2.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Cop/Crime Dreamspinner Fated Mates Gay Heat Index Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Misunderstanding Morgan New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Secret Identity Shifter

Wild Instincts (Seaside Shifters #2) by Ethan Stone

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Police cadet and bear shifter Tyson Dakota looks forward to his on-the-job training in Seaside, Oregon, working alongside his cousin, Chief of Police John Dakota. Their goal is to investigate the growing meth epidemic and identify the kingpin bringing the drugs into their community. All signs point to someone inside law enforcement working with the drug traffickers, and Tyson must find out who before the body count gets any higher.

Along the way, Tyson meets Amante, a charismatic and attractive man in town for reasons he doesn’t want to share. Tyson is drawn to Amante despite his secretive ways and is sure there could be more between them than explosive passion, if he could just get Amante to make his stay in Seaside permanent. But when Tyson’s pursuit of justice puts him at odds with Amante, they could lose more than their fledgling relationship.

They could end up losing their lives.


I’m a big fan of shifter romances – huge! There are two things that I love the most – I think – about shifter romances. First, I love when the shifters get to be more than people who can turn into animals but rather people who share their spirit and their human is influenced by that relationship. I love it when they shift a lot or have animal senses in human form – that kind of stuff. The second thing I love about shifter romances is the “MINE” aspect that comes from either meeting and/or claiming one’s mate.

I didn’t get either of these from this story.

There are occasional references to his “bear” and he shifts once or twice and has an “instinct” but really, that’s a mere taste of what being a shifter is all about. He’s not even sure he’s met his mate when they are together and there’s no amazing “MINE” scene or claiming or any of that drama.

The scene – Seaside, Oregon – was nice. I’m always a fan of local stuff, but that’s about it. It was nice.

The main arc of the story – the drug ring and Amante’s involvement in it left me cold and uninterested.

I really didn’t like the fact that we had to hear about Amante’s past love interest and I wasn’t too keen on the fact that Tyson is only 18.

Overall, this just didn’t impress me much. I guess, if you’re a big shifter fan and looking for something relatively quick to read this might be good… but, I can’t recommend it otherwise.

The writing was fine and I didn’t see any editing issues but I think the first story looked more interesting than this one.

2.5 of 5 stars


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