Keata’s Promise by Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (102 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis
Young, naïve Keata Kia was kidnapped from Japan along with his cousin and three other young men. Struggling to make a home in America, he discovers the men who took him in are wolf shifters—and one of them is his mate. Unfortunately, Keata’s mate has refused to claim him.
If the human remains unclaimed, there is no shortage of eager wolves ready to step in to teach the beautiful and innocent Keata a thing or two about making love.
When Keata is kidnapped and it’s discovered the prince of vampires has him, Keata’s wolf goes crazy, ready to kill every vampire in the area. But the wolf's plans change when it’s discovered Keata has a little secret that now has everyone scrambling to protect his life.
Can a relationship withstand a language barrier and constant misunderstandings?
That’s the question when it comes to Cody and Keata. It’s comical to read how this two hundred and seventy-two year old werewolf tries not to hurt his best friend's feelings and not alienate his young naïve mate in the process. Cody is doing his best to put others first while managing the minefield of love and relationships.
Cody is a good man just not sure how to handle his new mate. When English isn’t Keata’s first language it does create a problem for these two men. Cody knows he hasn’t been the ideal mate for his Keata but Cody is caught up in trying to not hurt anyone’s feeling but it’s costing him more than he expected.
Keata is a sweet loveable character you just instantly love. He is naive to the world around him. His too trusting personality gets him into trouble more often than not. We do learn that Keata is like this not out of stupidity but out of wanting to be accepted. It’s also funny to read the dialogue when Keata is talking to anyone. His broken English is a complete laugh. Ms. Hagen did an excellent job getting across this young man’s language barrier.
The scenes with Keata and Johnny are very humorous and refreshing. These two have become best friends and have definitely unleashed chaos in the Brac household. Mates are treasured beings to these wolves and are on short leashes when it comes to being able to go out and about on their own. Despite being in constant danger from unknown sources it’s nice to see the mates being able to cut loose and live a little.
Keata’s story has been a long awaited addition to the series. I've ondered since book five who his mate would be. The struggles these two men have endured are completely worth it in the end. We also get some unexpected news where Keata and his cousin Kyoshi are concerned. Ms. Hagen has also introduced another paranormal entity into this series. I for one can’t wait to see where her imagination will take us next.
I highly recommend Keata’s Promise. We get answers to questions but are left asking more. This is a must read series.