This is the second book in the Kodiak Point series and one I was delightedly eager to grab up and read. And why may you ask? For Boris the bullheaded and soul-weary moose who refuses to act on the mutual attraction he feels for a certain gorgeous female and Jan, the arctic fox shifter who also happens to be just the thing to soothe, heal and love on this misguided male by hell, high water or maybe just her mama’s double-barrel shotgun.
Chronologically, this story begins three-fourths of the way through the first book taking a parallel course for a time before following its own path. Yes, this is a not-so-subtle hint that they should probably be read in order.
Boris along with a handful of guys from his military unit came back from a really bad war. They saw comrades die, but also were captured and tortured until they escaped. Unfortunately, all this did something to Boris and it is only by the tough tenacity of his friend, Reid, that he even came back as functional as he did. Boris left a gentle promise behind to a lovely lady and on his return he breaks it for her own good because he has changed and is no longer worthy- not that he ever was- of her love nor does he feel she would be safe around him since he experiences violent night terrors almost every night. He spends years ducking the lovely fox shifter that was to be his and just content to exist and protect their town of shifters until he is brought up short by a new enemy and a real threat to his fox.
Frustrated is an understatement to what Jan feels about Boris’ avoidance all this time. She would have moved on if she could, but her inner vixen and her own heart scream that he is The One. Too bad it took smashing up her beloved truck, getting chased by a pack of rogue shifters, and then drawing the attentions of Boris’ skilled enemy before Boris woke up and paid her some attention. Naturally, he comes along reluctantly, but Jan has decided to outfox the moose and make him do the chasing this time.
I thought the first one in this series began with a bang, but Boris and Jan’s story just kept things going splendidly. I loved how the author wove in their romantic chase, the witty humorous dialogue, and the grand series arc about the danger Gene’s crazed need for vengeance and another shadowy enemy set to destroy Kodiak Point. The themes of PTSD, unrequited love, vengeance and an unknown evil should have made it have a darker, deeper tone, but with true finesse through passion and humor this book stayed light and engaging with just a flavor of the other.
The paranormal element wasn’t stinted on either. I loved that Boris’ moose and Jan’s fox along with the enemy shifters were a strong presence in shifted form. The moose and fox are also developed with their characters taking on their animal’s temperaments too. Simple stuff, I know, but just one more thing I love about this series.
Oh and let’s not neglect to mention the passion. At first it is just the sexual tension they both feel as Boris tries to deny them both, but then when these two come together Holy Hot Hunka Love, Peeps! They didn’t miss a flat surface both vertical and horizontal. And Boris’ shower, yeah, I’m claiming that bad boy for my own needs (I would not complain if Boris is still in it either).
So, to wrap it all up, another abso-fab outing with this series and I can’t wait for what is to come. Dare I hope it is a redemption story for poor Gene? Fans of light, yet caliente hot Paranormal Romance should venture to grab up this series before it gets much further along.
My thanks to the author for providing the book in exchange for an honest review.