His Silent Mate (Hunter Clan #4)
by Jess Buffett
Published August 14th 2013 by Siren-BookStrand, Inc.
Formats Available: Adobe Acrobat, HTML, EPUB, Mobipocket
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
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Jayden McLeod is used to betrayal. After years spent at the hands of an enemy and unable to speak after his own brother was forced to suppress his voice, he struggles to connect with the people around him. Particularly his mate.
As a Wolf-Shifter/Spirit Mage hybrid, Rhys Scott is used to hiding who he really is. When Rhys learns what the Spirit element has done to his mate, he is hesitant to reveal his true self to Jayden. Like all secrets though, the truth is revealed and Rhy must prove to his mate that he is worth a second chance.
Things become more dangerous when the Clan discovers Potestas is closer than they thought, and are no longer playing by the rules. With new allies and unknown enemies, the pair must learn to trust one another and accept themselves if they stand a chance of surviving.
His Silent Mate is the fourth installment of the Hunter Clan Series by Jess Buffett. This is a series that I had been making sure to read once released as the turn of events keep developing. There is no stagnation to the character developments and definitely none for the plot. The ongoing plot developments are written in a way where no reader can honestly say they read book three but not the previous installments and say they understood what was going on. The characters from the first installments continue to grow in the following installments so readers can get a little bit lost if they skip out on any one book.
Now, His Silent Mate is about Jayden whose voice has been repressed by his own brother to aid in his survival under the cruel hands of the Potestas leader. His silence is such that it makes it difficult for his mate, Rhys, to communicate - hence there are a lot of misunderstandings here. These miscommunications could be sad and irritating at times but mostly they were hilarious, especially as Ms. Buffett gave Jayden a voice through his thoughts. Readers are then treated to some of the snarkiest and funny thoughts that Rhys or the other characters cannot be privy to. This was for me one of the best things she ever did. As a reader, I felt myself knowing stuff even Rhys could never know. I felt sad when Jayden finally got his voice back, I felt like I lost on the sweet and intimate relationship and I still feel the loss.
As for Jayden? This guy has one freaking power. He can tap into the earth and at first he could not control it, but once he did, KABOOM! I was literally pumping my arm and kicking some imagined Postestas when he started kicking some serious butts! I sooooo loved his powers.
Then there was the plot development. I am risking some spoilers here, but the discovery of who was the leader of the Potestas was quite unexpected and I had to dig back into the earlier books to identify this evil and maniacal individual. Took me some time but I finally did and it was sad. So, so, sad and unexpected. And how about Derrick and Blake? I am almost scared to read their stories so anxiety will play a huge role when I finally get to read them.
And finally, what Hunter Clan Review I write is without the ever loving mention of my all time favorite character: Riley? Oh boy, my boy Riley. Falling deeper and deeper in love with this guy that I almost wish and hope Ms. Buffett would have it in her heart to write us another book on Riley. With the new plot developments going on, I feel the growing importance of Riley's and Caleb's characters.
So how did this book fare as a fourth installment? Look to the rating of 5 Stars. Jess Buffett seriously upped her writing here.