Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Rating: 3 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Mate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?
Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.
Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?
Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.
Review: Quinn is a little sheltered. He’s got some health problems and an overprotective aunt. When a pack of shifters comes into town Quinn is instantly fascinated. He’s always been fascinated by shifters. Unfortunately, shifters aren’t well liked. When Quinn finds he really likes one of the shifters, the situation becomes a little fraught. Kellan likes Quinn in return. Shifters don’t allow matings with humans. It doesn’t take long for the budding relationship between Quinn and Kellan to turn into something a lot more. As they are falling in love, there are some shifter attacks. Of course the locals think it’s Kellan’s pack. Things aren’t that simple. Quinn’s medical problems aren’t that simple, either.
I have to say I am a devoted fan of metaphors. This, however, was pretty heavy handed. I need at least a pretense of nuance and subtlety. People are scared of immigrants and any group that fits into the category of other. I don’t really know how to respond to that. It’s like a novel to say water is wet.
There were some compelling storylines in this book, but they didn’t comprise the bulk of the story. Kellan’s knowledge he was headed for a world of heartbreak in falling for a human was discussed but not really explored with any depth. And Quinn had an issue, too, but I don’t really want to spoiler. I’ll just say, wow, that’s a profound betrayal by a parental figure. Ouch. Mostly we were told and that was that.
This book is very readable and entertaining in spite of my issues with it. Quinn and Kellan are a charming couple, and the message of the book, heavy handed as I feel it is, is going to be much needed for years to come.