What a wrap-up of the Four Packs Trilogy! The Final Salvation is the third and final book in this sweet m/m paranormal romance series following four werewolf packs dealing with a deadly disease as well as rising tension between the packs.
The books in the Four Packs series could all very well be read as standalones, since each book focus on different characters and their romances and how they deal with the fight against the disease threatening to wipe out the entire werewolf population (a genetic disorder called ‘The Slow Death’, TSD). But I really enjoyed the extra dimension with getting to see the characters from the other books and to follow the increasing pack rivalry throughout the series, and would therefore recommend to read the previous books first, if you have the possibility.
In the first book, we got to meet Marrok from the North Territory pack, who was trying to find a cure for his friend Grady in the East Territory pack but ending up falling in love with the son of the alpha, Zander, on the way. In the second book, focus was on Grady and his fight against TSD and on Max who has been urged to move from his West Territory pack to be a donor to Grady. Now, in the third book, focus is on Luca Bassani, who has been identified as a compatible donor for Zander (the mc from the first book who is now the new East Territory alpha). When the hostility between the packs increases, and a potential threat on Zander’s life is uncovered, it becomes essential to keep his donor protected and the enforcer Diesel Jones gets assigned as Luca’s personal body guard. But the moment they meet, it’s clear that there will be much more to their relationship than a professional one…
The story is told in dual POVs from Luca and Diesel. Just like the two other books in this series, The Final Salvation was a quick read, with a thrilling story with the hunt for a cure for a nasty disease and full of pack drama. There were a lot of emotions, and the urge to protect your loved one at all costs. Compared to the other books, the love story here was perhaps a little too much of instalove for me though. I know the mating bond is supposed to be a strong and instant force, but still, I would have liked some more build-up and that the forced-proximity trope would have been more explored. It also felt like this book was a bit shorter than the others and the ending with the wrap-up of the whole series felt a bit too rushed. But the epilogue more than made up for that and was such a great conclusion!
All in all, this was a highly enjoyable and satisfying conclusion to this sweet mm romance series with shapeshifters, fights for life and death, and fated mates!
Thank you so much to Gay Book Promotions for the ARC and release tour invitation! All opinions are my own and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
3.5 stars rounding up to 4
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