Title: On the Brink
Author: Lisa Oliver
Series: The Cloverleah Pack, #10
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance / Shifters
Page Count: 247
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Raff never wanted a lot out of life; his pack, his family and to be accepted for who he was. Yes, Red Wolves were smaller, skinnier and weaker than other shifters, but they were also extremely rare. Which is why, when he was banished from his home pack and family, he made a point of staying away from other wolves. But living rough, without any money, is really hard and when Raff risks a trip into San Antonio to find some cash work, he quickly wished he hadn’t. Although, thanks to his dog Killer, he did meet up with the Alpha Mate of the local pack. Maybe, just maybe his life would take a turn for the better.
Nereus was almost as old as the sea itself, but he made a point of visiting friends whenever he could. A chance visit to the wolf pack at San Antonio put him in the path of his mate, and Nereus grabbed the little man as quickly as he could. But Raff was new to the pack and when Scott and Madison get kidnapped and the men from Cloverleah zap into town, Nereus can’t help but wonder if Cloverleah might offer his new mate a safer place to live.
Back in Cloverleah, Teilo is pleased his brother is mated, but it’s not as though he has a chance to go and look for a mate himself. He’s settled in his home and loves to run in his wolf form. Although, when he gets bitten by a teacup poodle with the ridiculous name of Killer, he wonders what other surprises are going to jump out of the bushes at him. He didn’t expect to find two mates.
A crazy serial killer with no scent; danger for Raff at every turn and a landlocked beach? The men at Cloverleah are in for some pleasant and not so pleasant surprises. Throw in four dogs and the gorgeous bear cub and all of the men in Cloverleah are going to have to be on their toes.
(Warning: M/M/M menage: violence, graphic intimate situations between men and an attempted rape of one of the MCs. Also features a teacup poodle who thinks he’s an alpha, a serial killer who believes in mpreg and a merman with a beautiful tail).
A note to readers: This book is based partially on a time line from Angel in Black Leather Pants. It is not necessary to have read that first, but if you have, don’t be surprised at the overlap. Also, because of the timeline of the book, it is written in two parts. Part one is in San Antonio where Raff and Nereus meet. Part Two is in Cloverleah where Raff and Nereus meet up with Teilo.
This is the 10th book in The Cloverleah Pack series by author Lisa Oliver. While I have really enjoyed the series, sexy shifters with lots of testosterone floating through their pack, this book was just not up to par.
First, the author introduced new lore into the series again, we now have merman, Gods, and demigods. It just was a lot to swallow. I know, you are wondering why I can swallow shifters and have trouble with other paranormal beings? It’s not that I had trouble with the characters or plot, it was that just so muchwas thrown at the reader in this book, it became overwhelming. I wondered at one point if the author was planning on ending the series with this book and wanted to get everything in, all in one book.
The MC in this story are Raff and Nereus. Raff,is a red-wolf, Red Wolves were smaller, skinnier and weaker than other shifters, but they were also extremely rare. Which is why, when he was banished from his home pack and family, he made a point of staying away from other wolves. Raff is trying to survive in San Antonio and take care of his dogs he has found and bonded with. It is on the streets in San Antonio he is found and saved by Damian’s mate, Scott. Scott, quickly takes in the lone-wolf and starts to get him settled in the San Antonio pack. Before he can get completely settled, Damians visitor/friend, Nereus sees him and the mating instinct kicks in. But, all doesn’t end in a happily-ever-after for these two, because someone is after the red-wolf and when Scott and Raff are kidnapped San Antonio has a pissed off Alpha wolf and a demigod searching for their mates.
Eventually Raff & Neurus move to the Cloverleah Pack, which has become quite the gathering of supernatural beings. Their assimilation into the pack has a few bumps, but overall they find they blend well, along with Raff’s puppies.
If it was just that part of the story that the reader was exposed to, my rating would have been higher. Unfortunately there is a lot more thrown in which becomes very confusing at times. I am not sure what Ms. Oliver will do next with this series, my only hope is that it will be easier to read and not jump from viewpoint to viewpoint without any sort of direction to the reader. Will I read the next book? Probably as I love the guys from cloverleah. Until then I am hoping for a better book 11 that isn’t such a jumble of plots and ideas.