Title ~ Orion’s Circle
Author ~ Victoria Sue
Publisher ~ Dark Hollows Press
Published ~ 20th June 2015
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M/M/M Romance, Poly, mpreg
According to legend, when humankind is at its most desperate, the goddess Sirius will send three of the most powerful werewolf shifters ever created to save mankind. However, because they are so powerful, they will need a fourth to complete them, to calm them and help them reach their full potential.
Aden, a young were, has been his pack's omega ever since, at the age of fifteen, he didn't shift like everyone else. Caught, reviled, and tortured because of his empathic abilities, he knew on the night he was told to run as sport for the pack hunters that it would end in his death. What he didn't know, however, was that on the same night he'd also meet the love of his life and a pathway to answers, because Aden is far more than just a pack omega.
What begins as a hunt soon becomes a new adventure as Aden discovers that he has not only one, but three destined mates, and his role as lover is far more than trivial. The fate of all humankind rests upon it.
I picked this book up because I absolutely loved Victoria Sue's Pure series. But if you are thinking that this book will be more of the same, then think again. This book is totally different.
The book starts with Aden literally running for his life. His pack thinks it’s funny to hunt him and although the abuse he suffers is mostly physical and psychological, there is always the threat that things could get worse. As he is caught, knowing his life is over, the men who are hunting him are distracted by a man - what appears to be an extremely good-looking, human. Terrified the man will be hurt Aden tries to deal with his Alpha himself, but
"Your desire to protect does you credit."
Yep, the man doesn't want to leave and so Aden is introduced to the Sirius wolves. Formerly thought of as legends, the wolves claim that Aden is the one to complete their circle - in other words, they are mates.
Darric, Connor and Blaze are the three wolves, all with different skills and special powers. Aden finally sees his has a chance at happiness, and wants to grab it with both hands.
Unfortunately he is tricked by someone he trusted in his old pack, The Black Lakes pack and all is apparently lost. This is where I did have a bit of issue with the book. If Aden's three mates were so close, I mean they could all read his mind, why couldn't the three wolves tell that Aden had been drugged and was being lied to. The pain and anguish was beautifully written, but it made me feel uncomfortable.
This is an unusual take on a shifter story and one I know many readers will love. There is a sort of HEA, but Ms. Sue tells us there is a lot more to this story, so that is not guaranteed. The secondary characters were well written, although most of the focus was on Aden. I adored Connor and my heart bled for him through a fair bit of the book. I didn't like Blaze - yes, he was Alpha but...nope, I just didn't like him. Far too pigheaded for his own good. But for those of you who are tired of a true mate trope that always works out perfectly, then give this book a try. The ideas are definitely different and this was a good start to a new series.
Favorite line: Your greatest achievement is your human body, and your abilities only manifest themselves in that form.