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(Whitfell Brothers #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  467 ratings  ·  65 reviews

Running from his problems might just lead Axel to his future. 

Axel has done the stupidest thing ever. He kissed his straight best friend at the guy’s stag do and now he’s run away to the Lake District to lick his wounds.

All he wants, in fact, all he's ever wanted is a Prince of his own. 

Who knew running would lead Axel straight to his very own fairytale? No rea

Kindle Edition, 142 pages
Published April 27th 2019
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Rachel Emily
A quick read, enjoyable premise but also could have used another sweep of edits. The commas were kinda all over the place.

Would give the next book in the series a try to see if there is improvement.
Beth doesn't write  enough reviews

A sweet, fluffy wolf shifter story with m-preg.

Everyone is a little too perfect, no worries or drama but I want to find the hidden valley. It would be a dream to live in a place like that.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Oh wow this was lightening fast “fall in love, I’m all in for forever”. I think I got whiplash. Haha
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating: 3 stars
You get just what is advertised in this book a non-angst story of two fated mates. I think that is the main problem with this story. Everything is just too easy. Axel is confronted with wolf shifters and male pregnancy and has absolutely no qualms about either. I would have liked a just a little bit more struggle between Axel and Malek. So overall, the story was okay. Not sure I want to continue the series.
Sep 06, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: mm, kindle-unlimited
Tapping out at 50%. I'm all for fluffy, sweet and easy mate stories but this is almost too sweet and fluffy for even me. I think it's my mood though.

Note: ILY's within hours....yeah...
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute and quick! I found Axel just a tad whiny especially in the beginning, and a lot of things were repeated repeatedly which bugged me! But, once the author hit her stride it was all good!
On to the next book in the series! Recommended...
May 02, 2020 rated it it was ok

It started well enough, axel make me a lot. However, in the middle to the end i stared skipping, it went down hill. It have to much stuff that I felt the story didn't need.
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i loved this.. it is sweet and amazing.. the way they get together.. the way they interact and their love.. it is amazing.. and i cannot wait to see what is next.
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Malek by Skye R. Richmond is the first book in the Whitfell Brothers series. This book has a good story plot. Had some good bones to it. The problems those are a lot.
Info Dumping : there is a ton of this in this ARC copy I received for review. It is really like what it sounds, you are dumping information at a high rate to the reader. There is a ton of this in this story. I wished the author could show more than tell me everything they wish to convey. I felt like the author was in a rush to give
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Glad I gave it chance

Really glad I took a chance on it. Axel was a cute character, I loved his rambly style and malek was so sweet. There wasn't much to this book at all and I do wish there was SOMETHING in the way of angst. Very very fluffy. Kinda too fluffy honestly.

I really do love when urban fantasy romance books acknowledge that urban fantasy romance books are a thing, it's always so much fun. That said even though a character feeling the "insta-love" is familiar with the concept due to "r
Claudia Lezár
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifter-mpreg


To my ratings:
A 3,5* is clicked with a 4* but in review marked as 3,5*:

5* - very very good and rare (it would be a Blow-Away-book like ‘Jesse's Smile’ or ‘Joey’ from Angelique Jurd, ‘Save the the kids’ series
from EM Leya, ‘Love’s Tethered Heart’ from C.L. Etta or ‘Liberty’ from Seth King),
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often reread and is a WOW-book with interesting plot and surprises (like most of Andrew Grey books and Davidson Kings 'Haven Hart'-se
Deb Swietek
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lost human & a wolf prince? Fate steps in.

What a great start to a new series! Skye has created a wondrous world filled with intriguing characters. Wolf shifters, an intrepid man, Goddess sent mates, brothers galore, and a baby. Ya gotta love it!
This is Malak and Axel's story. Axel loves romance novels. He dreams of fated mates and his Prince Charming. Getting lost on a hike , Axel is at the end of his strength. Malek, prince of his pack, had let his wolf run free, drawn by the most marvelo
Gabryel Tobias
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I tried more than once to finish this book

I am usually a huge fan of shifter m/m romances. I enjoy them, and actively seek out new writers to read. This seemed like a winning combination- a retelling of Beauty and the Beast? Count me in!

Sadly, I just could not get past the first half of the book. The writing was choppy, and constantly made me have to go back and reread to be sure I was getting what the author meant. The relationship between the characters too seems completely unrealistic and ou
Mikki James - Peters
Axel is ready for a new perspective on life; so he decides to go on a new adventure, leading him straight into the pathway of a wolf. Malek- an alpha wolf shifter has been searching for his mate for over 70 years. One day he heads out for a walk and smells something so sweet he has to have it; leading him to his fated mate. Axel is not from the shifter world, and he is hesitant to believe anything Malek is telling him about their relationship. Furthermore, with Malek will Axel finally have someo ...more
Jürgen von der Heide
As much as I appreciated Unsuitable Omega, another book of this author, a book that had pushed me to read this one, I can't say that I appreciated Malek. Firstly and mainly because it's a "werewolf" story. I read so many werewolf books in the past year that it became beyond impossible to impress me with a werewolf novel, and the word "fairytale" in the blurb cooled me. I don't do fairytales, that's maybe the taboo word in my reading life.

This book was too cliché for me and the storyline wasn't
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
Skye R Richmond's Malek left me torn. The first book in the Whitfell Brother's series, it's a feel-good shifter romance. It's good, it's enjoyable, and it is devoid of angst.

If you're looking for heat, this one is pretty damn hot. Malek and Alex certainly know how to steam up the pages.

My rating is based solely of the fact that I think I wasn't really in the mood for this one. It seemed too easy, too quick. I think I would have preferred at least a little angst. But, it you want a quick, happy
Great sweet story

We meet our MC Axel as he panics and runs after kissing his best mate at his stag night. He ran all the way to the Lake District. I loved how impulsive Axel was in deciding to go for a hike in such a beautiful place. Really enjoyed having the Lake District as the main setting for this story. The hidden valley idea was kinda romantic and just felt so right for the story

Malek is first seen as a Wolf when he smells his mate and literally runs all the way to him. It was very much in
John-Torleif  Harris
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Great story, but I wish it were edited a bit smoother

I liked this story and will definitely be reading more in this series, as it comes out. There were two things about this book that made me choose to rate it as low as I did. First, I would have liked Axel to have maybe had a little less insta-love acceptance of absolutely everything. Second, the editing in this book got progressively worse. At first I just figured that the missing articles/words were simply Britishisms that I hadn't come acros
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it

I quite liked this book but found it slightly lacking.
I'm not one for a lot of angst but having a little would have been a nice touch and would highlight the fact that Malek is an Alfa and protector.
I also felt there was way too much "thinking" thoughts through this book and not enough verbal dialogue.
Just when you think you have a decent dialogue, back to the thoughts dialogue (so frustrating)
Saying that, l still got a wonderful connection between the two MM characters and felt their emo
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Christopher Daprona
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story line in this book is definitely one that I enjoy. I find the two MCs, Axel and Malek, to be extremely likable, especially Axel's ramblings, and the humor interspersed throughout definitely had me chuckling a number of times. Yes, this is an insta-love story, but that's nice to read as a break from the major angst and emotional roller coaster some other stories put us through. The world building was also well done. Recommend giving this book a try. Can't wait for the next installment to ...more
Violet  Marshall
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in The Whitfell Brothers Series. A short sweet book the writing was okay. This is more of an insta love story and not much more. I enjoyed it but if your looking for a book with a developed plot that is more than meet & mate. I would wait for when you need an easy and enjoyable book to read this. It is a good book for this type of book though. I found the story and characters wonderful. Malek and Axel are the MC’s of this book and mates. I will be reading the next book. I ...more
Cathy Romanczuk
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute, fluffy read

This is a no angst shifter mate story. Kind of like a fairy tale. Axel is a funny character and I laughed at his internal monologue when he met Malek. Malek is the strong alpha wolf character. But, really, he is so sweet to Axel. I suppose this book is the world-building one so not really any room for angst. I just can’t imagine someone taking all the changes so easily—like, hey, you can get pregnant is not something most men would accept readily. But cute story.
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
3 stars. This was super duper cute. No angst, insta-love, fated mates type of romance. That was all well and good but there was no depth to this. The characters of Malek and Axel, while likable, are very one dimensional and the plot is just nonexistent. Also, there was a lot of repetitiveness and this needed to be edited quite a bit. Still, I read it really quickly and I was entertained. I'll probably read the next book in the series in hopes of it having a bit more meat to it than this one. ...more
Virginia Lee
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Whitfell brothers series kick started with Axel and Malek. Axel always thought something was wrong with him since no one truly wanted him. He always had the full support of Ro and hope to see him get that special someone. You will fall in love with the characters and especially Axel with all his rambles in his mind. Looking for sweet and loving story then you need to read this book. Highly Recommend Which brother will fall for their mate next
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a sweet romance, and I really loved how each chapter was titled (with the head of the character), so cute. The plot was smoothly paced and filled with such love that I couldn't keep from smiling. Axel and Malek were mates and so very precious together. It was so refreshing to read a story that didn't involve abuse or cruelty of any kind. Just humor and a very heartwarming feeling. Overall, I loved this and it definitely kept a smile on my face. Excellent. =) ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved all about shifters, fated mates and Mpreg, so when I read the blurb of this new series by Ms Richmond I could not avoid getting it. The book is really sweet and uncomplicated, you'll really love the couple Malek and Axel made, and how they found each other. Of course, the possibility of Mpreg is present giving an extra in their already happy ending.
A book ideal for a simple and nice reading. Enjoy it!
Jan 01, 2020 added it

I wanted to like this one but the confusing word choices (or maybe just flat out wrong choices)really made it impossible to enjoy. I would read something and ponder what the heck it was supposed to be saying and then I would figure out what was wrong and fix it which really isn't enjoyable. For example the author said "the weather dropped" but really meant the temperature dropped. I think this one needed a run through with an editor.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

This is such a sweet and lovely story! Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy a feisty and angst ridden story as much as everyone else but every once in a while it’s good to find a feel good romance you can just sigh over and have wistful dreams of only this could really happen! I’m definitely going to get the next in the series and read it curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea and just dream a bit, lol!
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it

So this is an insta-love, shifter, mpreg story. I'm ok with sped up love connections in the fated mates setting. I did find this book's pacing weird and the author spent a lot of time describing buildings and with the redundant inner monologues of the main characters rather than having actual interactions between the two that weren't sex. Not sure about continuing on with the series. I did like that the book was zero angst though!
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Also publishes as Rheland Richmond.

For as long as she can remember Skye had her nose stuck in a book, getting lost in the world of someone else's creation (She still does). Her love for writing came from her love for reading. She could never have one without the other.

Writing was always a hobby and a cathartic experience for her. There are many stories lost to the never to be completed or publishe

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