Release Day Review ~ Without Reservations (With or Without Book #1) by J.L. Langley (Giveaway)

Title: Without Reservations
Series: With or Without: Book One
Author: J.L. Langley
Release Date: September 27, 2019
Category: Paranormal Romance

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Sometimes love catches you by the tail.

Native American veterinarian—and werewolf—Chayton Wilson dreams of a fair-haired mate. However, he’s shocked to find his mate is a man. He’s not quite sure what to do with a male mate, but he’s more than willing to find out.

Keaton Reynolds wakes up in wolf form and finds himself with a mate. He’s instantly attracted, but not thrilled to find out the man is supposedly straight. A past relationship where his partner denied being gay left a bad taste in his mouth. Keaton wants to make a break for it and pretend he never set eyes on Chay—but Chay is not ready to let him go.

Together they work to battle prejudice and solidify their shaky relationship. Chay must deal with not only his mother’s preconceptions about gay men but also her hatred of white people. When a power struggle in Keaton’s pack threatens Keaton’s life, the two men must quickly learn whether they can depend on each other.

5 stars

Without Reservations is the first book in the With or Without series by J. L. Langley. Chayton “Chay” Winston is a veterinarian. He is also a werewolf. Since the beginning, he has told his mother he will marry a blonde princess. Keaton Reynolds is attacked. Shot at while in wolf form, he gets hit and is brought to Chay’s practice by the game warden, who is pack. Chay immediately realizes they are mates. So does Keaton once he wakes up. The biggest issue is Chay is straight. Chay is ready to mate with Keaton however he needs to persuade Keaton he does not care about his gender. Can they work?

Chay is really sweet. He comes off as perfect and understanding. He and Keaton make the perfect couple. I love how fascinated Keaton is with Chay’s native heritage. The nickname little bit is hilarious and somehow fits Keaton.

I have read this book multiple times and it was one of the first series I bought; it has to be one of my favorites. The characters are well thought out and the storyline is original. I honestly can read this book every few months and not get sick of it. One of the biggest things I love is while this book is obviously about shifters, there is no alpha/beta/omega dynamic, except the alpha and his betas who help run the pack. While Chay is a strong wolf, Keaton’s wolf is stronger and that is mentioned.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. *** 

4 Stars!

Chay is a vet and has dreamed of his mate since he was little. Convinced that his mate will be blonde with blue eyes, he’s not surprised when an injured, light-colored wolf brought into his clinic smells like his mate. He is surprised though that the wolf is male. When Keaton wakes up in wolf form and realizes that he’s safe and the man with him is his mate, he’s happy until Chay says he’s not gay. 

While I was a bit put off that Chay announced he wasn’t gay and then didn’t understand why Keaton kept trying to avoid him, I was happy to see Chay stick by his mate and woo him. I wished that Chay would have been more upfront to his friends about Keaton and their relationship earlier, but I could see why he would hold off for a bit until they settled things between them more and Keaton believed that they had a future. Keaton also could have been more honest with why he was having doubts about Chay like he was. I did like the determination and effort that Chay put into getting to know Keaton and introducing him to the important people in his life. I did find it funny how everyone in Chay’s pack knew they were mates before Chay said anything, and I liked the support that they gave to Chay and Keaton from the start. The mystery part of the story was okay, I felt as shocked as the characters by who was the culprit, but also thought there wasn’t enough background given to make it not seem out of the blue. 

All in all, I enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the next book in this series. 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

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4 thoughts on “Release Day Review ~ Without Reservations (With or Without Book #1) by J.L. Langley (Giveaway)

  1. The fated mates part is always a treat to read. And then all the shenanigans that in a contemporary romance you’d roll our eyes but in a fantasy world anything goes!


  2. I enjoy how paranormal romances brings in the fantastical and makes it seem totally logical.


  3. Fated mates, magic and different rules are all things that I like about PNR.


  4. The fated mates, the world building, magic if there’s magic to be had and the characteristic and traits of the characters.


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