As per usual, this is a fantastic Josh Lanyon read. We have angst, mistaken identity, angst, danger and mayhem, that follows Jefferson Blythe from London, to Paris, to Rome, and back again. We have stupid hot chemistry, and really exasperating men who can’t get their you know what together. This book is classified as “new adult”. The characters depicted are younger and more immature than in Lanyon’s adult mystery and adventure fare. If you get annoyed by character stupidity, (which Jefferson and George provide plenty of), then this might not be an enjoyable read for you. If however, like myself, you enjoy making faces at the characters while you read and talking back to them, this is right up your alley. This is a great summer read-by-the-pool novel. Mystery and suspense isn’t always my favorite genre, but Lanyon combines capers and romance in such a way that you can’t help but dig in and enjoy the ride. ...more
Penny’s Rating: B+ ~Kaje Harper is an author I have been meaning to post about for a while now, because I really enjoy her work. The first two books iPenny’s Rating: B+ ~Kaje Harper is an author I have been meaning to post about for a while now, because I really enjoy her work. The first two books in the Hidden Wolves series, Unacceptable Risk, and Unexpected Demands are fantastic, and if you have not read them, I highly recommend that you do so before tackling Unjustified Claims. There are also a couple of free short stories in the series as well.
So why Hidden Wolves? First of all, the series takes place in Minnesota! Yay home state! The novels in this series are hefty and satisfying – Harper tends to write longer novels, which are typically hundreds of pages longer than your standard M/M book these days, and Harper’s take on werewolves in our own universe, or a near identical one, is refreshing, and dare I say realistic? Yes I know, werewolves, but still, you don’t have a hard time believing that her Hidden Wolves live in the Twin Cities and work as technical writers and custom cabinet makers. Or that they buy pastries from one of my favorite Vietnamese bakeries over on University Avenue.
I will also preface this review by saying that I have now read the other books in the Hidden Wolves series multiple times. At lease three times, maybe 4? Harper is one of my go to authors to go back and re-read in between buying new books, and this is one of my favorite shifter series ever. Because they’re just that good. I am also grateful to her for providing me with a copy of the e-book of Unjustified Claims for this review, thanks Kaje!
It is sometimes hard reading new books in a series where you as the reader have such a strong ownership of the characters. Because I don’t think of the characters as belonging to the author anymore. Those are my boys, and I am totally invested. Aaron and Zach, Paul and Simon, hell, the whole pack!
Unjustified Claims introduces a new couple to the series. Brandt Davis is a werewolf who ran away from his pack when they discovered he was gay, bisexual actually, not that it matters to the homophobic were-culture. He winds up in the Boundary Waters in wolf form and stumbles on Ethan Sjulstad, a human who’s managed to severely injure himself in the middle of nowhere, days away from medical assistance. Brant rescues him, and their relationship evolves from there.
My boys, aka Minneapolis West Pack, don’t show up until about halfway through the book. I was waiting for them to come along like an impatient kid. I was so excited when they did!!! I missed them!
Spoilers: Big things, huge, crazy, world-changing things happen at the end of this book! Holy crap! Awesome things happen at the end of the book, and SO MANY FEELS, but there’s a massive cliffhanger for what’s going to happen next. Now I have to wait to find out what happens! How can I go on?
Ethan and Brant’s story makes for a nice edition to the series. I don’t think I ended up as crazily emotionally invested in their stories as I was with the couples in book one and two, but who knows? Maybe a couple re-reads down the road I will be. Still a favorite shifter series for me, and I can’t wait for the next one.