Author Name: Jessie G
Book Name: Rebuilding Hope
Series Name: A Kindred Story, Book #1
Publisher: Jessie G Books, Inc.
Page/Word Count: 200 Pages, 64k Words
Categories: Gay, Contemporary, Shifter
Cover Models: Tankjoey & Connor Jay
Photographer: Cjc Photography
Cover Artist: Andrew Reyna
Holden Bancroft was born with a better than average brain and not much else. Often described as strange and sickly, his attempts to conform only made him look foolish and a life-long diet of pills hasn’t provided a cure. Deciding to strengthen the only tool in his arsenal was liberating and learning became his greatest joy. But each episode is another reminder that his time is limited, and Holden intends to use everything he’s learned to help the small town of Hope before he dies.
Alpha Crowley Lomond, Zenith of the Americas, isn’t exactly happy with his ascension. Leading isn’t the problem, it’s acting like he’s somehow better than every other shifter that chafes. But while living and working beside them may seem noble, Crowley is more than just an alpha. As Zenith, he’s their example, their teacher and guide, and the one they will turn to when their way of life is threatened.
Meeting changes them in ways they never could have predicted and unveils a web of deceit that began long before they were born. Together, they will have to unravel the lies and reconcile the consequences if they are to protect the shifter way of life. Along the way, Crowley will become the Zenith his Kindred was born to love and their enemies will learn that there’s nothing more dangerous than fated mates.
5 of 5 Stars
This was the most unexpected happy surprise I’ve had in a long time. This is one of those books that you read in one sitting but try to read slowly so you won’t finish so fast because you don’t want it to be over because you’re not ready but you want to finish because you need to know what happens (yep, I know that was a rambling run-on). I would have read this in one sitting but my kid had a game so it took a day and a half to finish.
I am an admitted big fan of this author. We’ve had several…discussions if you will, about several of her books. To say that I shocked both myself and her when I finished the book with only 1 very small technical question might be a bit of an under statement.
I loved this book. I’ve decided I really love the growly possessive type…and Crowley does growly possessive PERFECTLY. He is the most powerful being in the Americas but down to earth and humble. He is thrown for a loop when he discovers fated mates are not myths…and he has one. As much as he’s grappled with his role as Zenith, when the time comes for him to fully embrace it he proves why he is in was chosen for that path.
Holden has been lied to and manipulated his entire life. He is ridiculously smart and when his true colors are able to shine we see his strength as well as a little bit of his sass. I suppose since they are fated mates it goes without saying that they are perfect for each other but here I am saying it any way…they are just made for each other; they complement each others strengths and of course their sexual chemistry is OFF THE CHARTS.
There are so many great characters and of course great dialogue between them all. I can’t wait to read more about them all as well as meet the remaining cast of characters in the rest of the series.
4.5 of 5 Stars
It’s hard to believe this is the first shifter book this author has written. The world created is beautiful and engaging. Holden is trying to live his best life. He has limited knowledge of the shifter world and has been taught to fear what he knows. He also has a very strong sense of social justice. When he sees something suspicious in the reports of aid after a hurricane, he takes it upon himself to find proof. Little does he know that he is headed towards not only the answers he is seeking, but to the man that is his destiny. Crowley has lived his whole life being more. And not wanting to be treated as such. When he meets Holden, he learns just how much more he can be.
This book is addictive. I read it in one sitting. I had to. And now I want to know what happens next! This is almost perfect. So 4 1/2 stars for me.
Christina: For those of you that have followed Jessie over the years, you know that our Q&A sessions have gotten…heated at times. In fact, before I started reading this book just after re-reading the synopsis I sent Jessie a question that she didn’t want to answer, instead deferring until after I finished so her response wouldn’t influence my opinion of these characters. (and for those of you that don’t know me, I HATE not getting an answer)
When I finished the book and reached out to Jessie, she braced herself and asked somewhat tentatively “so, how many questions do you have?” And to our shock and awe my response was “just one“.
So without further ado, I share with you my question and Jessie’s answer:
- Alpha of the Alphas didn’t work for me. I wanted a clearly defined role.
- Zenith is a pinnacle, the peak…not a god, but damn near close.
- I chose a cougar for a mate because in the shifter world he could respect pack law, but in the animal world, cougar’s don’t have that kind of hierarchy. Holden recognized and was in awe of his Zenith, but they were equals. Especially as Holden became more comfortable in his truth and started displaying his abilities.
- I chose three so there would always be a majority, never a deadlock, and I made the other two older so that we could see Crowley’s growth.
- I waited until the culmination scene to bring them in because I didn’t want Wasajja or Federov to build a backstory here that their books would depend on later.
- I chose their territories and species for the same reason—to keep them far apart so their stories would not overlap.
Like many readers, I’ve dreamed of being a writer most of my life. Thanks to social media, I was able to follow my favorite authors and hoped to glean some words of wisdom as I pounded out half-formed ideas with alarming regularity. It isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely been worth it and with four series in the works and a full schedule of releases planned for the next two years, it’s been amazing to have made this dream my reality.
I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics, and happily ever after. I’m a lover of strong secondary characters and series filled with families—biological or chosen. All are themes you’ll find throughout my books.
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