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Secret Chemistry (Shifters #1)

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  278 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Not all werewolf societies are created equal. The one Tim Evans grew up in detests those not of “pure blood”—so when Tim discovers his mate is Jay, a male fox-wolf hybrid ten years his junior, it shocks him, to say the least. Too young to claim his mate and too weak to protect him from the rest of the pack, Tim fears for Jay’s life. When a human gets hold of Jay, Tim belie ...more
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Published January 11th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 10th 2013)
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Jan 11, 2013 Mandapanda rated it did not like it
Shelves: various-romance
Beautiful cover but really annoying characters and an unresolved ending. Furry sex for those who like that. The knotting scenes just seemed really painful. Not sexy at all.
Feb 09, 2013 Em marked it as to-read
Shelves: seriel, m-m, shifters, dtr
This cover is so beautiful!
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This review can be found at The Armchair Reader.

At a gathering, thirteen year old Tim notices a strangely enticing smell but before he can figure out what it is, chaos starts to rein within his pack. Some of the pack want to hunt a den of hybrids, which causes hostility among the wolves. Forced to go home when the wolves turn violent, Tim can’t resist the smell for long and follows it to a mother and a young fox/wolf hybrid named Jay. Noticing the hybrid is his mate, protective instincts compel
Lilli *slowest reader ever*
Jan 07, 2013 Lilli *slowest reader ever* marked it as keep-in-mind
Look at this! I totally dig the cover, so cute!
And the blurb's promising too. Then I read the excerpt and found out that one of the mates is just 3 years old when they first meet (awwww - I can stand babies in my books when they are in shifted form *heh*) (the other is 13). Then they part and reunite after 18 years. Smells of "legal age". I can be wrong, but still. Meh. *rolls eyes*
Jan 18, 2013 miss_chams rated it did not like it
Seriously, what was that? The premise was good, but story you actually get falls way short.

This book starts out fairly promisingly. The children don't read like the age they supposedly are, but I could overlook that. But when they grow up it's like they have exactly the same dynamic. I get that you're going to have a similar personality as an adult as you do as a child, but to have the same behaviour is just odd. It was like no one grew up as they got older.

That was probably the reason everythin
Julie Hayes
Jun 22, 2014 Julie Hayes rated it it was amazing

At the tender age of thirteen, Tim is a responsible young man who loves his siblings, especially his little brother Robin, who is only one. Tim and his family are all werewolves. His father, Ralf, is the alpha of their pack. But trouble is brewing one day when Ralf is away from home and Tim’s mother Paula is confronted by other pack members over the issue of hybrid pups. Some wolves think they are abominations and the pups that result from such unions should be killed.

Tim has been restless all
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
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Tim is thirteen when he first discovers his mate, but the pull is too much to ignore and against the orders of his mother and brother he seeks him out. Tim gets the shock of his life when he discovers his mate is still a cub of only three and that he is also a wolf/fox hybrid, but the danger his mate is in forces him to try and protect him because Tim’s pack is on the hunt… for hybrids. Eighteen years of strugg
Jan 12, 2013 Tutu rated it liked it
Shelves: great-cover

I have some very mixed feelings about this book. I loved the first part. Even though it was very detailed it was also incredibly sweet and little Jay and Tim stole my heart.

The second part now…..not so much. Because the author just hit forward 18 years, without describing at all what those years meant for Tim without his mate. I expected pain, anger, angst but that whole period was just brushed off in 2 sentences. Then you get adult Robin, who’ll probably be the focus in book 2 that is just acti
Chris Jeffreys
Aug 31, 2014 Chris Jeffreys rated it it was amazing
Tim, a 13 year old wolf-shifter, feels a strong pull from someone. He has never felt it before, but he knows that he had to find whoever is giving him this feeling. He tracks the scent to a young hybrid wolf-fox-shifter named Jay. Jay us very young, a toddler -- but Tim knows that he has the pull of true love.

In order to reach his true love, Tim has disregarded orders from his alpha father and mother to stay home while there is a fight occurring for leadership of the pack. In the fight, Tim's m
Jan 16, 2013 Bethany rated it it was ok
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Jan 17, 2013 mw138 rated it really liked it
In 1993, thirteen-year-old werewolf shapeshifter, Tim, discovers he is mated to a hybrid wolf-fox, Jay. This is not good because hybrids are looked down upon and killed almost immediately since they are a threat to the pure werewolf bloodline. His troubles only seem to double when he discovers that his mate not only a hybrid, but male and currently only three-years-old. Tim looks past all of these things and connects with little one on a purely platonic level while trying to save him from being ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
This book will grab your attention from the very beginning and keep you interested to the end. I was so happy that this was shifter novel because then Tim and Jay could bond immediately after being apart for so many years. Tim is an unstable and sweet alpha male and I wanted him to find Jay so he could gain more control of his wolf again. Jay on the other hand is a sweet and sheltered young man with no idea what he is.

When you factor in that this is a shifter novel and Jay and Tim have had a co
Sep 11, 2014 Teetee rated it liked it
Hmm, this book was a bit of a tough read and I had to force myself to finish. I read this based on my GR buddy’s review and I saw a lot of what she liked in the book. As other reviewers have said, the first part of this story is very engaging, and I am a sucker for destined mates meeting, then being torn apart. The book is basically comprised of two days; the first day when the two young shifters find one another, and the 2nd day which takes place many years later when they are reunited.

In the
Donene Hayley
Aug 05, 2015 Donene Hayley rated it it was ok
The beginning was soo cute! Like mated Fox and the Hound... adorable... and then, they grew up.


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Anne Freya
Jun 29, 2014 Anne Freya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, lgbtqqiaap
I was quite hesitant at first when I saw 1 star from another readers and read their criticsm and huge disappointment about this book...however my instinct tells me that I should read this one. Who knows, maybe I'll like it. :)
Everybody have different tastes. And if I end up hate it, least my curiosity satiated, because I try to give it a chance. So, I'm glad that I trusted my instinct. The story successfully captured my heart from the beginning towards the end. ^___^ And now I was look
Blue Bayou .
Jan 15, 2013 Blue Bayou . rated it did not like it
I got to the 80% on my Kindle and finally I said 'just stop'. The story went beyond Alpha into crazy ass Alpha. I just didn't care to finish and got irritated with the story. Not for me.
Morgan  Skye
Oct 01, 2014 Morgan Skye rated it really liked it
Tim stumbles upon Jay when Jay is only 3 and Tim is 13. Of course the two can’t mate at this point, even if Jay weren’t a detested hybrid. Tim must spend 18 long, miserable years away from Jay, not even knowing if he’d ever see him again.

When Tim and Jay finally do meet their chemistry is off the charts but Jay doesn’t even know he’s a shifter much less understand the crazy attraction he shares with Tim. Despite these obstacles, nature can’t be denied and the pair mate. Then all hell breaks loos
Jan 16, 2016 Giselle rated it liked it
This book started out with a great premise but didn't live up to my expectations. Tim sniffs out his mate Jay when he is just 13 and Jay is 3 years old. They get separated because Jay is a hybrid, something that is a big no-no in wolf society. When they meet again years later, they fall in love immediately and become mates very soon after. Later, Tim attacks Jay's dad but it's treated like no big deal and soon forgiven. Most of the book takes place over a period of a few hours. Very disjointed s ...more
Jan 11, 2013 Yoshi marked it as to-read
Shelves: m-m
Not a big fan of shifter or werewolf story. But the cover is very beautiful
Oct 18, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased
= I may not read it again but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I can understand why people didn't rate this highly. I can see the discrepancies. I realise the lack of details and the vaguely open ending. I get it...but I don't care. This, ladies and gentlemen, has the best sexual-tension-build-up that I've read in a long time.

I won't repeat the synopsis or plot (as others have already done that) but will just list why I gave it 4/5 stars:

The Positives:
Werewolves - well, duh. That's why I'm here.
So I choose this one because I liked the cover, yes I regretted doing so in the past, and no I haven't learned from past experience. :)

Well the first part and in this case I am dividing the book into the past and present. Past is the first part of the book and that was actually pretty good! Tim is one of the Alphas sons but of course prejudice is everywhere and when fox-hybrid cubs are found in their pack territory the situation in the pack escalates. At the same time Tim who is thirteen, is pul
Barb Manning
Secret Chemistry is the first book in a new gay wolf shifter series by Chris T. Kat. This first story recounts the romance of young wolf shifter Tim Evans and Jayden Cox, a hybrid wolf-fox shifter. These two young men first meet as children in the aftermath of a wolf pack meeting that ends in a tragedy that will separate them for 18 years. On the night they meet, Tim is 13 and Jay is three. In addition to the 10-year gulf between their ages, Tim and Jay also face opposition in the form of ethnic ...more
Jeanne 'Divinae'
Aug 31, 2014 Jeanne 'Divinae' rated it really liked it
I was very happy with this book. Plus, it there is a promise of more to come. If there wasn't then my rating would have been very different. I can't wait for the next of this series to come out. The author did a very good job at the time lapse. The two of them meet when they were only 3 and 13 and well, that is just way out of my comfort zone.... But they meet back up almost two decades later.

Tim is the son of the alpha. He has several siblings. Some of the werewolves feel that hybrids taint the
Jan 20, 2013 Letti rated it liked it
I did enjoy this sweet read.. It started off strong and captured my interest, the whole hybrid concept was fantastic but somewhere somehow my interest just waned.. Ralf really held my interest and I wanted to read more about him then I did Tim and Jay I wanted more of his mindset but all in all I can tell this is just the beginning and I think the author will fly with the rest of the series, it was not by far a horrible read it was enjoyable and entertaining, yes, sometimes certain scenes made y ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Ayanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnr, reviewed, hahahaha-no
The cover is kind of really adorable...

post-read EtA:
The cover is kind of adorable, although according to the book descriptions, rather inaccurate.

The story...I rather liked it when they were kids. I didn't really like Jay as a small child, though, but Idk if that's really cuz it's unrealistic or because I'm just too big of a hard-ass on small children. But seriously? A three year old who doesn't know how to use verbs?

I didn't really like it when they met again. The characterization was weird.
Feb 22, 2013 Urbanista rated it liked it
Shelves: covet-covers
Despite the sensitive cover and intriguing title, this is standard shifter fare. There are tortured mating issues, dumb alpha dynamics, and bizarre "what happens to our clothes when we change?" problems,

Werewolf Tim. finds his mate, Jay, when they are just children. Both become mate crazy when they are forcibly separated for nearly two decades.

These wolves aren't the brightest in the pack of shifter stories out there. They are curiously uncomfortable and unsure when their clothes vanish after
Katherine Cherry
Jan 14, 2013 Katherine Cherry rated it it was ok
I am writing this as someone who has never read a book by this author before.

Pros: The concept was good.
The world building was interesting.
The spin on werewolf healing was very unique.
The first part of the book really drew you in and was exciting.

Cons: A lot of detail but nothing really happens. The whole book is really only five scenes. At one point I wanted to skip over some of the dialog just to get to the action. And the mating sex . . . Um, I wasn't really into that at all!
The ending
Sarah Briggs
Jan 27, 2013 Sarah Briggs rated it liked it
(This review may contain spoilers).

I entered the giveaway for this book, but unfortunately, didn't win a copy. I decided to buy it for my Kindle, though.

I'm not completely sure what to make of this book. I liked Jay and Tim in the first part, but I thought that the relationship moved too quickly in part two. I'm not a fan of immediate declarations of love, even though I did like the two characters together.

I really didn't like Debra in this book and I hope she doesn't have a very big part in the
Douglas Marshall
Sep 03, 2014 Douglas Marshall rated it really liked it
Just finished "Secret Chemistry" and it was pretty good. It was written in 3rd person which, to me, was hard to follow only because there were 8 or so characters conversing at once at any given time. Would have been better with a few less 'main characters' and written in 1st person. I also think reactions from the characters were underplayed. Would you accept being a werewolf and decide to have doggy sex with a stranger for the 3rd time all within an hour or so? Me either.
Brendan  Muller
Aug 20, 2014 Brendan Muller rated it liked it
While i liked the first part of the book the second kind of lost my interest half way through but i persevered and read the rest of the book, otherwise the book isn't bad it lacked character development for Jay though and would have liked to see some of his past or his POV
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