Jude Kash’s life was filled with abused animals and too little sleep. His work at the We Are One Foundation brought him his new devil-dog Teddy Bear and his new obsession: an abused liger named Sampson.

Sampson suffered from poor living conditions and threats with a gun. Jude, or Kash to his friends, witnessed it first hand when he snuck onto Whitman’s, Sampson’s owner’s, property. When Kash and others from the We Are One Foundation finally make a plan to rescue poor Sampson things go terribly wrong.

When Kash finally regains consciousness he awoke to a very handsome and naked man taking care of him. Kash felt a connection with the man he couldn’t explain. The man introduced himself as Maj and explained everything except for one small detail of his life: he was Sampson, a liger shifter.

Kash took the news considerably well except for one problem, that detail wasn’t so small, in fact, it could cost Kash his life.

Freeing Pain: Annex Book Cover Freeing Pain: Annex
Lor Rose
Fantasy, Romance
Thirteen Below Press
April 7, 2016
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Interesting premise but the execution felt short. Transition and pacing were somewhat choppy, also, some words were repeated over and over as though the author didn’t trust readers to get it right the first few times.

Kash curses, while amusing were not so fluid as he was portrayed as a saint up until that point making it feel somewhat out of character. If the author was looking to show a different facet of Kash with, that then congrats!

I followed the book throughout the first half despite the pacing but from the second plot point (when Kash wakes up in Maj's mansion) thing got too complicated and moved too fast, for the light and somewhat slow pacing the author had built up.

I would have commented on how Kash always knew how Maj felt even when he was a Liger but the author explained that with the Empath thing so at least the loose ends there were tied. I do wish the empath concepts was foreshadowed in the first half of the book, and in a way it was showed during his rescue of Teddy, still I got a whiplash when it came up during the second plot point, as I wasn’t prepared for that and it didn’t feel real.

In terms of character development, I can see that the author gave Kash and Maj a character arc which is a plus.

The story was nice and overall I’ll give it three stars, it would have been four if the last half of the book that introduced Kash powers, real father etc. weren't so rushed.

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