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This edition is no longer available.Jamie is human and he's a wolf. Werewolves aren't just some supernatural fairytale. They are a living breathing part of society. Once they hid their true natures, but now they are out and proud. Wolves are an accepted part of society, but even with all the new laws, it's not easy.Race relations made society complicated enough, then cameThis edition is no longer available.Jamie is human and he's a wolf. Werewolves aren't just some supernatural fairytale. They are a living breathing part of society. Once they hid their true natures, but now they are out and proud. Wolves are an accepted part of society, but even with all the new laws, it's not easy.Race relations made society complicated enough, then came the gay rights movement adding a whole new dimension to the struggle for acceptance. Add a new species to the list and you have a whole different worldRob is a cop and has just passed his thirtieth birthday, being promoted to a special police task force specializing in wolf / human cases. He sees it all. The seedy underbelly of city life, the fights, the murders, and the parts of human / wolf interaction that people would rather ignore. He meets a young man, Jamie, at a club and embarks on the hottest one night stand of his life. Little does he know that his lover is a shifter. He has no worries with wolves, but interspecies relationships are not on his to-do list.When a case involving kidnappings of young werewolves lands on Rob's desk the ugly face of the werewolf sex trade is something he has to deal with. With Jamie seemingly at the centre of it all can Rob push past his prejudices and keep his lover alive?...

Title : Shattered Secrets
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ISBN : 9781920501709
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Number of Pages : 181 Pages
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Shattered Secrets Reviews

  • BubblesHunty Honest & Direct Opinions
    2019-02-01 14:53

    This is my new favorite Shifter BookOnce I started reading I couldn't read it fast enough. The writing/characters/story drew me in right away. I was so into the book before I knew it I was finished, I was sad it was over because I wanted more of these guys and their world (luckily the sequel is currently being written).I loved the shifter world. This is the first book I have read like this. I liked how unique the characters and setting was, shifters might be a common theme in this genre but this book felt completely different than the other shifter settings I have read. I was continuously being surprised by how the plot and characters were developed. It was so cute every time Jaimie shifted and put his head on Ron's lap and gave him the big puppy dog eyes. Just so adorable. I know this is not a wolf but still so cute and a face that be impossible to say no to

  • Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
    2019-02-08 08:49

    I really liked this book. I felt like it was a bit different from other shifter stories what with the different society and the human and shifters openly co-existing together, the hatred some people had for the wolves and the 'imprinting' instead of just mating. It was unique in it's own way.At first, I didn't like Rob but he still appealed to me a little. I felt he was unreasonably hostile towards finding out Jamie was a wolf. I hated him but I still liked him. Jamie was just adorable, a bit naive and reckless but I still loved him. Eventually, Rob gets over his hostility after being privy to some seriously secret information about wolves and makes things right with Jamie, after he screwed it all up.I liked the mystery although at times it either felt rushed or a bit slow, like they were waiting on something which I supposed is pretty accurate because they were waiting on something. Either way, I did enjoy it. I felt Jamie needn't have been involved but his involvement made the story a little bit more enjoyable.I felt the ending was a bit rushed, though. I was hoping for a little bit more information from Jamie's point of view while he was essentially being held hostage. (view spoiler)[What did he go through once Lewis left locking him and Sam in that room? Did they make any other demands? If they left Sam and Jamie alone then how did Sam become more injured than he was when they were locked in? How did Sam end up there? I hope that's answered in his book if there is one. I also had other questions like how does one break a wolf? I wasn't really clear on that. There was, however, one thing I could not get over and that's, this book needed a better editor. Every time I got into the story, I'd be pulled right back out by the editing mistakes. I tried looking past them and enjoy the story but like I said, I'd be pulled out by missing words, some inconsistencies, etc. That's what is ultimately deciding my rating because I seriously loved the story but I would have loved it more if it was better edited. :((hide spoiler)]All in all, I really enjoyed the story. It was a bit different and I liked that a lot. I'm looking forward to the next book and hopefully it'll be of Sam or maybe Doug. Recommended. :)

  • Katrina Passick Lumsden
    2019-01-22 15:06

    As you may or may not know, I have more than a few pet peeves when it comes to writing. One of the big ones is when authors don't pay the fuck attention to what they're writing. Even worse is when they're not paying attention and then don't catch some glaring continuity errors in a simple read-through. No editors catch this shit, either, apparently. Because, let me tell you, these characters? I have no clue how old they are. The authors tell us how old the characters are, several times, but I still have no clue. Let's see if you can figure it out:From Shattered Secrets:On page 50, Jamie tells Rob, "My friend Doug? He's twenty, just like me..." "...but by wolf tradition, he's been a man since he was fourteen."So according to that passage, Jamie and Doug are both twenty, and Doug first shifted when he was fourteen.Later on, they rescue a wolf named Sam and, according to information they find on him, he's "Sam Harrison, aged 23."But then, on page 166, Rob says to Jamie, "You're only a year older than Sam is."So now we have no idea if Jamie is twenty or twenty-four. Which then confuses us regarding Rob's age because the synopsis says he's thirty, but he mentions that he's ten years older than Jamie. It's also confusing in terms of Jamie's development because, while he's written as a late bloomer in terms of wolf maturation, shifts happen "as late as twenty-one". And this is just in book one. Things get even more confusing in book two.From Broken Memories:Page 18 - "Considered an adult by other wolves since he was thirteen, at twenty-three, Doug was well-versed in..."So now, not only has Doug's first shift been dropped back a year, he's aged three years in the week or so between books.Page 34 - "'Sam Harrison. Approximate age of twenty-six...'"Page 48: "'Twenty-three.' Sam looked surprised by his own swift reply. 'I'm twenty-three.'"Page 50 - "Doug was even younger than Sam..."I don't ask for a whole lot in shifter fiction. Seriously. Is it too much to ask that the authors keep track of their own characters?

  • Ami
    2019-02-07 10:59

    This is the first collaboration of Diane Adams and R.J. Scott, and they take a shifter theme. For me, some part work, some don't. What works ... I like how Diane and R.J. try to infuse something new to the shifter myth. It can be very repetitive, you see. But they give the idea of adulthood, breaking, and imprint, which are not common (I think). Though I have to be honest, that I don't get the imprint thing very much :). Jamie is pretty adorable. The ending where he uses his puppy/wolfy eyes to get what he wants, it's the cutest scene here.What don't work? I sort of miss how they first met. Plus, I still don't buy Rob's change of heart. It has probably something to do with the part that where Jamie got hurt, the story focuses on Jamie's feeling rather than Rob. So I still have no idea what Rob actually thinks, what makes him change his mind considering that he rejects the idea of human/shifter relationship so strongly in the beginning. And Rob is not a character that I quickly like.

  • V
    2019-02-17 13:51

    This is completely different from any of the others Werewolf stories I have read. The plot was also new for me, quite unique indeed.If you are looking for action, a little bit of angst, one adorable - cute wolf, a hot Human alpha..this is the right book for you.I can't wait for the sequels!!!

  • Pia Veleno
    2019-02-16 10:55

    I couldn't put it down. I haven't read many of those lately.What I liked:1. No Insta-Love! Sure there was the imprinting thing, but it wasn't just sniff and fall in love like in so many other shifter stories. Plus, the imprinting came with its own interesting issues/traits.2. I liked how Rob dealt with the imprinting, and the revelation of shifter secrets. He was a good human-cop character.3. I enjoyed Jamie's versatility-- a wolf that can be both submissive and dominant, and while still wolf-young, he had a strong human-form personality too.This makes two series of shifters that I'll look forward to reading as new releases hit the electronic shelves.

  • Lady*M
    2019-02-07 14:44

    This was a pleasant pastime story, but nothing more than that. It's a shame because the first scene was more than promising and the potential was there, but I felt that everything that could make this story exceptional was underplayed or simply missing. What worked for me was the difference in how humans and wolves matured and how some wolves could be considered adult at very young age, while the others were considered immature even in their twenties. I liked Jamie and how his wolf didn't follow everyone's expectations and the fact that the "imprinting" didn't exactly mean the insta-love. However, I felt that the authors didn't use the possibility of breaking as well as they could have. This is suppose to be the big "secret" from the title and the implications are truly horrific and, yet, things were neatly solved with hardly any consequence for our protagonists. The second thing that didn't work well was Rob. Although his later explanation as of why he opposed to human/wolf relationships had merit, his initial reaction was that of a seasoned bigot (including ridiculous rationalizations) and I simply couldn't forget it until the end of the book. He changed his mind in a heartbeat and I couldn't help but think that this was another missed opportunity for the authors, another conflict they could have explored. Also, I don't know why authors insist on making someone a cop if they don't plan to make him a good cop. This man works closely with the wolves and it never occurs to him that something is amiss. The idea that a cop, any cop, would even consider Jamie's involvement in the case, after he was severely beaten, is ridiculous. Also, we hardly know anything about our protagonists' lives outside of the story. We know Jamie's parents threw him out when they found out he was gay and that's it. Rob is a cop - and that's it. We don't even get to see their first meeting. And, finally, the authors showed their hand too early: it's easy to see where (at least) the second book will go as well as who the two other couples will be.The sex scenes (especially the first one) were hot, there were some funny one-liners and, yes, the final scene was very cute, but I hoped for more depth, considering who the authors are. The book was short and easy to read and I'm curious to see how the things will work for Doug, so I'll pick up the next book, but I definitely expected more.

  • Deeze
    2019-02-06 17:00

    I really liked this one. It was a lovely change to read a shifter book based on story detail rather than sniff out mate and have lots of sex immediately.Putting the review in a spoiler just in case (view spoiler)[ I really liked how this was different from the run of the mill shifter fics. We learn about first time shifting and the dangers of early and late shifting. I liked the similarities between their first change and our puberty. I liked there was a story line that was well thought out and interesting. The whole breaking thing was an interesting idea, and gave the story the theme to make it stand out. The way they couldnt instantly heal was also a plus for me. Sure have a quicker heal rate but the shift and heal theme is such a cop out.Although saying that I still had a niggle at how Jamie was in such pain yet still managed a quick sex fix against a wall. Kinda spoilt it a little for me after doing so well. But thanks to the story I got over it quickly lol. The pairing was lovely and dispite my feelings on too much sex details I thoroughly enjoyed the first club scene,that was my idea of hot, before they made it to the bedroom lol. The ending was neat and tidy but still leads the way for the next book. The very final scene was so sweet and cute I really wanted to Squeeee lol. (hide spoiler)]So yes if your looking for a shifter fic that has an interesting story complete with a new angle on wolf shifters then this is the book for you. Looking forward eagerly to the next installment.

  • Susan
    2019-02-08 09:56

    I expected the writing to be worse than it was, so yay to the writing!The storyline was a somewhat different approach to the whole shifter/mate/imprinting theme and I liked it.Wolves are out and humans all know about them. Jamie is a young wolf and ‘forgot’ to tell his one night stand about the fact he is a wolf. When Rob (a human cop) finds out about it, he is angry and tells Jamie to go. But they cannot seem to stay away from each other. And when Jamie also accidentally gets involved in the shifter case Rob is working on, it seems they’re stuck together.My main problem was that I never felt the love between Jamie and Rob. Yes, they were hot together, but the I love yous came out of the blue. I would have liked it if the romance had gotten a little more attention. There was so much potential. But Rob was mostly an ass throughout the story and I never warmed up to him….Great potential, but that was all.

  • Chris
    2019-01-27 10:55

    4.5 stars. Very good m/m paranormal romantic suspense about a wolf shifter who hooks up with a cop who doesn't realize he's hooking up with a shifter... and isn't pleased when he does realize. But a shifter-related case throws them together again and things get complicated.So... when's the next book coming out? :)

  • Beatrice
    2019-02-12 12:42

    This was a writing tandem I couldn't pass over. Both are talented and are able to weave stories that can capture readers. Add in this book's paranormal aspects (and somewhat of an alternative world feel) and you have yourself a sure reader in me.I definitely liked this one. I did catch some errors and weaknesses, of course, but I'll get to that later. I think what fascinated me the most here is the presentation of a darker aspect of the paranormal society. The integration of humans and shifters, the segregation in terms of the bars and clubs as well as the discrimination laws, and even the concept of "breaking" itself – all these play important roles in the book. Definitely a darker society. There is no hiding of true natures here, but horrible crimes are ever present. I loved reading all about it, even if it horrified me every time they talked about how wolves ended up when they were broken.At times, though, I felt like the information was dumped in one big dose, kind of like an information overload. Someone who isn't paying close attention to the dialogue might get lost during the scenes in the beginning where a lot of things are explained. Dynamics are also explained in passing, like the ages of maturity and imprinting and mating – but these weren't as detailed as the explanation of the effects of breaking and how it relates to the year after the first change. Some aspects that I would've liked to get more on were only mentioned in passing, like the process of breaking. We never really get to know how these guys break a wolf. Also, sorry if this seems like a dense question, but what's the difference between imprinting and mating? Is it just in terms of imprinting being a protective measure, with mating the result of a sexual relationship between an imprinted pair? Or does it go deeper than that? I had a lot of questions in my mind. However, I was told that there might be more world-building in the next book, so I'll hold my breath for that one.The characters were likeable enough. I can't say that they were extremely well-rounded and three-dimensional, but they were real enough that I felt for them. I definitely sympathized with Jamie as he went through Rob's rejection. Rob started out as a bit of a prick, but then kind of redeemed himself towards the middle of the book. I suppose his change of attitude towards Jamie was a bit sudden, but I could easily pass it off as the imprinting and something else being the catalysts. The secondary characters were good as well, although you could clearly point out who will be the protagonists in the next books because they got more screen time, and thus, more development in their situations. I liked Doug and Nick. They weren’t your usual alpha types in the sense that they wanted everyone to submit to them.In terms of the writing itself, there were a couple of errors but none of them were major. A few awkward sentences here and there, as well as a couple of formatting mistakes – nothing major that will take away from a reader's enjoyment of the book. Towards the end I also spotted an inconsistency with the ages of the characters, but it only came up once so I'm hoping that it would be rectified (as well as the age being clarified) in the next book. The pacing was good for a relatively short story; there were a couple of slow moments in the beginning but they were mostly scenes where things were explained. Overall, though, I definitely liked this book. Looking forward to reading the next one!

  • Sadonna
    2019-01-25 12:00

    I read this story in close to one sitting. This the first of a shifter series (not sure how many are planned) and sets up the "rules" of this shifter world. This is a little bit different than most other shifter worlds I've read about. There are new "secrets" of how this particular world works. I'm already a big fan of both Diane and RJ, so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. My only complaint is it's too short -I want more of these guys!Jamie is a young gay wolf shifter who is drawn to Rob, a human detective. After their first encounter, Jaime goes back to the same bar hoping to meet up with him again. Jamie is so lovable and I was really mad at Rob when he first rejected him for being a shifter - this after Jamie's family had already kicked him out for being gay. He is young and vulnerable - which we find out more about later in the story. Jamie and Rob become mixed up in a very bad situation involving an ongoing police investigation of the disappearance of a lot of young shifter females that has resulted in at least one death. Jamie tries to go out on his own to "break the case" - only to be badly hurt. At that point, Rob realizes he can't turn his back on Jamie and he knows there is something more between them. I don't want to be spoilery here, but I was really glad that things worked out the way they did and there was not some awful cliffhanger ending while we wait for the next installment! I'm really looking forward to the next chapter of this story.

  • Edina Rose
    2019-02-06 13:04

    This is a very cute AND quite "modern" shifters story. The shifting phenomenon here is great! There are some clever/interesting new concepts like breaking or the myth about scents and smells. The lifestyle is also kind of modern and does not revolve around pack meetings and hunting during the full moon. The shifters can be seen living a normal life, using social networking websites to connect, chat, discuss teenage shifters issues; they don't have exactly the same problems as human teenagers/young adults. They are so... modern, more human, less "bestial", and yet they are terribly bestial, animal at the same time.Fav part in the book: (view spoiler)[Imagine eating with someone and then he asks you: "can I have the bones?" And you know it is not for his pet dog, but for the dog in him... It was just so strange and amazing.(hide spoiler)]Must-read in the shifters genre.

  • Karen K
    2019-02-19 16:41

    I really liked this variation on the shifter world - the fact the humans know about the wolves and even work with them but there still seems to be a fine line between associating with them. I also liked the distinction made between adult and child in the wolf world, was an interesting twist. Rob was a hard character to get to know at first but I warmed up to him. I feel instantly for Jamie thought, even as he fluctuated from strong to needy to strong and back again beautifully, and I loved the secondary characters that helped the couple along. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

  • Jaime
    2019-02-08 11:06

    4 Stars ~ Great Start to a fun Series❥❥**´¨)¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)(¸.•´ (¸.•`*Review Copy provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.Reviewed by Jaime from Alpha Book Club

  • Don Bradshaw
    2019-02-19 14:47

    This story is the first of a three book series by two great authors. We get another spin on the werewolf so beware for something very different. Rob goes into a non-wolf dance club looking to pick up a one night stand. Wolves are an open part of society and Rob is a cop assigned to human/wolf relations. Rob picks up a hot, younger, Jamie but has no clue that Jamie is a wolf. Wolves in their first year of changing are easily mastered and Ron unintentionally imprints on Jamie. This story was a romance and also a mystery story. The slow building of Rob and Jamie's relationship was a very nice change from the usual wolf instant love and well written. The mystery sub-plot revolved around the breaking or mastering of first year shift wolves by a well organized group. It added an extra punch to the story. My biggest complaint about the story was that there was a huge and very unnecessary information dump that bogged me down. The authors may have thought this was necessary to lay a foundation for this and the coming books but it could have been done much better and smoother. Ms Adams and Ms Scott have written a good story which any shifter fan will enjoy if they can get past the info dump.

  • Cay
    2019-01-23 17:05

    This book is a typical example of she bites off more than she can chew. Maybe if the book was longer it would've been better developed. I had problems with the case, and with the characters too. Jamie came off as an alpha wolf in the first scene, then he became a submissive fluffy. But he was at least a cutie. Rob on the other hand was really unsympathetic and quite an ass**** with a sudden attitude change which came out of left field without any real reason (was it because of the bond?). Also, I think the case was stupid and unnecessary. I would have been perfectly happy to read only about the mate thing. And 2 more books in this series? I'm hoping for some improvement, but...

  • JustJen
    2019-02-14 15:48

    I really enjoyed this different take on shifters. They can come into their change (first time of shifting) at pretty much any time up until they hit 20 or so, and when it occurs plays a big role in how their wolves are. They are extremely vulnerable in the first year of this shifting, which is a small piece of the bigger picture and mystery of this story. Jamie is a real sweetheart. Rob was a bit of a prick, but his reasons are quickly explained. I was a little disappointed at how quickly he changed his tune about being with a shifter, but I really enjoyed the rest of the story. This was a great start of a new series, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest.

  • Eva
    2019-02-17 12:58

    I really enjoyed reading this.I liked how the world was set up and the characters portrayed and after Rob got over his issues he and Jamie made a great couple. The idea of how the wolves mature at different paces and how in the first year they are woulnerable and can be broken was an interesting twist on your average wolf shifter book.However the mystery of the missing wolves didn't quite manage to pull me in all the way and the whole thing seemed a bit unfinished. Maybe the issue will be revisited in the following books.Overall I liked the book and will be reading the next book when it comes out (hopefully the wait won't be too long).

  • Lexi Ander
    2019-02-19 10:03

    This was a very enjoyable read. I liked the slow draw of the imprinting instead of the insta-love. I liked how the dominance swapped back and forth between Jamie and Ron.I really enjoyed the unique paranormal qualities for the shifters in this world. The changes in society that affected the shifters with disintegrating packs and break down of crucial social structures and connections. It paints a rare vulnerable face for shifters with problems from the outside ‘lupophobes’ and the internal secrets.Overall, I wanted more depth to this world, more of the secondary characters. I felt it lost some of the intensity that held me with Ron's acceptance which took place primarily though a time jump. There were several time jumps that skipped over things that I would have been interested in knowing about and the jumps (for me) just seem to slow the story down, losing power towards the end.I do look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • Susan65
    2019-01-31 09:10

    3.5 Stars rounded upI had very high hopes for this story, but was left feeling like the relationship between Jamie and Rob was too rushed and a little too easy after their tough start. Rob also too easily accepted the imprinting after he so vehemently was against human/shifter relationships. No matter what he says about acceptance and finding shifters to be equals, he came across as very prejudiced against wolves, at least to me.The entire premise of the story was very interesting and I loved that the humans and wolves worked together. If I were Rob, I too would be ticked off that the wolf co-worker subordinates withheld information that was important to the team and solving the case. Why work together is you're really not?So I liked it, yes, but there were a couple niggles that held me back from loving it.

  • Monica
    2019-01-19 11:53

    I really enjoyed this book, which I expected, since I am a fan of RJ Scott's writing. Therefore, I shouldn't have been surprised that this wasn't your typical shifter story. Ms. Scott and co-author Diane Adams wrote a unique shifter society with new wolf secrets that I had never read before. I won't give away any details except to say you will be pleasantly surprised and intrigued by the new relationship between wolves and humans.The two MCs, Jamie and Rob were well matched and I was again happy that the two didn't have a completely stereotypical relationship. I loved both of them, even though Rob had me screaming at him in the beginning. The secondary characters were also enjoyable and I look forward to learning more about Nick and Mark and Sam and Doug. I recommend this book and look forward to the other books in the series.

  • Beth doesn't writeenough reviews
    2019-02-08 14:43

    Enjoyable read!A slightly different take on wolf shifters. They are known to humans, have full rights & laws to protect them. There is some world building in little history nuggets here and there but no huge info dump about how the wolves 'came out'.Besides the wolf shifters there has to be a suspension of belief when it comes to the police investigation but it's a shifter story so it didn't bother me. I liked both Rob & Jamie as well as the secondary characters. Some angst but not overdone and while there is a mate bond it's more insta-lust than insta-love. There isn't a cliffhanger but it is open to the next book with a believably real HFN. I'm really looking forward to the next book.

  • Jess
    2019-02-07 16:53

    3.75 Stars.I loved the wolf side of things and all the wolf characters.I couldnt really like Rob....i still dont know why Rob changed his mind on certain issues. I also thought the investigation aspect of the story was pretty weak.Basically Jamie won the story for me.I think this is going to have a sequel and I fully plan to read it. Hopefully there will be a bit more world building in the second book.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-21 11:07

    Great start to a new werewolf series. The characters are fascinating. I particularly liked the interpretation of werewolves and their society. I am very much looking forward to Book 2 to find out more about Sam, Jamie, Rob and the other humans and wolves appearing in Book 1.

  • Betryal
    2019-01-25 12:51

    One of the absolute best to rank high among other amazing shifter books I've read. Can't wait on the next one that I've pre-ordered. Two thumbs up!

  • Portia
    2019-01-30 11:53

    This review first appeared on MM Good Book Reviews.Pixie’s Reader’s Review: I really enjoyed this one, it was a refreshing change to read a shifter book that wasn’t all about sex and mates; although there is a lot hot sex and some discussion about mating.Rob is horrified when he finds out that Jamie is a Wolf. He has nothing against them personally but he wouldn’t have sex with one…if he had a choice. Jamie doesn’t usually sleep with humans but there is just something about Rob. When Rob kicks him to the curb, Jamie realizes what has happened too late.I thought the way that Rob handled everything was masterful, Jamie was headstrong and willful the supporting characters were incredible, too. They really added to the story. The story line is fantastic and written really well. Hopefully, this is opening up a new avenue in shifter stories where we have more realistic story lines and a different aspect to the ‘mating’ rules.If you love shifter stories, hot men and crime stories then this is for you. Diane Adams & R.J. Scott, I can’t wait for the next one.Portia’s Writer’s Review: For those of you thinking about writing a paranormal series, Shattered Secrets would be an excellent case study. Scott and Adams took a lot of time world building, without distracting the reader away from the main plot. The characters are wonderfully developed. I especially like the evolution of Rob. The attraction between Rob and Jamie is instant, but the love match takes a lot longer to develop.Since this is obviously part of a series, there are some nice tidbits that will make you want to read the next story. The problem, if not the actual bad guys, is identified and the book ends on a deliciously suspenseful note. But, I didn’t have that unsatisfied feeling of incompletion that is too often present in series novellas. If I never read another book in this series, I felt that Scott/Adams wrote a complete story.RJ Scott and Diane Adams are both phenomenal writers individually. Together they have created a series that is smart and sexy. May the literary gods bless this union for a very long time.

  • Ayanna
    2019-02-01 15:43

    Okay, the main reason this book has such a high rating is because Jaime is such a woobie and I have an extreme soft spot for well-written woobies. There are some weird character flaws with Rob going on, but he was mostly a plot device for me (anything for the sake of Jaime's happiness!) so w/e.Oh, these tragic innocent heroes. Why do I love you so much? Actually, I do kind of have an answer to that. I've theorized that it's probably because I know I'll never be one of them. I'd be too...calculating. Long years of reading novels has left me too knowledgeable about human nature in some ways and too jaded in others. I could go on, but I won't burden you with an existential crisis here in the review pane, so yeah.Weird, but not bad. Not bad at all. Very endearing in many ways. It has all the elements I like. The Innocent One, the Alpha Male, the "I respect you enough to take turns"/"I'm not a complete bigotted asshole," the intrigue, the pseudo-brainwashing thing, the sex slave trafficking thing, that kid with the trauma and the memory loss thing, stuff, yeah... It even has a kitty :DETA nvmd. Changed it to a 3. It's still a high three, though. Like, a 3.75 because it's got stuff I like. As a more holistic evaluation, though, it's probably more of a 3...ETA:Hmm...It's overly explicative - tries to impart too much information in too little time - and rather overwrought at times, but still explores emotions and such.But then...Jamie's 20, isn't he? How the hell is he a teen or underage then?Despite all that, I liked the explorations into the breaking element. It's something that I can see as conceivable, but haven't encountered yet. It adds a tone of darkness that gives it depth, despite the quick overall escalation of the plot/romance.I mean, it's kind of like insta-love because you're not quite sure if Rob really does dislike wolves or not - but it doesn't matter because he quickly comes to accept his mate wholeheartedly. But if you get over that/past that part, then it's quite enjoyable. I rather liked their character interactions; it was just too cute.And the kitty at the end...That beautiful metaphoric cherry on top.

  • Arch Bala
    2019-02-07 09:03

    At first, I didn’t get Rob’s revulsion towards having a relationship with a “different species” (werewolves), not even an intimate one-time contact would do for him. When he met Jamie at a club and had a very hot one night stand with him, he was affronted when he realized that the other guy was a “shifter.” He’d gone all Rambo and kicked the other guy out. His reasoning all throughout the story doesn’t really make sense that with not having equal strength / power in a relationship. That was pretty lame, really.As Rob got promoted to a special police force specializing wolf/human cases, a kidnapping of young werewolves used for sex trade landed on his desk revealing secrets that he thought he already had knowledge of especially since his best friends are actually werewolves. When he faced Jamie again, he found himself going back and forth with his prejudices and fighting off his feelings but in the end, he knows that he’s got to do something about it to keep his lover alive.Don’t get me wrong though, I loved the story as a whole but I just don’t like Rob’s prejudice towards the werewolves. It was like rejecting a whole bunch of people who are in love with shifters. He’s not perfect yeah but he comes off through the first part of the book like a big effin prick. Jamie on the other hand reminds me of Jessica, the baby vamp from True Blood if you’re familiar? He’s that cute and his maturity level isn’t there yet in my opinion. He’s what you call in the shifter world, a late bloomer but yeah – his characterization was cute and charming but isn’t a strong one. I guess his character simply balance out Rob’s dick thoughts regarding human-shifter relationships.The supporting characters here were great especially Doug. I initially thought that it’d be some kind of a love triangle but was glad that one didn’t pan out. The whole “breaking” thing was new for me and that was the most interesting part of the book and I loved that it’s at least something new to offer the readers of this genre. It’s not so bad, it’s really not so bad.Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

  • Heather♥
    2019-02-10 14:47

    3.5 starsI thought the opening scene in the club and the sex that followed was a smoking hot way to start out the book. But then Rob had to go be a big poophead when he found out Jamie was a shifter. I felt bad for Jamie because he was adorable and Rob's reaction didn't make a lot of sense to me considering he was part of the Wolf/Human Team for the police. It took a bit for me to warm up to Rob because of that and considering his negative feelings about Jamie I was a little surprised at his sudden change of heart where Jamie was concerned. (view spoiler)[But I guess the fact that Jamie imprinted on him and then Rob seeing him nearly beaten to death would be reason enough. (hide spoiler)] It was good to see them come full circle at the end. The missing wolves portion of the storyline definitely held my interest and I thought the whole horrifying "breaking" of wolves concept and their vulnerability during the first year of change was a refreshing new twist. I liked the other supporting characters too, particularly Doug, and can't wait to see what happens with them in upcoming books. Great start to a new series.[There were a few things I was confused about though so I'm hoping the next books will clarify things. It was said earlier in the book that Nick and Joe were married to wolves so where was Nick's wife when Mark was brought home and how did it affect their relationship? And at the end of the book Rob told Jamie he couldn't be Sam's "dad" because he was only a year older than him. I thought Sam was 23 (and therefore older than Jamie and Doug)?]