Skinny, quiet hipster Dylan Warner was the kind of guy other men barely glanced at until an evening’s indiscretion with a handsome stranger turned him into a werewolf. Now, despite a slightly hairy handicap, he just wants to live an ordinary—if lonely—life as an architect. He tries to keep his wild impulses in check, but after one too many close calls, Dylan gives up his urban life and moves to the country, where he will be less likely to harm someone else. His new home is a dilapidated but promising house that comes with a former Christmas tree farm and a solitary neighbor: sexy, rustic Chris Nock.
Dylan hires Chris to help him renovate the farmhouse and quickly discovers his assumptions about his neighbor are inaccurate—and that he’d very much like Chris to become a permanent fixture in his life as well as his home. Between proving himself to his boss, coping with the seductive lure of his dangerous ex-lover, and his limited romantic experience, Dylan finds it hard enough to express himself—how can he bring up his monthly urge to howl at the moon?
Dylan is an architect in Portland, OR who lives for his work and longs for romance, but hasn’t found it. One night he hooks up with an enigmatic man, Andy, who ends up being an evil werewolf that attacks Dylan, making Dylan a werewolf as well. Now, once a month, Dylan has to lock himself down or end up on the streets of Portland, killing innocents.
Chris is a country bumpkin with a past. He’s “poor white trash” and lives basically on a shoe string budget doing various handyman type jobs. When Dylan moves in next door he’s sure that he’s being judged by the uppity hipster but can’t refuse the extra cash offered to help with renovating Dylan’s new cabin.
Eventually both men succumb to their attraction for the other but both are hiding some deep, dark secrets. The question is, is what they have strong enough to survive those secrets coming to light?
This is a shifter story more like the werewolf stories of old. Dylan isn’t part wolf, he only becomes the “monster” once a month and he hates it. Chris’ feelings of inadequacy and his shame stemming from his past keep him from allowing Dylan in. Dylan won’t let anyone close for fear he might hurt them.
Kim Fielding is an amazing writer and this book is no exception. She’s developed a plausible world wherein things do go bump in the night. She found a way to keep Dylan’s experience a tragedy, yet with a silver lining.
(I loved all the Portland references! Yay Stumptown! I totally cried laughing at the women’s house – SO PORTLAND – it needs to be green, and exotic, but not too exotic and make a statement, but not too much of a statement and you’ll know it’s right because it will FEEL right… so spot on!)
Nick J Russo narrates this and his voice is DIVINE. He does a lovely growly Dylan and a perfectly “hick” Chris. Together they have some serious chemistry. Nick always does an excellent job with his “acting” and I really loved the final scene where Dylan and Chris admit their feelings to one another. Can’t wait for book 2 on audio!
I really enjoyed the story and think that listening to this is absolutely the best way to enjoy this.
4.5 of 5 stars
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