Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3 stars
Type: Novella in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Police cadet and bear shifter Tyson Dakota looks forward to his on-the-job training in Seaside, Oregon, working alongside his cousin, Chief of Police John Dakota. Their goal is to investigate the growing meth epidemic and identify the kingpin bringing the drugs into their community. All signs point to someone inside law enforcement working with the drug traffickers, and Tyson must find out who before the body count gets any higher.
Along the way, Tyson meets Amante, a charismatic and attractive man in town for reasons he doesn’t want to share. Tyson is drawn to Amante despite his secretive ways and is sure there could be more between them than explosive passion, if he could just get Amante to make his stay in Seaside permanent. But when Tyson’s pursuit of justice puts him at odds with Amante, they could lose more than their fledgling relationship.
They could end up losing their lives.
Review: Tyson Dakota is finally old enough to have the kind of job he wants and date the kind of man he wants. When he picks up a guy, Amante, in the local gay club he doesn’t expect to hit it off so intensely. Amante doesn’t care to disclose why he’s in town, and he’s noticeably uncomfortable with the fact Tyson is starting his career with the local police department. It doesn’t take long for Tyson to learn the biggest problem facing Seaside is drugs. Specifically, drug use by shifters. Tyson isn’t thrilled with the lack of answers he gets from Amante, but he figures their time together is going to be short lived anyway. Tyson takes what he can get. Things get weird when Tyson’s father shows up. Tyson’s father is not a nice man. Tyson’s father and Amante are working together. It’s not good. Tyson had no idea how not good it could potentially be.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first in the series. The mystery and police procedural aspects were my favorite part of the story. There are mystery aspects in this, but more of this story is about catching and convicting the bad guys you know are bad. I did like that both books are ultimately about cleaning up messes created by fathers. In many ways Tyson doesn’t have a functional parental figure in his life. His mom has done her best, but she’s got a lot on her own plate already. The romance and how to get past Amante’s and Tyson’s issues that were thrust upon them by their parents are front and center in this story. That doesn’t make for a bad book, but I had been hoping for more of a mystery.