Maybe I wasn't in the right mood for this. I didn't like it as much as the stories in the last one. It just didn't seem to click for me and I kept thiMaybe I wasn't in the right mood for this. I didn't like it as much as the stories in the last one. It just didn't seem to click for me and I kept thinking "too much sex, too little interaction". Which I know I am getting with these, but I was kind of bored with it. I wanted more background on the forest wolf. Why was he different than other wolves, how long had he been there, etc. etc. So I think it depends what you are looking for or in the mood for. ...more
I did enjoy this one as well, although not as much as book 1. I like the bigger protective guy with the nervous innocent youngeBetween 3.5 and 4 stars
I did enjoy this one as well, although not as much as book 1. I like the bigger protective guy with the nervous innocent younger one. It wasn't quite as amusing as the first book and I was rather confused about the whole omega wolf thing and what was wrong with them and why they are rejected. But on the whole, a cute addition to the series. ...more
It was okay and I liked some aspects of it, but to be honest, I had to reopen the book not a week later to see if I'd read it. I had no memory, so itIt was okay and I liked some aspects of it, but to be honest, I had to reopen the book not a week later to see if I'd read it. I had no memory, so it didn't stick much. ...more
I''m probably just being a bit crabby, and while I know it's a series, there were just so many tidbits thrown out there with the demon, the guy who caI''m probably just being a bit crabby, and while I know it's a series, there were just so many tidbits thrown out there with the demon, the guy who can shift easily, the resistent alpha, all these other characters that I felt the main story got kind of lost in the shuffle and you don't see the end for that couple, it ends abruptly leaving you to wait for the conclusion of their story and clarification of a lot of things. So I din't dislike it, I do like me a twink who kicks ass and a bit of star-crossed lovers, but I was disgruntled that it just sort of stopped. ...more
I enjoy this author's voice so it's a pleasant read but I felt like I would have liked a bit more detail about some things. Not sure there will be seqI enjoy this author's voice so it's a pleasant read but I felt like I would have liked a bit more detail about some things. Not sure there will be sequels in this world or not but just some more info about Finn's family and the place where this nephew was held captive and if werewolves shunned gay people, then why was one of the most highest ranked werewolves in the world in a gay relationship? No one seemed to mind that. So that threw me off a bit, also if they needed the lockets to maintain their human mind, when it was removed they still were aware. Despite those I still enjoyed the read. Cas was adorable. ...more
I liked this but I felt there was a bit of a superficial level to it. I never quite got the point of the hunt and I sometimes felt as lost as Eadric.I liked this but I felt there was a bit of a superficial level to it. I never quite got the point of the hunt and I sometimes felt as lost as Eadric. I did enjoy the type of wolves, that they were more wild than traditional shifters, they slept in a pile in their wolf form. So that was different than most shifter stories. Cadeyrn's patience with Eadric was sweet but they spent a year together getting to know each other but it's just glossed over. It's a short read and I enjoyed it but it's not something I would likely go back to. ...more
I felt a bit like Gabriel in this one, lost as to what was really going on most of the time. You are just kind of dumped into the story and then get dI felt a bit like Gabriel in this one, lost as to what was really going on most of the time. You are just kind of dumped into the story and then get dribs and drabs of what happened to get you there, all of it through Gabriel's confusion and panic so nothing is ever just spelled out clearly. I guess I'm one of those readers who needs things to be a bit more straightforward. I did like that Gabriel was comfortable with his need to be submissive and into pain, I do have a penchant for doms who tend to care for their subs and are a bit mother-henny, but there was so much I wasn't sure about in the world it was set. I was just given glimpses of a world where apparently shifters are prevalent (people sniffing him in elevators), the rarity of a human Omega (what's normal?), pack rivalry's, Gabriel's politically conservative father who accepts his sub nature and care about him, there were tons of ideas and nothing was ever really resolved to my satisfaction. Lots of sex too. Normally I'm not one to bitch but the first 28 pages were more or less sex with no understanding of who the two were or how it all happened. I'm a sucker for shifters, so it was okay, but missed a lot of marks for me....more
Some I liked, some not so much, but I can't really complain as it was a freebie and is the first Christmas stories I've even read this season, so wasSome I liked, some not so much, but I can't really complain as it was a freebie and is the first Christmas stories I've even read this season, so was a good start. ...more
Some aspects of this book follow pretty routine tropes of mates/instalove and the alpha/omega thing, but what I found interesting was the way3.5 stars
Some aspects of this book follow pretty routine tropes of mates/instalove and the alpha/omega thing, but what I found interesting was the way the shifters develops. In their early 20's when they get ready to undergo their first shift, they are sent to a place called Moon Compound where they will learn to shift and control their wolf. This can take up to 2-3 years and if it doesn't take, they turn feral. It's very traumatizing for them, with injuries resulting from difficult shifts and there is lots of fights among the alphas when the full moon is close. Usually shifter are depicted shifting from childhood, shifting at puberty (around 13) or if later it's often one first difficult shift, then everything is fine, so seeing a process that could take years to master was interesting. There are also "hell hounds" which are demons who hunt the shifter communities.
The romance between the two is super sweet and it sets things up for other alphas and omegas and sometimes these alphas seemed just a bit too sweet, but if that's what you are in the mood for it fits the bill. I found the shifting thing made it new and interesting enough for me to check out more....more
This is a light fun shifter read that sets things up for future stories. Lex is a retired cop, following a severe on the job injury. He’s moved out toThis is a light fun shifter read that sets things up for future stories. Lex is a retired cop, following a severe on the job injury. He’s moved out to the country and just wants to be alone, although his nearest neighbor, who seems to have a ton of relatives/friends over all the time annoys him to no end. However when the toddler shows up on his deck, he proceeds to return him to his family when the little guy takes a bite out of him, leaving Lex waking up the alpha of a werewolf pack of misfits.
He’s instantly attracted to his neighbor Spencer and nearly takes him against his will, which freaks them both out and the story goes through Lex learning about what a werewolf packs is and what his role is and getting to know the characters.
What I particularly found appealing was the puppy pile concept. After they shift, they all end up sleeping together cuddled up for comfort. The one scene where he is in bed with Spencer but then Nathan is frightened in the night and comes into bed with them, and then Ruby joins them, and then the next morning another one hops in and it’s not sexual, it’s just everyone cuddling together and taking comfort. I found that very appealing. Not sure why, but it worked
It was definitely a fun read if you like shifters and I’m looking forward to learning more about Spencer and especially Nathan. I do have a thing for the “runt” of the litter who’s damaged in some way....more
This is a cute little shifter story which is pretty typical of the author's style. Aiden and BenThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This is a cute little shifter story which is pretty typical of the author's style. Aiden and Ben both sign up for the dating agency and are put together, even though on the surface it doesn't look like a match. Ben is definitely a dominant top, but Aiden makes no mention of being into the lifestyle, but they are set up together. Aiden, a photographer travels from Dallas to Wyoming to meet Ben and they soon hit it off.
The biggest issue is that Aiden is a city wolf. He's grown up in the city where shifting at will is not safe and even on the full moon they shift only for one night. When after their first night he wakes up in his shifted form, he totally freaks out and runs. Ben finds him and helps him through it, but it happens yet again, forcing Ben to chase after him.
Because of the paranormal aspect you have the instant mates thing, but Ben is strong and caring and kind, and Aiden is cute as the city wolf feeling completely out of his element. If you like the author and/or shifter stories you'll enjoy this. It sets up the second book with the next couple to try out the dating agency. It was a fun light read, but fairly standard fare....more
This just didn't work for me. I wanted to find Trevor and help him escape. Dirk's idea of obedience, is attacking the guy, putting a bag over his headThis just didn't work for me. I wanted to find Trevor and help him escape. Dirk's idea of obedience, is attacking the guy, putting a bag over his head, stalking him, forcing him to submit then vanishing until kidnapping him and taking him to the woods. I know I'm supposed to go with the "he's a werewolf and it makes it okay" but an arrogant dom is an arrogant dom no matter his species. First time sex with no lube? Refuses to let the guy go to his job? I guess dub con is not for me, because I thought Dirk was a giant asshole and Trevor needed to run for the hills. ...more
This book continues on and is Billy’s story. Billy is the foreman of the ranch and has been finding it difficult to watch Cole and Jonah blissfully haThis book continues on and is Billy’s story. Billy is the foreman of the ranch and has been finding it difficult to watch Cole and Jonah blissfully happy. His attitude has forced Cole to send him on a “vacation” to the city. He doesn’t want to go and ends up at a bar, however when he gets disgusted with the games most of the guys seem to be into, he leaves but sees a young man sitting in the rain. On impulse he offers him a ride and lets him have his hotel room for the night.
However, he suspects Levi is a shifter, and he admits he’s been injured by a cat. Billy offers him a job on the farm and takes him home. Cole flips because Levi is a mountain lion and his wolf is not happy, however Billy makes him see that Cole would take in a stray, so why not Levi? However Billy is determined to stay clear and not take advantage of the young man.
After a month, Levi’s had enough, and the predator comes out, which is right up Billy’s alley. He still doesn’t want to admit there is more to it, but just when things are heating up, Levi is arrested for murdering his former boss. After Cole freaks out, again, they determine to do what they can to help him out, even going against an entire bigoted town, only Jonah’s mother, who let her second husband and son abuse Jonah and things shifters are sinful, seems to have gotten to know Levi and may be having a change of heart.
Once again, it was a bit of a role reversal, where the younger man was the more aggressive predator, and the older man was the prey, and wanted it that way. When Levi got all alpha-cat (?), and stalking Billy it was very hot. I still held a grudge against Jonah’s mother for allowing Jonah to be treated as he was when he was young, but I suppose… LOL I have the ability to hold a grudge against judgmental asshole parents for a long time.
So this kind of followed a similar theme to the first book, but it was a fun read that kept me entertained. I’m quite looking forward to the next book which I believe is Jonah’s slutty flamboyant cousin Tristan and Cole’s “straight” PI friend who helped cleared Levi. There is much more to Tristan than meets the eye, so it should be fun to see that....more
This series is set in a bit of an alternative universe where shifters are known and technically are protected by law, however bigotry and prejudice r This series is set in a bit of an alternative universe where shifters are known and technically are protected by law, however bigotry and prejudice reign, especially in small country towns like that where Cole has his farm. He is only half wolf shifter and has never been able to shift, but on top of that, he’s gay. Something that does not go over well in the small Southern town where he trains horses, but he’s made a place for himself where he’s tolerated. He’s also got the habit of picking up strays, people who no one will hire or give a chance, however when young Jonah asked him for a job, Cole feared his attraction and denied him (also knowing the kid was gay) and shortly after Jonah disappeared. A year later Cole’s friend who rescues abused horses shows him a very sad case, and for some reason Cole connects, he takes him home, only to learn that it’s Jonah and his fundamentalist brother had given him a drug to trap him in a horse form and sell him to someone who abused him.
The rest of the book consists of finding evidence to put the brother in jail, and Jonah and Cole getting together. Cole has always felt that he would be dangerous to someone if he felt too strongly because the wolf tempts him to hurt someone. Apparently many full-blood werewolves never adapt to civilization and live virtually wild. However Jonah, once he gets over his “I have to leave to protect you from my brother” fit, is determined to teach Cole about his animal side and not give up.
What I most enjoyed was despite the fact that Jonah is only 19, and Cole is the alpha wolf, sometimes Jonah is the one with the sensible head on his shoulders. He’s the one who teaches Cole how to deal with his animal side, and eventually convinces him that he wants to be with him. There’s lots of growly rough sex, with very little lube, ouch, but I was in the mood for some shifter goodness and it didn’t seem to be mates so much as I suppose just a strong attraction to another person, since horse and wolf shouldn’t by rights be a good match....more
This story left me feeling that the ending was missing, or perhaps it’s meant to be the first inThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This story left me feeling that the ending was missing, or perhaps it’s meant to be the first in a series. Houston manages to find his mate and he’s in rough shape. While Jackson had always thought he’d be angry with his mate who ran off to the city, when he sees how bad Houston is, he does his best to nurse him back to health physically and also emotionally. There are nightmares and physical repercussions. When Houston tells him that he was captured by the government and experimented on, at first Jackson doesn’t believe him because humans don’t know about shifters. However he soon realizes it was true and swears that he won’t let them get Houston again or take Jackson either. When the family of some of the wolves he was captured with show up, it undoes some of Houston’s peace. They want to know why he left some behind and they want to go back and find them, but Houston can’t deal with that.
That’s when it just kind of ended for me. Jackson promised the family that he would call them with more information, because I couldn’t imagine them just going away and not getting answers, yet he just kind of promised Houston he wouldn’t have to go back and that was the end. This author does write shifters which are much closer to their animal side. There is growling and more instinctual responses than the usual fully-human type. I thought Jackson’s pain at seeing his mate so abused and damaged in all ways was well done, as was Houston’s fear and confusion after more than a year in captivity.
You are sort of dropped into the story in the middle. You don’t get the story of Houston going on his way and then being captured, nor do you get the end of the fates of the remaining wolves and if the soldiers are still looking for Houston, and what will happen if they show up. That fact left me feeling a bit as if I only got part of the story, but if you like the author’s shifters, you’ll enjoy this story....more
These two authors tend to write shifters who are much closer to their animal side than most, andThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
These two authors tend to write shifters who are much closer to their animal side than most, and this story is no exception. Jenson is preparing to finish up a load of moonshine when he is attacked by a man who claims he smells like someone. It soon becomes clear that he smells like the man who bit m about a year ago and turned him into a werewolf and this man was bitten by the same man, but is not sure what it means because it only happened two weeks ago. Jenson never really explains it all that well, but being with David, soothes David, and before long they are tentatively accepting their relationship and making a pact to find the guy who turned them and make him pay as he seems to be hanging around them in the forest.
Eventually, the guy shows up and informs them that not everyone turns into a werewolf and that he found David for Jenson’s mate so he wouldn’t be lonely. Soon a large wolf comes out of the forest after the young man, and apologises to David and Jenson and offers them help if they ever need it and takes off after the other wolf, his presumed mate. This seemed more like a set-up story for a larger universe, with the introduction of the alpha and his trouble-making mate. There’s not much to the story, just the two men getting to know one another over a couple of weeks and David being forced to stay in wolf form after he injures himself.
I do like the more animalistic shifters, they nip and bite and bark and growl even in human form. It’s a nice change from the usual perfectly “normal” shifters who show no animal traits when in human form. For those who’ve not tried these author’s books and don’t care for traditional shifters, you might want to give this a go. I’ll be keeping an eye out for future stories, as I am curious about the other couple and their story. ...more
I liked parts of this book but others didn’t work quite so well for me. Matt is a dog shifter anThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
I liked parts of this book but others didn’t work quite so well for me. Matt is a dog shifter and he comes home early to find his boyfriend, a cat shifter hair stylist/model leaving with his friend. It seems Jason got a job as a model in London, but Matt always said he didn’t want to leave town and travel, so Jason is pursuing his dream. Matt’s sexy neighbor overhears the big moment and is sympathetic. After allowing Matt to wallow for a few days, Chase invites Matt over for dinner. Matt is torn, he feels a bit guilty he hasn’t been friendlier to his neighbor since he moved in a year ago, and he finds him sexy as well.
The part I liked best was the break-up. That sounds bad, but I thought it was handled well. Matt was hurt, especially realizing that Jason was cheating on him most likely, but he also respected that Jason had to pursue his dreams and didn’t hold a grudge and wished him well. No big dramatic screaming matches or battles, just kind of a sad good-bye which is a nice change from psycho dramatic break-ups. I also thought Matt’s reaction, to hide away for a bit was well depicted. Who doesn’t want to curl up and lick their wounds after being dumped?
However I found his attraction to his neighbor rather jarring. Supposedly he’d been in love with Jason right up until a few days ago, and sure, he kind of noticed his neighbor was hot, but while they talked about moving slowly, it just went really fast in my opinion. I did like the description of Matt who was an Alsatian, with white hair … everywhere. :-) And Chase was an unusual shifter, I’ll not spoil it what kind though. I think I would have liked to see another few chapters where Chase and Matt become friends first rather than hopping straight into a sexual relationship only days after Matt was dumped.
Despite what I perceived as a rather quick ending, I liked Matt as a character who acted like a mature grown-up facing a sucky situation at Christmas. There’s not a lot of emphasis on the Christmas part either, so if you are burned out on holiday family reunions and gift-giving...more
Beck and Kayne are werewolves without a pack. They were chased out of their old pack because of thThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews
Beck and Kayne are werewolves without a pack. They were chased out of their old pack because of their relationship and as a result, Kayne has suffered a permanent injury to his leg which Beck feels guilty for. So they move from place to place, squatting in empty buildings. This time, the ramshackle cabin isn’t as empty as they expected, in fact there is a guy sleeping, or perhaps he’s dead. He won’t wake up so they decide to check out the fridge and sneak some food before leaving, only to find it full of blood. Uh oh. It’s also wake-up time for the resident. Only things don’t go quite as expected, Frank – yes, Frank – offers them some money for food and a place to stay if they’ll let him feed from them. Beck is cautious and wary, but Kayne is all in favour of the plan.
If you like your sex growly and bitey, this is the book for you. Between Frank feeding and the pups, as he calls them, nipping, there is lots of marking going on. You don’t find out much about Frank, he’s made this offer before, but most people run, but these two intrigue him and offer him some excitement and interest that he’s not had in many years. You get to know the two werewolves through their interactions with each other, and they do come across as pups much of the time, Kayne all bouncy and impulsive, Beck a little pouty and grumpy trying to keep him out of trouble and a bit jealous of Frank’s attentions to Kayne.
I’m going to be honest, the reason I rated this as I did, is simply because I liked it. It left me smiling and I liked the characters and the way they behaved more with a tinge of animal, than as humans who happen to shift. Also Frank’s pleasure as he found someone to pull him out of his eternal ennui, and his enthusiasm, was well written and made him seem more alive. There are moments of humour, especially when they first find Frank and in their play as well. I know others may find it a bit short with not much time to develop the relationship, although I found it seemed to fit pretty well. I think if you just want something fun and with a touch of teeth, it’s an enjoyable read that leaves you with a smile....more
This has a lot of the hallmarks of a typical shifter story, which is not a bad thing, but it turnThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This has a lot of the hallmarks of a typical shifter story, which is not a bad thing, but it turned just a bit too perfect and sweet at the end for me. Carlo is turning 21 and each year, several packs get together around Christmas for essentially a big singles party where people search for potential life-mates or just a little fun. Carlo has been in love with Liam for years, but Liam’s reputation for being a slut is legendary and Carlo is sure Liam would not be right for him, despite loving him. And to top it for, their fathers have been feuding for their whole lives.
Finally Liam decides to make a play for Carlo, because as it turns out, he’s not a slut and for some odd reason, his brother has been spreading those rumors. Carlo isn’t sure he believes it, but when Liam formally petitions for him to be his mate, he’s willing to try. As it turns out, they are heart-mates which is a very rare. Then things tipped a bit too far into the absolutely too perfect ending, complete with abandoned baby who needs a home, and parents who have set aside their feud after 25 years.
I was a bit confused by Liam. At first he seemed to want to chase Carlo off with his stories of being promiscuous, then later he appears annoyed with his brother for spreading the lies. But you’ve known about it for two years at least, it seems like it was common knowledge. Then suddenly he’s putting in a bid for Carlos’ hand (so to speak) and he’s worried Carlo won’t accept him. It just seemed a bit of a convenience that in the end he’s nearly as innocent as Carlo.
Shifter fans will enjoy this story, but I think some may find it a bit too much. I know Christmas stories are notorious for being overly sweet and “perfect”, but in this case I think it would have been better to stop at the relationship and do a sequel next year where they get to start a family. Going from just friends to a couple with kids in 8 hours left me feeling a bit as if everything was jammed in that could be....more
It was what I expected. A good distracting read without some of the major pitfalls I have read. The ending was a bit so-so for me with a flip-floppingIt was what I expected. A good distracting read without some of the major pitfalls I have read. The ending was a bit so-so for me with a flip-flopping antagonist, but on the whole not bad. ...more
The wacky plot in this was so contrived and solved at the end I was shaking my head. Basically a wolf submissive doesn't want his human master to knowThe wacky plot in this was so contrived and solved at the end I was shaking my head. Basically a wolf submissive doesn't want his human master to know. But the human is really a wizard and he doesn't want his (he thinks) human sub to know. When it all finally comes out, seems some witch is out to get the wizard for imprisoning her grandson (he's a judge) and there is some woman after the alpha who tries to kill the wolf, for no apparent reason and when it's revealed she's suddenly no longer a bitch but ready to marry the lesbian witch right there as she just tried to kill the kid 10 min. ago. It was a hot mess....more
Oh, but did I stop with book 1? Noooooo. I had to press on and have that second cupcake that was whispering seductively in my ear. If I thought the otOh, but did I stop with book 1? Noooooo. I had to press on and have that second cupcake that was whispering seductively in my ear. If I thought the other one was confusing at the end, this one started much sooner.
I think if it hadn't been a case of magical healing shifter cock, I might have been less annoyed. Little Dobry (who kept wanting to call Dobby and had visions of a house-elf) was starved, raped and beaten for 6 weeks, is terrified of the idea of sex, but within 18 (maybe) hours of his escape (with his mates of course), they're in a torrid adrenalin fueled three-way with the guy having multiple orgasms. And he's human so you can't blame it on being a wolf. What happened to "we'll take it slow baby". Slow meaning we'll wait 4 hours instead of 4 minutes? What about him being starved and beaten so badly? Maybe let the guy recover for a day or two first?
And again, it was explained to Dobby Dobry what a Delta wolf was, then it clearly says "Alastar wrapped his arms around Dobry and held him as they watched Sebastian and Zac transform into werewolves and then fade away until they couldn’t see anything." on page 77, then on page 89 "“I’m going to shift and show you, okay? It’s just me, so don’t be scared.”" Why would he be scared, he saw you do the same damn thing about 8 hours ago in the woods. Did the authors forget they wrote that other scene?
And a big deal in book 1 was that Matt was a whizzbang cook. In this book he claims to be unable to cook anything at all and is thrilled that Dobry can make cinnamon rolls. I wonder if Dobry will claim to be unable to cook at all in Book 3 and the new tiny mate will be the mad chef. Does being a mate make you lose your memory.
Okay, I needed those cupcakes, but I probably should have stopped after 1 before the queasy feeling set in. I just get very frustrated when things happen and authors choose to just ignore it 10 or 20 pages later and pretend it never happened and do something contradictory. ...more
I should know better, really, I should, but sometimes it's like having a cupcake sitting there staring at you, whispering dirty things in your ear, "EI should know better, really, I should, but sometimes it's like having a cupcake sitting there staring at you, whispering dirty things in your ear, "Eat me, baby, it will be delicious" so you do and then you feel nauseus from too much icing and sugar and empty calories after.
I knew what I was doing when I bought this. I was in the mood for some brain candy, fated mates menagey goodness. And it was going great to about 85%, I was getting exactly what I expected, so my brain was happy. Then. What? The plot got so convoluted and things were just totally disregarded. One minute they can't send an e-mail because the message will be intercepted and they are running 20 miles cross-country in wolf form to get the papers to the council, and the next the council knows all about it and is sending back-up. Oh and that idea you had at 8:00 this morning? The Council has already approved it and told us we can choose our own alpha. WTF? You only told the other two guys about it a few hours ago. It was as if that whole thing about not being able to send the info by e-mail was completely ignored, or the latter parts were written so much later they forgot what they said said. I don't know but I was confused and annoyed.
However for the fated mates menagey goodness, it was what I expected. I suppose I should stop expecting logical plots. ...more
This story is set in a world where people are aware that shifters exist to a degree, but prejudicThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This story is set in a world where people are aware that shifters exist to a degree, but prejudice against them is also ripe. Adam was tossed from his home at 15 when his parents determine he is a shifter. He finds out about a group of shifter wolves and travels to be with them where they take him into the pack, although it’s clear they use him, spending all of his hard-earned money on beer and pizza for themselves, not really caring if Adam has enough for himself. However he’s so starved for family and for someone to care about him, he just takes it. Finally the night of his first shift arrives and … it all goes horribly wrong. When he shifts the wolves attack him and he soon figures out he’s a bird shifter. He never even knew such a thing existed. After flying for sometime he attempts to land, but his wing has been badly injured in the attack and he ends up crash landing and being rescued by the local forest ranger.
Only Chuck is not alone, he’s living with eagle shifter Tam. The two take care of him until he can heal enough to shift, but Adam is not happy. He’s lost his “family” and to top it off, he’s a turkey buzzard, not one of the most attractive birds out there. Oh and now he’s crushing on Chuck and Tam who he knows are a couple. When he finally heals he goes back to town to face the music but it doesn’t go well. He’s arrested for stealing from the grocery store where he worked and no one believes his story of being with Chuck the whole time, and when they finally prove that, he’s attacked by the pack.
There are flashes of humour here and I liked the idea of the story, but I was left with a few concerns/questions. Chuck and Tam leave Adam alone several times in town, and each time he gets in more and more difficult situations. Wouldn’t you stick next to your guy if he’s been arrested unfairly? And 99% of the time Adam spends with Chuck and Tam he’s in his bird form, so what was the attraction between the three? Was it a mates thing? I just wasn’t sure what brought them together beyond taking care of the little lost waif.
There were a few different concepts, birds can shift at will, wolves can’t making for a bit of jealousy between the species, and there were some cute parts as Adam accepts who/what he is, but on the whole I felt something was missing, a few parts that could have fleshed it out a bit more for me. Still, it’s nice to see a shifter that isn’t something traditionally “sexy” for a change....more
This story jumps right in to Keaton being held in a mental facility. He’s been drugged after tryiThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This story jumps right in to Keaton being held in a mental facility. He’s been drugged after trying to convince them he is a wolf. He finally agrees to try a new treatment if he can get his sketch book and watch back. Even with the drugs, he knows when the full moon comes, he’s likely going to change. He believes that his mate Dakota was shot, but Dakota is now trying to get Keaton out. He bribes a guard to get a message to Keaton, claiming that Keaton’s family had him committed when he told them he was gay. He gets the message through and with the aid of another staff member who liked Keaton, they manage to escape, although the drugs in his system mean Keaton can’t shift.
They take refuge, but not for long, as the doctor seems to suspect there are shifters and is trying to undertake experiments on them and is soon their trail. Because you miss the part where Keaton got captures, I wasn’t quite sure why he would even tell anyone he was a shifter. You’d think that would be the first thing you learn, keep it secret, so I wasn’t quite sure how he ended up in a mental hospital and why the police had been shooting at Dakota.
I did think the descriptions of how Keaton felt when he was drugged, the lethargy and muzziness in his brain along with his frustration with the inability to shift when he needed to was well written. I liked both men and thought their method of freeing themselves of the doctor was an interesting take, but I was still left wondering how on earth they got into so much trouble that the police and mental health professionals would have been involved. Definitely typical writing of the author, so fans of her books will enjoy it a great deal I’m sure....more
There was nothing particularly wrong with this light-hearted little short, I just felt a bit dropThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
There was nothing particularly wrong with this light-hearted little short, I just felt a bit dropped in, as if I was missing some key background. Shay had left the pack which is very unusual, and returned looking very thin and beaten down, but refuses to talk about it. He’s staying with his childhood friend Dar (Darius) who is trying to convince him to wear leather pants, however Shay, unusual for a shifter finds the smell funny (I’m with ya Shay) and keeps refusing.
Finally, after dancing around their attraction, which Shay is certain is all one-sided, Dar makes his move and claims his mate. You get the impression that Shay left because he felt his feelings for Dar were unreturned or that being gay was a bad thing, and yet Dar asked his alpha for permission to be with Shay and it didn’t seem to be an issue, so I was curious why Shay really left and what happened to him in the city.
There’s not much too this, just a sweet little friends to lovers story, or reunited friends to lovers I suppose. The sex is pretty hot and steamy, and the author has a way with playful accessible shifters (there is no shifting in the story itself) that make them quick light reads. However I was left wondering if these were characters I’d seen before or if I was missing out on something. However it was an enjoyable, if not excessively memorable, little short that fans will probably enjoy....more