Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway - To Overthrow Evil (Out For You) by Sam Crescent

To Overthrow Evil
Out For You
by Sam Crescent 

Genre: MM Paranormal * Publisher: ARe Books
Date of Publication:  6/1/15 * ISBN: 978-1-943576-02-9
Word Count: 20,600 * Cover Artist: Erin Dameron Hill 

Book Description:
Before they can be out together, they must rid their pack of the evil within.
Sean Ridge, the Alpha’s son, harbors a dangerous secret about his long-time best friend. Ben, the son of their pack’s Beta, also happens to be Sean’s destined mate. 
However, same-sex matings are forbidden by pack law and those who defy tradition risk death. To survive, Sean and Ben must live a lie. But they’re not the only two who want pack law to change. A group of wolves are planning an uprising to overthrow the evil Alpha.
Will Sean and Ben choose to run and forever look over their shoulders? Or will they take a stand and fight for the right to choose their mates and live in the open?

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          Sean Ridge and Ben Frizz stared out of window toward the forest while the rest of the pack ran. It was a full moon, and only those of the pack who were unable to change stayed indoors. The hairs on Sean’s arm stood on end as he thought about what he’d just witnessed.      
“I don’t know if I can stop being sick,” Ben said, putting a hand to his stomach. They were both seventeen and the best of friends. Their fathers were the alpha and beta of the pack. When they were both old enough they’d take their places, bringing protection and guidance like both of their fathers before them. 
            Sean no longer looked toward the thick forest but down at the town square where two men had been made an example of. The very sight of them, hung up on posts, sickened him. There were a couple of people who were admiring the death before them. His own father had done this before his very eyes. He’d never known and never wanted to know anything like it again. 
            “How could they punish them, Sean?”
            “I don’t know.”
            “When you’re mates, it shouldn’t matter. Both men were mates.” Ben shook his head stepping away from the view. “I can’t look. I don’t know how those people can even stand to look at it.”
            “Both our fathers did that, and those people agree with it.”
            “They’re outlawing same-sex mates. If they don’t leave the pack, they’re going to kill them.”
            He didn’t know what to say. Leaving the sight, Sean sat on the bed, drawing his knees up against his chest. He didn’t know if another pack allowed same-sex mates. 
            Closing his eyes, he tried to hold in the shudder as he recalled his father’s disgust. 
            “I will not have this disgusting order in my pack. If any of you wish to fuck one of your own sex get the fuck out, or you will end up like these two dirty bastards.” His father had spat on the floor, the disgust inside him clear for all to see. 
            “Mates don’t have a choice, Sean. Those two men lost their lives because the fates decided they were supposed to be together.”
            “And our fathers made sure they couldn’t. I don’t know what to say, Ben. We can’t allow ourselves to worry about it. Our mates will be women, and we won’t have to deal with our fathers’ wrath.”
            Ben came to sit beside him. “I’m not worried about our mates. I don’t want to be part of a pack that can do that to fated loved ones. We’re a pack. There shouldn’t be any law above mates, and yet we’ve just witnessed two men humiliated and murdered.”
            Shaking his head, Sean rested his chin on his knees. “I can’t think about this right now. I really can’t.”
            In one quick move, he left the bed to rush toward the bathroom. He brought up all of his dinner until there was nothing left. Sean heard Ben enter the bathroom while he was throwing up.
            “It’s okay,” Ben said, rubbing his back. 
            Resting his head on the side of the toilet, Sean didn’t know how much more he could take. He loved his family, but his father had very strict beliefs. Over the last couple of months he’d witnessed a vile destructive quality to his father. 
            “Is it okay?”
            “They might be the only two out there.”
            “I doubt that. Dad is going to tear this pack apart. There’s something different inside him, Ben. An evilness that unleashes near every full moon.” Tears filled his eyes, which he tried to force down. It wouldn’t do him any good to cry. 
            “We can survive this together. I swear.” Ben grabbed his head, and Sean didn’t do anything to fight his touch. This was his biggest secret. Every time Ben put his hands on him it sent warmth throughout his entire body. Lately his dreams had been consumed by Ben. Every time he closed his eyes, Ben was there, talking to him, guiding him, kissing him, loving him. 
            The hotter the dreams, the more excited he became. 
            Licking his dry lips, he pulled out of Ben’s hold. He couldn’t hurt his best friend and, the way his feelings were going, he could easily do it.

My Review:

I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this wonderful story.  Ben and Sean are best friends and mates but they have a few very big problems....they live in a pack where the Alpha and Beta do not tolerate same-sex matings and their fathers are the Alpha and Beta!  Afraid of what awaits them away from their pack and terrified of being caught as mates, they are unsure of what they should do.  Ben and Sean are young men who face a huge challenge and I loved how the author presented their story.  Ben wants to leave and chance making a life outside of the pack with his mate but Sean wants to make their pack strong and feel he needs to stay for the good of the pack.  This is a well written and very emotional story that blends romance, drama and action.  The story line is very engaging with some great secondary characters.  I highly recommend this wonderful M/M romance! 5 stars! ~Booklover Sue

About the Author: 
Sam Crescent is passionate about fiction. She loves a good erotic romance and so it only made sense for her to spread her wings and start writing. She began writing in 2009 and finally got that first acceptance in 2011.
She loves creating new characters and delving into the worlds that she creates. When she’s not panicking about a story or arguing with a character, she can be found in her kitchen creating all kinds of havoc. Like her stories the creations in the kitchen can be just as dubious but sometimes things turn out great.
For more information on other books by Sam, visit her official website: www.SamCrescent.Wordpress.com 

Tour giveaway:
2 eBooks from ARe Books imprints (Out For You, Bad Boys, Perfect Strangers, Alpha), reader’s choice
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