Chasing Thunderbird (Shifter U #2) by j. leigh bailey

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/chasing-thunderbird-by-j-leigh-bailey-9270-b

Blurb

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 himself—live on campus.

When a series of incidents related to Simon’s search put him in harm’s way, Ford’s instincts kick in, and they become closer than is strictly proper for student and teacher. Ford is forced to reveal his secrets to Simon, and their relationship is put to the test—Simon must choose between salvaging his reputation and protecting the man who protected him….’

Review by Morgan

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 satisfying.

Though I wanted more time with our guys as a fully fledged couple, I appreciated their version of HEA.

(I was disappointed not to see  Buffalo Bill again, but was glad to see some of the other characters from book one.)

4.5 of 5 stars

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Review by Beth

 

This was such a wonderfully different perspective on shifters. Yes there were wolves, foxes etc… but the main focus was on birds.  Mythical birds as the story progresses.  I loved how Simon was looking for facts not for the notoriety but because of his grandfathers reputation. A family secret/non secret that although couldn’t be proven, couldn’t be denied either.

 

I liked how conflicted Ford got. Trying to downplay everything academically while becoming more and more emotionally involved. I wish the story would have been a little longer so we could have seen more of Simon and Ford as a couple, because what was shown was really sweet and caring. Many of the secondary characters could have been more involved just to show more of story setting. Again a good book that I just wished was longer.
4 of 5 stars

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