Series: #6 Shifters Unbound
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on April 1, 2014
I pretty much threw caution to the wind and grabbed this one simply because I was in the mood for a new shifter romance. Middle of a series, ignored the blurb…yep, it was an impulse grab and then it just sat. Thankfully, I’ve been busy pulling things off the shelf that need to be read and this was one of them because I had an absolute blast reading this. My only issue is that I wish I had started from the beginning since I could tell that I was in the middle of a series. Not that it didn’t work as a standalone, but there was just this sense that it was connected to other stories.
The story is part of a creative world where shifters came out to the humans, the humans freaked, and now shifters are treated as less than second-class citizens, shunted to reservation-like towns and forced to wear control collars. Shifters aren’t the only supernaturals, but just the ones that are known.
The story begins with Graham McNeil, an alpha wolf shifter, and his clan of shifters forced out of their shifter town in Northern Nevada and forced to integrate with another shifter town pack outside Las Vegas because the humans want to consolidate. It’s a hard integration because his pack is close to feral and was already struggling with the adjustment of being forced into a shifter town after the freedom of the wild let alone now being forced to move again. Humans don’t get that Graham is an alpha in his own right and can’t just defer to the alpha of the town just because. There is also the fact that his unstable pack needs him to take a mate and secure their future leadership. Graham is already pushing things with his human girl friend, Misty. He knows that he eventually has to mate another shifter, but it is to Misty with her acceptance, her smiles, and her tender heart that he is drawn. And when Misty is in trouble, he will do anything he can for her.
Misty loves her flower shop and enjoys dating the big gruff wolf shifter who puts fear and caution on the faces of ever human and shifter he encounters. He is loud, obnoxious and has no tender side, but she cares for him deeply and wishes that their relationship stood a chance of growing into something solid. Misty knows the score with Graham. Then her life takes a turn for the bad when a gang run by an ex-con who her brother screwed over while inside prison destroys her shop, assaults her and threatens to do much worse if she doesn’t tell him where her brother is. Misty tricks him into letting her phone her brother when she is really calling Graham. Her rescue takes place and she gets to see Graham in all his alpha wolf glory, but learns that someone else orchestrated all this to trap a shifter. Now Misty is drawn into Graham’s world and they must figure out a way to work together if they are to get out of this new trouble. In the meantime, they are both confounded by growing feelings of attachment and attraction that make it impossible to imagine a future separation.
This story was exciting, humorous, hot, intriguing, and just an all around good time. I loved the creative worldbuilding and the engaging characters. The plot moved along at a good pace and I loved the intense, tight corners the author put the characters in and the imaginative solutions. The misfit family that Graham had with his nephew and the twin foster cubs along with Misty was my favorite part. Graham and Misty’s romance was rough and had lots of interruptions and bumps, but I liked them together.
All in all, this was an exciting read and has me eager to grab up more from the series. Paranormal Romance fans particularly those who love shifters should definitely give these a try.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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