Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Releasing the Shifter by Summer Devon

Title: Releasing the Shifter
Author: Summer Devon
My Rating: B+

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m) 
Series: Solitary Shifters #3
Main Characters: Faye and Dex
Release Date: May 2015
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
To save his love he must face his monster and—worse—be nice to people.

Montag is a monster. He doesn’t know what sort of creature he would turn into if he ever let himself shift, but he knows it’s something predatory and lethal. He fights back the urge to shift every day of his life, and has never dared get close to anyone—not that they want him to. He can literally smell their fear.

Kevin’s not scared of monsters. He works for the SSU, the agency in charge of tracking shifters—particularly the dangerous ones. When he and his young niece are kidnapped by her scum-bucket dad, he’s grateful to be rescued by Montag, whose curmudgeonly defenses can’t hide the kind man beneath.

As they work together to protect Kevin’s niece, attraction sizzles between them. But their relationship may not survive if Montag learns who writes Kevin’s paycheck—or if Montag dares to confront the inner monster he hates and fears.

Warning: Contains a grouchy virgin shifter (and we mean virginal in all possible ways), a hero with a back pocket full of secrets, and a couple of jerks.

My Review:
I haven't read any of the other books from this series (or this author before)... As a result, this whole world was new to me and I liked it. 

Kevin is an SSU agent...he investigates shifters. In a world that isn't always friendly when shifters are exposed, he's not necessarily a friendly face. In Montag's viewpoint, any SSU person is a bad one. But he doesn't know that about Kevin. All he knows about Kevin is that he feels better, calmer, when he's around. That's a good thing for Montag who's constantly fighting his internal animal for control.

Kevin has his own issues. His brother-in-law and the bil's brother are insane and they've kidnapped Kevin, his sister, and his niece Sassy, who's nine. Kevin hasn't fought back, simply because he's trying to protect his niece and his sister. He doesn't want them hurt or traumatized. I had a few issues with this story line just because Kevin's sister is such a victim, and refuses to stand up to her husband. She never does seem him for the creep he is. For her, she never doubts their love is right...ever. Which just didn't feel right with everything going on. But she's supposed to be that character, and ultimately I don't think the author wanted the reader to like her. 

I did really like both Kevin and Montag though. They are both great guys...although totally different. Montag has never really had people in his life because they agitate his beast, and he's terrified of letting it free. I felt so awful for him. I could definitely empathize with his need for Kevin...the first person that he's ever connected with in any way. I loved that Kevin calmed Montag's beast and that Montag saw auras around people. I didn't quite get if that was a shifter specific or Montag specific skill. Whichever, it was a neat detail. Then there's Kevin, who's just simply a good guy. From his protective stance for Sassy to how he wants to help Montag realize that his shifter ability is not a bad thing. 

It's an interesting world and I enjoyed my visit to it. I loved the other shifter that came on the scene, Neil- I think his name was, and how he helped condition Montag. Although I'll admit, I thought he was doing an amazing job on his own. Like I said, it was simply an interesting read. The romance wasn't huge, but the story was interesting and it definitely kept me engaged.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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