Paranormal shifter romance with some unique lore but also some problems. 99 cents on Amazon.
What would it be like to live in a world where you were considered abnormal even to those who were above the norm?
Jenna O’Conner is not human, nor is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community. It’s important she hide her true nature from both humans and Others.
Right after moving to a new city, Jenna runs into trouble in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee. He’s an alpha werewolf determined to do two things: figure out exactly what Jenna is and have her all to himself.
As if that weren’t enough for Jenna to deal with, a group of extremist Shifters who consider humans to be cattle and who think that factions of Others should stay within their own species—never to intermingle—come to town. Jenna has to find a way to shut them down, but in the process of trying to do that, she discovers things about herself that even she had never thought were possible.
Who said the wolf was what you had to worry about?
Welcome to the real world—the Other world.
Jenna’s family hid her away for most of her life, telling her she would be in grave danger if anyone else in the “Other” community found out about her. When she finished college, she wanted to be a cop like her uncle. They let her go to the police academy and be a cop in a small town. Then they let her become a SWAT team member in the larger city of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Now it really doesn’t make any sense to me that this “overprotective” family would allow this. But I suspended my disbelief because without this insanity, there wouldn’t be a story. Week one at her new job, Jenna was discovered by Adam, a wolf shifter.
Jenna was a superhero type character, overly perfect, until she met the “Other” world. She’s strong, beautiful, independent, and snarky. Some of the snarky struck me as stupid. She herself realizes that she put her foot in her mouth a few times. Some things just didn’t make sense. For example, she backs down to a tiger shifter because she realizes he could hurt her, but then later shows she probably could have gotten out of that situation when she faces off against two tiger shifters at the same time, and they have to back down. It’s confusing.
Jenna is a virgin. But this makes sense for her character. She was kept hidden at home most of her life. Then she worried she would harm a human if they had sex. Humans were the only option since her family stressed the importance of staying hidden from shifters or any kind of “Other”.
I liked Adam. He’s a possessive, growly, alpha, but he’s also sweet and romantic. But I was not a fan of the setup where Jenna basically has to accept Adam or he’s going to die. I won’t get into the specifics of that. If you read it, you’ll know what I mean. It puts Jenna in a tough spot. The romance was very fast and didn’t feel developed. There are no “fated mates” in this world, so I felt they should have had to get to know each other more before they believe they are in love. It also seemed like the romance was dropped for a large section of the book while other things are going on.
There is a lot of shifter lore in this book. Some of it is unique, which I like. But there are many long infodumps. Some of it comes out in thoughts, some in long dialogue passages. There is way too much for me to get into here. Here is a bit:
- Wolf, big cat, and bear shifters. Also witches, demons, and vampires.
- All these are relatively immortal, some living for a couple thousand years.
- Wolf shifters live in packs with an Alpha and Beta. Their females are basically confined to the pack lands where they can be protected. A “Pack Master” rules over all the alphas in a country or region.
- Wolves were “sensual creatures with an over-active sex drive”. They often had orgies in the “pack’s lodge”. But Adam hadn’t had sex in over 6 months at the start of the novel. I was not happy with the number of man-whores in this novel.
- These shifters can shift to their full animal or half shift. When fully shifting, their clothes are destroyed if wearing any.
- Jenna the human and her wolf are alter egos, Jenna doesn’t think of herself as the wolf. So it’s like two entities in the same body. I’m not a fan of the split personality. I prefer it to be described as her instincts telling her one thing while her reasoning told her another.
- Bullets can wound, but silver bullets can kill a shifter.
- Male shifter bite female shifters leaving a mate “Mark”.
There is a lot of unique lore about where each of the different types of “Other” came from. I found it interesting. But it was too much to get all at once. I hope that the following books in the series don’t suffer from this problem because it all came out in the first one.
339 pages. $0.99 on Amazon.
This is a standalone only in that the romance is resolved. The overarching mystery/action plot is not resolved. Jenna and Adam’s story continues in an 82-page novella, Big Bad Bite Returned, $0.99 on Amazon. There are two other full-length novels in the series, each $3.99 on Amazon.
Graphic sex scenes – but not until 70% of the way through the book.
Occasional foul language.
3rd person past tense from Jenna and Adam. Some chapters have head-hopping issues.
There were many individual lines and some entire chapters where the first line of each paragraph was not indented to match the rest of the book. This was driving me batty.
Some descriptions were very confusing. I swear one basically said, “A bar featuring a bar”.
Other errors: 24 – wrong words, missing words, missing or extra commas, and quotation mark problems. Many phrases were missing “that”. All I had to say about [that] is it’s annoying.
After getting dressed in a pair of jeans and a tank top, she repacked her bag to get ready to leave; once her room was straight again, of course. It was seriously sad a grown woman could be afraid of her mama’s temper tantrums. However, most mothers couldn’t pick up a house and drop it on you without breaking a sweat. Not that Jenna’s mama would ever hurt her, but one predator knew how to act when a bigger predator was in the room.
Pulling out her shoulder harness from her closet, she slung it on and then pulled out two Sig Sauer .45 pistols from the shelf. These had also been graduation presents from her Uncle Owen. See, who said a girl couldn’t be sentimental without candy and flowers?
The absolute horror of her little brother—who she hadn’t even known existed until this morning—seeing her bras or panties was enough to terrify and humiliate her beyond words. Because she was quickly discovering that the possibility of a little brother, even if they appeared to be over the age of eighteen, seeing your undergarments equaled two words—total mortification.
“You’re a hopeless pervert, Kent.”
“Ah, that’s where you’re wrong, pretty girl. I’m a hopeful pervert.”
Apparently, it didn’t matter if you were human or Other, all men were dogs. Hell, at this point, if aliens landed in front of the house, she’d bet it would only be because they still thought ‘earth girls were easy’ and that would only prove they were dogs, too.
She had that scolding, parental face on. The one she had used over the years, telling her to clean her room or no she couldn’t have a flamethrower for Christmas.