I have had aching legs and been feeling exhausted so I've been taking it relatively easy and doing baby blankets and Christmas gifts whilst reading and listening.
Since the last post I have read a few Love's Landscapes stories and these two from a new series for me:
Revealing the Beast (Solitary Shifters #2) by Summer Devon 4*
BLURB: Colt Easton is easygoing, fun loving, good with little kids and he occasionally turns into a beast capable of ripping out a man's throat. It's a family secret he d be more than happy to keep if there wasn't a little boy's life at stake.
A deathbed confession revealed the child could carry Easton blood. The only way Colt can monitor the boy is with a job at his day-care center. The problem? New laws decree that all shifters be tagged. No blood test, no job.
Dr. Jasper Glen is instantly drawn to the outgoing Colt and is certain any child would be safe in the handsome shifter's care. He ought to know he's been studying shifters for years, even invented the blood test that now, to his shame, the government is using against them.
All it takes is a quick vial switch. Except Jasper's good deed blows the lid off a secret he didn't even know he was keeping. And triggers a chain of events that makes them all moving targets.
My Review: I read this one first, even though it is the second one in the Solitary Shifters series, but it made no difference as it was a definite stand alone style story. I loved the story idea and the author did a good job adding plenty of tension as the different government departments all try to get their tuppence worth in. I liked the Characters of Colt and Jasper even though at first I was annoyed at Jasper's attitude towards the shifters. Once he got his mind on the right track though it became a great story with plenty of angst and romance.
Taming the Bander (Solitary Shifters #1) by Summer Devon 4*
BLURB: He thought he had nothing left to lose…until he lost his heart.
Jake will be forever grateful to the man who rescued him and brought him to an animal preserve to live. It’s the perfect home for a bander, a type of shifter known to be notoriously taciturn. Now Jake runs the place, and he’s content with the hard truth that he’ll always be alone.
Summer visitors are a necessary evil. And Vaughn Prentiss is exactly the sort of tourist that gets on Jake’s last nerve. A happy-go-lucky, carefree, trust-fund baby.
Vaughn can’t fathom why Jake seems to enjoy insulting him for no reason. Yet he’s attracted to the man’s gruff kindness with the preserve’s youthful workers. And it hasn’t escaped his notice that Jake is something special. Something not quite human.
When Vaughn discovers his financial manager has absconded with the family fortune, Jake acts on impulse to offer him a job, and wonders if he’ll live to regret it. It’s hard enough to keep his shifter nature private, much less keep his paws off his newest employee…a man Jake is coming to admire. If only he could be sure, when danger reveals the truth of what he is, if Vaughn will stay by his side—or run.
My Review: This is the first in the series and actually mentions a character from the second book (the one I read first)but he was more of a bit character in this book. Jake is a grumpy man who is trying to keep his 'other' self hidden from the world but Vaughn isn't fooled for long. The loss of Vaughn's money and need to work put the two men in daily contact and the rest is a forgone conclusion to any reader who enjoys a decent romance with plenty of external problems. Overall this was a slightly predictable story but the author makes the characters so interesting that I didn't mind at all.
Of Gods and Monsters: Menoetius by Wulf Francu Godgluck 3*
Adam's Flight by Penny Wilder 5*
In case you are interested the ratings for the weekend books were as follows:
Morgan and the Star Guard (Star Cadets #1) by Jade Astor 2*
Liam’s Unexpected Alpha (Lupinville #1) by Alice Cain 4*
Aiden's Accidental Beta (Lupinville #2) by Alice Cain 4*
Cody's Eternal Sheriff (Lupinville #3) by Alice Cain 4*