Secret Chemistry (Shifters, #1)
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Secret Chemistry (Shifters #1)

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  205 ratings  ·  51 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
Paperback, 220 pages
Published January 11th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 10th 2013)
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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: shifters, m-m, seriel, 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...more
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*
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...more
Julie Hayes

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...more
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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...more

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...more
Chris Jeffreys
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...more
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
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...more
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.
✔ Mates/Soul Mates - what can I say? I'm a sucker for life pa...more
Anne Freya
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...more
Blue Bayou .
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.
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
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...more
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
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...more
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
The cover is kind of really adorable...

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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....more
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...more
Katherine Cherry
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...more
(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...more
Douglas Marshall
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
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
Ashley E
Chris T. Kat takes a genre classic -- fated mates -- and ramps it up in Secret Chemistry. This book earned a place straight onto my favorites list with it's unique story and strong characters.

The surprising thing about Secret Chemistry is that it takes place in only two days' time: one night 11 years ago, and one day in the present. Yet never did the story feel hurried, or the romance forced or rushed. The mating and love between Tim and Jay is so natural, and Jay in particular is such a vibrant...more
Morgan  Skye
Full review pending

I really liked the intense chemistry the mated pairs feel for one another in Chris Kat’s shifter universe. The subsequent growly sex is super hot as a result, even if it doesn’t always make logical sense, you really got a feel for the animal side of their natures.
Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books
Mr. P's Review:
First off this book contains something that might make people a little squeamish. When the story starts the werewolf boy is thirteen. His mate is three. There is no sex that occurs between them, but there is some cuddling in wolf form. This does not in any way impact the story, but it does help to show that these two belong together.
This is a nice story. Some of the wording is a bit stilted, but the story itself is pretty solid. It’s a different type of shifter story, and I do lik...more
I loved the beginning of this book. It was so suspenseful and had me hooked immediately. Then it just kind of fizzled and got weird. Too bad.
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