A Premier lion shifter, Hugh Landry dedicates his life to leading the Berk pride with strength and confidence. Hundreds of people depend on Hugh for safety, success, and happiness. And at over a century old, with more power than can be contained in one body, Hugh relies on a Siphon lion shifter to carry his excess force. When the Siphon endangers himself and therefore the pride, Hugh must pay attention to the man who has been his silent shadow for a decade. What he learns surprises him, but what he feels astounds him even more.
Two lions, each born to serve, rely on one another to survive. After years by each other’s side, they’ll finally realize the depth of their potential, the joy in their passion, and a connection their kind has never known.
Hugh is a premier lion shifter, that means that he has a great deal of power and needs help containing it. For the past ten years his Siphon has been standing just behind him taking the excess energy. One night Hugh's life flashes before his eyes, his Siphon tried to kill himself and if he had succeeded Hugh's life would also be over. He has to get to the bottom of the Siphon's pain. When Hugh realizes that he doesn't even know the Siphon's name he sees that he's been looking out for all his pack members but the one closest to him.
Johnnie has never had a friend. He's been sequestered since birth to keep him safe, then when his pack needed to join another he was given to Hugh as their tribute to their new leader. For a decade Johnnie has followed Hugh, falling deeper and deeper in love with the man he shares a house with, but Hugh does not acknowledge Johnnie, doesn't even know his name. Johnnie cannot live in the shadows anymore but he cannot seem to kill himself, he self heals any cuts he inflicts.
When Hugh finally starts to get to know Johnnie, he begins to understand just how badly Johnnie has been treated his whole life. Now Hugh must make his pack realize that the Siphon is a man and just as deserving of notice. While he brings this about Hugh starts to have feelings for Johnnie he's never had for another person. Can fate really have brought him his mate?
I totally enjoyed this story! Johnnie is such a sweet boy and deserves the love he finds in Hugh. Hugh is a great leader who finally finds a peaceful place with Johnnie. They face more than just their past though and the twist makes the story more interesting. CC has done it again!
Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."