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Stalking Buffalo Bill

(Shifter U #1)

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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  52 reviews
A Shifter U Tale

A smitten coyote isn’t the only one stalking Buffalo Bill.

A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by
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Paperback, Dreamspun Beyond #3, 220 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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2.5 Hedging Hearts

I’ve got to say that half the time I liked this story while the other half drove me to frustration.

Donnie works in the local coffee shop and has been crushing hard on the enigmatic and reticent new professor William, who teaches at the nearby shifter university these last few months. One day, out of nowhere he’s asked by sinister strangers if he knows the quiet customer, and Donnie’s first instinct is to protect William despite the fact that he hardly knows the man.

What ensues
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Meags
3 Stars

I have very mixed feelings about this one. I liked it, but I had enough problems with it that I didn’t love it like I maybe could have.

The pros:
I liked the writing quality of new-to-me author Bailey and I enjoyed the story she told here. I felt this one kept a solid pace and it was fairly entertaining, balancing a nice mix of humour, action and romance throughout.

I also enjoyed the setting, with the small college town of Cody being a place where shifters are renowned to inhabit, learning,
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Susan
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, gbr, shifters, mm
2.5 stars

I started out absolutely loving this. I loved the characters and couldn’t wait until they would get together. But then they got stupid. Stupid, and communicating with each other was apparently overrated…

Donnie is a coyote shifter working as a barista. He has a serious crush on a customer, a college professor who comes in for coffee every day like clockwork. Donnie knows he has to make the first move, because the big broody man is obviously not going to.

Just when Donnie thinks he might h
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BWT (Belen)


I really enjoyed Finn Sterling's performance. Sterling uses distinctive character voices for every character, he has good pacing and timing, and he adds just enough emotion to his performance to make the whole thing a pleasure to listen to.

The story has an interesting premise, but the refusal of William to properly communicate with Donnie leading Donnie to do some pretty foolish (TSTL) things was a bit maddening. I was also hoping for more relationship development than what happens. Since the st
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Ami
2.5 stars

I thought the beginning was cute because I like reading about hyperactive younger men chasing the more broody, stoic older men. Donnie definitely had that traits so I was hoping for some fluffy rom-com issued.

What followed though, were disappointing. Donnie acted like a child with TSTL behavior that frustrated his best friend (and me). William ended up not fully fleshed as a character, because everything was told from Donnie's perspective ... and I disliked him for not exactly telling
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Colette
Arrrgh, this book! It started out so good: cute, funny, shifters, bad guys, manly men - all the good things. Then bam, everything I hated in MF romance. The lack of communication, the Alpha male going all protect the poor, young helpless love interest. Not talking, not explaining just shutting them down and shutting them out. Then, of course the love interest has to be all "I'm not a child, I am not helpless, I can be trusted" then goes off a does the exact thing to prove the are TSTL.

It is not
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Sara
5 Hearts!

New to me author j. leigh bailey has done it! This is the book I was waiting for and thank goodness I didn’t have to wait long. I am a fan of the Dreamspun Desires line and was anxious to see how the formula would translate into the Dreamspun Beyond line and this book was perfect with blending the two together. We get shifters and we get fluff. Really, what more could you ask for?

Told from the POV of our resident coyote shifter Donnie Granger, we meet Donnie as he is stalking, or checki
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Kristin
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This is fast, cute, sweet and still managed to grate on my nerves a bit. I don’t know if I’m losing my patience for the whole insta-love with shifters or if I'm becoming more discriminating with my paranormal books.

Blurb sums it up pretty good – Donnie is working as a barista at a local coffee shop with his friend Ford. Donnie’s family wants him to follow them into working on the oil fields. Donnie wants to do anything but that. Donnie is, at the moment, a bit adrift.

And in walks talk, handsom
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Jessie G.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-leigh-bailey
Everything about the title and the blurb hooked me with this book. The play on words, an actual buffalo shifter named William (never ever Bill) and the cute stalker (yeah, I won’t correct that) who sets his sights on him. And it didn’t disappoint. I think I smiled from page one to the end with just a few stumbles along the way.

Much to his family’s disdain, coyote shifter Donnie Granger works in a diner. In his perfect world, he’d go to culinary school and open up a bakery. In their world, he’d j
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Joyfully Jay
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kenna
Updated to add audiobook review.
Read Elizabeth’s review in its entirety here.

A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars


We’ve all read wolves and bears, but when’s the last time we’ve seen a buffalo? I was intrigued. I also like stories about former undercover agents, and the May/December trope is a favorite of mine as well. When I read the blurb, I knew I had to give this one a try. I was not disappointed.

First, I want to start by talking about Donnie and William. From the first page, Donnie took a place
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Riayl
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, shifters, mm
The beginning when Donnie is crushing on William and trying to find out about him is cute but once they really start interacting with each other things start to go south. And then the action and bad guys come in and things just get wonky. Donnie is an idiot. William is an ass. The random shifters vs bad guys was...I have no words, let's just say I thought it was...not good. Lack of communication, stupid decisions. I spent the second half of the book whining, "Are we there yet?"

Wax
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-have, mm
Started out promising. Loved the concept of coyote and bison shifters. And the characters were appealing, with Donnie pining over the strong, silent William (don't call him Bill.) However, once things started to happen, there was just too much misunderstanding and misplaced angst.
Widya Vello
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quick read story of cute hyperactive coyote shifter and aloof growly buffalo shifter. They make such an unusual but adorable duo. Though sometimes it irked me everytime Donnie made a childish and reckless action but I still liked him because he's just too cute and funny to resist. There are several sweet and heart melting moments between them that made my day.
Claudia
this book frustrated me a bit. Bill was not someone I wanted to get to know (and to be honest I don't think I did)
Rissa
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: met-the-author
Stalking buffalo bill ⭐

The writing was great and I love Donnie. He is awkward and funny and flirty and just a real person with a major crush on someone that happens to be under investigation.

William is on the run (sort of) and he didnt want to get involved with anyone because no one can handle all the craziness that is his life but Donnie squished himself in and wont give up his newest love.

I really liked how the characters shifted into different animals and how they couldn smell and hear like
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Kari
Hmm.

I don't think I'm the target audience for this book.

Also, apart from the shifting aspect (one character is a coyote, the other an American Bison, and there are other shifter characters), this felt like a regular ol' no-magic-here romance novel. And that's fine! But I like a little more magic (supernatural/fantastical) in my novels. I don't really read books that don't have magic (or sci-fi) in them. It's a character flaw.

Honestly, I think the author was like 'haha I could name him William a
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Sarah
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a ridiculously silly (but still kinda fun) shifter romance. It starts out quite sensibly with an excitable, twinky barista fancying one of his customers, an older college professor. But by the time the author has added a string of action sequences and fights between organised crime hitmen and shifters of every possible species, my head was spinning and I couldn’t keep track of who was doing what to whom.

I’m not sure ho
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Duncan Husky
This is such a fun story! The setting alone, a shifter-friendly university in Cody, Wyoming in a world where humans are unaware shifters exist, creates all kinds of possibilities. This is kind of obvious given that the book is labeled "Shifter U. #1" and I look forward to seeing more.

Donnie is such a lovable goofball. He's smart, funny, and impulsive - every bit the coyote. He's a perfect foil for William, a stoic and taciturn professorial-type. The sparks between the two of them are so fun to r
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Stephanie
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not your typical shifter series! While William is definitely an alpha shifter, the story is told by loveable Donnie, who's a bit manic in his thoughts at times, insecure, but driven. This is the type of story I pick up intending to read a few pages and suddenly an hour goes by.
Sara Bauer
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE DONNIE. This was my first J. Leigh Bailey novel, and I was not disappointed. I adore her sense of humor, and the sex scenes were scorching. Although this is a romance story, there was so much more to it: action, adventure, and friendship. Loved every bit!
T.M. Smith
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tams gives this one 5 Stars...
Love the play on words in this story
Donnie has been smitten with William since the first day he walked into the coffee shop Donnie works at. What he doesn't know is that the feeling just might be mutual. The two of them are thrust into each other's worlds by bad circumstance and Donnie tries to make lemonaid out of lemons, but William doesn't make it easy. He's domineering by nature and has a protective nature that comes across more like a warden. One can only hop
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Morgan  Skye
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, reviewed, audio
This was a really fun book with a fair amount of action and lots of humor and some nice chemistry as well! Donnie is a great character as is Buffalo Bill. I hope to see this as a series in the future.
This is a story that makes you laugh, has a bit of a mystery and a touch of angst. Very enjoyable.

4.5 of 5 stars
Audio
Finn Sterlin did a really nice job with this. He gives Bill a GREAT voice and Donnie’s voice was distinct and full of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and audio and highly recomm
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Riina Y.T.
Read this when it came out and LOVED it to bits.

Fun story with an awesome cast!!

Oh I loved Donnie! Bill was great too.

Looking forward to the second installment, it's already waiting on my kindle :)

xxx
Kelly
Feb 27, 2019 added it
Shelves: paranormal, queer, romance
I loved this! Especially how there was so much lightness mixed in with the adventure. The romance was really sweet.
Tiferet
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute characters and tropey fun.
Gabriella
Good romantic-suspense story, but a little light with the romance part. The constant back and forth in Donnie's and William's relationship was also a bit tiring.
Rissa
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read, dsp
I've said this before but I really like reading about how an author explains a shifter world that they've created.

Plus, Donnie being a coyote and William being a bison are something different! It's rare to see these types of shifters! I love reading about Ford as well! Don't we all want a BFF like him? I can't wait to read the next one since it will be about him!

I love the last chapter! I definitely agreed with Donnie about William there! <3
Manlove
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Some really fun characters here (I didn't even mind the rather reticent bison dude) but when the mystery/actiony stuff went into high gear, I go so bored (I skimmed. A lot.). But I stuck with it because the main character was funny and delightful.
Katherine
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, I did enjoy the beginning of this book better than the middle, but it was still a book I enjoyed in the end.

Donnie, a barista and a coyote shifter, has a huge crush on one of his patrons. A regular that enjoys the savoury rather than the sweet, William is a professor at the nearby University and a buffalo shifter. The same day Donnie finally gets the nerve to speak to William and isn't rebuffed also just so happens to be the same day that some very unsavoury men come in looking
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ItsAboutTheBook
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faye
Review can be read at It's About The Book

Donnie Granger is going to make his move on William. It doesn’t go so great. William is rather disinterested. When some guys who smell like mafia hit men show up looking for a guy who fits William’s description Donnie springs into action! He saves William who is still pretty disinterested in Donnie. Of course Donnie isn’t going to leave well enough alone. William hasn’t always been a mild mannered professor, and he does not want Donnie involved in any
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j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult and New Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of... well, everything...but some habits aren't worth breaking. She's been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty ye ...more

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