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Chasing Thunderbird

(Shifter U #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A Shifter U Tale

A legendary love.

Ornithology professor Simon Coleman’s reputation is at risk, and the only way to save his name is to prove thunderbirds are more than creatures of Native American myth. Grad student and part-time barista Ford Whitney has a lot on his plate, but it’s also his duty to make sure the resident bird nerd doesn’t discover shape-shifters—like
ebook, Dreamspun Beyond #13, 228 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Dreampsinner Press
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* A Reader Obsessed *
2.5 Stars

A better sophomore effort but still not quite the win.

Simon is the new guy in town and thus, the new professor at Cody College, secret haven for shifter students. As per the blurb, he’s looking for some familial redemption, and Cody is supposedly the last place a potential sighting of the rare thunderbird took place. Because he is unaware of the college’s supernatural leanings, graduate student Ford (aka as one of the elusive birds Simon’s so desperately looking for) is assigned to keep
3 Stars

We’re back at Cody College (AKA Shifter U) for another shapeshifting tale of new love, this time between new (human) professor, Simon Coleman, and his assigned TA and Thunderbird shifter (shhh, it’s a secret!), Ford Whitney.

Much like with the first story, I once again enjoyed the shapeshifting lore/world building within this story, and I appreciated the steady presence of good humour and levity throughout. The small-town Wyoming setting, being a safe haven for shifter folk, is also one I
5 Hearts

Twitching is a British term used to mean "the pursuit of a previously located rare bird." In North America it is more often called chasing. – Wikipedia

Ahh yeah. We are back at Cody College aka Shifter U and it’s time to get Ford’s story.
Let me first say how much of a fan I am of the series and that I absolutely adored the first book. In my review for Stalking Buffalo Bill I said, “Now, the only thing I could hope for is for Ford to get a book because his shift is stunning, and I would
BWT (Belen)
3.5 Stars

Simon Coleman is a genius. He got his PhD by the time he'd turned twenty and comes from a long line of academics. Unfortunately, his family also has a bit of a reputation in Academia for their zealous and, sadly, over-publicized quest for the mythical thunderbird cryptid. While they've had proof of the mysterious bird's existence a couple of times it always ends up stolen, wiped, or missing by the time whoever had it goes public leading to shame, embarrassment and besmirching of the
Joyfully Jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

I chose Chasing Thunderbird because I myself am interested in cryptozoology. I am not ashamed to say I believe Bigfoot exists, and there are other unexplainable things out there in the world that just haven’t been discovered. Also, I’m a big fan of the California condor, and thanks to an awesome keeper at the zoo, I learned they are a part of the Thunderbird legend. But I digress. Suffice to say, I thought this would be an interesting departure from a traditional
3.5 stars

Chasing Thunderbird is the second book -- but can be read as stand alone -- in the Shifter U series. I liked this more than Stalking Buffalo Bill. I thought the world built was better in this book. One of the reasons, probably, is because Simon as the main narrator of this book is an outsider. He is clueless about what is going on in Cody College; he doesn't know the existence of shifters.

So, I discovered new things alongside Simon. But at the same time, because I also knew about
3.5 Stars
Riina Y.T.
What a fantastic book! I’ve had so much fun with Simon’s story.

Thought it was all very fascinating, I only just read up on thunderbirds when I was 20% into the book (triggered my inner research nerd).

I love what J. Leigh did here!

Written only from Simon’s POV I’ve come to love him very much! Ford on the other hand remains a mystery to me. I didn’t find myself drawn to him like to Simon or the guys from the previous book.

Oh. I miss Donnie! Him showing up was my highlight.

Highly recommended!
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, own-have
Cute addition to the Shifter U universe. I definitely feel that reading book one helps in terms of background. Otherwise, since this is written in (non-shifter) Simon's POV, it could be very confusing. I definitely thought that the relationship really jumped quickly, from being slightly antagonistic (though not really enemies) to discussing love all of a sudden. But I did enjoy reading the story.
Serena Yates
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, shifters, read-2018
After the hilarity that is ‘Stalking Buffalo Bill’ (the first book in this series set at Shifter U), I was really looking forward to reading another story set in this world. It is a contemporary world where shifters are not known to humans and “band together” at certain universities and places where they feel comfortable. This time the focus is on an ornithology professor in trouble and a shape-shifting grad student trying to protect the shifter population from discovery. All the elements I ...more
Feloidae *The Bookworm*
This was a tad boring but I loved the concept of thunderbirds.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review available at:

Chasing Thunderbird by J. Leigh Bailey is the second book in the Shifter U series and book thirteen in Dreamspun Beyond series. I didn’t realize this was the second book in the series when I read it. And after reading a couple of the other reviews on Goodreads, I have a feeling that I missed out on a lot of inside comedy and knowing what kind of shifter Ford was since it was revealed in the first book Stalking Buffalo Bill.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faye
Review can be read at It's About The Book

Simon Coleman is going to find a thunderbird. He’s going to show the world his family isn’t crazy. More importantly he’s going to show his dying, beloved grandfather the family isn’t crazy. They were chasing a real thing this whole time. Simon’s plans are a little complicated by the fact he’s got a serious case of the hots for his TA. As a professor Simon should not have any kind of relationship with his TA that isn’t inherently professional. TA Ford
Natosha Wilson
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really like this series. I read book one and was hooked and now with book two, let's just say that I can not wait for book three to come out. I was so excited to see that this book was about Ford because he really caught my attention in the first book.

Shifter U or better known to everyone else as Cody College to outsiders is full of secrets. For Ford it holds the secrets of his family and his friends. Secrets that could harm most everyone in attendance and who works there if those secrets were
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I felt that this really improved from the last book as it kept me hooked on this relationship and had me hoping for a good ending, even as you could see the bad looking.

As the reader it is very clear what is coming up for the characters. After all, knowing about shifters and the fact of what it means, it becomes increasingly clear exactly what shifter Ford is. Not to mention that it was talked about in the last book. But Simon has no clue of that. First he doesn't know about shifters; once he
Elaine White
Well...I am firmly in love with this series.

Initially, I was a bit surprised that this was told in Simon's POV and not Ford's, but then it all began to make sense. Even though *we* knew from book 1, that Ford was a Thunderbird, it was even better to see Simon learn that information, bit by bit, shock by shock, and see everything he went through to get to that discovery.

The action/adventure aspect was just as engaging as book 1, though a slower build up. Joining the Aviation Club was hilarious!
Christi Snow
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
Oooh, I loved this book. I liked it even more than I did the first book of the Shifter U series, which I didn't expect.

Simon's family has been searching for proof of the elusive thunderbird for generations, to the point where they are a laughing stock of the scientific world, because someone has been out there systematically erasing all the proof they've found. When an online forum mentions a sighting of a large bird that sounds promising in Wyoming, Simon accepts the job to teach in
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Low stakes paranormal romantic suspense. The narrator is (once again) a swoony and needlessly young guy. I don't like the swoony/alpha dynamic to begin with, and people this young aren't really for me. To say nothing of the potential professor/grad student dynamics. An unchallenging read since it was on my shelf during a reading slump.
Scott  McQuiston
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a great deal. The characters were well written. The drama/conflict was quite understandable in the setting. What really got me though was the epilogue of it. So wonderfully touching.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I really have to give up reading mass paperbacks. The font is too hard to read.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Couldn't put in down.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was just in the right mood for this story. It was great and I hoped for and loved the epilogue
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit less engaging than the first one, but the premise is still fun.
Morgan  Skye
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, reviewed
This was terrific! The world building is excellent. The humor is great! The romance could use some follow up, but what we get is sweet.
I loved the chemistry between the MCs, and I ADORED Ford’s shifted form!
If we'd gotten to see our guys together longer this would have easily been a 5+ star read for me. Understanding that the genre is lower steam, I still wish we'd gotten more smexy times.
The action was fast paced, the dialog witty, the magic wonderful and the conclusion fairly to mostly
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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 ...more

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