I have to recommend this to anyone who loves shifters, paranormal, a hint at ancient Gods and Goddesses, mystery, surviving the worst and coming out the other end, love, hot sex, a brilliant storyline… oh and did I mention Lupes?

  • Serena Yates
    2019-03-25 06:24

    This book is not just a very creative story based on Sumerian mythology, taking the legend of Gilgamesh and Enkidu as a basis for a wholly new interpretation, it also adds elements of Lycan lore into the whole setup which had me fascinated from the very start. In that sense, the author has invented a new world all of her own, and finding out how it works and where and how it differs from the original legend was a lot of fun for me. Lexi Ander managed to make these characters come alive in a very modern way, and I felt as if they were people I know.Tristan may be a Warrior of Anat, and "lucky" to have found his twin flame, but he is a tragic figure. The man who is supposed to love him unconditionally is a bastard and cheats on him at every turn. This almost destroys Tristan, and when he finally finds the courage to break the bond, a procedure almost unheard of and thought life-threatening, he almost dies for real. The depth of his despair was so clear, the pain so vivid, I really suffered with him.His best friend Ushna is there for him, has always been there for him, ever since Tristan helped him get over the death of Ushna's twin flame when they were young boys. Of course it takes them a while to see what seemed to be so obvious for me as a reader: they were clearly meant for each other. However, by the time you add in all the ancient secrets and lies that are suddenly revealed, not to mention the enemies who come crawling out of the woodwork, neither Ushna nor Tristan have an easy time of it.As is to be expected of an epic fantasy/paranormal drama like this, the tension is high, the consequences of failure simply unacceptable, and the effort and sacrifices of the main characters are exemplary. I thoroughly enjoyed every single aspect of this story! If you like legends and old mysteries, if you enjoy tales with more twists and turns than chapters in the book, and if you want a very hot and emotionally fulfilling love story on top of all that – go buy this book! I loved reading it and cannot wait for the sequel!NOTE: This book was provided by Less Than Three Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Ayanna
    2019-04-21 02:15

    It was actually pretty good. The way Ander wove in the Sumerian take into the more... (dare I say?) mundane werewolf element was interesting. Parts of it didn't quite completely mesh and were a little off, but other than that, it was great. The characterization was - for the most part - solid. Nothing supremely annoyed me, which is always a good sign.Reread ETA:Okay, upon rereading, I'm having a hard time reconciling Theo. Sure, on the surface, he seems like the slut and callous whatever that everyone's all raging about, but he seemed genuinely contrite when he realized just how badly he'd treated Tristan. Tristan's insistence at the breaking actually seemed more like a histrionic gesture than anything from deep thought. 'Course, I don't know their history, so I don't know whether or not Tristan tried to talk things through with Theo before, but there just...never seemed any indication. I think I was too caught up in Tristan's angst the first time to see that, but I really do feel like Theo may have been treated a little unjustly.It was also really...explicative. The emotions were good, but it got a little too "let me explain the world to you" at times.

  • Lucy
    2019-04-09 22:09

    lot happens to them). Ushna, I’m not sure I can say enough about this wounded, loyal, patient man. A huge loss as a boy changed him but didn’t destroy him. Now he’s here for his best friend Tristan, as he’s always been, during the worst time of Tristan’s life (to date, anyway). Ushna may well be the strongest man I’ve read in years. The loss he suffers was devastating, and then he has to stand by Tristan’s side as the supposed Bashert nearly kills him with neglect and contempt, tied up in lies. (Theo, I hate you.) Then remains at Tristan’s side as he tries to come back to the land of the living. No matter what, Ushna is there, helping, caring and just being beside Tristan. Wow, that man. The first time he goes Lupe, incredibly sexy. Told in the first person point of view of Tristan, the story is well written and intricate. Tristan himself, a Warrior of Anat, is a combination of betrayed mate and open soul. He can also be wickedly funny. When he sets out to seduce Ushna (after coming to his senses), he made me laugh with how he was going about it. He has to deal with a huge amount of change, secrets and truths about himself. Oh, what to say about the depth and dimension that make up the world here? It is the introduction to the history and secrets of this paranormal world, with shifters and gods. This is the first in a series, so there are questions left to be answered. There are characters who just beg for a story, or at least are so interesting that I will beg for their story (Gregori, please). I found this a unique take on the paranormal story, with obviously more to come. Highly recommended.

  • Fiona
    2019-03-22 04:18

    Update 9 August 2017 - Wonderful series, have just finished reading the whole series (as it is now complete) and it is amazing. I can not recommend this series enough to anyone who loves fantasy!!!!Update 2 October 2014 - Goodness me, I love this book. I am really looking forward to the new editions of the rest of series and for Lexi finishing the series. I really want to find out if Tristan and Ushna get their happy ever after!!!! I highly recommend this book to all M/M readers.14 October 2012Really really good book. Can't wait for the next one.

  • Kazza
    2019-03-29 00:26

    4.5 starsI'm laughing here because, yes, I now understand. This is indeed a hard book to review. It is so much more than the official blurb makes clear. If you have ever thought of reading it I recommend you grab a copy and go for it.Anyway, I have reviewed it, as best I can, atOn Top Down Under Book Reviews -http://bookreviewsandtherapy.blogspot...

  • Clovernmax
    2019-04-02 04:10

    Truely wonderful world building. The author took the "werewolve" trope and turned it on it's head. I like the characters. The main character- Tristan, isn't perfect, and it makes his character very likeable. I look forward to the next book.

  • Jacq
    2019-04-02 02:20

    A fun mythical tale filled with Lycans, creatures! Not to mention, Tristan is possibly a royal descendant of Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Oh and Ushna, is his best friend the sweetest ever! A fun read! *Beware Cliff hanger noted!

  • Helle
    2019-04-17 06:24

    It is the beginning of Lycans, of Enkidu and Gilgamesh their ancestors. Enkidu and Gilgamesh is twin flame to each other Bashert. Their destiny is to be reborn and find each other again. The warriors of Royal family and all their sons, the strong love. God Enki is the ancestor to Enkidu. Twin flame Bashert is a life Bond that Will complete your soul until the next death and rebirth. Tristan Janick almost die of flame neglect and Bond poisoning. All because of Theodore Sullivan that have sex with seven people, and have the excuse to say he want pups and one of the people he have sex with is a man, just hate what Theodore do to his Bashert. His action Can very well lead to Tristan's death.Tristan want the Bond broken, even if could die in the process. Gregori Borchetta the Lycan Magi and the most powerful in five hundred years, help Tristan to break to Bond, only Gregori and Ushna Ahura-Yzda stay with him.Ushna have loved Tristan since he was a boy and their love have bond them together, they have the Emblem of Enki and is the Signe of the Kings of Enkidu royal line. Ushna is marked as Tristan's consort. Both bear the marks of the Royal couple. Only the Royal family have the power to control warriors and Magi's and other Lycans. The 14 warriors have given oath to Tristan. Tristan is the ultimate Alpha of the Lycans, a Royal Xenres of the Siamak line, the ruling family of all people. The Royals of the Lycans had always had the ability to anchor and command the Lupe battle form, allowing the man to be alle to control the beast.Some from the Magi want to kidnap Ushna, blackmail Gregori and kill Tristan, why?? More questions than there are answers.There are many details that go together to form a whole, werewolves and magic, gods / goddesses. Background to the werewolves origin, the strong bond of love, reincarnation and to stand strong as the person you are, fight for love. I'd love to know more about Tristan and Ushna's relationship as lovers.Enkidu and Gilgamesh are both men and had many sons, the royal family has the ability to bear children, although both are men. So they do not need a woman.This is an exciting way to see werewolves and how their system is built. About magic and betrayal, love and hate, fear and strength, forgiveness and understanding. Werewolves have always interested me because they are magical and mysterious.Here you get werewolf's beginning and the story of their ancestor, which is filled with love and fight for your love. I know that there is Volume 2, which will tell me more about Tristan and Ushna what's changed and who are their enemies and answers to some things I'd like to know.The gods as interfering in their affairs and whom Tristan and Ushna might have been in a previous life.I will wait patiently for Volume 3 is released and hope that they get more friends and supporters as the enemy might not give up right away and their lives are still in danger. 

  • Donna
    2019-03-26 00:06

    Well, that was certainly... interesting! :DI will admit to not being a great fan of fantasy and even though I found myself confused from time to time... this was a very entertaining story! It took a lot of world building in a very short amount of time to get this story to where it needed to be and trust me... it was done well!One thing I will say about this book... it will keep you guessing and when you get to the end you will want to jump right into the next book of the series! And that is what makes this a good read!

  • Fehu
    2019-04-01 05:08

    4,5 starsTristan's lover Theo, the Alpha king of his tribe, betrayed his trust and injured him with his infidelity, by poisening their Twin Flame bond. Against the wishes of his brother and the advice of the council, Tristan decided to break the soul bond, which was onesided, since Theo hadn't let him claim him in return. A Twin Flame is supposed to be the most sacred bond shared and to betray it in any way has dire effects on the mate. After the Breaking Tristan leaves his tribe with his childhood friend Ushna and it's only thanks to his friends help and care, that he managed to survive. On a dangerous operation hunting a crazy Lykan, who has gone rogue and started killing humans, Tristan has a near death experience, that shakes him up and Ushana's tranformation into a battle form, which is usually hard to control without a lifemate or a Twin Flame, wakes him and the power he hasn't known about even more.It turns out Tristan's awekening heritage has more to it than he might have imagined and already there is a plot to challenge him and to take away Ushna, who Tristan came to realise, he loved and had bonded to.I'm glad I picked this up. The story drew me in instantly, I felt sorry for Tristan for all that he had to endure and the whole Lycan society is really interesting. All the mythology mentioned was a bonus, we had read Gilgamesh' story in a literature seminar and it was fascinating. Bonus points for not taking the Greek or Roman gods, but being creative!What I liked:- engaging story- likable characters- creative world building - not instant love- lively writingThat said, the time jumps where a bit distracting, because I had the feeling I missed something. First we see Tristan before the council, then his bond with his Twin Flame is broken upon his request, next jump is some years later where he is part of an operation hunting a rogue Lycan. I understand why there might be a jump from the breaking to the op, since Tristan say later himself, that he was frozen and merely existed, but I felt like I missed a great deal of his relationship with Ushna through that jump.While there are some rough spots, all in all I very much enjoyed the story and was hooked from the first pages.The ending is a bit of cliffhanger, I at least was glad that I had the second book already :)

  • Borderstar
    2019-03-28 04:15

    3.75 starsI was looking for something to read this evening and nothing was really hitting the spot, so I just picked this one at random - and it turned out a really fun read! The mythology of the world is an interesting take on the usual werewolf stories - some of it did seem a bit rushed through, and loads of stuff happens one after another so you almost don't get time to appreciate each bit before the next thing is revealed...but at the same time I still enjoyed it and wanted to see all the cool myth and magic stuff that was going to happen. One thing I definitely would have liked more on was Ushna - what we do see makes me want to love him, but there is just not enough about him.This is one of those books that when I analyse it I think I probably shouldn't like it, but for whatever reason it worked for me and was very easy to read - I think I will def read the next one to find out what's going to happen.

  • Jerry
    2019-03-27 05:03

    The book starts with a list of Sumerian Gods and their attributes and story. Do you read it first or refer to it when you find a God in the story? I read the e version which means its hard to flip back and forth, so I read it before the story started. It gave me a glimpse into the background of this novel.What a gripping story this is. I had trouble putting it down to sleep. More for the uniqueness of the Sumerian/Lycian intertwining twist. The book reads too fast for my preference because the story is so compelling I wanted it to last longer. This is why I've knocked off a star. Plenty of sex, almost too much for me, but I know some of you will love it. I have already purchased and started the sequel!It's a good story, but not for me a "great" read. But t REALLY takes me to another place.

  • Emma Sea
    2019-04-14 06:09

    I almost just bought this, but the sample is just a re-telling of the Epic of Gilgamesh (the prologue, I guess). Why not take the sample from the writer's actual story?EDIT: but the author has put a bit from the actual beginning of the book on her blog

  • Ryeanne
    2019-04-13 00:22

    I absolutely loved this book. It is one of the best I have read. I don't normally like alternative universe but Lexi Ander is an excellent writer. I immmediately read the sequel and now I am waiting impatiencely for the 3rd. There is such a wonderful love story within in the storyline.

  • Ericka Walden
    2019-04-12 23:58

    Absolutely Fabulous! On to book number 2!!!

  • Teresa
    2019-03-29 23:03

    Really enjoyed this story and characters. The Sumerian mythology was a nice change. The only thing keeping it from being five stars is the cliffhanger ending!

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-21 06:26

    I really enjoyed this little urban fantasy! Could have used some tighter editing, but a great story

  • Chris, the Dalek King
    2019-04-20 02:04

    The legend of Gilgamesh is not a mythos that I know all that much about so I have to admit that the beginning of this book was both confusing and fascinating. I’m not sure how close to the original legend that part of the book sticks, but I liked the way it played out in this book. When we move into current history things start to straighten out and I was able to follow a lot better. I still really loved the mythology in this though.It goes a bit like this:The Lycan descendants of Enkidu (consort and lover to Gilgamesh) were all blessed with a Twin Flame–-essentially a person that is the other half of their soul. It is not guaranteed that you will meet your Twin Flame in every reincarnation of your soul, but when found they are a precious and wonderful thing. Which makes Tristan’s Twin Flame’s betrayal all the more horrifying. Unable to continue living bound to a man who betrayed their bond and their vow, Tristan asks the elders to sever their bond. Unfortunately this is not a simply task, and could very well end up killing Tristain, as their souls are already very entwined. After the deed is done, Tristan will have to leave the clan, along with his best friend and guardian, Ushna, who agreed to leave and take care of Tristan-–at least whatever part of Tristan remains after his soul is cut from his Twin Flame.Neither Tristan nor Ushna knew what fate and the gods had in store for them though. And while one vow was broken, another, given in love and trust, might just change both their worlds, forever.I kinda want to start this off by demanding the second book in this series right now! You see this one ends on a bit (ha!) of a cliffhanger, and I really really want to know what happens.My feeling of this book was it is very much a beginning of a larger story, where all the pieces were being laid out and organized. Don’t get me wrong, it is a story unto itself, but the overall picture is only just beginning to form and I am quite anxious to know what happens.I really do love the unique use of mythology in this book. And I love how the various parts and people played out here. Since I don’t know a lot (hardly anything, really) about Gilgamesh I was a bit confused as to the various players and/or gods here, but I was able to pick it up enough that it didn’t ruin the overall story for me.And I do love a good friends-to-lovers story. I liked how Tristan went from lost from the severing of his soul-bond, to finding himself again. We don’t get to see much of Tristan while he was struggling from this, but from his various family/friends, it is clear that what his Twin Flame did hurt him deeply. And watching him waking up to the idea of life again–-and trying to seduce Ushna–-was fun.I also totally didn’t see that whole twist there in the middle happening. Which was cool.I really enjoyed this book and am eagerly awaiting the release of the second one in January, so I can finally know what happens. I am quite glad that I decided to pick this up for review, because I have been going back and forth on whether to read this book for ages, and am very pleased with what I got. Even with the bloody cliffhanger.This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

  • Jess Candela
    2019-04-07 05:26

    This is a great start to an intriguing new series, though I picked this book up a few times before I finally read it. I kept getting intimidated by the glossary at the beginning, as it made me feel the need to learn who all these characters with unfamiliar names were. As it turned out, and as is my usual experience, enough information was provided in context for me to figure out what I needed to. So to anyone who may be put off by the cover or the up-front glossary, I say ignore it and dive into the story; it's worth it.I loved Tristan, and quickly came to appreciate Ushna as well. There was lots of intrigue, and things developing in strange and unexpected ways. For all that he was a Lycan who took for granted things that seem impossible to us, I loved how "human" and relatable Tristan was. He was also a classic unreliable narrator, but in such a way that I think the reader could tell pretty easily where his views were warped or mistaken. So it's not nearly the surprise to the reader that it is to him that Ushna is attracted to him, and not just because it's a romance novel.What I didn't love were all the tense issues. I don't blame the author, as I understand how those happen while writing. But an editor (or beta reader) really, really should have caught them. They kept distracting me and pulling me out of the story as I tried to figure out when something happened. It was a good enough story to be worth the effort, but all the more frustrating because it was so good and there's really no reason those shouldn't have been caught.I'm very glad that I won both the first and second books, so I can dive into the next right away. Though I'm already anticipating that the wait for the third will be too long, no matter how quickly it comes out. I'm looking forward to seeing the development of Tristan and Ushna's relationship, and I'm also really hoping future books will bring the stories of some of the secondary characters.

  • Wax
    2019-04-08 02:22

    I'm not really familiar with the legend of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, so I was afraid I wouldn't be able to understand the background. I'll admit that I still have a few of the Gods' names confused, but I got the overall gist.Tristan is a Lycan (wolf shifter) who has a Twin Flame. Having a Twin Flame is supposed to be everything to a Lycan. You hope you have one in this lifetime and that you meet them. Once you meet and bond, it's like having the other half of your soul. So imagine his horror and despair when he founds out his Twin Flame hasn't been true to him. Despite the fact it might kill him or leave him severely incapacitated, he decides to dissolve the bond. And his best friend Ushna promises to look after him when they leave the tribe. This is a slow burn story with lots of UST. It is the beginning of a series, so unfortunately it doesn't feel whole. There's a bit of a cliffhanger at the end and there are many threads that are left unanswered, which I particularly hate. So while I did love the friends to lover story, I did take a star off for that.