A fun, light read and with some really refreshingly different ideas on types of shifters plus a bit of the stereotypical sweet, sparkly unicorn with aA fun, light read and with some really refreshingly different ideas on types of shifters plus a bit of the stereotypical sweet, sparkly unicorn with a tart streak and a tenacious, OCD, moody kraken with a sweet, marshmallow heart.
More a 3.5 than a 4 as it's compilation of short stories and not as smooth a read as a single, cohesive story. Basically, it was like each chapter had to have a different crisis with a completely different set of angst filled characters. I enjoyed the romps these two got up to and their conversations together helped round out their characters nicely. (view spoiler)[I wish there had been more world-building and background to the characters than descriptions of what Anderson and Lynn were wearing. It almost felt like the clothing descriptions were there to increase the word count. (hide spoiler)]...more
I normally only review a book if it's absolutely brilliant (for me) or it tanks badly. This one is definitely very mid-stream on my rating list but afI normally only review a book if it's absolutely brilliant (for me) or it tanks badly. This one is definitely very mid-stream on my rating list but after reading some of the reviews, the lack of research by the author and after looking for a sequel, I felt I had to comment.
Yes, I looked for a sequel as I thought the story showed relative promise and I thought I'd like to get to know more...maybe the characters would be fleshed out and the native American aspect would come to the fore....especially when a major archaeological find was part of the story's premise.
However, first, let's get one thing straight.... (*cough* 'scuse the pun) although this is book one in the Van Zant Siblings series, there is NO sequel, it's a stand alone book. Any connection to the next book is only in the name of the family and as there is no introduction to the MC's featured the next 3 books in this one, I fail to see how it is even part of a series. Even the genres are completely different. There is no BDSM, this is M/M romance and it's monogamous.
The story shows promise in the beginning with some self-depreciating humour and angst on the part of Brian, who then proceeds to almost kill himself. The rescue by and introduction of Tobias is also well done. The native American aspect was introduced but just never developed.
After Brian recovers, the story then starts to fail as he's shown to be so competent later on in the story...I mean, he has all the skills which were lacking in his earlier bad judgement so his knowledge and abilities are just too convenient a plot foil for the main story.
When a stealth helicopter was introduced, I seriously started to think about tanking this story. The author did not do her homework. Yes, stealth helicopters do exist but the actual utilisation of the technology is NOT going to happen on the top of a mountain, in snow. Stealth for helicopters involves radar reduction through the use of composite materials plus non-reflective/angled surfaces which minimise the airframe's physical signature. Blade noise can also be reduced but not to the extent as stated in this story. Noise reduction also depends upon map-of-the-earth flying techniques...this jest ain't gunna happen on top of a mountain in blizzard conditions. The bad guys were so incompetent that one phrase comes to mind; all the gear but no idea. Seriously, military grade equipment in the hands of idiots does NOT a good story make. ....*sigh*....
This has promise, I did enjoy the few hours it took to read but in hindsight, disappointing for what it could have been with a little more work. My opinion is of little consequence but I would suggest the author removes its 'series' tag and considers a sequel to expand on the world building already done and th eplot lines already developed but not utilised.