Author: J Leigh Bailey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb: A legendary love.
Ornithology professor Simon Coleman’s reputation is at risk, and the only way to save his name is to prove thunderbirds are more than creatures of Native American myth. Grad student and part-time barista Ford Whitney has a lot on his plate, but it’s also his duty to make sure the resident bird nerd doesn’t discover shape-shifters—like himself—live on campus.
When a series of incidents related to Simon’s search put him in harm’s way, Ford’s instincts kick in, and they become closer than is strictly proper for student and teacher. Ford is forced to reveal his secrets to Simon, and their relationship is put to the test—Simon must choose between salvaging his reputation and protecting the man who protected him….
Review: Simon Coleman is going to find a thunderbird. He’s going to show the world his family isn’t crazy. More importantly he’s going to show his dying, beloved grandfather the family isn’t crazy. They were chasing a real thing this whole time. Simon’s plans are a little complicated by the fact he’s got a serious case of the hots for his TA. As a professor Simon should not have any kind of relationship with his TA that isn’t inherently professional. TA Ford Whitney is always there. Ford even catches Simon when he falls. But things are weird at Cody College where Simon just started. In the most undeniable way possible Simon finds out just how outside the norm Cody College really is. Then things start getting dangerous. When Simon’s house is broken into and his research on thunderbirds stolen Ford becomes glued to Simon’s side. A relationship develops. One thing budding relationships can’t handle is mistrust, and Simon ends up having a fairly good reason to mistrust Ford.
I really enjoy these books. They’re a wonderful mix of lighthearted and dangerous. There’s a hint of angst but not enough to make me feel angsty. They’re just fun. I want to have fun when I read. I enjoyed reading about the impossible situation these guys were in. I felt bad for Simon and his impossible situation. Pride is real. Sometimes it’s all we’ve got. It’s all fine and dandy to tell ourselves knowing the truth is vindication enough, but I don’t know if I could have swallowed my pride as quickly as Simon did.
I already know I will be wanting the next book in this series. I like the characters, the voice, the whole thing. I’m really excited to see where the next Shifter U book will go. Not just for the fun of it, but I want to know what’s happening with the baddies. Ford has powers and all but I’m sure the baddies still know they’re baddies.