Jamie Ryan was almost ready to accept he’d never find his destined mate. They’re uncommon to begin with, and same-sex versions are downright rare. Since his gay best friend found a destined mate, Jamie figured he was out of luck. Until end-of-semester stress forces him to go through the full-moon shift early. Stuck in wolf form, he runs into none other than his destined mate. Who’s human.
Chad Sutton has always had good instincts. They served him well as a detective and continued on when he went private. Those instincts tell him there’s something about the dog that comes up to him while running away from animal control that isn’t quite right. He works to put the pieces together, but is unsuccessful until his dog turns into a human before his eyes.
Jamie has no idea what the mate bite of a shifter will do to a human. He’s terrified to try—and possibly kill his mate. They hunt for answers while working together on one of Chad’s cases. It’s easy to see they belong together, but Jamie fears the gods gave him someone he can’t keep.
(Book previously reviewed here)
We met Jamie in book one (not required to read, but highly recommended as it explains a lot and gives a much better background on Jamie.) Jamie was a short time love interest but never a fated mate. When Jamie ends up stuck in wolf form one night, he meets his actual fated mate, Chad, a human.
There are a lot of hurdles for these guys to jump: Jamie introducing himself as a human, Chad learning about shifters, both men concerned what happens when a shifter bites his human mate, travelling to find out more information, why the North American shifter leadership is hiding information, and more…
In the end, we get an absolutely amazing story that was as good as or better than book one!
I loved book one and this is a fantastic sequel!
From start to finish I was captivated by this story. Jamie and Chad are so adorable as a couple! Chad is easy going in a way that is totally believable. Jamie and Chad’s time together when Jamie was a wolf was hysterical and sweet. Then, while working out the kinks of their relationship Chad never let Jamie down. They are essentially together as a forever couple from the very first moment they meet and I LOVE THAT!
(Chad names the “dog” version of Jamie “Murray” after the dog in Mad About You – which I loved!)
Using the “shifted” side for crime solving is brilliant and I really hope we see more of that in future books.
The time spent in Italy was well done. It had moments of humor, sexiness, more back-story, and some local color. I really liked how the deities were brought in to fill out the origin story more for us.
It was great seeing Tanner and Finley again – the whole family/pack thing is a nice continuation of the story.
This is a book about these two building their relationship. There are a couple very small “mysteries” built in, but most of the page time is devoted to these guys and their relationship. I love that! It was intriguing from start to finish and I couldn’t put it down. I am absolutely in love with this series and I can’t wait for more and hope it comes to audio – Nick J Russo would be an excellent choice for this – hint hint!
5 of 5 stars
Well – Nick didn’t narrate this but Christopher Boucher totally NAILED this! He did SUCH a great job! I loved the accents, the growly voice he chose for Chad, the Italians, the females… all of them! He also really did a great job with the emotions as well as the humor and smexy times! I am totally going to be looking for more from this guy! Highly Recommended!
5 of 5 stars
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