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Strength To Let Go (Tales of the Werewolf Tribes Book 1) by [Popescu, Alina]
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After being abandoned by his mates, Shiki Kirishima, beta of the Dragons of the Fang werewolf tribe, returns to his home in Tokyo.
Crippled by grief, Shiki decides to end it all by going into the territory of the Siberian Killers tribe and challenging them to a battle to the death.
His death.
Ganzorig, beta of the Siberian Killers, however, sees the potentially disastrous consequences of having Shiki die in battle.
Instead, he saves him.
Having suffered loss himself, Ganz takes it upon himself to help Shiki deal with his pain.
Blake, Shiki’s best friend since childhood, is as determined to show him there is life after a wolf’s ultimate loss.
Could there also be something ‘more’ for them after friendship?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4046 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (7 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010ITT1VG
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #332,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shiki and Blake get to tell their story 5 August 2015
By johanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Shiki is a friend of mine, then again, so is Blake. These two men I've been observing for almost a year now, I think, so of course I had to read their story. Which has not yet ended, by the way. Shiki is as cool as cool can be, Blake a more quiet enigma. Both men are gorgeous inside and out. If only they had come together sooner, maybe what they had to go through could have been avoided?

No, this is not a true story, no werewolf/shifter/paranormal story is. Unless I am totally missing something? These two men are quite real to me though for they are my friends. You can check, if you can, on my FB page. They are role play characters two awesome authors play along with others. This is how their story unfolded but the nitty gritty details, all here is laid out in the book. And oh, wow, this is truly a wonderful read.

It all begins and almost ends with Shiki losing his two husbands for reasons he could only guess. His inability to find the answers is just one of the few things that drove him on a suicide mission. As beta of a powerful clan, he is not only powerful and highly skilled, he is deadly. With the exchange of blood from both ex-husbands during their supposedly happy times, he is changed. For the better? For the worse? One could only guess and that question is what drives the conflicting lower-powered clans to think they could bully their way through taking over what they most definitely cannot. Shiki has to get out of his depression and do something. And he does. The journey to that point where he finally found the energy to get up and be out there as beta, now that is what this read is all about.

It is a heartbreaking story, Shiki goes through. Two men help him out. Ganz and Blake. But it is Blake who finally gets him to get out of his funk and face the world and responsibilities. To finally live again. Have the strength to let go of a past and be someone else who is most definitely changed but wiser and more confident. He is the only one Shiki knew he could lean on without fear of being babied. Of course he is, for Blake is the one best friend he grew up and trained with. As for their romance? What others saw for years brewing, both men never smelled. Well, they buy food, they don't cook. You know what I mean. If they did, they would have noticed the wonderful aroma of unconditional love.

Now, I am biased, I already said I love both men, being friends and all. As for Alina, well, this gorgeous Romanian is one of the besties on FB, everyone knows that too. But I never mince words when it comes to her writing and her style is right on target for what I am constantly looking for. Narrative, image-filled, emotional. She can turn text into a movie in my mind. The action sequences here, they put bushido movies to a test. As for the characters, think cosplay and you get the full blast of her men. Yes, she's really good. As for Blake, I know the author behind the man as well and... let's leave it at that. Talent wise, that author is undeniably up there on my faves list as well. Point is, this story could never have come at a better time. Why? Well, pick it up, take a read, and find out why I loved it so... Get ready for the ride of your life.

The story will continue and as for the questions left hanging, I know some answers, but mostly, I don't. I have to be impatient.. erm, sorry, patient.

Note: I know Alina is sorry/not/sorry I cried. (To Alina: meanie! **stickstongueout**)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention 13 December 2015
By Elisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What a nice, fresh, new take on the wolf-shifter meets his mate trope, and the best friends-to-lovers trope. I really enjoyed this story, I loved the way the author fills us in on details from the past throughout the length of the story, rather than just giving a huge info dump. This is good because I sort of felt as if I were missing something at the beginning of the book, as if there was another book I'd missed so I checked the title once again to make sure and found out that it was book one in this series, so having things explained as time went on was great because it answered questions, rounded out the different characters, developing many of them from being just 2d creatures into being fully formed 3d people. However, there were times when I feel as if the flashbacks were repetitive and with each flashback it seemed as if the editing suffered for a bit before straightening out. The scenes were all described beautifully, and I felt as if I were actually there. But regardless of that, I must admit to a bit of disappointment that the reasoning behind Kayden and Keiran leaving Shiki in the callous way that they did, left me slightly unsatisfied. While in real life one does not always receive closure, I at least wanted it for Shiki. However, it's only the first book, so we'll see what happens later in the series. With all of that, it was still a beautiful story about survival after losing who you thought was the love(s) of your life, moving past that, seeing the truth of your relationship and them, and being open to love, laughter, and living again, because there are people who care and you never know whom you may find right around the corner.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shiki does not disappoint! 1 August 2015
By Azarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I met Shiki in the roleplay world and loved his cheekiness and his playfulness. I was overjoyed when I found out his story was being put into book form. I was not disappointed at all! Alina has given one of my favorite characters a beautiful start to his story. The playfulness and fun I love about Shiki are definitely included in the story. However, the book does not begin on a particularly hearts and flowers note.

The first part of the story devastated me. My heart broke for Shiki. While I understood the devastation and the reasoning for his decision (I’m not doing spoilers LOL) I wanted to wrap him up and just hold him. His pain was written so vividly, I fought tears to continue reading.

And then, Blake entered the picture. Cue the hearts and flowers and the desperate mad rush of falling in love. It dried the tears and brought a huge smile. Shiki’s fears of ruining a relationship with his best friend were realistic and on point and written with just a touch of brilliant humor.

Throughout the book, Shiki visits several different places. I loved the descriptions of Tokyo. They put me right there in the middle of the maid cafes and on the bustling streets. Excellent!

Although part of a series, the book is stand alone in that there was closure on several important issues, but THANKFULLY, there is room left for more, more, more Shiki and I cannot wait!

Great job, Alina. I will definitely be recommending this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review by Caroline 11 September 2015
By PrismBookAlliance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4.25 out of 5 Stars
For original review, see the Prism Book Alliance® blog online.

Apart from a small anthology story this is the first thing I have read by Alina Popescu and to say I enjoyed it would be an understatement!

Strength to Let Go moves away from the normal view in stories that I have read that once a shifter, in particular werewolves, have found their mates that that’s it for life. The view that has everyone shouting ‘mine’ and mates that would die to protect what they have found.

Shiki Kirishima had found not one but two mates from the fea realm. They had mated, they had married and they had even started a family but after 6 months these two men who meant the world to Shiki and who he would have laid down his life for walked away from him and cut off all contact. A wolf rejected by his mates is a lesser wolf in Shiki’s eyes, his grief is palpable as he spirals into depression and comes up with a plan for an honourable death.

Death is not so easy to find when Ganzorig a beta with the Siberian Killers pack sees something in Shiki worth saving. For all the brutality of his pack and life Ganz is a surprisingly gentle man who coerces Shiki into giving life a chance. Their friendship is major and vital to the story and I hope to see Ganz again further into the series.

After a couple of months of healing Shiki is more at peace with himself than he thought possible until his best friend Blake arrives to take him home. The very thought of returning to his previous life, visiting or living in places that his mates were a part of sees his panic return and resolve diminish. Blake is another gentle character who has played a huge part in Shiki’s life as best friend and co-conspirator since their childhood.

How these two men have gone for nearly 3 decades without realising how they feel and what they mean to each other is a mystery but as gentle as Blake is Shiki is damaged, he can only ever see people walking away and leaving him, he needs to be able to see past his pain if he is to have a shot at a real HEA.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed at World of Diversity Fiction 18 August 2015
By World of Diversity Fiction - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Title: Strength to Let Go (Tales of the Werewolf Tribes, #1)
Author: Alina Popescu
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer: Covers by Design
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Reviewer: Sean
Genre: Paranormal
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: 3 Stars
Book Rating: 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Blurb:

After being abandoned by his mates, Shiki Kirishima, beta of the Dragons of the Fang werewolf tribe, returns to his home in Tokyo.

Crippled by grief, Shiki decides to end it all by going into the territory of the Siberian Killers tribe and challenging them to a battle to the death.

His death.

Ganzorig, beta of the Siberian Killers, however, sees the potentially disastrous consequences of having Shiki die in battle.

Instead, he saves him.

Having suffered loss himself, Ganz takes it upon himself to help Shiki deal with his pain.

Blake, Shiki’s best friend since childhood, is as determined to show him there is life after a wolf’s ultimate loss.

Could there also be something ‘more’ for them after friendship?

Review:

I knew I would easily enjoy the novel because I really enjoyed Alina’s vampire series. Now she wrote a werewolf series and that excited me. I loved the fact that the author really showed her hard research since she included first few pages explaining what tribes were and what words meant. It was awesome to see that. That alone, gave me a hint, that it will be a good book. The hint was right after all. I couldn’t stop once I started.

Shiki’s world was fallen apart when his mates (yes, with plural) left him without any explanation. There was not even a suggestion what Shiki had done to make them leave. As a werewolf, mated meant for life. Once a mate was taken away or met its true death, the survivor mate would suffer a serious depression. That was what Shiki had gone through. He was ready to give up, so he went onto the most dangerous territory. On Siberian Killers’s property, they had a law where no “outsider” werewolf or any supernatural creatures were allowed on their land. If they chose to ignore the law and got onto their land, they would be killed without any explanation. Shiki already knew the law and that was his goal. But unfortunately (fortunately for us, readers!) Shiki didn’t meet his true death. Instead, he was rescued by a beta of iberian Killers.

Shiki was an important werewolf and was well known, which was probably why Ganzorig saved him. After being rescued, it became a much longer journey for Shiki to figure out how to let his lovers go hence the book title. That was when it got better because I was able to see Shiki wake up and realized there was a second chance at living. He had family and best friend, so he wasn’t alone to face his frustration or depression. In the end, things had turned out much better for Shiki. Of course, there was plenty of mystery going on with his former lovers. I was dying to learn more of why his former mates left him. I kind of think it was because of what was going on in Fae world that we didn’t know yet. Something out there pulled his former lovers away. Maybe we will find out why in next book. I can’t wait!

I highly recommended you to give this book a shot and see how awesome werewolves are in the novel. They each had their own laws. So, it was really cool. Don’t wait too long!