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Fighting Instinct [PDF / EPUB] Fighting Instinct Only a privileged few know L Ange s head of security Arman de Soto is a shifter, and even fewer know he s been systematically killing off a pack of werewolves The reason for this vengeance is a secret Only a privileged few know L Ange s head of security Arman de Soto is a shifter, and even fewer know he s been systematically killing off a pack of werewolves The reason for this vengeance is a secret Arman trusts with no one, quite the opposite of his obvious longtime pursuit of the ch teau s overseer, Linus Hobbes Despite Arman s reputation as a loner, the only thing he needs to complete his life is Linus Predator and prey just don t mix but Arman won t give him up Linus has lived alone for than seven years, sheltered at L Ange under an assumed name and hiding secrets of his own, including his terrifying attraction to the most dangerous man he s ever met Arman knows Linus should be afraid of the predator stalking him, but Linus is still drawn to him like a moth to a flame, no matter how much he tries to deny his instincts It s not until Linus s past and Arman s crusade exposes their secrets and opens L Ange to attack that Arman realizes waiting any longer is a risk he just can t take So he ll have to take his quest to the source of the threat in a gamble to protect L Ange, Linus, and any future they might have together.


10 thoughts on “Fighting Instinct

  1. says:

    i am perverse how to explain my feelings let me try this way i had terrible dreams for many years.i was grieving, and afraid ofpain but when a true catastrophe finally arrived, and there was nothing left to fear because it had all happened already i stopped dreaming at all.i didn t rest it wasn t peace i had i was numb.terribly wounded, but not afraid any.i felt a kind of release there, i thought, it s done the loss has occurred, and the pain i was afraid of is here i will h i am perverse how to explain my feelings let me try this way i had terrible dreams for many years.i was grieving, and afraid ofpain but when a true catastrophe finally arrived, and there was nothing left to fear because it had all happened already i stopped dreaming at all.i didn t rest it wasn t peace i had i was numb.terribly wounded, but not afraid any.i felt a kind of release there, i thought, it s done the loss has occurred, and the pain i was afraid of is here i will have nonightmares, and i can move on with my life it was true i had nobad dreams.for about five days.and then i had the worst nightmare of all.oh, well but i m thinking of that now because the sheer insanity of that nightmare, the staggering number of poisonous ideas feasting on my mind on that single night they were as nothing compared to the crazy in this book.i must have 30 passages highlighted at least 30 examples of things that appalled me, or pissed me off, or made me slightly afraid for the destiny of our great nation stuff that is really par for the course as far as a mary calmes novel is concerned horrible tortures and murders, possessiveness as love, vile acts of revenge as love tokens silly stuff, too, like entire conversations that are mostly people saying each other s name at one another significantly.all, linus and, arman and, linus and, arman and hot sex, which calmes is really very good at.but if you ve read my review of old loyalty, new love, the previous book in this series, you know i recoil from the bitter heart of such themes.i am not a vengeful person, and i do not believe in an eye for an eye, and i do not believe that the only way a person can truly tell you love them is when you wrap a hand around their throat and squeeze a little while growling mine and yet.i want someone to be mine.mary calmes deals in fairy tales, and anyone who has truly revisited some of our culture s favorites knows that every fondly remembered tale has at its core a terrible darkness.because fairy tales were not meant to be entertainments they were meant to be parables to teach us what to value.and what to fear.of late i ve been so angry with the values in calmes s books the darkness in her fairy tales because the perversity in them made me uncomfortable the messages there is only one true love for you, revenge killing is okay if the victim made you feel really bad that one time, ain t nothin better than a huge dick up your butt those messages are legit vile.but i wonder, now, if i have been unfair to these books.because disaster happened, and the monsters in my own head came for me, and in the midst of this terrible suffering i found that i wanted nothingthan to be stilled by a hand on my throat and a huuuuuuge dick up my ass and my one true love growling into my ear that i belonged to him and no other.and soas it happens, ikinda enjoyed the fuck outta this book.and i feel oddly grateful to mary calmes for feeding the darkness in me, when the light of my soul was all but crumbs of monster kibble.i am clearly deranged.__________________ view spoiler eeeee here come da cray I yanked him forward, close, my lips hovering over his I have to go Quade needs me to guard Roman But while I m there, I m fucking someonedo you love me let me make you jealous, like a little bitch His eyes searched mine You re so cold, Arman There s not a trace of compassion or caring in you Probably not, I agreed, brushing by him We had nothingto say and I was wasting valuable time It wasn t my fault he d formed an attachment over nothingthan some kisses and groping He was a grown man, for fuck s sake You re an asshole he yelled after me.I didn t turn What was the point He was of no consequence only reaching Linus was I knew who I wanted, and to accept anything less after seven, almost eight years, was folly I would make Linus mine Or I d kill him One or the other At present I wasn t sure of the outcome. LOVE ME OR DIE He was stunning, and I wanted to fuck him, eat him, and beat him in equal measure. omg so romantic His fight or flight reflex had kicked in, and it was visibly taking effort for him to not shove away from me and run It required the same concentration for me to keep my hands from becoming claws and sinking them into his sleek golden skin Both reactions, from both of us, were a constant battle. that s how you know his love is legitJust take what you want, I husked into his hair. can we not with the husking, my god, it makes me think of dead crickets and cobs of cornDo you know what else I know Linus continued.He smelled so sweet, like vanilla, and the idea of his skin under my teeth intoxicated me I shifted my weight as I answered What s that His gaze halted my movement, because the look I got every drop of his attention on me, completely focused, was brand new That you would absolutely not leave here without me I needed to put him in his place Explain to him that the sense of importance I had cultivated in him for the past seven years allowed him to strut around the house and grounds, like the magnificent proud creature he was, was something I had done out of of Arman, he said sharply You wouldn t, would you Leave me He thought he wasimportant than he was, and I needed to quash his arrogance Only by gutting him could I be strongest If I stripped him of his power, I would have it all and could wield it over him. UNLIMITED POWERRRRRHe watched the wolves assault you Yes Tell us what he said, Linus No, Roman gasped, and when he lifted his head from his hands, I saw that his face was bathed in tears Don t make him relive the He has to tell it all, Quade retorted, his voice loud in the room Why Roman cried Why does he need to I Because it s not his fucking fault Quade spat, getting up and crossing the room, stopping a few feet from Linus What did he say I want to know what he saidyass, gurl, tell us everything, dis some gud shytFinish, I insisted before I took him into my arms And I expect you to cry all over me the second you re donebut but what if i mess up your nice sweater, tho As I watched them, I realized for the thousandth time that Quade was a far better man than I And not that I didn t know that already, but the fact that he could look at Roman and not see the disfigurement, only the man he loved, was amazing to me I saw a ravaged countenance of burns, scars, and everything that was lacking What had first drawn me to Linus was his breathtaking beauty, the absolute flawless perfection of his skin and his gorgeous pale eyes The idea that others would desire my mate, crave him, and I alone could possess him, made me ridiculously proud. who says love has to be deep to be true The alpha was, without question, a gorgeous, virile man, and when you saw his mate, your first thought was monster I couldn t even imagine taking Roman to bed, as I d always been drawn to great beauty, but even I could appreciate the resiliency of the man s heart He was strong, and that I understood I didn t suffer weakness in others as there was no sympathy in me. DAT ASS THOGive me the phone I want to hear the run down on each I snorted out a laugh That makes you an accessory Yes, baby, I ll be your accessory So we lay there in bed, in the dark, and he flipped through gruesome photos of my crime scenes that no one but me would ever see It took hours, and I watched him, his profile, as he absorbed the images, changing them out in his mind s eye, replacing men laughing as they violated him with brains blown out over cereal bowls and morning coffee, or a severed head in an alley, or a knife through the heart of a corpse on a couch. luv you, baby, now you can be at peace bcuz entrails Her blood red lipstick and white wool swing coat with push up sleeves worn over a crushed red silk cr pe sheath dress was startling Her stiletto heeled white suede boots completed her outfit. you would not believe how much effort mary calmes puts into maintaining a minimum level of crass materialism in order to measure the value of a thing like how much someone loves you, or how important they are by describing in lush detail what they wear or how their homes are decorated or what kind of gun they use to explode the skulls of ugly people who annoy them For the second time that day, the wolves, my men, and Jon formed a barrier around Linus, this time so he could change back into his clothes Surprisingly, even with the pulling Linus did to get out of them, they had all survived That s what happens when you buy quality, Linus insisted. you see I knew that a lot of Linus s desire to make our home perfect came from the high expectations he put on himself for everything, but also, he wanted it flawless for me He wanted to create a home so beautiful that I would never think to leave. 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  2. says:

    2.5 starsThere isn t enough liquor to make the pain go away This was not your typical shifter story Oh, no This was a Calmes shifter story So it was shifters ON CRACK In full military gear With GUNS Also included life sucking ANGST But not logic Logic who needs it There is an compound estate called L Ange somewhere that houses a giant chateaux with decorations and a museum All kinds of shifters live on this estate There are jackals, a lion, a stag, andwouldn t you like to know 2.5 starsThere isn t enough liquor to make the pain go away This was not your typical shifter story Oh, no This was a Calmes shifter story So it was shifters ON CRACK In full military gear With GUNS Also included life sucking ANGST But not logic Logic who needs it There is an compound estate called L Ange somewhere that houses a giant chateaux with decorations and a museum All kinds of shifters live on this estate There are jackals, a lion, a stag, andwouldn t you like to know Arman, the narrator of the story, is a shifter, but he can mask his scent, and what animal he becomes is a big, bad secret Arman is head of security at the estate and obsessed in love with Linus, a stag shifter Linus was violated and kicked out of his fain deer pack Arman s mission is to own and avenge Linus Arman and Linus their relationship, the way they dance around each other, bully each other ItmadeNO FUCKING SENSE Both MCs were full on schizo and entirely inconsistent in their actions There was a huge leap from Linus acting like he hated Arman to Linus begging for Arman s cock It made me kind of dizzy Arman is a total and complete douche He just is And we re supposed to take it And like it Calmes makes a big point of showing how isolated Arman is, how Linus is his ONLY ONE Arman loves Linus to the exclusion of everyone and everything else, and he makes no apologies for it The story picked up after the halfway mark when Arman finishes what he started But the plot is muddled and convoluted, and the characters behavior isn t believable I m not gonna lie Because I m a sick puppy, I liked all the hot, growly, alpha males running around I am a sucker for Mine and Always and Love You and I Will Die if You Don t Fuck Me NOW Some of the shifter lore Calmes introduced, like the traditions of the fain and tales of Arman s non pack, was pretty cool But the story bordered on nonsensical and tried too hard to be too many things There were so many long, windy conversations, so much tortured internal dialogue It talked round and round itself, with random details and dozens of secondary characters thrown in It was work to finish WORK I needpleasure with the pain


  3. says:

    Actually, let me tell you later Right now I m going to lay down with a bowl of Nutella and a Sterek It s called Sterapy I just made that up AaandI m back.I have no idea what to say about this book Is it a clusterfuck Is it an enjoyable clusterfuck Is it a great read and I m just a nitpicker who has, perhaps, read too much Mary Calmes Should I just say fuck this shit and go read A Matter of Time for the 623rd time WHAT THE FUCKING F Actually, let me tell you later Right now I m going to lay down with a bowl of Nutella and a Sterek It s called Sterapy I just made that up AaandI m back.I have no idea what to say about this book Is it a clusterfuck Is it an enjoyable clusterfuck Is it a great read and I m just a nitpicker who has, perhaps, read too much Mary Calmes Should I just say fuck this shit and go read A Matter of Time for the 623rd time WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK IS GOING ON I m at a loss, so in lieu of an actual review, here are some of my thoughts upon reading 1 Okay, the cover I m sure that s supposed to be Arman s hairy chest but it looks like a bad case of eczema Seriously, he needs to get that shit checked out cause I am worried.2 If the title of your series is L Ange please don t name a minor character Lange It s CONFUSING.3 Oh, lookee here, Mary is trying to prove to us that Arman is a fuckhead from an epic line of fuckheads Prepare yourself, people, cause you re gonna be SHOCKED by his epic DOUCHINESS That s right, he s a bad man First example is his jackassery towards Tucker for those of you who read the first book and are wondering why this book is about Arman and Linus, not Arman and Tucker, here is your answer Mary says Arman is a douchenozzle The end 4 Stop torturing me with DEETS.a When you re in the middle of a fight for your life do you really need to share that your gun has a nickel finish and was a birthday gift from your employer QuoteI fired the Desert Eagle MK VII with the nickel finish Roman gave me for my birthday two years prior point blank into the maybe a spoiler s head b When you re getting some road head do I really need to know exactly what type of sports car you re getting it in QuoteYou shouldn t Linus I yelled, hands braced against the ceiling of my Maserati Ghibli, unable to move as he swallowed down my already seeping dick c When you re buying an illegal weapon do I really need to know what kind of coats you and your boyfriend are wearing QuoteLinus shed his Burberry mid length wool and cashmere coat, and I shrugged out of my shearling and brown leather jacket5 47% Oh my god, I am SO BORED.Okay, that s enough I can t do any Mary has written worse books view spoiler Floodgates hide spoiler yet this is the first one I ve had to force myself to finish Everything I just complained about none of that really matters The excessive details, the soap opera plots, the repetitive characters these are the things that make me love books like A Matter of Time, Timing or Change of Heart They re the very things that make Mary Calmes AWESOME But this book This book started as over the top, became nonsensical and then moved on to chockablock of ridiculousness that left me exhausted and bored And boredom means I DON T CARE I don t care what kind of shifter Arman is, or what kind of badass Linus turns into or that Arman s giant dick can apparently create entirely new personalities I don t care about the dead people or Linus tragic past or all the people who were really, super mean to him I don t care that both Arman and Linus are schizophrenic and should probably cut sugar and caffeine from their diets and then get their auras massaged I don t care about the 42 new characters that are introduced in the last 25% of the book.Present me with the worst book in the world and I may give it 3 stars just for entertainment value But this is not the worst book in the worldthis is just meh And that sucks


  4. says:

    Occasionally, Mary Calmes goes way too over the top This is one of those times.Spoilers below.This review is going to be a collection of gifs Partly because I m feeling lazy But mostly because I came across a Buzzfeed article about the Real Housewives Even though I ve never seen any version of that show, that article is gif gold First, my feelings regarding Arman Seriously, the dude needs help And so does Linus I m not sure in what world serial killing is romantic Yes, I understand tha Occasionally, Mary Calmes goes way too over the top This is one of those times.Spoilers below.This review is going to be a collection of gifs Partly because I m feeling lazy But mostly because I came across a Buzzfeed article about the Real Housewives Even though I ve never seen any version of that show, that article is gif gold First, my feelings regarding Arman Seriously, the dude needs help And so does Linus I m not sure in what world serial killing is romantic Yes, I understand that Linus has been through some horrific things, but Linus, you know who s as much of a monster as the people who abused you I couldn t help but compare this book to Mary Calmes Mine I actually liked Mine a lot Even though the couple in that book was bonkers as well, at least they actually had chemistry, and their craziness was restricted to each other, it didn t extend to everyone they knew.So, what about when Linus and Arman weren t doing crazy illegal shit Well, I was bored.Really, nothing happened except that the two almost had sex a bunch of times But, of course, they didn t get to it till way later, because Mary is a master at cockblocking.Oh, and Linus spent a lot of time trying to convince Arman that he wasn t batshit crazy.And I ve got to give credit to Arman, for not deluding himself He knows, and accepts, that he s not a good guy Because as my girl Phaedra said Just replace slut with psycho and you ll get my point Also, I honestly have no idea who Phaedra is.If I m being honest, I think I m jumping off the Calmes train.Her last few books have just been really disappointing And I know it s not that I m tired of her fluff charm, because I still go back and read her earlier books all the time The problem is that her fluff and over the top scenarios have just gotten waaaay too out of control.And it s also not that I don t like reading dark stuff, because I love dark reads What I don t like is dark themes being played off as romantic fluff.So 2 stars for Fighting Instinct And that s me rounding up from 1.5, because Mary Calmes was one of the main reasons I began reading MM in the first place I m hoping her releases in 2015 are much better than the ones from this year.I d also like to take a moment to salute the women of Real Housewives May your weaves extensions remain luscious May your bank accounts or your husband s grow, and your credit cards never max out And may your botox injections make your skin as smooth as a baby s bottom, and as dead looking as a wax statue Stay classy, ladies


  5. says:

    4 StarsA Mary Calmes shifter story is my absolute favourite kind of Mary Calmes story She creates such unique, multifaceted shifter worlds, featuring richly complex and wholly original shifter lore, while also keeping true to all the fun, sexy, and possessive tropes that I enjoy so much when reading shifter themed romances If you re looking for all the delicious mating and claiming and MINE moments, then look no further, because the L Ange series has it all in abundance As is Calmes way 4 StarsA Mary Calmes shifter story is my absolute favourite kind of Mary Calmes story She creates such unique, multifaceted shifter worlds, featuring richly complex and wholly original shifter lore, while also keeping true to all the fun, sexy, and possessive tropes that I enjoy so much when reading shifter themed romances If you re looking for all the delicious mating and claiming and MINE moments, then look no further, because the L Ange series has it all in abundance As is Calmes way, there seems to be a million things going on at once, keeping the story fast paced and completely riveting from start to finish It doesn t really matter that a lot of what is going on is pure madness and largely nonsensical part of the fun of reading a story by Calmes is in knowing that the characters are half mad even the ones you like , and that the happenings so, so many happenings will be outrageous in nature and scope It all just adds to the entertainment factor, in my opinion I think the reason that I love Calmes shifter stories so much, is because her rendition of the shifter archetype is most like what I d actually imagine shifters to be like should they actually exist Her shifters are extremely territorial in their environments and towards their mates, and they re appropriately animalistic in a sense that they often exhibit shows of bloodthirstiness, brutality, protectiveness, and even levels of fear or fearlessness, which are all behaviours apropos of any given shifter s particular animal form, as relating to their status as either predator or prey I particularly liked how these kinds of innate animal instincts were explored between the MCs, Arman and Linus, as they merged together as a mated couple even though by nature they were at odds You seriously never know what will happen next in a Calmes story, either You d think the unpredictable ness would actually help the reader learn to predict better, but alas, I seem to never know what to expect from these stories, except that it will possibly be outrageous and it will possibly be maddening, but in the end it will most definitely always be fun and romantic.Overall, I enjoyed Linus and Arman s story, both for the climax of their long overdue romance, and also for the action and adventure of it all Note The L Ange books are not standalone reads Make the smart choice and read them in intended order, or risk having the reaction of perplexed what the fuckery


  6. says:

    3.5 StarsI ve got to give credit to Calmes She definitely keeps things interesting when she writes about her shifters, bringing all sorts of new dynamics, new types of animals, and new cultures, lore and legends.Still strongly connected with MC s Roman and Quade from


  7. says:

    Umm WTF I just finished


  8. says:

    Villain of one story, hero of another Be still my beating heart That was so romantic I am shocked at the emotions I felt while reading this I laughed and I cried but mostly I just smiled with dreamy eyes I feel like reading it all over again I loved, loved, loved the patience and the care that Arman had with and for Linus I was bowled over by his conviction And Linus, he may have to be one of the strongest characters I have ever encountered The tragedy of his life and his rebirth fromVillain of one story, hero of another Be still my beating heart That was so romantic I am shocked at the emotions I felt while reading this I laughed and I cried but mostly I just smiled with dreamy eyes I feel like reading it all over again I loved, loved, loved the patience and the care that Arman had with and for Linus I was bowled over by his conviction And Linus, he may have to be one of the strongest characters I have ever encountered The tragedy of his life and his rebirth from it because of trust and safety and love was so beautiful and heartbreaking but so joyful I loved that once it was decided, once they were both ready they were just together There was no drama, no games, no angst, they just were.I love a story about mates but this one I am bumping up as one of my favorites I felt their connection It wasn t normal or even to some, possible, but it was and it was so pretty and perfect and, I will say again, romantic It was written in the stars and it was destined.My only complaint was the confusion from the first book I think everyone expected this book to be about Arman and Tucker I am glad that it wasn t but I do feel bad for Tucker Honestly, I wish it was handled a little different but was jumping with pure joy when I realized it was not at all what I had thought I am not taking anything away from my rating though, because, romance.So, I know I am way in the minority with this one I also know I am a huge Calmes fan but really, I seriously just found this a beautiful love story, one that I want to read again


  9. says:

    I enjoyed this well enough I loved Linus He was sweet and I hurt for him and all he went through I was glad to see him grow and become who he was meant to be Arman was an asshole Well, to everyone BUT Linus Which I was glad for He helped Linus by making him feel safe and he would stop at nothing until everyone who hurt Linus was punished.But WTFwas all that with Tucker necessary I feel like MC backed herself into a corner in the last book with making it look like Arman was possessive I enjoyed this well enough I loved Linus He was sweet and I hurt for him and all he went through I was glad to see him grow and become who he was meant to be Arman was an asshole Well, to everyone BUT Linus Which I was glad for He helped Linus by making him feel safe and he would stop at nothing until everyone who hurt Linus was punished.But WTFwas all that with Tucker necessary I feel like MC backed herself into a corner in the last book with making it look like Arman was possessive of Tucker and so she had to make it look like Arman was going to have sex with him but couldn t go through with it since he didn t want anyone but Linus Ugh I hate that shit Just unnecessary imobut I m super picky in mate stories.And of course, the next one has one mate denying the other which is one of my super pet peeves in mate stories but sadly, I m going to read it anyway because I want to know how it all plays out It is Mary Calmes, you see


  10. says:

    It wasn t that I was some kind of romantic, nothing could be further from the truth, but there was no doubt that Linus was the other half of me Did Not Enjoy I LOVE me some Mary LOVE But this one I almost didn t finish Arman was completely unlikable his name was kickass though and it just all felt a bit meh Much preferred the first one and it s highly likely I ll read the next one but this was disappointing Our eyes locked, mine I knew because I d had enough lovers tell me hooded a It wasn t that I was some kind of romantic, nothing could be further from the truth, but there was no doubt that Linus was the other half of me Did Not Enjoy I LOVE me some Mary LOVE But this one I almost didn t finish Arman was completely unlikable his name was kickass though and it just all felt a bit meh Much preferred the first one and it s highly likely I ll read the next one but this was disappointing Our eyes locked, mine I knew because I d had enough lovers tell me hooded and hot


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